Where the Spirit of the Lord Is, There Is Liberty (2 Cor. 3:17)

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In honor of the Fourth of July, I offer a few quotes.

“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”   —Patrick Henry

 

“On what basis can we morally resist tyranny? I say to you with all the fervor of my soul that God intended men to be free. Rebellion against tyranny is a righteous cause. It is an enormous evil for any man to be enslaved to any system contrary to his own will. For that reason men, 200 years ago, pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor. No nation which has kept the commandments of God has ever perished, but I say to you that once freedom is lost, only blood—human blood—will win it back.” —Ezra Taft Benson

 

“[That you might live] according to the laws and constitution of the people, which I have suffered to be established, and should be maintained for the rights and protection of all flesh, according to just and holy principles. . . . And for this purpose have I established the Constitution of this land, by the hands of wise men whom I raised up unto this very purpose, and redeemed the land by the shedding of blood.” —D&C 101:80

 

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” —Nelson Mandela

 

“I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.” —Thomas Jefferson

 

“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. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant.” —John Stuart Mill

 

“God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it.” —Daniel Webster

 

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

 

“If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.” —James Madison

 

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

 

“With respect to the words ‘general welfare,’ I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators.” –James Madison

 

“My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.” —Adlai Stevenson

 

“Where Liberty dwells, there is my country.” —Benjamin Franklin

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