Freedom Quotes

Here is a collection of some of the most inspiring quotes about freedom and liberty:

I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will. ― Charlotte Bronte

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Freedom Quotes and Sayings

I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.

― Charlotte Bronte

Freedom lies in being bold.

― Robert Frost

Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life.

― Bob Marley

Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.

― Mahatma Gandhi

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.

― Viktor E. Frankl

When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.

― Nelson Mandela

The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.

― Albert Camus

People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.

― Soren Kierkegaard

It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.

― Voltaire

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

― Benjamin Franklin

Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.

― Denis Diderot

Freedom is what you do with what's been done to you.

― Jean-Paul Sartre

If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.

― George Washington

Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves.

― Abraham Lincoln

War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.

― George Orwell

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.

― Ronald Reagan

You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.

― Toni Morrison

A man can be himself only so long as he is alone; and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom; for it is only when he is alone that he is really free.

― Arthur Schopenhauer

The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you.

― David Foster Wallace

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.

― John F. Kennedy

Now that she had nothing to lose, she was free.

Paulo Coelho

When I discover who I am, I'll be free.

― Ralph Ellison

The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.

― Thomas Jefferson

Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.

― Jim Morrison

Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.

― Pope John Paul II

Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.

― Virginia Woolf

It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.

― Samuel Adams

Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.

― Soren Kierkegaard

Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does. It is up to you to give life a meaning.

― Jean-Paul Sartre

Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom. And in freedom, most people find sin.

― John Green

I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.

Robert A. Heinlein

Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.

― Martin Luther King, Jr.

Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.

― Toni Morrison

He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.

― Aristotle

Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry his own weight, this is a frightening prospect.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Jane, be still; don't struggle so like a wild, frantic bird, that is rending its own plumage in its desperation. I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being, with an independent will; which I now exert to leave you.

― Charlotte Bronte

I have found both freedom and safety in my madness; the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us.

― Kahlil Gibran

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.

― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.

― Noam Chomsky

We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.

― William Faulkner

A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.

― Bob Dylan

We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.

― Margaret Atwood

Freedom itself was attacked this morning by a faceless coward, and freedom will be defended.

― George W. Bush

Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.

― Sigmund Freud

If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom.

― Dwight D. Eisenhower

True freedom is impossible without a mind made free by discipline.

― Mortimer J. Adler

Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

― George Orwell

No one loses anyone, because no one owns anyone. That is the true experience of freedom: having the most important thing in the world without owning it.

― Paulo Coelho

You see, freedom has a way of destroying things.

― Scott Westerfeld

Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.

― Abraham Lincoln

I hope for nothing. I fear nothing. I am free.

― Nikos Kazantzakis

Better to die on one's feet than to live on one's knees.

― Jean-Paul Sartre

Necessity is blind until it becomes conscious. Freedom is the consciousness of necessity.

― Karl Marx

The secret of happiness is freedom, the secret of freedom is courage.

― Carrie Jones

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds!

― Marcus Garvey

Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything - anger, anxiety, or possessions - we cannot be free.

― Thich Nhat Hanh

Freedom is the oxygen of the soul.

― Moshe Dayan

Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.

― Henry David Thoreau

Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.

― Rosa Luxemburg

Freedom is never given; it is won.

― A. Philip Randolph

I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.

― Audre Lorde

When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free.

― Charles Evans Hughes

You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having both at once.

― Robert A. Heinlein

Reality doesn't impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.

Anais Nin

For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.

― Nelson Mandela

Is freedom anything else than the right to live as we wish? Nothing else.

― Epictetus

There's no freedom quite like the freedom of being constantly underestimated.

― Scott Lynch

Enslave the liberty of but one human being and the liberties of the world are put in peril.

― William Lloyd Garrison

The human race is a monotonous affair. Most people spend the greatest part of their time working in order to live, and what little freedom remains so fills them with fear that they seek out any and every means to be rid of it.

― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Humanity has won its battle. Liberty now has a country.

