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Freedom and Gun Rights Quotes - Part 2
"It is bad to be oppressed by a minority, but it is worse to be oppressed by a majority..... from the absolute will of an entire people there is no appeal, no redemption, no refuge but treason."
"Whenever a single definite object is made the supreme end of the State, be it the advantage of a class, the safety of the power of the country, the greatest happiness of the greatest number, or the support of any speculative idea, the State becomes for the time inevitably absolute."
"In Germany they first came for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.
"The right of a nation to kill a tyrant in case of necessity can no more be doubted than to hang a robber, or kill a flea."
"Any excuse will serve a tyrant."
"The people as a body cannot deliberate. Nevertheless, they will feel an irresistible impulse to act, and their resolutions will be dictated to them by their demagogues... and the violent men, who are the most forward to gratify those passions, will be their favorites. What is called the government of the people is in fact too often the arbitrary power of such men. Here, then, we have the faithful portrait of democracy."
"Written laws are like spiders' webs, and will, like them, only entangle and hold the poor and weak, while the rich and powerful easily break through them."
"Solon used to say... that laws were like cobwebs -- for if any trifling or powerless thing fell into them, they held it fast; while if it were something weightier, it broke through them and was off."
"The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution."
"Judges ought to remember that their office is jus dicere, and not jus dare; to interpret law, and not to make law, or give law."
"Law represents the effort of men to organize society; governments, the efforts of selfishness to overthrow liberty."
"REVOLUTION, n. A bursting of the boilers which usually takes place when the safety valve of public discussion is closed."
"All treaties between great states cease to be binding when they come in conflict with the struggle for existence."
"The framers [of the Constitution] knew that free speech is the friend of change and revolution. But they also knew that it is always the deadliest enemy of tyranny."
"The most universal and effectual way of discovering the true meaning of law, when the words are dubious, is by considering the reason and spirit of it; or the cause which moved the legislator to enact it. for when this reason ceased, the law itself ought likewise to cease with it."
"History is the torch that is meant to illuminate the past, to guard us against the repetition of our mistakes of other days. We cannot join in the rewriting of history to make it conform to our comfort and convenience."
"Without free speech no search for truth is possible... no discovery of truth is useful.... Better a thousandfold abuse of free speech than denial of free speech. The abuse dies in a day, but the denial slays the life of the people, and entombs the hope of the race."
"To declare that in the administration of criminal law the end justifies the means -- to declare that the Government may commit crimes in order to secure conviction of a private criminal -- would bring terrible retribution."
"The makers of our Constitution sought to protect Americans.... They conferred, as against the government, the right to be let alone -- the most comprehensive of rights and the right most valued by civilized men."
"A man is allowed sufficient freedom of thought, provided he knows how to choose his subject properly.... But the scene is changed as you come homeward, and atheism or treason may be the names given in Britain to what would be reason and truth if asserted in China."
"All writers on the science of policy are agreed, and they agree with experience, that all governments must frequently infringe the rules of justice to support themselves; that truth must give way to dissimulation, honesty to convenience, and humanity itself to the reigning of interest. The whole of this mystery of iniquity is called the reason of state."
"When bad men combine, the good must associate; otherwise they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle."
"Among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot long exist."
"Kings will be tyrants from policy, when subjects are rebels from principle."
"The great end for which men entered into society was to preserve their property. That right is preserved sacred and incommunicable in all instances where it has not been taken away or abridged by some public law for the good of the whole."
"Populus vult decipi, decipiatur. The people want to be deceived, let them be deceived."
"Those who steal from private individuals spend their lives in stocks and chains; those who steal from the public treasury go dressed in gold and purple."
"The more laws, the less justice."
"I am a revolutionist by birth, reading, and principle. I am always on the side of the revolutionists because there never was a revolution unless there were some oppressive and intolerable conditions against which to revolute."
"Though the people support the government, the government should not support the people."
"Make no laws whatever concerning speech, and speech will be free; so soon as you make a declaration on paper that speech shall be free, you will have a hundred lawyers proving that 'Freedom does not mean abuse, nor liberty license'; and they will define and define freedom out of existence."
"The Bill of Rights is a born rebel. It reeks with sedition. In every clause it shakes its fist in the face of constituted authority.... it is the one guarantee of human freedom to the American people."
"Liberty will not descend to a people; a people must raise themselves to liberty; it is a blessing that must be earned before it can be enjoyed."
"Our tradition is one of protest and revolt, and it is stultifying to celebrate the rebels of the past.... while we silence the rebels of the present."
"Who would be cleared by their [Un-American Activities] Committees? Not Washington, who was a rebel. Not Jefferson, who wrote that all men are created equal and who's motto was "rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.... Not Lincoln, who admonished us to have malice toward none, charity for all.... or Justice Holmes, who said that our Constitution is an experiment and that while that experiment is being made, "we should be eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions that we loathe and believe to be fraught with death."
"Individuality is the aim of political liberty."
