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Quote 930 details Share on Google+ - Quote 930 Linked In Share Button - Quote 930 Learned Institutions ought to be favorite objects with every free people. They throw that light over the public mind which is the best security against crafty & dangerous encroachments on the public liberty.

James Madison: letter to W. T. Barry, August 4, 1822 (Inscribed in the Madison memorial Hall, Library of Congress James Madison Memorial Building.)
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Quote 943 details Share on Google+ - Quote 943 Linked In Share Button - Quote 943 In a state of natural liberty, every one is allowed to act according to his own inclination, provided he transgress not those limits, which are assigned to him by the law of nature: in a state of civil liberty, he is allowed to act according to his inclination, provided he transgress not those limits, which are assigned to him by the municipal law.

James Wilson: Of the Natural Rights of Individuals, 1790-1791
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Upon the whole, therefore, man's natural liberty, instead of being abridged, may be increased and secured in a government, which is good and wise. As it is with regard to his natural liberty, so it is with regard to his other natural rights.

James Wilson: Of the Natural Rights of Individuals, 1790-1791
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I am first to show, that a man has a natural right to his property, to his character, to liberty, and to safety.

James Wilson: Of the Natural Rights of Individuals, 1790-1791
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Quote 968 details Share on Google+ - Quote 968 Linked In Share Button - Quote 968 The genius of republican liberty, seems to demand on one side, not only that all power should be derived from the people; but, that those entrusted with it should be kept in dependence on the people, by a short duration of their appointments; and, that even during this short period, the trust should be place not in a few, but in a number of hands. Stability, on the contrary, requires, that the hands in which power is lodge, should continue for a length of time, the same. A frequent change of men will result from a frequent return of electors, and a frequent change of measure, from a frequent change of men; whilst energy in Government requires not only a certain duration of power, but the execution of it by a single hand.


Quote 987 details Share on Google+ - Quote 987 Linked In Share Button - Quote 987 A strict observance of the written laws is doubtless one of the highest duties of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self-preservation, of saving our country when in danger, are of higher obligation. To lose our country by a scrupulous adherence to written law, would be to lose the law itself, with life, liberty, property and all those who are enjoying them with us; thus absurdly sacrificing the end to the means.

Thomas Jefferson: letter to John B. Colvin, September 20, 1810
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Quote 988 details Share on Google+ - Quote 988 Linked In Share Button - Quote 988 Is the relinquishment of the trial by jury and the liberty of the press necessary for your liberty? Will the abandonment of your most sacred rights tend to the security of your liberty? Liberty, the greatest of all earthly blessings - give us the precious jewel, and you may take every things else! ... Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel.


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It behoves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others; or their case may, be changed of circumstances, become his own.


Quote 999 details Share on Google+ - Quote 999 Linked In Share Button - Quote 999 The people cannot be all, & 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 a lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty.

Thomas Jefferson: letter to William Stephens Smith, November 13, 1787
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Quote 5 details Share on Google+ - Quote 5 Linked In Share Button - Quote 5 Were I to suffer in the cause of American liberty, should I not be translated immediately to heaven as Enoch was of old?

Joseph Hewes: letter to James Iredell, October 31, 1774

Quote 1016 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1016 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1016 I can only say with Portia, "the dawn is overcast, ye morning lowers and heavily brings on ye day big with ye fate of - Liberty"

Charles Carroll: letter to Mr. Christopher Bird, Sept 28, 1765
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Quote 1017 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1017 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1017 ... where liberty will maintain her empire, till a dissoluteness of morals, luxury and venality shall have prepared the degenerate sons of some future age, to prefer their own mean lucre, ye bribes, and the smiles of corruption and arbitrary ministers, to patriotism, to glory, and to ye public weal...


Quote 1018 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1018 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1018 the American are jealous of their privileges and resolved to maintain them: they are not yet enough to undervalue Liberty, they are truly sensible of its blessings, and not only talk of them as they do somewhere else, but really wish their continuance - they think the most effectual method of obtaining redress against oppression is to make the oppressors feel it...


Quote 1020 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1020 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1020 That He [GOD] had been pleased to continue to us the inestimable blessings of civil and religious liberty.