― Marquis de Lafayette

The things you own end up owning you. It's only after you lose everything that you're free to do anything.

― Chuck Palahniuk

I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free... so other people would be also free.

― Rosa Parks

Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners.

― Vladimir Lenin

True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.

― Franklin D. Roosevelt

A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.

― Jim Morrison

It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them.

― Mark Twain

There was beauty in the idea of freedom, but it was an illusion. Every human heart was chained by love.

― Cassandra Clare

The desire of gold is not for gold. It is for the means of freedom and benefit.

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Generally I find men are a lot more concerned with limiting the freedoms of women than exercising personal freedom for themselves.

― Sally Rooney

May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right.

― Peter Marshall

Who is more to be pitied, a writer bound and gagged by policemen or one living in perfect freedom who has nothing more to say?

― Kurt Vonnegut

Freedom is something that dies unless it's used.

― Hunter S. Thompson

I prefer liberty with danger than peace with slavery.

― Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.

― George Bernard Shaw

"There is more than one kind of freedom," said Aunt Lydia. "Freedom to and freedom from. In the days of anarchy, it was freedom to. Now you are being given freedom from. Don't underrate it."

― Margaret Atwood

The more decisions that you are forced to make alone, the more you are aware of your freedom to choose.

― Thornton Wilder

Those who will not reason, are bigots, those who cannot, are fools, and those who dare not, are slaves.

― Lord Byron

I do not wish them [(women) to have power over men; but over themselves.

― Mary Wollstonecraft

She had not known the weight until she felt the freedom.

― Nathaniel Hawthorne

Freedom means you are unobstructed in living your life as you choose. Anything less is a form of slavery.

― Wayne Dyer

Frederick Douglass taught that literacy is the path from slavery to freedom. There are many kinds of slavery and many kinds of freedom, but reading is still the path.

― Carl Sagan

Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.

― Frank Herbert

To die hating them, that was freedom.

― George Orwell

Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.

― John Adams

The Revolution introduced me to art, and in turn, art introduced me to the Revolution!

― Albert Einstein

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.

― Thomas Paine

I am an American; free born and free bred, where I acknowledge no man as my superior, except for his own worth, or as my inferior, except for his own demerit.

― Theodore Roosevelt

Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it.

― Pericles

Freely we serve Because we freely love, as in our will To love or not; in this we stand or fall.

― John Milton

Order without liberty and liberty without order are equally destructive.

― Theodore Roosevelt

Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage's whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.

― Ayn Rand

If you want to rebel, rebel from inside the system.That's much more powerful than rebelling outside the system.

― Marie Lu

Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.

― Patrick Henry

Freedom is not something that anybody can be given. Freedom is something people take, and people are as free as they want to be.

― James Baldwin

But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint.

― Edmund Burke

A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both.

― Milton Friedman

Responsibility is the price of freedom.

― Elbert Hubbard

I think it only makes sense to seek out and identify structures of authority, hierarchy, and domination in every aspect of life, and to challenge them; unless a justification for them can be given, they are illegitimate, and should be dismantled, to increase the scope of human freedom.

― Noam Chomsky

No man is good enough to be another's master.

― William Morris

We feel free because we lack the very language to articulate our unfreedom.

― Slavoj Zizek

Freedom means the opportunity to be what we never thought we would be.

― Daniel J. Boorstin

Free people, remember this maxim: we may acquire liberty, but it is never recovered if it is once lost.

― Jean-Jacques Rousseau

There is no such thing as a little freedom. Either you are all free, or you are not free.

― Walter Cronkite

Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his views without penalty there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.

― Albert Einstein

As human beings, we are endowed with freedom of choice, and we cannot shuffle off our responsibility upon the shoulders of God or nature. We must shoulder it ourselves. It is our responsibility.

― Arnold J. Toynbee

I am writing because they told me to never start a sentence with because. But I wasn't trying to make a sentence - I was trying to break free. Because freedom, I am told, is nothing but the distance between the hunter and its prey.

― Ocean Vuong

Real freedom is having nothing. I was freer when I didn't have a cent.

