LIBERTY QUOTES

 

Martin Luther  - 16th century Reformation language

 

"I am much afraid that the schools will prove the very gates of hell unless they diligently labour in explaining the Holy Scriptures...I advise no one to place his child where the Scriptures do not reign paramount".

 

Samuel Adams:  (August 2, 1776)

 

“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down, and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set light upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”

 

On October 14, 1795, Samuel Adams, as Governor of the State of Massachusetts, issued a Proclamation for a Day of Public Thanksgiving and Praise: (What follows is an excerpt from the proclamation.)

 

            "And I do recommend that together with our thanksgiving, humble prayer may be offered             to God, that we may be enabled, by the subsequent obedience of our hearts and manners, to testify the sincerity of our profession of gratitude, in the sight of God and man; and    thus be prepared for the reception of future blessings. That God would be pleased to            guide and direct the administration of the Federal government, and those of the several       states, in union, so that the whole people may continue to be safe and happy in the             constitutional enjoyment of their rights, liberties and privileges, and our governments be greatly respected at home and abroad... "

 

Thomas Jefferson:

“To consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions [is] a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy.” “The exemption of the judges from [re-election concerns] is quite dangerous enough …. The people themselves …. [are] the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power

Thomas Jefferson said in 1821:

“The germ of destruction of our nation is in the power of the judiciary, an irresponsible body — working like gravity by night and by day, gaining a little today and a little tomorrow, and advancing its noiseless step like a thief over the field of jurisdiction, until all shall render powerless the checks of one branch over the other and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated

 

Chief Justice John Marshall:

 ....`that the power to tax involves the power to destroy, and that the power to destroy may defeat and render useless the power to create.'

 

George Mason:

“No method of procedure has ever been devised by which liberty could be divorced from local self‑government. No plan of centralization has ever been adopted which did not result in bureaucracy, tyranny, inflexibility, reaction and decline

 

James Madison:

“A Man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights. Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No Man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions

 

Daniel Webster {Not Noah Webster}

"Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters."

Patrick Henry: {our country’s greatest proponent of “Liberty” – Ever!}

 

"you ought to be extremely cautious, watchful, jealous of your liberty;

for instead of securing your rights, you may lose them forever."

 

  "You are not to inquire how your trade may be increased, nor how you are to

become a great and powerful people, but how your liberties can be secured; for

liberty ought to be the direct end of your government."

 

"Will the abandonment of your most sacred rights tend to security of your

liberty? Liberty, the greatest of all earthly blessings ‑‑ give us that precious

jewel, and you may take everything else."

 

"suspicion is a virtue as long as its object is the preservation of the

public good, and as long as it stays within proper bounds:"

 

"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who

approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright

force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined."

 

"Will the oppressor let go the oppressed? Was there ever an instance? Can

the annals of mankind exhibit one single example, where rulers, overcharged

with power, willingly let go the oppressed, though solicited and requested most

earnestly?"

 

"I am not well versed in history; but I will submit to your recollection,

whether liberty has been destroyed by the licentiousness of the people, or by

the tyranny of the rulers. I imagine sir, you will find the balance on the side

of Tyranny. Happy will you be, if you miss the fate of those nations, who

omitting to resist their oppressors, or negligently suffering their liberty to

be wrested from them, have groaned under intolerable despotism."

 

"The most valuable end of government is the liberty of the inhabitants. No

possible advantages can compensate for the loss of this right."

 

"Show me that age and country where the rights and liberties of the people

were placed on the sole chance of their rulers being good men, without the

consequent loss of liberty. I say that the loss of that dearest privilege has

ever followed, with absolute certainty, every such mad attempt."

 

"where and when did freedom exist, when the sword and purse were given up

by the people? Unless a miracle in human affairs interposed, no nation ever

retained its liberty after the loss of the sword and purse."

 

  "The great and direct end of government is liberty. Secure our liberty and

privileges, and the end of government is answered."

 

“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians, not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ

Near his last will, Patrick Henry left a small envelope sealed with wax. Inside was a single sheet of paper on which he had copied his Resolutions against the Stamp Act. On the back, Patrick Henry left a message that he knew could only be read after his death. It began with a short history of his Resolutions against the Stamp Act, which had “spread throughout America with astonishing Quickness.” As a result, the colonies were united in their “Resistance to British Taxation”.

On the reverse of The Stamp Act Resolves (which passed in the House of Burgesses, May 1765) Patrick Henry wrote:

"This {in reference to the Stamp Act} brought on the war which finally separated the two countries and gave independence to ours. Whether this {America’s Independence} will prove a blessing or a curse, will depend upon the use our people make of the blessings, which a gracious God hath bestowed on us. If they are wise, they will be great and happy. If they are of a contrary character, they will be miserable.”

“Righteousness alone can exalt them as a nation. Reader! Whoever thou art, remember this, and in thy sphere practice virtue thyself, and encourage it in others."