Quotations on liberty
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"Liberty in thought and action is the only condition of life, growth and well-being: Where it does not exist, the man, the race, and the nation must go down." – Vivekananda
Let noble thoughts come to us from all sides. - Rig Veda
"I am not interested in freeing India merely from the English yoke. I am bent upon freeing India from any yoke whatsoever". - Gandhi.
The land ceiling is "a child of sadism" – Rajaji
Socialism … is pure Statism'. Its believers imagine that 'wisdom resides only in the State' – Rajaji.
The laws of production are laws of nature and hence not alterable. …The "State" cannot produce, it can tax or hinder or encourage, BUT NOT PRODUCE'. – Rajaji
Great shout has been raised over big favourtism in the distribution of licences and permits. The system is the root of poison and is bound to lead to corruption'. – Rajaji
Production in India is running a three-legged race or a gunny bag race, the Government's interventions and clampdowns being the handicaps'. – Rajaji
In India … honest men [are] engaged in the difficult tasks of production or trade' but face 'ruin at the hands of officials, ministers, and party bosses'. – Rajaji
I want an India where talent and energy can find scope for play without having to cringe and obtain special individual permission from officials and ministers, and where their efforts will be judged by the open market in India and abroad'. – Rajaji
I want … the government reduced to its proper functions'. – Rajaji
I want security for all owners of property, land or other forms of acquisitions, without Damocles's Sword hanging over them threatening expropriation without payment of just and full compensation'. – Rajaji
I want an India where the budget of the Centre does not cause inflation and soaring prices'. – Rajaji
I want the spirit of compassion and benevolence to have free play and not stifled by State schemes of monopolizing all welfare by over-taxation and over-centralization'. – Rajaji
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
"Liberty is the first condition of growth. Just as man must have liberty to think and speak, so he must have liberty in food, dress, and marriage, and in every other thing, so long as he does not injure others." – Vivekananda
"This life is a tremendous assertion of freedom" – Vivekananda
"Wherever in any society there are too many laws, it is a sure sign that that society will soon die. If you study the characteristics of India, you will find that no nation possesses so many laws as the Hindus, and national death is the result." – Vivekananda
"Political writers have established it as maxim, that in contriving any system of government … every man ought to be supposed a knave and to have no other end, in all his actions, than private interest." - David Hume
"None deserves liberty who is not ready to give liberty" – Vivekananda
"The moment the slave resolves that he will no longer be a slave, his fetters fall. He frees himself and shows the way to others. Freedom and slavery are mental state." – Gandhi
Once freedom lights its beacon in a man's heart, the gods are powerless against him. – Jean Paul Sartre
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. – Voltaire
Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. – George Orwell
The most beautiful thing in the world is freedom of speech. – Diogenes
Liberty means responsibility. That is why most dread it. – George Bernard Shaw
Liberty of thought is the life of the soul. – Voltaire
Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. – Benjamin Franklin
“If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” – George Washington
“I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.” – Thomas Jefferson
“When the people fear the government, you have tyranny. When the government fears the people, you have freedom.”- Thomas Paine
“If there be a principle that ought not to be questioned within the United States, it is that every man has a right to abolish an old government and establish a new one. This principle is not only recorded in every public archive, written in every American heart, and sealed with the blood of American martyrs, but is the only lawful tenure by which…
“It is proper to take alarm at the first experiment on our liberties. We hold this prudent jealousy to be the first duty of citizens and one of the noblest characteristics of the late Revolution.” – James Madison…
“Give me liberty or give me death!” – Patrick Henry
“It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.” – Benjamin Franklin
“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.” – Henry David Thoreau
“A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.” – John Stuart Mill
“This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it or their revolutionary right to dismember it or overthrow it.” – Abraham Lincoln
“To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.” – Abraham Lincoln
“Love your country, but never trust its government.” – Robert A. Heinlein
“Live free or die; death is not the worst of evils.” – General George Stark
“I would rather die on my feet, than live on my knees.” – Emiliano Zapata
Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err. – Mahatma Gandhi
Don't regard yourself as a guardian of freedom unless you respect and preserve the rights of people you disagree with to free, public, unhampered expression. – Gerard K. O'Neill
