Corruption, the most infallible symptom of constitutional liberty. Edward Gibbon, "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire"
Dictators free themselves, but they enslave the people. Charlie Chaplin, "The Great Dictator"
The law will never make a man free; it is men who have got to make the law free. Henry David Thoreau, "Slavery in Massachusetts"
My rank is the highest known in Switzerland: I am a free citizen. George Bernard Shaw, "Arms and the Man"
A conquered nation is like a man with cancer: he can think of nothing else. George Bernard Shaw, "John Bull's Other Island"
We are all conceived in close prison; in our mothers' wombs, we are close prisoners all; when we are born, we are born but to the liberty of the house; prisoners still, though within larger walls; and then all our life is but a going out to the place of execution, to death. John Donne, "Eighty Sermons"
It is better for a man to go wrong in freedom than to go right in chains. Thomas Henry Huxley, "Aphorisms and Reflections"
The spirit of truth and the spirit of freedom-these are the pillars of society. Henrik Ibsen, "Pillars of Society"
I sometimes think that the price of liberty is not so much eternal vigilance as eternal dirt. George Orwell, "The Road to Wigan Pier"
I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. John Adams, "The Adams Family Correspondence"