“A constitution of government, once changed from freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.”
“If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth.”
”Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
“A nation that prefers disgrace to danger is prepared for a master and deserves one.”
'It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once.”
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.”
“We didn’t pass [freedom] to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same…”
'And it is in such a twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air-- however slight-- lest we become the unwitting victims of the darkness.'
“[Freedom] must be fought for… or one day we will spend our sunset years telling out children and our [grand]children what it was once like in the [U.S.] where men free.'
'As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged.”
'Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from the inattention of our people to the concerns of their government–from their carelessness and neglect.“
“There is not a single instance in history in which civil liberty was lost and religious liberty preserved.”
“Let not your children have reason to curse you for giving up those rights and prostrating those institutions which your fathers delivered to you.”
“To you voters in whose power it is to save or destroy your country, consider well the important trust which God has put into your hands… you are accountable for them.”
“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”
'The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.'
“Freedom is not something a nation can work for once and win forever. It’s like an insurance policy––its premium must be kept up-to-date. In order to keep it, we have to ke keep working for it and sacrificing for it just as long as we live. If we do not, our children may not know the pleasure of working to keep it fore it may not be theirs to keep.”
'Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is argument of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves.'