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    If you look back on the history of the 20th century, the 19th century or even to the ancien régime of the 18th, you will see that first people rebelled against the order of the things because of lack of liberty, and demanded more freedom. And when they got more freedom, they got frightened, and they desired more security for a change. After a while, they started complaining, although more secure, they also become more dependent and rule-bound.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: people  freedom  liberty 
     
    Excessive liberty and excessive servitude are equally dangerous, and produce nearly the same effect.
    — Zoroaster
    tags: liberty  dangerous 
     
    Frankly, I don't think you should perform in a plaza where thousands of Cubans have been subjected to the death penalty, by firing squad, including three young black men in 2003. What is needed in Cuba is a concert in favor of democracy, civil liberties for the people, the freedom of political prisoners, free elections and the expulsion of dictatorial power.
    — Zoe Valdes
    Only by acknowledging the success and sacrifice made by those who came before us, can we fully understand what we must do to ensure the liberty of those who will succeed us.
    — Yvette Clarke
    The painting develops before my eyes, unfolding its surprises as it progresses. It is this which gives me the sense of complete liberty, and for this reason I am incapable of forming a plan or making a sketch beforehand.
    — Yves Tanguy
    But 18 years after the passage of the Civil Liberties Act, there still remains unfinished work to completely rectify and close this regrettable chapter in our Nations history.
    — Xavier Becerra
    tags: work  liberty  year 
     
    Liberty does not consist in mere declarations of the rights of man. It consists in the translation of those declarations into definite action.
    — Woodrow Wilson
    tags: men  action  right  liberty 
     
    Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of the government. The history of liberty is a history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of the limitation of governmental power, not the increase of it.
    — Woodrow Wilson
    The history of liberty is the history of limitations on the power of government, not the increase of it. When we resist, therefore, the concentration of power, we are resisting the processes of death, because concentration of power is what always precedes the destruction of human liberties.
    — Woodrow Wilson
    I have always in my own thought summed up individual liberty, and business liberty, and every other kind of liberty, in the phrase that is common in the sporting world, 'A free field and no favor.'
    — Woodrow Wilson
    When I think of the flag.... I see alternate strips of parchment upon which are written the rights of liberty and justice, and stripes of blood to vindicate those rights, and then, in the corner, a prediction of the blue serene into which every nation may swim which stands for these great things.
    — Woodrow Wilson
    tags: justice  right  blood  liberty 
     
    America was established not to create wealth but to realize a vision, to realize an ideal - to discover and maintain liberty among men.
    — Woodrow Wilson
    tags: men  america  liberty  vision  wealth 
     
    I would rather belong to a poor nation that was free than to a rich nation that had ceased to be in love with liberty.
    — Woodrow Wilson
    tags: poor  liberty 
     
    Liberty is its own reward.
    — Woodrow Wilson
    tags: liberty 
     
    I believe in human liberty as I believe in the wine of life. There is no salvation for men in the pitiful condescension of industrial masters. Guardians have no place in a land of freemen.
    — Woodrow Wilson
    You cannot tear up ancient rootages and safely plant the tree of liberty in soil that is not native to it.
    — Woodrow Wilson
    tags: tears  liberty 
     
    An evident principleis the principle of justice to all peoples and nationalities, and their right to live on equal terms of liberty and safety with one another, whether they be strong or weak.
    — Woodrow Wilson
    tags: justice  live  right  strong  liberty 
     
    There will be no greater burden on our generation than to organize the forces of liberty in our time in order to make our quest ofa new freedom for America.
    — Woodrow Wilson
    tags: time  freedom  america  liberty 
     
    The flag is a flag of liberty of opinion as well as of political liberty.
    — Woodrow Wilson
    Sciencehas won for us a great liberty in the physical world, a liberty from superstitious fear and from disease, a freedom touse nature as a familiar servant; but it has not freed us from ourselves.
    — Woodrow Wilson
    tags: fear  nature  freedom  world  liberty 
     
