Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.Speaking of quotations on liberty, the following quote is the official motto of my local newspaper:
A nation may lose its liberties in a day and not miss them in a century. ~Baron de MontesquieuOk - can someone help me out here? Maybe its the months of sleep deprivation, but I can't understand the gist of this quotation.
This is how it reads to me: 1. it is possible for a nation to lose all their liberties in one day; 2. but if you only need your liberties once every 100 years, then what's the big deal?
Now, I know I'm reading this incorrectly. This is a pro-liberty quote. It wouldn't be the motto of a newspaper if it wasn't (granted, we are talking about the Windsor Star here...)