Thursday, November 12, 2009
"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants"
"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty"
"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness"
"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 rights of the individual"
"Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty"
"I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it"
"The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground"
"It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others: or their case may, by change of circumstances, become his own"