Where Men Cannot Freely Convey Their Thoughts to One Another, No Other Liberty is Secure




“Among the many objects to which a wise and free people find it necessary to direct their attention, that of providing for their safety seems to be first . . . . At present I mean only to consider it as it respects security for the preservation of peace and tranquility, as well as against dangers from foreign arms and influence, as from dangers of like kind arising from domestic causes.” The Federalist Papers Federalist No. 3, November 3, 1787

-John Jay


“Let us not commit ourselves to the absurd and senseless dogma that the color of the skin shall be the basis of suffrage, the talisman of liberty.” Oration delivered at Ravenna, Ohio (4 July 1865)

-James A. Garfield


“We view ourselves on the eve of battle. We are nerved for the contest, and must conquer or perish. It is vain to look for present aid: none is at hand. We must now act or abandon all hope! Rally to the standard, and be no longer the scoff of mercenary tongues! Be men, be free men, that your children may bless their father’s name.”

-Sam Houston


“Talk is cheap – except when Congress does it.”

-Cullen Hightower


“This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or their revolutionary right to dismember it or overthrow it.” First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861

-Abraham Lincoln


“Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government’s purposes are beneficial … the greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding.” 1928

-Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis


“My heart fails when I look around, but “Spit fire!” and have an end to this at once! Liberty forever, though death be the penalty.”

-Sarah Morgan


“One and God make a majority.”

-Frederick Douglass


“The American experiment has come and gone. Whatever freedoms the people still might have as their own, are monitored and registered and taxed at virtually every turn.”

-Jeff Baxter


“It is better to die on your feet than live on your knees.”

-Emiliano Zapta, Mexican revolutionary


“I hope that everyone will try to gain some insights into the plight of a soldier who was defending his home, family and the ideals of the U.S. Constitution.”

-Margaret W. Hollingsworth


“Justice is the means by which established injustices are sanctioned.” Crainquebille

-Anatole France


“He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright”

-Blaise Pascal


“Government is a trust, and the officers of the government are trustees. And both the trust and the trustees are created for the benefit of the people.”

-Henry Clay


“Look not to the politicians; look to yourselves.” 1850’s

-Richard Cobden,  Member of British Parliament


“All power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority and instituted for their peace, safety, happiness and the protection of property. For the advancement of these ends, they have at all times the inalienable and indefeasible right to alter, reform or abolish their government in such manner as they may deem proper.”

-Kentucky Constitution


“The true remedy for most evils is none other than liberty, unlimited and complete liberty, liberty in every field of human endeavor.”

-Gustave de Molinari, 19th Century Belgian Economist and Philosopher


“The strength and beauty of a Federal system of government, its value and completeness as a government, its harmonious and energetic action, absolutely require in both the general and local authorities, a rigid observance of the boundaries of power lying between them and marking out their appropriate spheres of action. This simple rule forbids alike the usurpation of authority upon the part of the general government, the infringement upon local authority, and the denial on part of the State to the general government the exercise of authority clearly granted in the Constitution.”

-Pendleton Murrah


“Liberty the essence of life. Whatever is done without it is imperfect.” My Race (1893), “Mi Raza”, first published in Patria (16 April 1893)

-José Martí


“For my part, when the time comes to cross the river like the others, I shall be found asking at the gates above, ‘Where are my comrades? For there I make my camp.’”

-Moxley Sorrel


“Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government.”

– James Madison


“You say, “Williams, you’re just old-fashioned and out of touch with modern society.” Maybe so, but I think that a society’s first line of defense is not the law but customs, traditions and moral values. These behavioral norms — transmitted by example, word of mouth, religious teachings, rules of etiquette and manners — represent a body of wisdom distilled over the ages through experience and trial and error. They include important legal thou-shalt-nots — such as shalt not murder, steal, lie or cheat — but they also include all those civilities one might call ladylike or gentlemanly behavior. Police officers and courts can never replace these social restraints on personal conduct. At best, laws, police and the criminal justice system are a society’s last desperate line of defense.”

-Walter Williams


“Government cannot make us equal; it can only recognize, respect, and protect us as equal before the law.:

-Clarence Thomas, U.S. Supreme Court Justice


“Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.”

-Martin Luther King Jr.


“Where men cannot freely convey their thoughts to one another, no other liberty is secure.” Freedom of the Press, 1947

-William E. Hocking 


Williams, McClure & Parmelee is dedicated to high quality legal representation of businesses and insurance companies in a variety of matters. We are experienced Texas civil litigation attorneys based in Fort Worth who know Texas courts and Texas law. For more information, please contact the law firm at 817-335-8800. The firm’s new office location is 5601 Bridge Street, Suite 300, Fort Worth, Texas 76112.

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