civil liberties

Liberty Quotation: Edward Bennett Williams on Civil Liberties

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200px-Edward_Bennett_Williams“Civil liberties are a great heritage for Americans.  They are not rights that the government gives to the people, they are the rights that the people carved out for themselves when they created the government.”

Edward Bennett Williams


Liberty Quotation of the Day: Brandeis on the Greatest Dangers to Liberty

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Brandeis“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)

Liberty Quotation of the Day: Lin Yutang on Habeas Corpus and Other Civil Liberties

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Lin Yutang“Without protection of civil liberties, the idea that our rulers should or would love us like parents is naïve to the extreme.  Personally, I think that one writ of habeas corpus is worth more than all the Confucian philosophy ever written.”

Lin Yutang, Chinese writer and philosopher  (1895-1976)