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Freedom Quotes (Quotations) and Liberty Sayings

“Freedom in general may be defined as the absence of obstacles to the realization of desires,” by Bertrand Russell.

“The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls,” Elizabeth Cady Stanton, US women's rights activist (1815 - 1902)

“The history of men's opposition to women's emancipation is more interesting perhaps than the story of that emancipation itself,” Virginia Woolf.

“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves,” by Abraham Lincoln,  (1809 - 1865), 16th US president.

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

If you substitute the word “slavery,” in Lincoln’s quote above, for the word “denial of human rights to others” it reads as follows:
“Whenever I hear anyone arguing for denial of human rights to others, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.”

“Any existence deprived of freedom is a kind of death,” by Gen Michel Aoun.

“Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom,” by  Albert Einstein (1879-1955).

“Man is a being with free will; therefore, each man is potentially good or evil, and it's up to him and only him (through his reasoning mind) to decide which he wants to be,” by Ayn Rand.

“Freedom is the will to be responsible to ourselves,” by Friedrich Nietzsche.

“No man is free who is not master of himself,” by Epictetus.

“Liberty, taking the word in its concrete sense, consists in the ability to choose,” by Simone Weil.

“The only part of the conduct of anyone for which he is amenable to society is that which concerns others. In the part which merely concerns himself, his independence is, of right, absolute. Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign,” by John Stuart Mill.

“A right is not what someone gives you; it's what no one can take from you,” by Ramsey Clark.

“Every human has four endowments- self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom... The power to choose, to respond, to change,” by Stephen R. Covey.

“While we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of our actions,” by Stephen R. Covey.

“Freedom is a package deal - with it comes responsibilities and consequences,” by unknown author.

“In nature there are neither rewards nor punishment - there are consequences,” by Robert G. Ingersoll.

“Freedom is not merely the opportunity to do as one pleases; neither is it merely the opportunity to choose between set alternatives. Freedom is, first of all, the chance to formulate the available choices, to argue over them -- and then, the opportunity to choose,” by C. Wright Mills.

“Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err. It passes my comprehension how human beings, be they ever so experienced and able, can delight in depriving other human beings of that precious right,” by Mahatma Gandhi.

“If we do not believe in freedom of speech for those we despise we do not believe in it at all,” by Noam Chomsky.

“Human history begins with man's act of disobedience which is at the very same time the beginning of his freedom and development of his reason,” by Erich Fromm (Semitic religions (Christianity, Judaism and Islam) believe humanity disobeyed God who then left them to face the consequences.

“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,” by Charles Kingsley.

“To know how to free oneself is nothing; the arduous thing is to know what to do with one's freedom,” by Andre Gide.

“Freedom means choosing your burden,” by Hephzibah Menuhin.

“Freedom is like taking a bath -- you have to keep doing it every day!” by Florynce Kennedy.

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

“A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine,” Thomas Jefferson:

“No one should negotiate their dreams. Dreams must be free to flee and fly high. No government, no legislature, has a right to limit your dreams. You should never agree to surrender your dreams,” by Jesse Jackson.

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

“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed,” by Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never has and it never will,” by Frederick Douglass.

“Most people want security in this world, not liberty,” by H.L. Mencken, Minority Report, 1956.

“Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility,” by Sigmund Freud.

“The average man (and woman) does not want to be free. He simply wants to be safe,” by H. L. Mencken.

"Liberty has never come from the government.  Liberty has always come from the subjects of it.  The history of liberty is a history of resistance,” by Woodrow Wilson.

“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety,” by Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759.

“Who speaks of liberty while the human mind is in chains?” by Francis Wright, 1828.

“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free,” the bible (John 8:32).

“People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use,” by Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855).

“Liberty without learning is always in peril and learning without liberty is always in vain,” by John F. Kennedy.

“The only freedom that is of enduring importance is the freedom of intelligence, that is to say, freedom of observation and of judgment, exercised in behalf of purposes that are intrinsically worth while. The commonest mistake made about freedom is, I think, to identify it with freedom of movement, or, with the external or physical side of activity,” by John Dewey.

“None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free,” by Goethe.

“Liberty doesn't work as well in practice as it does in speeches,” by Will Rogers

“The contest for ages has been to rescue liberty from the grasp of executive power,” by Daniel Webster.

“I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery,” by Unknown author.

“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!” by Patrick Henry.

“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.

“If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen,” by Samuel Adams.

“Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks.  Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools.  And their grandchildren are once more slaves,” by D.H. Lawrence, Classical American Literature, 1922.

“When the People contend for their liberty, they seldom get anything for their Victory but new Masters,” by George Savile.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter,” by Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion,” by Edmund Burke.

“Patriotism does not oblige us to acquiesce in the destruction of liberty. Patriotism obliges us to question it, at least,” by Wendy Kaminer.

“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,” by John Adams.

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