The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.
The history of liberty is the history of the limitations placed on the government.
Tyranny is always better organized than freedom.
There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by the gradual and silent encrochment of thse in power, than by violent and sudden usurpation.
They that can give up liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor saftey.
Today we need a nation of Minutemen: citizens who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom.
John F Kennedy
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.
Gerald R. Ford
Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.
Justice Louis Brandeis - 1928
Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. This history of liberty is a history of resistance.
The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts.
Edmund Burke 1899
We are fast approaching the stage in the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest period of human history; the stage of rule by brute force.
Democracy extends the sphere of individual freedom, socialism restricts it. Democracy attaches all possible value to each man; socialism make each man a mere agent, a mere number. Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality inrestraint and servitude.
Alexis de Tocqueville
To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.
As government regulations grow slowly, we become used to the harness. Habit is a powerfull force, and we no longer feel as intensely as we once would have the constriction of our liberties that would have been utterly intolerable a mere half century ago.
Judge Robert Bork
When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty
When liberty is taken away by force, it can be restored by force. When it is relinquished voluntarily by default, it can never be recovered.
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.
The only thing that saves us from bureaucracy is inefficiency. An efficient bureaucracy is the greatest threat to liberty.
It is a cruel hoax to seek to persuade the American people that the Bill of Rights should be watered down in response to rising crime rates.
Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.
Do not critize your government when out of the country. Never cease to do so when at home.