Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist, philosopher
“Reply to the Governor,” Pennsylvania Assembly (11 Nov 1755)

Also given as, "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." (cited Historical Review of Pennsylvania (1759))
Added on 1-Feb-04 | Last updated 1-Feb-04
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