"The tendencies of democracies are, in all things, to mediocrity, since the tastes, knowledge, and principles of the majority form the tribunal of appeal."
"It is the besetting vice of democracies to substitute public opinion for law. This is the usual form in which the masses of men exhibit their tyranny."
"Freedom is always in danger, and the majority of mankind will always acquiesce in its loss, unless a minority is willing to challenge the privileges of its few and the apathy of the masses."
"The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime, and the punishment of his guilt."
"No man has any right to rule who is not better than the people over whom he rules."
"Mankind is at its best when it is most free. This will be clear if we grasp the principle of liberty. We must recall that the basic principle is freedom of choice, which saying many have on their lips but few in their mind."
"You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom. You can only be free if I am free."
"The Constitution of the United States is a law for rulers and people, equally in war and peace, and covers with the shield of its protection all classes of men, at all times, and under all circumstances. No doctrine involving more pernicious consequences was ever invented by the wit of man than that any of its provisions can be suspended during any of the great exigencies of government. Such a doctrine leads directly to anarchy or despotism..."
"Whatever Party of Men obtain the Reins of Management, and have power to name the Person who shall License the Press, that Party of Men have the whole power of keeping the World in Ignorance, in all matters relating to Religion or Policy, since the Writers of that Party shall have full liberty to impose their Notions upon the World."
"Probably all laws are useless; for good men do not want laws at all, and bad men are made no better by them."
"The World is weary of statesmen whom democracy has degraded into politicians."
"In politics experiments mean revolutions."
"When men are pure, laws are useless; when men are corrupt, laws are broken."
"The right to revolt has sources deep in our history."
"Today's Establishment is the new George III. Whether it will continue to adhere to his tactics, we do not know. If it does, the redress honored by tradition, is also revolution."
"A people who extend civil liberties only to preferred groups start down the path either to a dictatorship of the right or the left."
"The struggle is always between the individual and his sacred right to express himself... and... the power structure that seeks conformity, suppression, and obedience."
"The two greatest obstacles to democracy in the United States are, first, the widespread delusion among the poor that we have a democracy, and second, the chronic terror among the rich, lest we get it."
"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
"A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within. The essential cause of Rome's decline lay in her people, her morals, her class struggle, her failing trade, her bureaucratic despotism, her stifling taxes, her consuming wars...."
"Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters."
"A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have."
"I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!"
"Moderation in temper is always a virtue; moderation in principle is always a vice."
"The right of revolution is an inherent one. When people are oppressed by their government, it is a natural right they enjoy to relieve themselves of the oppression, if they are strong enough, whether by withdrawal from it, or by overthrowing it and substituting a government more acceptable."
"The right to be let alone is the underlying principle of the Constitution's Bill of Rights."
"Men are not hanged for stealing horses, but that horses may not be stolen."
"Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it."
"There never yet has been a great system sustained by force under which all the best faculties of men have not slowly withered. Deny human rights, and however little you may wish to do so, you will find yourself abjectly kneeling at the feet of that old-world god, Force -- That grimmest and ugliest of gods that men have ever erected for themselves out of the lusts of their hearts. You will find yourself hating and dreading all other men who differ from you; you will find yourself obliged by the law of conflict into which you have plunged, to use every means in your power to crush them before they are able to crush you; you will find yourself day by day growing more unscrupulous and intolerant, more and more compelled by the fear of those opposed to you, to commit harsh and violent actions."
"Everyone loves his own country, customs, language, wife, children, not because they are the best in the world, but because they are his established property, and he loves in them himself, and the labor he has bestowed on them. The working of revolutions, therefore, misleads me no more; it is as necessary to our race as its waves to the stream, that it may not be a stagnant marsh. Ever renewed in its forms, the genius of humanity blossoms."
"The German people have no idea of the extent to which they have to be galled in order to be led."
"The size of the lie is a definite factor in causing it to be believed, for the vast masses of the nation are in the depths of their hearts more easily deceived than they are consciously and intentionally bad. The primitive simplicity of their minds renders them a more easy prey to a big lie than a small one, for they themselves often tell little lies but would be ashamed to tell a big one."
"All propaganda must be so popular and on such an intellectual level, that even the most stupid of those towards whom it is directed will understand it. Therefore, the intellectual level of the propaganda must be lower the larger the number of people who are to be influenced by it."
"Through clever and constant application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way around, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise."
"All advertising, whether it lies in the field of business or of politics, will carry success by continuity and regular uniformity of application."
"[The crowd] will finally succeed in remembering only the simplest concepts repeated a thousand times."
"Hunger is the mother of anarchy."
"The greater the importance to safeguarding the community from incitements to the overthrow of our institutions by force and violence, the more imperative is the need to preserve the constitutional rights of free speech, free press, and free assembly in order to maintain the opportunity for free political discussion, to the end that government may be responsive to the will of the people and that changes, if desired, may be obtained by peaceful means. Therein lies the security of the Republic, the very foundation of constitutional government."
"Better to die on one's feet than to live on one's knees."
"It is better to be the widow of a hero than the wife of a coward."
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