Liberty Quotes

” … as all history informs us, there has been in every State & Kingdom a
constant kind of warfare between the governing & governed: the one striving to
obtain more for its support, and the other to pay less. And this has alone
occasioned great convulsions, actual civil wars, ending either in dethroning of
the Princes, or enslaving of the people. Generally indeed the ruling power
carries its point, the revenues of princes constantly increasing, and we see
that they are never satisfied, but always in want of more. The more the people
are discontented with the oppression of taxes; the greater need the prince has
of money to distribute among his partisans and pay the troops that are to
suppress all resistance, and enable him to plunder at pleasure. There is scarce
a king in a hundred who would not, if he could, follow the example of Pharaoh,
get first all the people’s money, then all their lands, and then make them and
their children servants for ever …”
— Benjamin Franklin
(1706-1790) US Founding Father
Source: before the Constitutional Convention, June 2, 1787

“[I]f the public are bound to yield obedience to laws
to which they cannot give their approbation,
they are slaves to those who make such laws and enforce them.”
— Candidus
Pen name of Samuel Adams during the era of the Sons of Liberty
Source: in the Boston Gazette, 1772


One response to “Liberty Quotes

  1. To govern means to control. How much control do you need or want from a politician or bureaucrat?