„All government, of course, is against liberty.“

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US-amerikanischer Publizist und Schriftsteller 1880 - 1956

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Maximilien Robespierre Foto

„The government in a revolution is the despotism of liberty against tyranny.“

—  Maximilien Robespierre French revolutionary lawyer and politician 1758 - 1794

Original French: Le gouvernement de la révolution est le despotisme de la liberté contre la tyrannie.
Speech to the National Convention http://www.royet.org/nea1789-1794/archives/discours/robespierre_principes_morale_politique_05_02_94.htm (5 February 1794)

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„All religions united with government are more or less inimical to liberty. All, separated from government, are compatible with liberty.“

—  Henry Clay American politician from Kentucky 1777 - 1852

Speech on the Emancipation of South America], House of Representatives (24 March 1818); The Life and Speeches of the Hon. Henry Clay, vol. I (1857), ed. Daniel Mallory

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„Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have … The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases.“

—  Thomas Jefferson 3rd President of the United States of America 1743 - 1826

Commonly quoted on many websites, this quotation is actually from an address by President Gerald Ford to the US Congress (12 August 1974) http://www.bartleby.com/73/714.html
Misattributed

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„The ‘liberty’ of one is his permission to act as he pleases, supported against interference by the power of the concern or government“

—  John R. Commons United States institutional economist and labor historian 1862 - 1945

Quelle: Legal foundations of capitalism. 1924, p. 99

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„As government expands, liberty contracts.“

—  Ronald Reagan American politician, 40th president of the United States (in office from 1981 to 1989) 1911 - 2004

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Ioannis Metaxas Foto

„The Italian Government has repeatedly noted that, during the course of the present war, the Greek Government has adopted and maintained a position which goes not only against the smooth and peaceful… Alors, c'est la guerre.“

—  Ioannis Metaxas Greek politician 1871 - 1941

Ioannis Metaxas, quoted in: Ángelos Terzákis (1990) The Greek Epic: 1940 - 1941. p. 36.
His response to the Italian ultimatum given by Ambassador Emanuele Grazzi, 28 October 1940. Greece entered the WWII.

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„When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.“

—  Thomas Jefferson 3rd President of the United States of America 1743 - 1826

First attributed to Jefferson in 1945, this does not appear in any known Jefferson document. When governments fear the people, there is liberty... http://wiki.monticello.org/mediawiki/index.php/When_governments_fear_the_people,_there_is_liberty...(Quotation), Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia. It first appears in 1914, in [Barnhill, John Basil, John Basil Barnhill, Indictment of Socialism No. 3, Barnhill-Tichenor Debate on Socialism, http://debs.indstate.edu/b262b3_1914.pdf, PDF, 2008-10-16, 1914, National Rip-Saw Publishing, Saint Louis, Missouri, p. 34]
Misattributed
Variante: Where the people fear the government you have tyranny. Where the government fears the people you have liberty.

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„Liberty is an evil which government is intended to correct. This is the sole object of government.“

—  George Fitzhugh American activist 1806 - 1881

Quelle: Sociology For The South: Or The Failure Of A Free Society (1854), p. 170

„That government only can be pronounced consistent with the design of all government, which allows to the governed the liberty of doing what, consistently with the general good, they may desire to do, and which only forbids their doing the contrary. Liberty does not exclude restraint; it only excludes unreasonable restraint.“

—  James Burgh, buch Political Disquisitions

Political Disquisitions (1774)
Kontext: That government only can be pronounced consistent with the design of all government, which allows to the governed the liberty of doing what, consistently with the general good, they may desire to do, and which only forbids their doing the contrary. Liberty does not exclude restraint; it only excludes unreasonable restraint. To determine precisely how far personal liberty is compatible with the general good, and of the propriety of social conduct in all cases, is a matter of great extent, and demands the united wisdom of a whole people. And the consent of the whole people, as far as it can be obtained, is indispensably necessary to every law, by which the whole people are to be bound; else the whole people are enslaved to the one, or the few, who frame the laws for them.

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„The two greatest things that all men aim at in any free government are liberty and permanency.“

—  Thomas D'Arcy McGee Canadian politician 1825 - 1868

Legislative Assembly, February 9, 1865
Kontext: The two greatest things that all men aim at in any free government are liberty and permanency. We have had liberty enough - too much perhaps in some respects - but at all events, liberty to our hearts content.

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„Local self-government…is the life-blood of liberty.“

—  John Lothrop Motley, The Rise of the Dutch Republic

The Rise of the Dutch Republic (1856; New York: Harper, 1861) vol. 3, part 6, ch. 1, p. 416.

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„Despotism may govern without faith, but liberty cannot.“

—  Alexis De Tocqueville, buch Democracy in America

Quelle: Democracy in America, Volume I (1835), Chapter XV-IXX, Chapter XVII.
Kontext: Despotism may govern without faith, but liberty cannot. How is it possible that society should escape destruction if the moral tie is not strengthened in proportion as the political tie is relaxed? And what can be done with a people who are their own masters if they are not submissive to the Deity?

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