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BORN ON THE 4TH OF JULY ISSUE 1 JULY 2000 Last Updated 7-4-2000 Volume 1
"We must all hang together, or, assuredly, we shall all hang separately."
      --Benjamin Franklin at the signing of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

Share a Quote get a Quote! The subject this month is Liberty and Freedom.
Quotes on Liberty!
For the Love of words, for if not for the poets words and passion, war would have no meaning.

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary
safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

--Benjamin Franklin, 1759

'My country right or wrong' is like saying 'my mother drunk or sober'


       When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property.

       --Thomas Jefferson, 1807

       Knowledge is the only fountain both of love and the principles of human liberty.

       --Daniel Webster, 1843

       I hold it to be the inalienable right of anybody to go to hell in his own way.

       --Robert Frost, 1935

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

       --George Bernard Shaw

       Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he doesn't become a monster.

       --Frederick Wilhelm Nietsche

       Man is free, but not if he does not believe it.

       --Giacamo Girlamo Cassanova de Seingalt

       One man with courage is a majority.

       --Thomas Jefferson

       Shall I ask the brave soldier who fights by my side in the course of mankind if our creeds agree?

       --Thomas Moore (1779-1852)

       We must all hang together, or, assuredly, we shall all hang separately.

       --Benjamin Franklin at the signing of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
We've got the best government money can buy.


       Freedom has a thousand charms to show that slaves, howe'er contented cannot know.

       --William Cowper (1731-1800)

       It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of
       speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them.

       --Mark Twain, 1897

       An election is coming. Universal peace is declared, and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the

       --George Eliot, 1874-76

       Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism it's just the opposite.

       --John Kenneth Galbraith

Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.

       --Benjamin Franklin

       It is not best that we all should think alike, it is differences of opinion that make horse races.

       --Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

       It is not disease, but the physician; it is the pernicious hand of government alone which can reduce a whole people to


       If we were directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we should all want bread.

       --Thomas Jefferson

       No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent.

       --Abraham Lincoln

       Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any
       hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty.

       --John F. Kennedy

       Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too.


       The trade of governing has always been monopolized by the most ignorant and the most rascally individuals of

       --Thomas Paine

       What the American public doesn't know is exactly what makes them the American public.

       --Dan Akroyd in _Tommy Boy_

       When government takes [sic] responsibility for people, then people no longer take responsibility for themselves.

       --George Pataki

       Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

       --Lord Acton (1834-1902)

       From hence let contending nations know what dire effects from civil discord flow.

       --Joseph Addison (1672-1719)

       The constitution gives every American the inalienable right to make a damn fool of himself.

       --John Ciardi

       The ballot is stronger than the bullet

       --Abraham Lincoln, 1856

       I slept, and dreamed that life was Beauty; I woke, and found that life was Duty.

       --Ellen Sturgis Hooper (1816-1841)

A monarchy is a merchantman which sails well, but will sometimes strike on a rock, and go to the bottom; a
       republic is a raft which will never sink, but then your feet are always in the water.

       --Fisher Ames (1758-1808)

       I think you should defend to the death their right to march, and then go down and meet them with baseball bats.

       --Woody Allen, on the KKK

       All kings is mostly rapscallions.

       --Mark Twain, _The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn_, 1884

       There never was a good war, or a bad peace.

       --Benjamin Franklin, 1783

       Have you ever wondered if taxation without representation was cheaper?


       The first casualty when war comes is truth.

       --Hiram Johnson, 1917

       People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they never use.


       You should never have your best trousers on when you turn out to fight for freedom and truth.

       --Henrik Ibsen, 1882

       Politicians should read science-fiction, not westerns and detective stories.

       --Arthur C. Clark

       Pro is to con as progress is to congress.


       New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not
       already common.

       --John Locke (1632-1704)

       Democracy's the worst form of government except for all the others.

       --Winston Churchill

       A lot has been said about politics; some of it complimentary, but most of it accurate.

       --Eric Idle

       Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.

       --William Pitt, 1783

       For the times, they are a changin'.

       --Bob Dylan

Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself.

       --Mark Twain

       Older men declare war. But it is youth that must fight and die.

       --Herbert Hoover, 1944

       We divided the world into 'us' and 'them. There is no 'them' left on our tiny planet.

       --Marilyn Rea

       For no particular reason, someone shot that nice young president.

       --Tom Hanks, in _Forrest Gump_

       We live under a government of men and morning newspapers.

       --Wendell Phillips (1811-2884)

       Live with yourself; get to know how poorly furnished you are.

       --Persius (A.D. 34-62)

       The moral flabbiness born of the bitch-goddess SUCCESS. That -- with the squalid cash interpretation put on the
       word success -- is our national disease.

       --William James (1842-1910)

       One can live in the shadow of an idea without grasping it.

       --Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973)

       Stupid is as stupid does, sir!

       --Tom Hanks, in _Forrest Gump

       Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations -- entangling alliances with none.

