Liberalism Quotes

“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely”
Lord Acton
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"Liberalism is the politics of philosophical ideas instead of political principles”
Benjamin Disraeli
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“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal”
Thomas Jefferson
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“Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one”
Thomas Paine - 'Common Sense' 1776
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“By liberty, we mean protection against the tyranny of the political rulers”
John Stuart Mill - On Liberty (1859)
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“I detest what you say, but I shall defend to the death your right to say it”
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“We should be free as long as our actions do no harm to others”
John Stuart Mill
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“Liberty is the plan of heaven for humanity”
George W. Bush
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“Man was born free, yet everywhere he is in chains”
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"An individual has sovereign right over his mind/body but each must respect that all have equal right to liberty"
John Rawls
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“Freedom is the silence of laws.”
Thomas Hobbes
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“That government is best which governs least.”
Thomas Hobbes
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“Heaven helps those who help themselves.”
Samuel Smiles
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"Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world"
Nelson Mandela
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“To argue with a person who has renounced reason is like administering medicine to the dead”
Thomas Paine
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"Always treat people as ends in themselves, never as means to an end”
Immanuel Kant
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“Over himself and his own body and mind the individual is sovereign”
John Stuart Mill
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"Life, Liberty and Property"
John Locke
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"Liberty consists in doing as one desires"
John Stuart Mill
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"Every man has a property in his own person. This nobody has a right to, but himself"
John Locke
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"The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others.”
John Stuart Mill - 'On Liberty' 1859
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“a hand up not a hand-out”
Bill Clinton
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“Equality of opportunity is freedom, but equality of outcome is repression”
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“A society that puts equality- in the sense of equality of outcome- ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality nor freedom”
Milton Freidman
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“The liberty of man in society is to be under no other legislative but that established by consent in the commonwealth"
John Locke - “Treatise on Government” 1869
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“If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power would be justified in silencing mankind”
John Stuart Mill - 'On Liberty' 1869
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“Were there a people of gods, their government would be democratic. So perfect a government is not for men”
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Benjamin Disraeli


"Liberalism is the politics of philosophical ideas instead of political principles”

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Thomas Jefferson


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Thomas Paine - 'Common Sense' 1776


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John Stuart Mill - On Liberty (1859)


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