Benjamin Franklin: “Those who would give up essential Liberty…


Benjamin Franklin once said: “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.


Modern context

“Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have nor do they deserve either one.”


This is an example of how wording changed over the years.  But the meaning hasn’t. It still means if you aren’t willing to speak up and act when you see an injustice the security you believe you gain won’t last. Franklin is saying it’s an illusion which you will soon learn it to be.



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A. White, an award winning former librarian, who is also a long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and later at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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4 Responses to Benjamin Franklin: “Those who would give up essential Liberty…

  1. lbeth1950 says:

    Thank you. Freedom takes work.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. You are so right. Just because it has the word ‘free’ in it doesn’t mean it’s free.Someone somewhere paid for it. It takes a lot of work and many guardians to keep it free. Tyrants are always waiting and watching.


  3. Amanda Stevens says:

    Did anyone know Franklin was an Abolitionist? He help founded the oldest abolitionist society in America.

    On Wed, Jul 4, 2018 at 3:38 AM,

    Liked by 1 person

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