       --Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

       I cannot believe that war is the best solution. No one won the last war and no one will win the next.

       --Eleanor Roosevelt

       Rise like lions after slumber in invanquishable number -- Shake your chains to earth like dew which in sleep had
       fallen on you -- ye are many -- they are few.

       --Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

       From every mountainside let freedom ring.

       --Samuel Francis Smith, from the anthem "America", 1831

       We think so because other people all think so, Or because -- or because -- after all we do think so, Or because we
       were told so and think we must think so, Or because we once thought so, and think we should still think so, Or
       because having thought so, we think we WILL think so.

       --Henry Sidgwick (1838-1900)
A political war is one in which everyone shoots from the lip.

       --Raymond Moley

       There is no conflict between liberty and safety. We will have both or neither.

       --Ramsey Clark

       The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.

       --Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

       Whereever PUBLIC spirit prevails, liberty is secure.

       --Noah Webster (1758-1843)

       A statesman is any politician it's considered safe to name a school after.

       --Bill Vaughan

       This country has come to feel the same when congress is in session as when a baby gets hold of a hammer.

       --Will Rogers

       A silent majority and government by the people is incompatible.

       --Tom Hayden

       Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.

       --Mao Tse-tung

       The short memories of American voters is what keeps our politicians in office.

       --Will Rogers

       There are not enough jails, not enough policemen,not enough courts to enforce a law not supported by the people.

       --Hubert H. Humphrey

       The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.

       --Tacitus (A.D. 55?-130?)

       The minute you read something you can't understand, you can almost be sure it was drawn up by a lawyer.

       --Will Rogers

       Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act
       that could most easily defeat us.

       --Justice William O. Douglas

       I am going to introduce a bill to stop the Postmaster General from reading dirty books and deliver the mail.

       --Gale McGee

       The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world it's own shame.

       --Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

       A politicians willingness to listen to good advice rises in inverse proportion to how badly he thinks he is doing.

       --Pat Caddell, former pollster

       The best audience is intelligent, well-educated, and a little drunk.

       --Vice President Alben W. Barkley

       Meet the sun every day as if it could cast a ballot.

       -- Henry Cabot Lodge, advice to a novice politician


                 There is a road to freedom. Its milestones are Obedience, Endeavor, Honesty, Order, Cleanliness, Sobriety, Truthfulness, Sacrifice, and
                 love of the Fatherland. - Adolf Hitler

                 [Freedom is] the power to live as you will. Who then lives as he wills? -Marcus Tullius Cicero

                 There is but one element of government, and that is THE PEOPLE. From this element spring all governments. "For a nation to be free, it is
                 only necessary that she wills it." For a nation to be slave, it is only necessary that she wills it.  -John Adams

                 The law will never make men free; it is men who have got to make the law free.  -Henry David Thoreau

                 The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure. -Thomas Jefferson

                 Live Free or Die; Death is not the worst of evils. -General John Stark

                 Mejor morir a pie que vivir en rodillas. (Better to die on one's feet than live on one's knees.) -Dolores Ibarruri Gomez

                 In the end more than they wanted freedom, they wanted security. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society
                 to give to them, when the freedom they wished for was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free.  -Edward Gibbon

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

                 The disappearance of a sense of responsibility is the most far consequence of submission to authority. -Stanley Milgram

                 It is not the fact of liberty but the way in which liberty is exercised that ultimately determines whether liberty itself survives... When liberty
                 is taken away by force it can be restored by force. When it is relinquished voluntarily by default it can never be recovered.  -Dorothy

                 I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country.... Corporations have
                 been enthroned, an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by
                 working upon the prejudices of the people until the wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.
                 -Abraham Lincoln

                 It is a universal truth that the loss of liberty will be charged to dangers, real or imagined, from abroad.  -James Madison

                 The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.  -Thomas Jefferson

                 Necessity is the plea of every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.   -William Pitt

                 Your America is doing many things in the economic field which we found out caused us so much trouble. You are trying to control people's
                 lives. And no country can do that part way. I tried it and failed. Nor can any country do it all the way either. I tried that, too, and it failed.
                 -Herman Goering

                 Power...offers a choice of servitudes but calls this choice liberty.
                 -Raoul Vaneigem

                 ...there being nothing more evident than that creatures of the same species... should be equal amongst one another without subordination or
                 subjection... -John Locke

                 Liberty consists in doing what one desires. -John Stuart Mill

                 Liberty consists in the power of doing that which is permitted by law. -Marcus Tullius Cicero

                 The fact, in short, is that freedom, to be meaningful in an organized society, must consist of an amalgam of hierarchy of freedoms and
                 restraints. -Samuel Hendel

                 Obedience to Law is Liberty.
                 -Etched into the facade of the Worcester County Courthouse

                 War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.  -George Orwell

                 When liberty destroys order, the hunger for order will destroy liberty.
                 -Will Durant

