Framing the Dialogue

Liberty Quotes

What better way to celebrate the Independence of the United States than a collection of quotes from some of the great minds that contributed to our country’s history…

“Let the Fourth of July always be a reminder that here in this land, for the first time, it was decided that man is born with certain God-given rights; that government is only a convenience created and managed by the people, with no powers of its own except those voluntarily granted to it by the people. We sometimes forget that great truth, and we never should. Happy Fourth of July.”

                                   — Ronald Reagan

 “The truth is that neither then nor at any former time, since I had attained my maturity in Age, Reading and reflection had I imbibed any general Prejudice against Kings, or in favour of them. It appeared to me then as it has done ever since, that there is a State of Society in which a Republican Government is the best, and in America the only one…”

                                    — John Adams

“The flames kindled on the Fourth of July 1776, have spread over too much of the globe to be extinguished by the feeble engines of despotism; on the contrary, they will consume these engines and all who work them.”

                                   — Thomas Jefferson

“This new world hath been the asylum for the persecuted lovers of civil and religious liberty from every part of Europe. Hither have they fled, not from the tender embraces of the mother, but from the cruelty of the monster; and it is so far true of England, that the same tyranny which drove the first emigrants from home, pursues their descendants still.”

                                  — Thomas Paine

 “Taxes are not levied for the benefit of the taxed.”

                                  — Robert A. Heinlein

“The only security men can have for their political liberty, consists in keeping their money in their own pockets …”

                                 — Lysander Spooner

“The American Republic will endure, until politicians realize they can bribe the people with their own money.”

     — Alexis de Tocqueville 

“The struggle for freedom … is not the struggle of the many against the few, but of minorities — sometimes of a minority of but one man — against the majority.”

                                — Ludwig von Mises

“Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith let us to the end dare to do our duty as we understand it.”

                                — Abraham Lincoln

“Man will ultimately be governed by God or by tyrants.”

                                — Benjamin Franklin

“The Constitution requires that Congress treat similarly situated persons similarly, not that it engages in gestures of superficial equality.”

                               — William H. Rehnquist

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with inherent and inalienable rights; that among these, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed;”

                              — Thomas Jefferson

“Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, which we might expect in a country without government, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer.”

                              — Thomas Paine

“It is not my intention to do away with government. It is, rather, to make it work — work with us, not over us; to stand by our side, not ride on our back.  Government can and must provide opportunity, not smother it; foster productivity, not stifle it. It is no coincidence that our present troubles parallel and are proportionate to the intervention and intrusion in our lives that result from unnecessary and excessive growth of government. … We shall reflect the compassion that is so much a part of your makeup. How can we love our country and not love our countrymen, and loving them, not reach out a hand when they fall, heal them when they are sick, and provide opportunities to make them self-sufficient so they will be equal in fact and not just in theory? … We are a nation under God, and I believe God intended for us to be free. It would be fitting and good, I think, if on each Inauguration Day in future years it should be declared a day of prayer.”

                            — Ronald Reagan

Many of these quotes were from daily emails from Liberty Quotes.  This is a great way to get a dose of the thoughts of some great thinkers.


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