― Mike Tyson

I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free.

― Charles Dickens

In America, through pressure of conformity, there is freedom of choice, but nothing to choose from.

― Peter Ustinov

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

― Thomas Jefferson

We are driven by five genetic needs: survival, love and belonging, power, freedom, and fun.

― William Glasser

You cannot parcel out freedom in pieces because freedom is all or nothing.

― Tertullian

I'm a big advocate of freedom: freedom of speech, freedom of expression, freedom of thought.

― Jimmy Wales

We must be willing to pay a price for freedom.

― H. L. Mencken

The only freedom which deserves the name is that of pursuing our own good, in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it.

― John Stuart Mill

I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy - but that could change.

― Dan Quayle

Freedom is the recognition of necessity.

― Friedrich Engels

Do not allow to slip away from you freedoms the people who came before you won with such hard knocks.

― D. H. Lawrence

Freedom is contagious. That's why despots fear it so much.

― Bill Owens

What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.

― Salman Rushdie

Liberty is not the power of doing what we like, but the right to do what we ought.

― John Dalberg-Acton

For in the end, freedom is a personal and lonely battle; and one faces down fears of today so that those of tomorrow might be engaged.

― Alice Walker

Freedom is from within.

― Frank Lloyd Wright

All theory is against freedom of the will; all experience for it.

― Samuel Johnson

Heresy is another word for freedom of thought.

― Graham Greene

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.

― Ronald Reagan

Whether in chains or in laurels, liberty knows nothing but victories.

― Wendell Phillips

Liberty is worth paying for.

― Jules Verne

At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.

― Abraham Lincoln

Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.

― Albert Camus

Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech

― Benjamin Franklin

Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.

― Ronald Reagan

Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.

― Martin Luther King, Jr.

You have freedom when you're easy in your harness.

― Robert Frost

Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last.

― Martin Luther King, Jr.

Freedom is the only worthy goal in life. It is won by disregarding things that lie beyond our control.

― Epictetus

I need this wild life, this freedom.

― Zane Grey

It is the preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.

― Bertrand Russell

Freedom - an occupied space which must be reoccupied every day.

― John Ralston Saul

He who is brave is free.

― Seneca

We should favor innovation and freedom over regulation.

― George Allen

Happiness depends on being free, and freedom depends on being courageous.

― Marie Rutkoski

Freedom of the press is not an end in itself but a means to the end of achieving a free society.

― Felix Frankfurter

There is a huge amount of freedom that comes to you when you take nothing personally.

― Don Miguel Ruiz

No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.

― James Madison

Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

― Patrick Henry

'Freedom from fear' could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights.

― Dag Hammarskjold

If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.

― Thomas Jefferson

The work of art is a scream of freedom.

― Christo

The only way we'll get freedom for ourselves is to identify ourselves with every oppressed people in the world. We are blood brothers to the people of Brazil, Venezuela, Haiti, Cuba - yes Cuba too.

― Malcolm X

I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom.

― Simone de Beauvoir

Man is nothing else but what he makes of himself.

― Jean-Paul Sartre

Liberty has never come from Government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it.

― Woodrow Wilson

All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man's life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom.

― Albert Einstein

The truth is I love being alive. And I love feeling free. So if I can't have those things then I feel like a caged animal and I'd rather not be in a cage. I'd rather be dead. And it's real simple. And I think it's not that uncommon.

― Angelina Jolie

The country was in peril; he was jeopardizing his traditional rights of freedom and independence by daring to exercise them.

― Joseph Heller

As long as men are free to ask what they must, free to say what they think, free to think what they will, freedom can never be lost and science can never regress.

― Marcel Proust

Those people, who hate you, envy your freedom.

― Santosh Kalwar

You can only be free if I am free.

― Clarence Darrow

It has been said, 'the truth will make men free.' The truth alone has never made anyone free. It is only doubt which will bring mental emancipation.

― Anton LaVey

The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedoms.

― William O. Douglas

If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.