                 Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.  -Barry Morris Goldwater

                 I remind you, sir, that extreme patriotism in the defense of liberty is no vice, and moderation in the pursuit of justice no virtue.
                 -Marcus Tullius Cicero

                 Our government...teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it
                 invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.
                 -Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis

                 As soon as liberty is complete it dies in anarchy. -Will Durant

                 In Germany they first came for the Communists and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I
                 didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then
                 they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me by that time no one was left to speak
                 up. -Pastor Martin Niemoller

                 When Hitler attacked the Jews, I was not a Jew, therefore, I was not concerned. And when Hitler attacked the Catholics, I was not a
                 Catholic, and therefore, I was not concerned. And when Hitler attacked the unions and industrialists, I was not a member of the unions and
                 I was not concerned. Then, Hitler attacked me and the Protestant church and there was nobody left to be concerned.
                 -Martin Niemoller

                 He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a
                 precedent that will reach himself.  -Thomas Paine

                 Experience teaches us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purpose is beneficent. Men born to freedom are
                 naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men
                 of zeal, well but without understanding.  -Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis

                 Every law is an infraction of liberty.  -Jeremy Bentham

                 When men are pure, laws are useless; when men are corrupt, laws are broken. -Benjamin Disraeli

                 Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. -Henry David Thoreau

                 Authority and liberty are two incompatible ideas.... Liberty diminishes in proportion as man progresses and becomes civilized.
                 -Antonio de Oliveira Salazar

                 For what is liberty but the unhampered translation of will into act.
                 -Dante Alighieri

                 Freedom comes from human beings, rather than from laws and institutions. -Clarence Seward Darrow

                 Freedom is the absolute right of all adult men and women to seek permission for their action only from their own conscience and reason,
                 and to be determined in their actions only by their own will, and consequently to be responsible only to themselves, and then to the society
                 to which they belong, but only insofar as they have made a free decision to belong to it. -Mikhail A. Bakunin

                 Can a nation be free if it oppresses other nations? It cannot.
                 -Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

                 We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home. -Edward Roscoe Murrow

                 Increase of freedom in the State may sometimes promote mediocrity, and give vitality to prejudice; it may even retard useful legislation,
                 diminish the capacity for war, and restrict the boundaries of Empire.... A generous spirit prefers that his country should be poor and weak,
                 and of no account, but free, rather than powerful, prosperous, and enslaved. -Lord John Emerich Edward

                 Of what use is political liberty to those who have no bread? It is of value only to ambitious theorists and politicians. -Jean Paul Marat

                 In America, through pressure of conformity, there is freedom of choice, but nothing to choose from.  -Peter Alexander Ustinov

                 I'm the one that has to die when it's time for me to die, so let me live my life, the way I want to.  -Jimi Hendrix

                 Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does. -Jean Sartre

        long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and
                 will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men.  -Voltarine de

                 None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

                 Many politicians...are in the habit of laying it down as a self-evident proposition, that no people ought to be free till they are fit to use their
                 freedom. The maxim is worthy of the fool..who resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim.  -Thomas Babington

                 The remedy in the United States is not less liberty but real liberty an end to the brutal intolerance of churchly hooligans and flag
                 corporations and all the rest of the small but bloody despots who have made the word Americanism a synonym for coercion and legal
                 crime. -Archibald MacLeish

                 The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedom.
                 -Supreme Court Justice William Orville Douglas

                 The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep's throat, for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces
                 him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty.  -Abraham Lincoln

                 The story of man is the history, first, of the acceptance and imposition of restraints necessary to permit communal life; and second, of the
                 emancipation of the individual within that system of necessary restraints. -Justice Abe Fortas

                 The tendency of all strong Governments has always been to suppress liberty, partly in order to ease the processes of rule, partly from sheer
                 disbelief in innovation.  -J.A. Hobson

                 There is no man so good, who, were he to submit all his thoughts and actions to the laws, would not deserve hanging ten times in his life.
                 -Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

                 We have not tried to suppress true, legitimate liberty; on the contrary, we have tried to preserve it. We are for liberty, but liberty with
                 order, the kind of liberty which will not threaten the basic principles of our nation, nor threaten its faith and unity.  -Francisco Franco

                 What good is it to me, after all, if there is an authority always busy to see to the tranquil enjoyment of my pleasures and going ahead to
                 brush all dangers away from my path without giving me even the trouble to think about it, if that authority, which protects me from the
                 smallest thorns on my journey, is also the absolute master of my liberty and of my life? -Alexis de Tocqueville

                 If you believe there is a God, a God that made your body, and yet you think that you can do anything with that body that's dirty, then the
                 fault lies with the manufacturer.  -Lenny Bruce

                 In every country and every age, the priest has been hostile to Liberty.  -Thomas Jefferson

                 Liberty wasn't guaranteed by the Constitution. It was only given a chance. -Stephen Chapman

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