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Quote 787 details Share on Google+ - Quote 787 Linked In Share Button - Quote 787 If life, liberty, and property could be enjoyed in as great perfection in solitude as in society there would be no need for government. But the experience of ages has proved that such is the nature of man, a weak, imperfect being, that the valuable ends of life cannot be obtained without the union and assistance of many.

James Otis: Right of the British Colonies Asserted an proved - 1764
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Quote 788 details Share on Google+ - Quote 788 Linked In Share Button - Quote 788 tho it is also admitted that the security of property is one end of government, but that of little estimation even in the view of a miser when life and liberty of locomotion and further accumulation are placed in competition, it must be a very absurd way of speaking to assert that one end of government in the foundation of government.

James Otis: Rights of the British colonies Asserted and Proved - 1764
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Quote 789 details Share on Google+ - Quote 789 Linked In Share Button - Quote 789 The end of government being the good of mankind, points out its great duties: It is above all things to provide for the security, the quiet, and happy enjoyment of life, liberty and property. There is not an act which a government can have a right to make, that does not tent to the advancement of the security, tranquility and prosperity of the people.

James Otis: Rights of the British colonies Asserted and Proved - 1764
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Quote 791 details Share on Google+ - Quote 791 Linked In Share Button - Quote 791 Ubi Lierartas ibi patria. [Where liberty is, there is my country]

James Otis: His motto, date unknown.

Quote 798 details Share on Google+ - Quote 798 Linked In Share Button - Quote 798 And I take this opportunity to declare, that ... I will to my dying day oppose, with all the powers and faculties God has given me, all such instruments of slavery on the one hand, and villainy on the other, as this writ of assistance is. it appears to me ... the worst instrument of arbitrary power, the most destructive of English liberty, and the fundamental principles of the constitution, that ever was found in the English law-book.

James Otis: Argument against the writs of assistance - February 1761

Quote 799 details Share on Google+ - Quote 799 Linked In Share Button - Quote 799 One of the most essential branches of English liberty is the freedom of ones house. A mans house is his castle; and whilst he is quiet, he is as well guarded as a prince in his castle.

James Otis: Argument against the writs of assistance - February 1761

Quote 800 details Share on Google+ - Quote 800 Linked In Share Button - Quote 800 Your Honours will find in the old book, concerning the office of a justice of peace, precedents of general warrants to search suspected houses. But in more modern books you will find only special warrants to search such and such houses specially named, in which the complainant has before sworn he suspects his goods are concealed; and you will find in adjudged that special warrants only are legal. In the same manner I rely on it, that the writ prayed for in this petition being general is illegal. it is a power that places the liberty of every man in the hands of every petty officer.

James Otis: Argument against the writs of assistance - February 1761

Quote 801 details Share on Google+ - Quote 801 Linked In Share Button - Quote 801 The colonists are by the law of nature freeborn, as indeed all men are, white or black. No better reasons can be given for enslaving those of any color than such as Baron Montesquieu has humorously given as the foundation of that cruel slavery exercised over the poor Ethiopians, which threatens one day to reduce both Europe and America to the ignorance and barbarity of the darkest ages... Nothing better can be said in favor of a trade that is most shocking violation of the law of nature, has a direct tendency to diminish the idea of the inestimable value of liberty, and makes every dealer in it a tyrant, from the director of an African company to the petty chapman in needles and pins on the unhappy coast. it is clear truth that those who every day barter away another mens liberty will soon care little for their own.

James Otis: The Rights of the British colonies Asserted and Proved - 1764
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Quote 809 details Share on Google+ - Quote 809 Linked In Share Button - Quote 809 The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.

Thomas Jefferson: View of the Rights of British America, 1774
For God and Country (T.K. Marion)

Quote 814 details Share on Google+ - Quote 814 Linked In Share Button - Quote 814 There is no retreat but in submission and slavery. Our chains are forged. Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston. The ware is inevitable. And let it come! I repeat it, sire, let it come! It is vain, sir to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen my cry, peace, peace - but there is no peace. The war is actually begun. The next gale that surveys from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms. Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand idle here? Is life so dark or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains - and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

Patrick Henry: speaking to the Virginia legislature, march 23, 1775

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It is Favorable to liberty. Freedom can exist only in the society of knowledge. Without learning, men are incapable of knowing their rights, and where learning is confined to a few people, liberty can be neither equal nor universal.

