Famous Quotes on Freedom

“You can’t pick and choose which types of freedom you want to defend. You must defend all of it or be against all of it.”  Scott Howard Phillips

Among the most inestimable of our blessings is that … of liberty to worship our Creator in the way we think most agreeable to His will;
a liberty deemed in other countries incompatible with good government and yet proved by our experience to be its best support

– Thomas Jefferson, Reply to Baptist Address, 1807

The framers of our Constitution meant we were to have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. –
Billy Graham 

“We should begin by setting conscience free. When all men of all religions shall enjoy equal liberty, property, and an equal chance for

honors and power we may expect that improvements will be made in the human character and the state of society.”
~ John Adams, letter to Dr. Price, April 8, 1785

“That religion, or the duty which we owe to our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence;
and therefore all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience;
and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forebearance, love, and charity towards each other.” 
George Mason, Virginia Bill of Rights, 1776

The rights [to religious freedom] are of the natural rights of mankind, and … if any act shall be … passed to repeal [an act granting those rights] or to narrow its operation, such act will be an infringement of natural right.”
 – Thomas Jefferson, Statute for Religious Freedom, 1779. Papers, 2:546