People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life.
My education was the liberty I had to read indiscriminately and all the time, with my eyes hanging out.
While democracy must have its organization and controls, its vital breath is individual liberty.
If you truly want to be respected by people you love, you must prove to them that you can survive without them.
Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of Liberty.
People have only as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want and the courage to take.
The end may justify the means as long as there is something that justifies the end.
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.
Socrates: Have you noticed on our journey how often the citizens of this new land remind each other it is a free country? Plato: I have, and think it odd they do this. Socrates: How so, Plato? Plato: It is like reminding a baker he is a baker, or a sculptor he is a sculptor. Socrates: You mean to say if someone is convinced of their trade, they have no need to be reminded. Plato: That is correct. Socrates: I agree. If these citizens were convinced of their freedom, they would not need reminders.
Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of production and trade...
Society can and does execute its own mandates: and if it issues wrong mandates instead of right, or any mandates at all in things with it ought not to meddle, it practices a social tyranny more formidable than many kinds of political oppression, since, though not usually upheld by such extreme penalties, it leaves fewer means of escape, penetrating much more deeply into the details of life, and enslaving the soul itself.
When people have invested their identities into clichés, the only counter argument they have is 'being offended'.
It is easy to be conspicuously 'compassionate' if others are being forced to pay the cost.
Distraction serves evil more than any other mental state.
A person whose desires and impulses are his own—are the expression of his own nature, as it has been developed and modified by his own culture—is said to have a character. One whose desires and impulses are not his own, has no character, no more than a steam-engine has character…
If you can convince people that freedom is injustice, they will then believe that slavery is freedom.
The world, viewed philosophically, remains a series of slave camps, where citizens – tax livestock – labor under the chains of illusion in the service of their masters.
There's a huge swath of humanity that has developed verbal abilities to extract resources from guilt-ridden people. They used to be priests, and now they're leftists.