Last week a huge news story broke thanks to the whistleblowing actions of one American named Edward Snowden. Edward Snowden was a 29-year-old computer technician who worked for the NSA and the CIA. Regardless of where you stand on the issue of the leak and the surveillance program run by the NSA, this story is a big one and will be in the news for many weeks, if not months.
People are starting to talk about what it means to be free and to have rights, and what we should or shouldn’t sacrifice in the name of safety and security. There have always been a lot of opinions and viewpoints on these issues, so here at NaQ we wanted to share some of the best quotes about freedom and security here on our site.
Virginia Woolf on resistance: “Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”
One of the most famous liberty and security quotes showing up all over the web after this scandal from Ben Franklin: “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Ronald Reagan on freedom and security: “We welcome change and openness; for we believe that freedom and security go together, that the advance of human liberty can only strengthen the cause of world peace.”
Mahatma Gandhi being rather insightful: “Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.”
Another one of the most famous quotes about liberty and security from George Orwell’s 1984: “War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.”
Author S.G. Tallentyre on the importance of rights and freedom: “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”
There is a wealth of other quotes about this issue. If you have quotes about freedom or security feel free to submit them, we always love adding to our collection.