Josiah Bartlett: proclamation issued on October 5, 1793

Quote 1024 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1024 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1024 If justice, good faith, honor, gratitude & all the other Qualities which enoble the character of a nation, and fulfil the ends of Government, be the fruits of our establishments, the cause of liberty will acquire a dignity and lustre, which it has never yet enjoyed; and an example will be set which can not but have the most favorable influence on the rights of mankind. If on the other side, our Governments should be unfortunately blotted with the reverse of these cardinal and essential Virtues, the great cause which we have engaged to vindicate, will be dishonored & betrayed; the last & fairest experiment in favor of the rights of human nature will be turned against them; and their patrons & friends exposed to be insulted & silenced by the votaries of Tyranny and Usurpation.

James Madison: Report on Address to the States, April 26, 1783
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And may that Being who is supreme over all, the Patron of Order, the Fountain of Justice, and the Protector in all ages of the world of virtuous liberty, continue His blessing upon this nation and its Government and give it all possible success and duration consistent with the ends of His providence.

John Adams: Inaugural Address - Philadelphia March 4, 1797
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Quote 1049 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1049 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1049 Liberty is to faction, what air is to fire, an aliment without which it instantly expires. But it could not be a less folly to abolish liberty, which is essential to political life, because it nourishes faction, than it would be to wish the annihilation of air, which is essential to animal life, because it imparts to fire its destructive agency.

James Madison: The Federalist No. 10, 1787
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Quote 1079 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1079 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1079 The unequal representation in Great Britain has long been complained of as a grievance, and therefore ought not to be used as an argument against our liberty. We are not copyholders nor crown tenants, but freeholders, yet have we no right to a voice in the choice of those who claim the power to make laws for us.

Charles Thomson: letter from "a Merchant in Philadelphia" June 19, 1765.

Quote 1081 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1081 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1081 ... impute it to my zeal for liberty, and dread of the dangers which seem to threaten us ...

Charles Thomson: letter from "a Merchant in Philadelphia" June 19, 1765.

Quote 1083 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1083 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1083 The Sun of Liberty is indeed fast setting, if not down already, in the American colonies: But I much fear instead of the candles you mention being lighted, you will hear of the works of darkness. They are in general alarmed to the last degree.

Charles Thomson: letter to Benjamin Franklin, September 24, 1765

Quote 1084 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1084 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1084 Our Liberty and most essential privileges are struck at: Arbitrary courts are set over us, and trials by juries taken away: The Press is so restricted that we cannot complain: An army of mercenaries threatened to be billeted on us: The sources of our trade stopped; and, to compleat our ruin, the little property we had acquired, taken from us, without even allowing us the merit of giving it; I really dread the consequence.

Charles Thomson: letter to Benjamin Franklin, September 24, 1765

Quote 1087 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1087 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1087 And as the property of land is parcelled out among the inhabitants, and almost every Farmer is a Freeholder, the spirit of liberty will be kept awake, and the love of freedom deeply rooted. And when strength and liberty combine, it is easy to foresee that a people will not long submit to arbitrary sway. Thus, by a blind infatuation and madness of politics, a weak, short-sighted Ministry, have been ruining their country, and hastening a period they seemed to dread, by the very means which they intended to prevent it.

Charles Thomson: letter to Benjamin Franklin, November 26, 1769

Quote 1091 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1091 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1091 Yet where does this anarchy exist? Where did it ever exist, except in the single instance of Massachusetts? And can history produce an instance of a rebellion so honorably conducted? . . . god forbid we should ever be 20. years without such a rebellion. The people can not 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 a lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty.

Thomas Jefferson: letter to William Stephens Smith, November 13, 1787
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It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth - and listen to the song of that siren, till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those, who having eyes, see not, and having ears hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it might cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and the provide for it.

Patrick Henry: speech to the Virginia Convention, March 23, 1775
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The happy Union of these States is a wonder; their Constitution a miracle; their example the hope of Liberty throughout the world.

James Madison: Outline notes, September 1829 - inscribed in the Madison Memorial Hall, Library of Congress James Madison Memorial Building.
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