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Benjamin Rush Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Benjamin Rush.

Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us.
- Benjamin Rush

Controversy is only dreaded by the advocates of error.
- Benjamin Rush

Scandal dies sooner of itself, than we could kill it.
- Benjamin Rush

Mirth, and even cheerfulness, when employed as remedies in low spirits,
are like hot water to a frozen limb.
- Benjamin Rush

 

Give me your tired, your poor,
your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
- written on the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor

They who can give up essential liberty
to obtain a little temporary safety
deserve neither liberty nor safety.
- Benjamin Franklin

Those who won our independence...
valued liberty as an end and as a means.
They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness
and courage to be the secret of liberty.
- Louis D. Brandeis

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He who knows only his own side of the case, knows little of that.
- John Stuart Mill, On Liberty (1859)

The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.
- Thomas Jefferson

Timid men prefer the calm of despotism
to the tempestuous sea of liberty.
- Thomas Jefferson

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

I must study politics and war that my sons may have
liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.
- John Adams

Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty.
The obedient must be slaves.
- Henry David Thoreau

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

The slavery of fear had made men afraid to think.
But such is the irresistible nature of truth,
that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.
- Thomas Paine, Rights of Man, 1791

If liberty and equality, as is thought by some,
are chiefly to be found in democracy,
they will be best attained when all persons alike share
in government to the utmost.
- Aristotle

In every country and every age,
the priest had been hostile to Liberty.
- Thomas Jefferson

The tree of liberty needs to be watered from time to
time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
- Lyn Nofziger

Fourscore and seven years ago
our fathers brought forth on this continent,
a new nation, conceived in Liberty,
and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
- Abraham Lincoln

Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.
- Khalil Gibran

I would rather be exposed to
the inconveniences attending too much liberty
than those attending too small a degree of it.
- Thomas Jefferson

We are not to expect to be translated from
despotism to liberty in a featherbed.
- Thomas Jefferson

Whether in chains or in laurels, liberty knows nothing but victories.
- Douglas MacArthur

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time
with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
- Thomas Jefferson

True justice is not a matter of courts and law books,
but of a commitment in each of us to liberty and mutual respect.
- Jimmy Carter

Peace is liberty in tranquillity.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

It is difficult to discern a serious threat to religious
liberty from a room of silent,
thoughtful schoolchildren.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

Seek freedom and become captive of your desires.
Seek discipline and find your liberty.
- Frank Herbert

The god who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time:
the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them.
- Thomas Jefferson

Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.
- Edward Everett

Toleration and liberty are the foundations of a great republic.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Equality is the soul of liberty; there is,
in fact, no liberty without it.
- Frances Wright

When the people fear their government, there is tyranny;
when the government fears the people, there is liberty.
- Thomas Jefferson

I am an aristocrat.
I love liberty; I hate equality.
- John Randolph

The natural progress of things is for liberty
to yield and government to gain ground.
- Thomas Jefferson

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.
- Thomas Jefferson

Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty;
power is ever stealing from the many to the few.
- Wendell Phillips

Libertarians recognize the inevitable pluralism of
the modern world and for that reason assert that individual
liberty is at least part of the common good.
- Tom G. Palmer

There is nothing with which it is so dangerous to take
liberties as liberty itself.
- Andre Breton

I believe in the transformational power of liberty.
I believe that the free Iraq is in this nation's interests.
I believe a free Afghanistan is in this nation's interest.
- George W. Bush

Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.
And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
- Barry Goldwater

This young century will be liberty's century.
- George W. Bush

The effect of liberty to individuals is that they may do what they please:
we ought to see what it will please them to do,
before we risk congratulations.
- Edmund Burke

In fact, a fundamental interdependence exists between
the personal right to liberty and the personal right to property.
- Potter Stewart

As long as the reason of man continues fallible,
and he is at liberty to exercise it,
different opinions will be formed.
- James Madison

When people contend for their liberty they seldom get
anything for their victory,
but new masters.
- Edward F. Halifax

Enslave the liberty of but one human being and the
liberties of the world are put in peril.
- William Lloyd Garrison

If Nixon is not forced to turn over tapes of his conversations
with the ring of men who were conversing on their violations of the law,
then liberty will soon be dead in this nation.
- Earl Warren

Most people want security in this world,
not liberty.
- H. L. Mencken

Do not be misled by the fact that you are at liberty and relatively free;
that for the moment you are not under lock and key:
you have simply been granted a reprieve.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

Our homeland is the whole world.
Our law is liberty.
We have but one thought, revolution in our hearts.
- Dario Fo

Our contest is not only whether we ourselves shall be free,
but whether there shall be left to mankind an asylum
on earth for civil and religious liberty.
- Samuel Adams

Many of America's and New York's sons and daughters
are around the world fighting for the freedoms that
the Statue of Liberty stands for.
- Michael Bloomberg

For me, socialism has always been about liberty and solidarity,
but also about responsibility.
- Jacques Delors

Make men wise, and by that very operation you make them free.
Civil liberty follows as a consequence of this;
no usurped power can stand against the artillery of opinion.
- William Godwin

Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins
of liberty abused to licentiousness.
- George Washington

Such security is equal liberty.
But it is not necessarily equality in the use of the earth.
- Benjamin Tucker

I had reasoned this out in my mind, there was one of
two things I had a right to,
liberty or death; if I could not have one,
I would have the other.
- Harriet Tubman

Our country's founders cherished liberty,
not democracy.
- Ron Paul

The desire for liberty has also made itself felt as
struggle against domestic tyranny or arbitrary rule.
- Emily Greene Balch

The terrorist attacks upon our country changed the
way that we live forever and provided us with a cruel
reminder that freedom and liberty have a price.
- Jo Ann Davis

The deadliest foe of democracy is not autocracy but liberty frenzied.
- Otto Hermann Kahn

Where liberty dies, evil grows.
- Hamid Karzai

When virtue is at liberty, so to some extent is vice.
- Barbara Amiel

Most importantly, nothing has happened to change my
conviction that freedom and the love of liberty remain
the essential defining attributes of our national character as a people.
- Ibrahim Babangida

Liberty is the prevention of control by others.
- John Acton

Inequality is as dear to the American heart as liberty itself.
- William Dean Howells

Every law is an infraction of liberty.
- Jeremy Bentham

Liberty is not the unique right of Americans or even Westerners,
but is mankind's right.
- Virginia Foxx

Our nation was founded on the principals of life,
liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
- Leonard Boswell

Whether we are New Dealer, Old Dealer,
Liberty Leaguer or Red, whether we agree or not,
we still have the right to think and speak how we feel.
- Lyndon B. Johnson


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