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. - Abraham Lincoln
I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery. - Author Unknown
"The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design"- F.A. Hayek
I disagree with the idea that freedom is obedience to the laws of nature. … According to the history of human progress, it is disobedience to nature that has constituted that progress. - Vivekananda
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. - The American Declaration of Independence, 4 July 1776
Liberty is liberty, not equality or fairness or justice or human happiness or a quiet conscience.- Sir Isaiah Berlin
The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves. - William Hazlitt
Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. - Abraham Lincoln
Man...hath by nature a power...to preserve his property—that is, his life, liberty, and estate— against the injuries and attempts of other men. - John Locke
Many politicians of our time are in the habit of laying it down as a self-evident proposition, that no people ought to be free till they are fit to use their freedom. If men are to wait for liberty till they become wise and good in slavery, they may indeed wait for ever. – Thomas Babington Macaulay
The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant. JS Mill
If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.- JS Mill
We can never be sure that the opinion we are endeavouring to stifle is a false opinion; and if we were sure, stifling it would be an evil still. - JS Mill
The liberty of the individual must be thus far limited; he must not make himself a nuisance to other people. - JS Mill
Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties. - John Milton
Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of government. The history of liberty is the history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of the limitation of governmental power, not the increase of it. - Woodrow Wilson
Freedom is not something that anybody can be given; freedom is something people take and people are as free as they want to be. - James Baldwin
The moment the slave resolves that he will no longer be a slave, his fetters fall. He frees himself and shows the way to others. Freedom and slavery are mental states. - Gandhi
Freedom of religion; freedom of the press, and freedom of person under the protection of habeas corpus, and trial by juries impartially selected. These principles form the bright constellation which has gone before us, and guided our steps through an age of revolution and reformation. - Thomas Jefferson
The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom. - John Locke
Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows. - George Orwell
Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. - George Orwell
Tyranny is always better organised than freedom. - Charles Peguy
Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom: it is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. - William Pitt
We must plan for freedom, and not only for security, if for no other reason than that only freedom can make security secure. - Karl Popper
Freedom is not something that anybody can be given; freedom is something people take and people are as free as they want to be. - James Baldwin
Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have. -Harry Emerson Fosdick
Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes. - Mahatma Gandhi
The classroom -not the trench-is the frontier of freedom now and forevermore. -Lyndon Baines Johnson
There must be no tolerance of intolerance. There must be no freedom to destroy freedom. - Karl Jaspers
“Concentrated power is not rendered harmless by the good intentions of those who create it.” - Milton Friedman
“A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” - US Constitution
“Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the [Arms] Act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest.” - Gandhi
किसानो की समस्याका हल मात्र आर्थिक मदत करना नही है बल्की उन्हे गुलामी से मुक्त करना है। किसान विरोधी कानुन समाप्ती करना आवश्यक है.- Amar Habib
Most bad government has grown out of too much government. - Thomas Jefferson
“One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.” ― Milton Friedman
The world runs on individuals pursuing their self interests. The great achievements of civilisation have not come from government bureaus. - Milton Friedman
In socialism everyone gets an equal share of nothing - except the rulers who grab all privileges.
The welfare state is the younger brother of Fabian socialism
"The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom. For in all the states of created beings capable of law, where there is no law, there is no freedom." - John Locke
I don't believe we shall ever have a good money again before we take the thing out of the hands of government - F A Hayek
"The assertion by the individual of his own opinions and beliefs, his own independence and interest - over and against group standards - is the beginning of reform" - BR Ambedkar
@Law is not whatever is enacted by the majority community, it is something that rests on permanent principles and is inherent in the conscience of a community. . . [T]he authoritarian notion that the will of the majority in parliament is a law . . . is a debasement of the rule of law." Rajaji
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