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Quotations: Freedom

If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquillity of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.
Samuel Adams

Let freedom never perish in your hands.
Joseph Addison

Just living is not enough... One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.
Hans Christian Andersen

Men fight for freedom, then they begin to accumulate laws to take it away from themselves.
Anon

Freedom is never free.
Anon

Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.
Hannah Arendt

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

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

Freedom is that instant between when someone tells you to do something and when you decide how to respond.
Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein

The patriot's blood is the seed of Freedom's tree.
Thomas Campbell

Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better.
Albert Camus

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

Freedom has a thousand charms to show, That slaves, howe'er contented, never know.
William Cowper

Freedom is the oxygen of the soul.
Moshe Dayan

Man is tormented by no greater anxiety than to find someone quickly to whom he can hand over that great gift of freedom with which the ill-fated creature is born.
Fyodor Dostoevsky

Of what use is freedom of speech to those who fear to offend?
Roger Ebert

Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed - else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail?
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Freedom is not procured by a full enjoyment of what is desired, but by controlling the desire.
Epictetus

Freedom is just Chaos, with better lighting.
Alan Dean Foster

The last of the human freedoms is to choose one's attitudes.
Victor Frankl

Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.
Benjamin Franklin

There can be no real freedom without the freedom to fail.
Erich Fromm

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

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

For every man who lives without freedom, the rest of us must face the guilt.
Lillian Hellman

The fact, in short, is that freedom, to be meaningful in an organized society must consist of an amalgam of hierarchy of freedoms and restraints.
Samuel Hendel

The price of freedom of religion, or of speech, or of the press, is that we must put up with a good deal of rubbish.
Robert Jackson

Freedom is not enough.
Lyndon B. Johnson

Whenever men take the law into their own hands, the loser is the law. And when the law loses, freedom languishes.
Robert Francis Kennedy

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

Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.
Soren Kierkegaard

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

Freedom of the press is limited to those who own one.
A. J. Liebling

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

Most men, after a little freedom, have preferred authority with the consoling assurances and the economy of effort which it brings.
Walter Lippmann

We have to call it freedom: who'd want to die for 'a lesser tyranny'?
Mignon McLaughlin

The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.
H. L. Mencken

Freedom means choosing your burden.
Hephzibah Menuhin

We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.
Edward R. Murrow

Freedom is the will to be responsible to ourselves.
Nietzsche

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

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

In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

The secret of Happiness is Freedom, and the secret of Freedom, Courage.
Thucydides

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

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

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