― John F. Kennedy

There are two freedoms - the false, where a man is free to do what he likes; the true, where he is free to do what he ought.

― Charles Kingsley

Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.

― Nelson Mandela

Man is not free unless government is limited.

― Ronald Reagan

The only thing crueler than a cage so small that a bird can't fly is a cage so large that a bird thinks it can fly.

― Caroline Kepnes

We will not waver; we will not tire; we will not falter, and we will not fail. Peace and Freedom will prevail.

― George W. Bush

The advancement of science and the diffusion of information is the best aliment to true liberty.

― James Madison

I chose America as my home because I value freedom and democracy, civil liberties and an open society.

― George Soros

Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.

― John Milton

A hungry man is not a free man.

― Adlai Stevenson I

Books can not be killed by fire. People die, but books never die. No man and no force can abolish memory... In this war, we know, books are weapons. And it is a part of your dedication always to make them weapons for man's freedom.

― Franklin D. Roosevelt

We hold our heads high, despite the price we have paid, because freedom is priceless.

― Lech Walesa

Freedom is the only law which genius knows.

― James Russell Lowell

The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.

― Patrick Henry

We wanted the freedom to love. We wanted the freedom to choose. Now we have to fight for it.

― Lauren Oliver

Freedom and justice cannot be parceled out in pieces to suit political convenience. I don't believe you can stand for freedom for one group of people and deny it to others.

― Coretta Scott King

Forgetfulness is a form of freedom.

― Kahlil Gibran

Freedom is man's capacity to take a hand in his own development. It is our capacity to mold ourselves.

― Rollo May

Real freedom is freedom from the opinions of others. Above all, freedom from your opinions about yourself.

― Brennan Manning

There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.

― Nelson Mandela

I am a lover of truth, a worshiper of freedom, a celebrant at the altar of language and purity and tolerance.

― Stephen Fry

I believe in freedom of speech, but I believe we should also have the right to comment on freedom of speech.

― Stockwell Day

Freedom is not the absence of commitments, but the ability to choose - and commit myself to - what is best for me.

― Paulo Coelho

Every man must have the right fearlessly to think independently and express his opinion about what he knows, what he has personally thought about and experienced, and not merely to express with slightly different variations the opinion which has been inculcated in him.

― Mstislav Rostropovich

Free speech carries with it some freedom to listen.

― Warren E. Burger

All freedom is relative-you know too well-and sometimes it's no freedom at all, but simply the cage widening far away from you, the bars abstracted with distance but still there, as when they “free” wild animals into nature preserves only to contain them yet again by larger borders. But I took it anyway, that widening. Because sometimes not seeing the bars is enough

― Ocean Vuong

Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err and even to sin.

― Mahatma Gandhi

The true value of a human being can be found in the degree to which he has attained liberation from the self.

― Albert Einstein

We're giving our freedoms away. The American experiment was about freedom. Freedom to be stupid, freedom to fail, freedom to succeed.

― Glenn Beck

I want freedom for the full expression of my personality.

― Mahatma Gandhi

Freedom granted only when it is known beforehand that its effects will be beneficial is not freedom.

― Friedrich Hayek

The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.

― John Philpot Curran

Freedom is never easily won, but once established, freedom lasts, spreads and chokes out tyranny.

― Trent Lott

Equality and freedom are not luxuries to lightly cast aside. Without them, order cannot long endure before approaching depths beyond imagining.

― Alan Moore

The very idea of freedom incites fear in the hearts of terrorists across the world.

― Elizabeth Dole

Free men are the strongest men.

― Wendell Willkie

Free societies... are societies in motion, and with motion comes tension, dissent, friction. Free people strike sparks, and those sparks are the best evidence of freedom's existence.

― Salman Rushdie

I am just absolutely convinced that the best formula for giving us peace and preserving the American way of life is freedom, limited government, and minding our own business overseas.

― Ron Paul

If all men are born free, how is it that all women are born slaves?

