“Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end.”
– Lord Acton, in The History of Freedom in Antiquity, 1877
“You can protect your liberties in this world only by protecting the other man’s freedom. You can be free only if I am free.”
– Clarence Darrow, Address to the court in People v. Lloyd, 1920
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“Of liberty I would say that, in the whole plenitude of its extent, it is unobstructed action according to our will. But rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.”
– Thomas Jefferson, letter to Isaac H. Tiffany, April 4, 1819