My Favorite Quotes on Liberty

1 | "None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

2 | "Freedom, morality, and the human dignity of the individual consists precisely in this; that he does good not because he is forced to do so, but because he freely conceives it, wants it, and loves it." - Mikhail Bakunin

3 | "Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grandchildren are once more slaves." - D. H. Lawrence

4 | "Of liberty I would say that, in the whole plenitude of its extent, it is unobstructed action according to our will. But rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law,' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual." - Thomas Jefferson

5 | "It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere." - Voltaire

6 | "The principle that the majority have a right to rule the minority, practically resolves all government into a mere contest between two bodies of men, as to which of them shall be masters and which of them slaves; a contest that, however bloody, can never be finally closed so long as man refuses to be a slave." - Lysander Spooner

7 | "Human law must in every case be based on natural law. All over the earth the great principle: Do not unto others what you would that they do not unto you. Now, in virtue of this principle, one man cannot say to another: 'Believe what I believe, and what thou canst not believe, or thou shalt perish. Believe, or I detest thee; believe, or I will do thee all the harm I can.'" - Voltaire

8 | "Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities." - Ayn Rand


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