John Philpot Curran (July 24, 1750 – October 14, 1817) was a statesman, lawyer and judge. He is best known for his quote, generally repeated as "Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty".
Curran was born on July 24th, 1750, in Newmarket, County Cork, Ireland, to James and Sarah Philpot Curran. His family was Protestant, settling Ireland during the rule of Oliver Cromwell, which one of his ancestors served under as a soldier.
Curran served in the Irish Parliament. In 1806, he served as Master of the Rolls in Ireland.
- "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."