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   Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations.  1989.
 
 
NUMBER:1056
AUTHOR:Benjamin Franklin (1706–90)
QUOTATION:Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
ATTRIBUTION:BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Pennsylvania Assembly: Reply to the Governor, November 11, 1755.—The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, ed. Leonard W. Labaree, vol. 6, p. 242 (1963).

  This quotation, slightly altered, is inscribed on a plaque in the stairwell of the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty: “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
SUBJECTS:Liberty
WORKS:Benjamin Franklin Collection
 
 
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