John Philpot Curran


It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt.

Speech upon the Right of Election, 1790. (Speeches. Dublin, 1808.). Often quoted as "Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty."