liberty

A Quote by Newton on spirit, matter, freedom, liberty, and free will

This process, this method necessary to man’s survival and prosperity upon the earth, has often been derided as unduly or exclusively “materialistic.” But it should be clear that what has happened in this activity proper to man’s nature is a fusion of “spirit” and matter; man’s mind, using the ideas it has learned, directs his energy in transforming and reshaping matter into ways to sustain and advance his wants and his life. Behind every “produced” good, behind every man-made transformation of natural resources, is an idea directing the effort, a manifestation of man’s spirit.

The individual man, in introspecting the fact of his own consciousness, also discovers the primordial natural fact of his freedom: his freedom to choose, his freedom to use or not use his reason about any given subject. In short, the natural fact of his “free will.” He also discovers the natural fact of his mind’s command over his body and its actions: that is, of his natural ownership over his self.

Murray Rothbard

Source: The Ethics of Liberty, Pages: 31

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A Quote by Hans-Hermann Hoppe on liberty, freedom, happiness, security, government, violence, suppression, and serfdom

The recently ended twentieth century was characterized by a level of human rights violations unparalleled in all of human history. In his book Death by Government, Rudolph Rummel estimates some 170 million government-caused deaths in the twentieth century. The historical evidence appears to indicate that, rather than protecting life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness of their citizens, governments must be considered the greatest threat to human security.

Hanse-Hermann Hoppe

Contributed by: peter

A Quote by Frédéric Bastiat on freedom, liberty, society, law, happiness, and peace

Try to imagine a system of labor imposed by force that is not a violation of liberty; a transfer of wealth imposed by force that is not a violation of property rights. If you cannot do so, then you must agree that the law cannot organize labor and industry without organizing injustice.

Frédéric Bastiat

Source: http://www.econlib.org/library/Bastiat/basEss2.html

Contributed by: peter

A Quote by Albert Jay Nock on society, freedom, liberty, peace, harmony, and politics

Here is the Golden Rule of sound citizenship, the first and greatest lesson in the study of politics: you get the same order of criminality from any State to which you give power to exercise it; and whatever power you give the State to do things for you carries with it the equivalent power to do things to you. A citizenry which has learned that one short lesson has but little more left to learn.

Albert Nock

Source: http://www.mises.org/story/2352

Contributed by: peter

A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on liberty and freedom

Those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither liberty nor safety

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

Contributed by: Maya

A Quote by Raphie on honesty, money, george washington, abe lincoln, patrick hamilton, liberty, freedom, and independence

Take note, ye honestly ambitious: we sing happily the praises of the righteous honest in our religious texts, but don't think we really believe that kind of "goodness" pays. The muses of the merry, happy "gooder" ones who rule us, George Washington, Abe Lincoln and Patrick Hamilton harmonize the tune we know speaks true truth. Liberty, freedom and independence are to be found by keeping the notes they grace us with -- the one, five and ten dollar bills -- close by the side. Disregard their song at your own pecuniary peril.

Raphie Frank

Contributed by: Raphie

A Quote by unknown on liberty, independance, declaration, equality, thomas jefferson, benjamin franklin, john adams, roger sherman, and john hancock

We hold these truths to be self evident, that all (people) are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life ,liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

unknown

Source: The Declaration Of Independence

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A Quote by John Calvin Coolidge on liberty, individualism, individuality, freedom, rights, and individual rights

Liberty is not collective, it is personal. All liberty is individual liberty.

Calvin Coolidge (1872 - 1933)

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A Quote by John Stuart Mill on liberty, individualism, individuality, freedom, rights, and individual rights

The only freedom which deserves the name, is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it.

John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)

Contributed by: Naumadd

A Quote by George Gerbner on fear, control, and liberty

Fearful people are more dependent, more easily manipulated and controlled, more susceptible to deceptively simple, strong, tough measures and hard-line postures. ... They may accept and even welcome repression if it promises to relieve their insecurities.

George Gerbner

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