„Absolute freedom mocks at justice. Absolute justice denies freedom. To be fruitful, the two ideas must find their limits in each other.“

—  Albert Camus, book The Rebel

"Historical Murder", as translated by Anthony Bower
The Rebel (1951)

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„Of course, there are dangers in religious freedom and freedom of opinion. But to deny these rights is worse than dangerous, it is absolutely fatal to liberty.“

—  Harry Truman American politician, 33rd president of the United States (in office from 1945 to 1953) 1884 - 1972

Address at the National Archives dedicating a shrine for the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights (15 December 1952) https://trumanlibrary.org/calendar/viewpapers.php?pid=2102
Context: Of course, there are dangers in religious freedom and freedom of opinion. But to deny these rights is worse than dangerous, it is absolutely fatal to liberty. The external threat to liberty should not drive us into suppressing liberty at home. Those who want the Government to regulate matters of the mind and spirit are like men who are so afraid of being murdered that they commit suicide to avoid assassination.
All freedom-loving nations, not the United States alone, are facing a stern challenge from the Communist tyranny. In the circumstances, alarm is justified. The man who isn't alarmed simply doesn't understand the situation — or he is crazy. But alarm is one thing, and hysteria is another. Hysteria impels people to destroy the very thing they are struggling to preserve.
Invasion and conquest by Communist armies would be a horror beyond our capacity to imagine. But invasion and conquest by Communist ideas of right and wrong would be just as bad.
For us to embrace the methods and morals of communism in order to defeat Communist aggression would be a moral disaster worse than any physical catastrophe. If that should come to pass, then the Constitution and the Declaration would be utterly dead and what we are doing today would be the gloomiest burial in the history of the world.

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„What is freedom? There is no such thing as absolute freedom!“

—  Benito Mussolini Duce and President of the Council of Ministers of Italy. Leader of the National Fascist Party and subsequent Republican… 1883 - 1945

As quoted in " Eja! Eja! Alala!" in TIME magazine (23 July 1923) http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,716187,00.html

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„Next in importance to freedom and justice is popular education, without which neither freedom nor justice can be permanently maintained.“

—  James A. Garfield American politician, 20th President of the United States (in office in 1881) 1831 - 1881

Letter accepting the Republican nomination to run for President (12 July 1880)
Variant: Next in importance to freedom and justice is popular education, without which neither freedom nor justice can be permanently maintained.

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„There is no freedom without justice.“

—  Simon Wiesenthal Austrian Holocaust survivor noted for his work as a Nazi hunter 1908 - 2005

Although this maxim is associated with Wiesenthal (e.g. "Honoring Simon Wiesenthal", Congressional Record—House, Vol. 151, Pt. 15, 21 September 2005, p. 20804), he did not originate the quote, which appears in the context of the labor movement in the 19th century (e.g. Alexander Spencer, "Maintain Your Union", The Typographical Journal, Vol. 10, No. 7, 1 April 1897, p. 266).

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„Marxism-Leninism is the richest doctrine in ideas of justice, freedom, equality, fraternity among men.“

—  Fidel Castro former First Secretary of the Communist Party and President of Cuba 1926 - 2016

Speech (22 December 1991) http://www.cuba.cu/gobierno/discursos/1991/esp/f221291e.html

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„[Peace must be] founded on truth, built according to justice, vivified and integrated by charity, and put into practice in freedom.“

—  Pope John XXIII, Pacem in Terris

Pacem in Terris (11 April 1963), ¶ 167
Original: (la) [Pacem esse] dicimus in veritate positam, ad iustitiae praecepta constitutam, caritate altam et expletam, libertate postremo auspice effectam.

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„Each people can do justice to itself only if it does justice to others“

—  Theodore Roosevelt American politician, 26th president of the United States 1858 - 1919

1910s, The World Movement (1910)
Context: Each people can do justice to itself only if it does justice to others; but each people can do its part in the world movement for all only if it first does its duty within its own household. The good citizen must be a good citizen of his own country first before he can with advantage be a citizen of the world at large.

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„Peace, freedom and justice are only to be found where people are prepared to defend them.“

—  Margaret Thatcher British stateswoman and politician 1925 - 2013

Speech to the Conservative Party Convention 1982 https://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/105032
First term as Prime Minister

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„Absolute discretion is a ruthless master. It is more destructive of freedom than any of man's other inventions.“

—  William O. Douglas Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States 1898 - 1980

Dissenting, United States v. Wunderlich, 342 U.S. 98, 101 (1951)
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