Liberty Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old liberty quotes, liberty sayings, and liberty proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have.     

Harry Emerson Fosdick

Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.     

George Washington

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

Will Rogers

Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.     

George Bernard Shaw

Liberty is maintained by responsible freedom.     

Roger W Hancock

Liberty without learning is always in peril; learning without liberty is always in vain.     

John F. Kennedy

The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.     

William Hazlitt

Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it.... While it lies there, it needs no constitution, no law, no court to save it.     

Learned Hand

I prefer liberty to chains of diamonds.     

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

The basis of a democratic state is liberty.     


Absolute liberty is absence of restraint; responsibility is restraint; therefore, the ideally free individual is responsible to himself.     

Henry Adams

Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.     

Khalil Gibran

The tree of liberty needs to be watered from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.     

Lyn Nofziger

Liberty for wolves is death to the lambs.     

Isaiah Berlin

But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint.     

Edmund Burke

There can be no liberty without the law.     

Cecil B. DeMille

Liberty is the only thing you can't have unless you give it to others.     

William Allen White

When liberty comes with hands dabbled in blood it is hard to shake hands with her.     

Oscar Wilde

If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.     

George Orwell

The true character of liberty is independence, maintained by force.     


Liberty is the power that we have over ourselves.     

Hugo Grotius

Liberty, then, is the sovereignty of the individual, and never shall man know liberty until each and every individual is acknowledged to be the only legitimate sovereign of his or her person, time, and property, each living and acting at his own cost; and not until we live in a society where each can exercise his right of sovereignty at all times without clashing with or violating that of others.     

Josiah Warren

Our liberty will not be secured at the sword's point... We must secure it by making ourselves worthy of it. And when the people reaches that height, God will provide a weapon, the idols will be shattered, tyranny will crumble like a house of cards, and liberty will shine out like the first dawn.     

Jose Rizal

There can be no liberty for a community which lacks the means by which to detect lies.     

Walter Lippmann

The liberty of the individual is no gift of civilization. It was greatest before there was any civilization.     

Sigmund Freud

Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.     

John Adams

Excess of liberty, whether it lies in state or individuals, seems only to pass into excess of slavery.     


Liberty is an acknowledgement of faith in God and His works.     

Frederic Bastiat

Liberty will not descend to a people; a people must raise themselves to liberty; it is a blessing that must be earned before it can be enjoyed.     

Charles Caleb Colton

Liberty is like rich food and strong wine: the strong natures accustomed to them thrive and grow even stronger on them; but they deplete, inebriate and destroy the weak.     

Jean Jacques Rousseau