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If these ultimate human values by which we live are to be pursued, then compromises, trade-offs, arrangements have to be made if the worst is not to happen. So much liberty for so much equality, so much individual self-expression for so much security, so much justice for so much compassion.
Isaiah Berlin

It is true that liberty is precious; so precious that it must be carefully rationed.
Vladimir Lenin

Liberty doesn't work as well in practice as it does in speeches.
Will Rogers

Liberty is the hardest test that one can inflict on a people.
Paul Valéry

Liberty is the right to do what I like; license, the right to do what you like.
Bertrand Russell

Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
George Bernard Shaw

Most people want security in this world, not liberty.
H. L. Mencken

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Benjamin Franklin

Very few people really care about freedom, about liberty, about the truth, very few. Very few people have guts, the kind of guts on which a real democracy has to depend. Without people with that sort of guts a free society dies or cannot be born.
Doris Lessing /The Golden Notebook/

When the people contend for their liberty, they seldom get anything by their victory but new masters.
George Savile, Lord Halifax

You cannot have Liberty in this world without what you call Moral Virtue, and you cannot have Moral Virtue without the slavery of that half of the human race who hate what you call Moral Virtue.
William Blake

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