"The condition upon which God has given liberty to man is eternal vigilance."
John Philpot Curran, in a speech July 10, 1790
"Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the Government's purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding."
Justice Louis D. Brandeis, dissenting, Olmstead v. United States, 277 US 479 (1928)
"God grant that not only the love of liberty but a thorough knowledge of the rights of man may pervade all the nations of the earth, so that a philosopher may set his foot anywhere on its surface and say: 'This is my country.' "
Benjamin Franklin, letter to David Hartley, December 4, 1789
"Democracy is defended in 3 stages: Ballot Box, Jury Box, Cartridge Box."
"The right of citizens to bear arms is just one more guarantee against arbitrary government, one more safeguard against the tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible".
Hubert H. Humphrey, quoted in "Restricting Handguns: The Liberal Skeptics Speak Out", Kates, ed., 1979
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