„Liberty is more precious than money or office; and we should be vigilant lest we purchase wealth or place at the price of inner freedom.“

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„The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.“

—  Thomas Jefferson 3rd President of the United States of America 1743 - 1826
Often attributed to Jefferson, no original source for this has been found in his writings, and the earliest established source for similar remarks are those of John Philpot Curran in a speech upon the Right of Election (1790), published in Speeches on the late very interesting State trials (1808):

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„Freedom and the dignity of the individual have been more available and assured here than in any other place on earth. The price for this freedom at times has been high, but we have never been unwilling to pay the price.“

—  Ronald Reagan American politician, 40th president of the United States (in office from 1981 to 1989) 1911 - 2004
Context: If we look to the answer as to why for so many years we achieved so much, prospered as no other people on earth, it was because here in this land we unleashed the energy and individual genius of man to a greater extent than has ever been done before. Freedom and the dignity of the individual have been more available and assured here than in any other place on earth. The price for this freedom at times has been high, but we have never been unwilling to pay the price.

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„Labour was the first price, the original purchase-money that was paid for all things“

—  Adam Smith Scottish moral philosopher and political economist 1723 - 1790
Context: Labour was the first price, the original purchase-money that was paid for all things. It was not by gold or by silver, but by labour, that all the wealth of the world was originally purchased; and its value, to those who possess it, and who want to exchange it for some new productions, is precisely equal to the quantity of labour which it can enable them to purchase or command. Chapter V, p. 38.

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„Freedom and liberty lose out by default because good people are not vigilant.“

—  Desmond Tutu South African churchman, politician, archbishop, Nobel Prize winner 1931
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„Nothing is more precious than independence and freedom… Independence without freedom is worse than no independence.“

—  Ho Chi Minh Vietnamese communist leader and first president of Vietnam 1890 - 1969
As quoted in Vietnam: The Betrayal of a Revolution https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/opinions/1991/10/20/vietnam-the-betrayal-of-a-revolution/baef22ef-5ee7-43f0-97d3-7dc02ab24533/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.865c3958cb61 (20 October 1991), by Bui Tin

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„Freedom is more precious than the gift that makes us lose it.“

—  Baltasar Gracián Spanish Jesuit and baroque prose writer and philosopher 1601 - 1658
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„The money that we possess is the instrument of liberty“

—  Jean Jacques Rousseau Genevan philosopher 1712 - 1778
Context: I love liberty, and I loathe constraint, dependence, and all their kindred annoyances. As long as my purse contains money it secures my independence, and exempts me from the trouble of seeking other money, a trouble of which I have always had a perfect horror; and the dread of seeing the end of my independence, makes me proportionately unwilling to part with my money. The money that we possess is the instrument of liberty, that which we lack and strive to obtain is the instrument of slavery.

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„We believe that the Statue of Liberty is an important symbol of freedom for our country.“

—  Kenneth Chenault American business executive 1951
Context: We believe that the Statue of Liberty is an important symbol of freedom for our country. And as [film director] Martin Scorcese, who is involved in the Statue’s latest fundraising campaign, said, what is most impressive is not just what the Statue of Liberty represents for Americans but really what it represents to the whole world.<!-- ** p. 10

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