If by a "Liberal" they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people — their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties — someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a "Liberal," then I'm proud to say I'm a "Liberal."
John F. Kennedy
Acceptance of the New York Liberal Party nomination (14 September 1960)
If you want to take my guns away from me, and you’re all for murdering fetuses, and love it when homosexuals marry each other, and want to give them kitchen appliances at their showers, and you’re for the poor, you’re a liberal. If you are against those perversions and for the rich, you’re a conservative. What could be simpler?
Totalitarian tyranny is not based on the virtues of the totalitarians. It is based on the mistakes of the liberals.
Liberal institutions straightway cease from being liberal the moment they are soundly established: once this is attained no more grievous and more thorough enemies of freedom exist than liberal institutions.
Twilight of the Idols
A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel.
Until this awful blasphemy is got rid of, there never will be any liberal science in the world.
Letter to Thomas Jefferson (22 January 1825)
Out of My Later Years
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Pale Blue Dot
The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
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