A country that demands moral perfection in its foreign policy will
achieve neither perfection nor security.
Americans used to roar like lions for liberty. Now we bleat like sheep
-Norman Vincent Peale
Decency, security, and liberty alike demand that government officials
shall be subjected to the same rules of conduct that are commands to the
Distrust and caution are the parents of security.
Earthly possessions dazzle our eyes and delude us into thinking that
they can provide security and freedom from anxiety. Yet all the time
they are the very source of all anxiety.
Even in the common affairs of life, in love, friendship, and marriage,
how little security have we when we trust our happiness in the hands of
I believe that in our constant search for security we can never gain any
peace of mind until we are secure in our own soul.
-Margaret Chase Smith
I used to think that one of the great signs of security was the ability
to just walk away.
If your heart is full of fear, you won't seek truth; you'll seek
-William Sloane Coffin, Jr.
In matters of national security emotion is no substitute for
intelligence, nor rigidity for prudence. To act coolly, intelligently
and prudently in perilous circumstances is the test of a man- and also a
-Adlai E. Stevenson II
It is inevitable, that eventually the people will demand absolute
security from the state... And absolute security is absolute slavery.
It is my experience that most claims of national security are part of a
campaign to avoid telling the truth.
Most people want security in this world, not liberty.
No one can build his security upon the nobleness of another person.
Only in growth, reform, and change, paradoxically enough, is true
security to be found.
-Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Only the insecure strive for security.
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do
the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no
safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring
adventure, or nothing.
Security is when everything is settled. When nothing can happen to you.
Security is the denial of life.
The confidence and security of a people can be measured by their
attitude toward laxatives.
The key to security is public information.
-Margaret Chase Smith
The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free
is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities.
The only real security is not in owning or possessing, not in demanding
or expecting, not in hoping, even. Security in a relationship lies
neither in looking back to what it was, nor forward to what it might be,
but living in the present and accepting it as it is now.
-Anne Morrow Lindbergh
The spiritualist and the politician are magicians, one offering
diversion, the other security, in exchange for a suspension of common
The system, though it may not be perfect in every part, is, upon the
whole, a good one; is the best that the present views and circumstances
of the country will permit; and is such an one as promises every species
of security which a reasonable people can desire.
The thirst for liberty does not seem to be natural to man. Most people
want security in this world, not liberty. Liberty puts them on their
own, and so exposes them to the natural consequences of their congenital
stupidity and incompetence.
The word 'security' is a broad, vague generality whose contours should
not be invoked to abrogate the fundamental law embodied in the First
Amendment. The guarding of military and diplomatic secrets at the
expense of informed representative government provides no real
There are one hundred men seeking security to one able man who is
willing to risk his fortune.
-J. Paul Getty
There is no inverse relationship between freedom and security. Less of
one does not lead to more of the other. People with no rights are not
safe from terrorist attack.
There is no security on this earth; there is only opportunity.
There never has been security. No man has ever known what he would meet
around the next corner; if life were predictable it would cease to be
life, and be without flavor.
Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They
seem more afraid of life then of death.
-James F. Byrnes
Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in
Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. Security is an insipid
thing, through the overtaking and possessing of a wish discovers the
folly of the chase.
We must plan for freedom, and not only for security, if for no other
reason than that only freedom can make security secure.
We spend our time searching for security and hate it when we get it.
We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security.
-Dwight D. Eisenhower