    Liberty cannot live apart from constitutional
    — Woodrow Wilson
    tags: live  liberty 
     
    The world must be made safe for democracy. Its peace must be planted upon the tested foundations of political liberty.
    — Woodrow Wilson
    There is one thing that the American people always rise to and extend their hand to and that is the truth of justice, and of liberty, and of peace. We have accepted that truth and we are going to led by itand through us the world, out into pastures of quietness and peace such as the world never dreamed of before.
    — Woodrow Wilson
    I have one abiding religion-human liberty.
    — Wole Soyinka
    tags: liberty 
     
    Wine gives you liberty, love takes it away.
    — William Wycherley
    tags: liberty 
     
    I would have the Constitution torn in shreds and scattered to the four winds of heaven. Let us destroy the Constitution and build on its ruins the temple of liberty. I have brothers in slavery. I have seen chains placed on their limbs and beheld them captive.
    — William Wells Brown
    tags: slavery  liberty  heaven 
     
    I was not only hunting for my liberty, but also hunting for my name.
    — William Wells Brown
    tags: liberty 
     
    This is called 'the land of the free and the home of the brave'; it is called the 'asylum of the oppressed,' and some have been foolish enough to call it the 'Cradle of Liberty.' If it is the 'Cradle of Liberty,' they have rocked the child to death.
    — William Wells Brown
    tags: children  death  child  liberty 
     
    One of the functions of government is to act as a safeguard not just of property but of our liberties.
    — William Weld
    I tell ye true, liberty is the best of all things; never live beneath the noose of a servile halter.
    — William Wallace
    tags: live  true  liberty 
     
    I came home from Portugal convinced that nothing is so important as making known what the Mother of God asked in those apparitions of 1917 . . . The future of our civilization, our liberties, our very existence may depend upon the acceptance of her commands.
    — William Thomas Walsh
    Patriotism at the expense of another nation is as wicked as racism at the expense of another race. . . Let us resolve to be patriots always, nationalists never. Let us love our country, but pledge allegiance to the earth and to the flora and fauna and human life that it supports - one planet indivisible, with clean air,... soil and water; with liberty, justice and peace for all.
    — William Sloane Coffin
    However, I think a plain space near the eye gives it a kind of liberty it loves; and then the picture, whether you choose the grand or beautiful, should be held up at its proper distance. Variety is the principal ingredient in beauty; and simplicity is essential to grandeur.
    — William Shenstone
    What some people term Freedom is nothing else than a liberty of saying and doing disagreeable things. It is but carrying the notion a little higher, and it would require us to break and have a head broken reciprocally without offense.
    — William Shenstone
    There is one thing diviner than duty, namely, the bond of obligation transmuted into liberty.
    — William Rounseville Alger
    tags: liberty 
     
    [I]f we assume a liberty interest but nevertheless say that, even assuming a liberty interest, a state can prohibit it entirely, that would be rather a conundrum.
    — William Rehnquist
    tags: liberty 
     
    The framers of the constitution knew human nature as well as we do. They too had lived in dangerous days; they too knew the suffocating influence of orthodoxy and standardized thought. They weighed the compulsions for restrained speech and thought against the abuses of liberty. They chose liberty.
    — William O. Douglas
    The liberties of none are safe unless the liberties of all are protected.
    — William O. Douglas
    tags: liberty 
     
    A people who extend civil liberties only to preferred groups start down the path either to dictatorship of the right or the left.
    — William O. Douglas
    tags: people  right  liberty  path 
     
    What we must remember, however, is that preservation of liberties does not depend on motives. A suppression of liberty has the same effect whether the suppressor be a reformer or an outlaw. The only protection against misguided zeal is constant alertness to infractions of the guarantees of liberty contained in our Constitution. Each surrender of liberty to the demands of the moment makes easier another, larger surrender. . .
    — William O. Douglas
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