GiN Quotes: Liberty

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Extremism Is No Vice

“I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.”-Barry Goldwater

Ignorance and Liberty?

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” -Thomas Jefferson to Charles Yancey, 1816

Concealed Actions of Rulers

“The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.” -Patrick Henry

Tree of Liberty

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its nature’s manure.” -Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Stephens Smith, November 13, 1787

Rome’s Liberties Lost Slowly

“The teacher reminded us that Rome’s liberties were not auctioned off in a day, but were bought slowly, gradually, furtively, little by little; first with a little corn oil for the exceedingly poor and wretched, later with corn and oil for voters who were not quite so poor; later still with corn and oil for pretty much every man that had a vote to sell-exactly our own history over again.” -Mark Twain

No Liberty for the Corrupt

“Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.”  -Samuel Adams

Government Fears the People

“When the people fear the government, that is tyrrany. When the government fears the people, that is liberty.”  -Thomas Jefferson

Education=Liberty Preservation

“Educate and reform the whole mass of the people… They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” -Thomas Jefferson

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