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Liberalism is a political philosophy or worldview founded on ideas of liberty and equality. Liberals espouse a wide array of views depending on their understanding of these principles, but generally they support ideas such as free and fair elections, civil rights, freedom of press, freedom of religion, free trade, and private property.


  • He that defers his charity 'till he is dead, is (if a man weighs it rightly) rather liberal of another man's, than of his own.
    • Francis Bacon, Francisci Baconi Baronis de Verulamio ... Opera Omnia Quatuor (1730), p. 298. Compare: The English Theophrastus: or, The manners of the age (1702), p. 268: "He that defers Charity till Death, is rather Liberal of another Man's, than of his own".
  • Liberality consists less in giving a great deal than in gifts well timed.
    • Jean de La Bruyère, in Les Caractères (1688), Aphorism 47 as translated in The Characters of Jean de La Bruyère (1929) by Henri van Laun
    • Variant translations:
    • Liberality consists rather in giving seasonably than much.
    • Generosity lies less in giving much than in giving at the right moment.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 437.
  • He that's liberal
    To all alike, may do a good by chance,
    But never out of judgment.
  • Then gently scan your brother man,
    Still gentler sister woman;
    Tho' they may gang a kennin' wrang,
    To step aside is human.
  • It is better to believe that a man does possess good qualities than to assert that he does not.
    • Chinese Moral Maxims. Compiled by John Francis Davis, F. R. S. China, 1823.
  • The liberal soul shall be made fat.
    • Proverbs. XI. 25.
  • Shall I say to Cæsar
    What you require of him? for he partly begs
    To be desir'd to give. It much would please him,
    That of his fortunes you should make a staff
    To lean upon.

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