Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.


Deep in the frozen regions of the north,
A goddess violated brought thee forth,
Immortal liberty.
Smollett.—Ode to Independence, Line 5.

’Tis liberty alone that gives the flower
Of fleeting life, its lustre and perfume;
And we are weeds without it.
Cowper.—The Task, Book V. Line 446.

From the vine-cover’d hills and gay valleys of France,
See the day-star of liberty rise;
Through clouds of detraction unwearied advance,
And hold its new course in the skies.
Roscoe.—The Metrical Miscellany. (Written in 1788.)

Thou gav’st them more than life,
Giving what, lost, makes life not worth the keeping.
Rogers’s Italy.—Genoa, Line 25.

The love of liberty with life is given,
And life itself the inferior gift of Heaven.
Dryden.—Palemon and Arcite, Book II. Line 291.

When liberty is gone,
Life grows insipid and has lost its relish.
Addison.—Cato, Act II.

A day, an hour of virtuous liberty,
Is worth a whole eternity of bondage.
Addison.—Cato, Act II.

I would not my unhoused free condition
Put into circumscription and confine
For the sea’s worth.
Shakespeare.—Othello, Act I. Scene 2. (Othello to Iago.)