Quotation by Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt

Freedom is but the possibility of a various and indefinite activity; while government, or the exercise of dominion, is a single, yet real activity. The longing for freedom, therefore, is at first only too frequently suggested by the deep-felt consciousness of its absence.
Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt (1767–1835), German statesman, philologist. repr. 1854, ed. and trans. by J.W. Burrow (1969). "Introduction," Limits of State Action (1792).
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