― Mary Astell

Man is free at the moment he wishes to be.

― Voltaire

A new breeze is blowing, and a world refreshed by freedom seems reborn; for in man's heart, if not in fact, the day of the dictator is over. The totalitarian era is passing, its old ideas blown away like leaves from an ancient, lifeless tree.

― George H. W. Bush

Live free or die.

― Lauren Oliver

The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask.

― Jim Morrison

Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry his own weight, this is a frightening prospect.

― Eleanor Roosevelt

The revelation of thought takes men out of servitude into freedom.

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

How absurd men are! They never use the liberties they have, they demand those they do not have. They have freedom of thought, they demand freedom of speech.

― Soren Kierkegaard

Liberation is not deliverance.

― Victor Hugo

If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

― George Orwell

It is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad.

― James Madison

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.

― Thomas Jefferson

Freedom is a man's natural power of doing what he pleases, so far as he is not prevented by force or law.

― Marcus Tullius Cicero

People have only as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want and the courage to take.

― Emma Goldman

The only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government strong enough to protect the interests of the people, and a people strong enough and well enough informed to maintain its sovereign control over the goverment.

― Franklin D. Roosevelt

Freedom of opinion can only exist when the government thinks itself secure.

― Bertrand Russell

Human beings are born with different capacities. If they are free, they are not equal. And if they are equal, they are not free.

― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

The link between my experience as an entrepreneur and that of a politician is all in one word: freedom.

― Silvio Berlusconi

The liberty of the individual is a necessary postulate of human progress.

― Ernest Renan

Thou canst not touch the freedom of my mind.

― John Milton

The more liberty you give away the more you will have.

― Robert Green Ingersoll

This is slavery, not to speak one's thought.

― Euripides

Just living is not enough... one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.

― Hans Christian Andersen

The momentum of freedom in our world is unmistakable - and it is not carried forward by our power alone. We can trust in that greater power Who guides the unfolding of the years. And in all that is to come, we can know that His purposes are just and true.

― George W. Bush

Free election of masters does not abolish the masters or the slaves.

― Herbert Marcuse

I believe firmly that in making ethical decisions, man has the prerogative of true freedom of choice.

― Corliss Lamont

Freedom is always, and exclusively, freedom for the one who thinks differently.

― Rosa Luxemburg

So long as you do not achieve social liberty, whatever freedom is provided by the law is of no avail to you.

― B. R. Ambedkar

Human beings are free except when humanity needs them. Maybe humanity needs you. To do something. Maybe humanity needs me - to find out what you're good for. We might both do despicable things, Ender, but if humankind survives, then we were good tools.

― Orson Scott Card

Money won't create success, the freedom to make it will.

― Nelson Mandela

Freedom for the wolves has often meant death to the sheep.

― Isaiah Berlin

Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.

― George Washington Carver

For so I created them free and free they must remain.

― John Milton

Human beings crave freedom at their core.

― John Ensign

Posterity! you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it.

― John Adams

None who have always been free can understand the terrible fascinating power of the hope of freedom to those who are not free.

― Pearl S. Buck

Every man having been born free and master of himself, no one else may under any pretext whatever subject him without his consent. To assert that the son of a slave is born a slave is to assert that he is not born a man.

― Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.

― George Washington

The real opposition is that between the ego-bound man, whose existence is structured by the principle of having, and the free man, who has overcome his egocentricity.

― Erich Fromm

To be able to love and live in freedom means to be able to make godly decisions. To make godly decisions we have to surrender our egos and all the falsity and shame that goes with it.

― James McGreevey

I have never thought, for my part, that man's freedom consists in his being able to do whatever he wills, but that he should not, by any human power, be forced to do what is against his will.

― Jean-Jacques Rousseau

There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.

― John Adams

You say: I am not free. But I have raised and lowered my arm. Everyone understands that this illogical answer is an irrefutable proof of freedom.

Leo Tolstoy

Liberty must be limited in order to be possessed.

