Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Let us therefore animate and encourage each other, and show the whole world, that a Freeman contending for Liberty on his own ground is superior to any slavish mercenary on earth.
The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.
A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.
Honor, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us. We cannot endure the infamy and guilt of resigning succeeding generations to that wretchedness which inevitably awaits them if we basely entail hereditary bondage on them.
It is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad.
Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power.
Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.