It is the great parent of science & of virtue: and that a nation will be great in both, always in proportion as it is free.
As long as men are free to ask what they must, free to say what they think, free to think what they will, freedom can never be lost and science can never regress.
I have no fear that the result of our experiment will be that men may be trusted to govern themselves without a master.
The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.
Property must be secured, or liberty cannot exist.
The policy of American government is to leave its citizens free, neither restraining them nor aiding them in their pursuits.
There are those who will say that the liberation of humanity, the freedom of man and mind, is nothing but a dream. They are right. It is the American Dream.
I believe in only one thing: liberty; but I do not believe in liberty enough to want to force it upon anyone.
Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is the highest political end.
Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law,’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.