Benjamin Rush: Essay, 1786

Quote 824 details Share on Google+ - Quote 824 Linked In Share Button - Quote 824 Political freedom includes in it every other blessing. All the pleasures of riches, science, virtue, and religion itself derive their value from liberty alone. No wonder therefore wise and prudent legislators have in all ages been held in such great veneration; and no wonder too those illustrious souls who have employed their pens and sacrificed their lives in defense of liberty have met with such universal applause. Their reputations, like some majestic river which enlarges and widens as it approaches its parent ocean, shall become greater and greater through every age and outlive the ruins of the world itself.

Benjamin Rush: To Catharine Macaulay - January 18, 1769

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It would have been a truth, if Mr. Locke had not said it, that where there is no law, there can be no liberty, and nothing deserves the name of law but that which is certain, and universal in its operations upon all the members of the community.

Benjamin Rush: To David Ramsay 1788

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The only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.

Benjamin Rush: On the Mode of Education Proper in a Republic 1806
For God and Country (T.K. Marion)

Quote 831 details Share on Google+ - Quote 831 Linked In Share Button - Quote 831 Ye men of sense and virtue - Ye advocates for American Liberty, rouse up and espouse the cause of humanity and general liberty. Bear a testimony against a vice which degrades human nature, and dissolves that universal tie of benevolence which should connect all children of men together in one great family - The plant of liberty is of so tender a nature, that it cannot thrive long in the neighborhood of slavery.

Benjamin Rush: On Slavekeeping 1773

Quote 845 details Share on Google+ - Quote 845 Linked In Share Button - Quote 845 For instance, the liberty of the press, which has been a copious subject of declamation and opposition: what control can proceed from the federal government, to shackle or destroy that sacred palladium of national freedom? ... the proposed system possesses no influence whatever upon the press; and it would have been merely nugatory, to have introduced a formal declaration upon the subject; nay, that very declaration might have been construed to imply that some degree of power was given, since we undertook to define its extent.

James Wilson: Address in Philadelphia, 1787

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let us therefore animate and encourage each other, and show the whole world that a Freeman, contending for liberty on his own ground, is superior to any slavish mercenary on earth.

George Washington: New York, July 2, 1776

Quote 855 details Share on Google+ - Quote 855 Linked In Share Button - Quote 855 I sincerely wish you may find it convenient to come here. The pleasure of the trip will be less than you expect but the utility greater. It will make you adore your own country, it's soil, it's climate, it's equality, liberty, laws, people & manners. My God! how little do my country men know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy. I confess I had no idea of it myself.

Thomas Jefferson: Letter to James Monroe, June 17, 1785

Quote 889 details Share on Google+ - Quote 889 Linked In Share Button - Quote 889 God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty.

Richard Henry Lee: Federal Farmer 1788

Quote 890 details Share on Google+ - Quote 890 Linked In Share Button - Quote 890 And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.

Richard Henry Lee: the Federal Farmer 1788

Quote 918 details Share on Google+ - Quote 918 Linked In Share Button - Quote 918 God grant, that not only the Love of Liberty, but a thorough Knowledge of the Rights of Man, may pervade all the Nations of the Earth, so that a Philosopher may set his Foot anywhere on its Surface, and say, "This is my Country."


Quote 921 details Share on Google+ - Quote 921 Linked In Share Button - Quote 921 You are all my witnesses, that this is the first time of my introducing any political subject into the pulpit. At this season, however, it is not only lawful but necessary, and I willingly embrace the opportunity of declaring my opinion without any hesitation, that the cause in which America is now in arms, is the cause of justice, of liberty, and of human nature.

John Witherspoon: The Dominion of Providence Over the Passions of Men - May 1776
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Quote 922 details Share on Google+ - Quote 922 Linked In Share Button - Quote 922 The knowledge of God and his truths have from the beginning of the world been chiefly, if not entirely confined to those parts of the earth where some degree of liberty and political justice were to be seen, and great were the difficulties with which they had to struggle, from the imperfection of human society, and the unjust decisions of usurped authority

John Witherspoon: The Dominion of Providence Over the Passions of Men - May, 1776
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Quote 923 details Share on Google+ - Quote 923 Linked In Share Button - Quote 923 There is not a single instance in history, in which civil liberty was lost, and religious liberty preserved entire. If therefore we yield up our temporal property, we at the same time deliver the conscience into bondage.

John Witherspoon: The Dominion of Providence Over the Passions of Men - May, 1776
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Quote 924 details Share on Google+ - Quote 924 Linked In Share Button - Quote 924 And to preserve their independence, we must not let our rules load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude.




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