Freedom is a great privilege. It is not a right, and it is neither free nor guaranteed. Furthermore, freedom can be lost if a person or a people become lazy, negligent, careless, cowardly, apathetic, entitled.
Following are a few poignant quotations from great men who understood the true price of freedom. These quotes are worth pondering and absorbing into the DNA of every man, woman and child who seek to be truly free. Notice the common threads woven through each of them.
The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. A society that will trade a little order for a little freedom will lose both and deserve neither.
~ Thomas Jefferson
Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.
~ Thomas Paine
Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction.
~ Ronald Reagan
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must undergo the fatigue of supporting it.
~ Patrick Henry
No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.
~ General Douglas MacArthur
History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.
~ General Dwight Eisenhower
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
~ Benjamin Franklin