Benjamin Franklin Quote About Liberty And Safety

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Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) Click to tweet

Other Versions Of The Same Quote

Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.

Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.

He who sacrifices freedom for security deserves neither.

Thomas Jefferson also said:

He who gives his freedom for safety gets none of them. Thomas Jefferson

You can find the original in this Google Book.

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More Benjamin Franklin Quotes About Liberty, Freedom And Security

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He that’s secure is not safe. Benjamin Franklin Click to tweet

We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately. Benjamin Franklin

Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech. Benjamin Franklin

Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out. Benjamin Franklin

Distrust and caution are the parents of security. Benjamin Franklin

Where liberty is, there is my country. Benjamin Franklin


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A brother may not be a friend, but a friend will always be a brother. Benjamin Franklin

Who is rich? He that rejoices in his portion. Benjamin Franklin

Each year one vicious habit discarded, in time might make the worst of us good. Benjamin Franklin

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. Benjamin Franklin

Honesty is the best policy. Benjamin Franklin

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God helps those who help themselves. Benjamin Franklin

Genius without education is like silver in the mine. Benjamin Franklin

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. Benjamin Franklin

Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. Benjamin Franklin

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Well done is better than well said. Benjamin Franklin

If you would not be forgotten, do things worth remembering. Benjamin Franklin

Would you live with ease, do what you ought and not what you please. Benjamin Franklin Click to tweet

Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are. Benjamin Franklin

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Diligence overcomes difficulties, sloth makes them. Benjamin Franklin

The Best Quotes About Freedom And Liberty

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No man is free who is not a master of himself. Epictetus

Liberty must be limited in order to be possessed. Edmund Burke

The basis of a democratic state is liberty. Aristotle

The best freedom is being yourself. Jim Morrison

Peace is liberty in tranquillity. Marcus Tullius Cicero

Life without liberty is like a body without spirit. Kahlil Gibran

Caged birds accept each other but flight is what they long for. Tennessee Williams

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Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it. George Bernard Shaw

I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will. Charlotte Bronte

People never give up their liberties but under some delusion. Edmund Burke

I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free. Charles Dickens

When the people fear the government there is tyranny, when the government fears the people there is liberty. John Basil Barnhill.

If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. George Orwell.

To be true to one’s own freedom is, in essence, to honor and respect the freedom of all others. Dwight D. Eisenhower

For every man who lives without freedom, the rest of us must face the guilt. Lillian Hellman

The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding. Justice Louis Brandeis.

The urge to save humanity is almost always a false face for the urge to rule it. H.L. Mencken.

Economic freedom is… an indispensable means toward the achievement of political freedom. Milton Friedman.

True freedom is to share, all the chains our brothers wear. James Russell Lowell


The Best Quotes About Security

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It is easy to be brave from a safe distance. Aesop Click to tweet

We are living in a world where everything is based on security. Alain Robert

Security is an attempt to try to make the universe static so that we feel safe. Anne Wilson Schaef

Never surrender opportunity for security. Branch Rickey

The more you seek security, the less of it you have. But the more you seek opportunity, the more likely it is that you will achieve the security that you desire. Brian Tracy

I never want to feel that I’m playing it safe. Christian Bale

It is playing safe that we create a world of utmost insecurity. Dag Hammarskjold

A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity. Dalai Lama

People want security in this insecure world. David Bailey

Most bad behavior comes from insecurity. Debra Winger

Silence is safer than speech. Epictetus

There can be no security where there is fear. Felix Frankfurter

Growth demands a temporary surrender of security. Gail Sheehy

Is it security you want? There is no security at the top of the world. Garet Garrett

Security is when everything is settled. When nothing can happen to you. Security is the denial of life. Germaine Greer

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Most people want security in this world, not liberty. H. L. Mencken

Knowing what to expect next gives children a sense of security. Hillary Clinton

One cannot have economic growth without security. John Bruton

The balance between freedom and security is a delicate one. Mark Udall

In skating over thin ice our safety is in our speed. Ralph Waldo Emerson

The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise. Tacitus

If everyone played it safe, we wouldn’t get anywhere. Vinod Khosla

Security is a kind of death. Tennessee Williams Click to tweet


Related Authors And Quotes

Thomas Jefferson

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I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery. Thomas Jefferson

He who gives his freedom for safety gets none of them. Thomas Jefferson

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. Thomas Jefferson

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past. Thomas Jefferson

George Washington

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It is far better to be alone than to be in bad company. George Washington

The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves. George Washington

True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation. George Washington

Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth. George Washington

Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected. George Washington

John Adams

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I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. John Adams

Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people. John Adams

Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order. John Adams

Abraham Lincoln

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Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. Abraham Lincoln.

Freedom is the last, best hope of earth. Abraham Lincoln

Whatever you are, be a good one. Abraham Lincoln

Thomas Edison

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There’s a way to do it better – find it. Thomas Edison

If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves. Thomas Edison

Hell, there are no rules here – we’re trying to accomplish something. Thomas Edison

Discontent is the first necessity of progress. Thomas Edison

Isaac Newton

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Men build too many walls and not enough bridges. Isaac Newton

Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy. Isaac Newton

If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants. Isaac Newton

I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people. Isaac Newton

Truth is ever to be found in the simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things. Isaac Newton

Albert Einstein

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Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. Albert Einstein

Force always attracts men of low morality. Albert Einstein

Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. Albert Einstein

Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding. Albert Einstein

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Franklin D. Roosevelt

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In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved. Franklin D. Roosevelt

Freedom to learn is the first necessity of guaranteeing that man himself shall be self-reliant enough to be free. Franklin D. Roosevelt

We, and all others who believe in freedom as deeply as we do, would rather die on our feet than live on our knees. Franklin D. Roosevelt

True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made. Franklin D. Roosevelt

The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. Franklin D. Roosevelt

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. Franklin D. Roosevelt Click to tweet

Frederick Douglass

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Without a struggle, there can be no progress. Frederick Douglass

The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous. Frederick Douglass

Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. Frederick Douglass

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. Frederick Douglass


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Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd. Voltaire Click to tweet

I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it. Voltaire

Judge of a man by his questions rather than by his answers. Voltaire

Man is free at the moment he wishes to be. Voltaire

All men have equal rights to liberty, to their property, and to the protection of the laws. Voltaire


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He who is brave is free. Seneca the Younger Click to tweet

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Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

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