― Edmund Burke

Most people are not really free. They are confined by the niche in the world that they carve out for themselves. They limit themselves to fewer possibilities by the narrowness of their vision.

― V.S. Naipaul

Freedom rings where opinions clash.

― Adlai Stevenson I

Even a second of freedom is worth more than a lifetime of bondage.

― James Frey

You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom.

― Clarence Darrow

Liberty without Learning is always in peril and Learning without Liberty is always in vain.

― John F. Kennedy

Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end.

― John Dalberg-Acton

Liberties aren't given, they are taken.

Aldous Huxley

Perfect freedom is as necessary to the health and vigor of commerce as it is to the health and vigor of citizenship.

― Patrick Henry

But what is liberty without wisdom and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint. Those who know what virtuous liberty is, cannot bear to see it disgraced by incapable heads, on account of their having high-sounding words in their mouths.

― Edmund Burke

Our freedom can be measured by the number of things we can walk away from.

― Vernon Howard

If freedom is short of weapons, we must compensate with willpower.

― Adolf Hitler

Freedom is the right to one's dignity as a man.

― Archibald MacLeish

You actually cannot sell the idea of freedom, democracy, diversity, as if it were a brand attribute and not reality -- not at the same time as you're bombing people, you can't.

― Naomi Klein

One of the unsung freedoms that go with a free press is the freedom not to read it.

― Ferdinand Mount

A man's spirit is free, but his pride binds him with chains of suffocation in a prison of his own insecurities.

― Jeremy Aldana

Freedom is not worth fighting for if it means no more than license for everyone to get as much as he can for himself.

― Dorothy Canfield Fisher

Freedom's just another word for "nothing left to lose".

― Kris Kristofferson

If you're not ready to die for it, put the word 'freedom' out of your vocabulary.

― Malcolm X

Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.

― Kahlil Gibran

All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.

― Winston Churchill

Freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity.

― Herbert Hoover

Freedom is the will to be responsible for ourselves.

― Friedrich Nietzsche

I had crossed the line. I was free; but there was no one to welcome me to the land of freedom. I was a stranger in a strange land.

― Harriet Tubman

Man's right to know, to learn, to inquire, to make bona fide errors, to investigate human emotions must, by all means, be safe, if the word "freedom" should ever be more than an empty political slogan.

― Wilhelm Reich

The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant.

― Maximilien Robespierre

Freedom is obedience to self-formulated rules.

― Aristotle

Well, if crime fighters fight crime and fire fighters fight fire, what do freedom fighters fight? They never mention that part to us, do they?

George Carlin

Everything has boundaries. The same holds true with thought. You shouldn't fear boundaries, but you should not be afraid of destroying them. That's what is most important if you want to be free: respect for and exasperation with boundaries.

― Haruki Murakami

The more you practice, the better you get, the more freedom you have to create.

― Jocko Willink

The greatest humanistic and historical task of the oppressed: to liberate themselves.

― Paulo Freire

That's all the freedom we can hope for - the freedom to choose our prison.

― L.M. Montgomery

Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation.

― Coretta Scott King

I like the religion that teaches liberty, equality and fraternity.

― B. R. Ambedkar

Nothing changes the gender equation more significantly than women's economic freedom.

― Gloria Steinem

Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.

― Barry Goldwater

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

― Thomas Jefferson

Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.

― Edward Everett

Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty.


All mankind... being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions.

― John Locke

Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power.

― James Madison

It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.

― Edmund Burke

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

― John F. Kennedy

Most modern freedom is at root fear. It is not so much that we are too bold to endure rules; it is rather that we are too timid to endure responsibilities.

― G.K. Chesterton

I would fight for my liberty so long as my strength lasted, and if the time came for me to go, the Lord would let them take me.

― Harriet Tubman

The personality susceptible to the dream of limitless freedom is a personality also prone, should the dream ever sour, to misanthropy and rage.

― Jonathan Franzen

There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.

― Alexander Hamilton

A man is as free as he chooses to make himself, never an atom freer.

― George MacDonald

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