Surrendering Liberty for Safety

Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety

Benjamin Franklin, polymath, 1706-1790
In a 1755 letter he is presumed to have
written on behalf of the Pennsylvania Assembly
to the colonial governor during the French and Indian War.
(See also: context.)

On them depends …

Of course, there are original minds, people who do take their own line, who do not fall victim to the need to say, or do, what everyone else does. But they are few. Very few. On them depends the health, the vitality of all our institutions …

Doris Lessing, writer, 1919 – 2013
Group Minds
Prisons We Choose to Live Inside, Lecture IV
[Audio Recording: Doris Lessing – The 1985 CBC Massey Lectures]