"Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the Government's purposes are beneficient....The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding."-Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, in a dissenting opinion in Olmstead v. U.S., 277 US 438, 479 (1927)
"They that would give up essential liberty for a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” - Benjamin Franklin
"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined. The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able may have a gun.” - Patrick Henry
"The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws." - Tacitus, Roman Historian 55-117 A.D.
"I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations" - James Madison
"If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose that freedom. And the irony of it is that, if it is comfort or security that it values more, it will lose that too." - Somerset Maugham
"Necessity [or desperate times] is the plea for every infringement of human liberty; it is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves." - William Pitt before the British House of Commons