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Quotes of the Day for 12 June 2001 – Freedom

On this day in 1776 the Colony of Virginia adopted a Declaration of Rights as a prefix to its constitution, the first time such an enumeration became part of a government's enabling document. Adopted three weeks before Jefferson's Declaration of Independence and fourteen years before the Bill of Rights, the draft by George Mason is a milestone in freedom. I've got far more Freedom quotes than I can possibly use on the 4th of July, so here are some extras.

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The quotes:

If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
     - George Washington

Increase of freedom in the State may sometimes promote mediocrity, and give vitality to prejudice; it may even retard useful legislation, diminish the capacity for war, and restrict the boundaries of Empire. ... A generous spirit prefers that his country should be poor and weak, and of no account, but free; rather than powerful, prosperous, and enslaved.
     - Lord John Emerich Edward

Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.
     - Albert Einstein

Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the roar of its many waters.
     - Frederick Douglass

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

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