Quotes on Freedom

1. Most will give up an acre of freedom for a closet of security.
2. Freedom begins between the ears.
3. 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.
4. He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach himself.
5. History does not teach fatalism. There are moments when the will of a handful of free men breaks through determinism and opens up new roads.
6. Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, and 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.
7. Liberty is the possibility of doubting, of making a mistake, of searching and experimenting, of saying No to any authority — literary, artistic, philosophical, religious, social, and even political.
8. Liberty: One of Imagination’s most precious possessions.
9. The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree.
10. Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.
11. Here is my advice as we begin the century that will lead to 2081. First, guard the freedom of ideas at all costs. Be alert that dictators have always played on the natural human tendency to blame others and to oversimplify. And don’t regard yourself as a guardian of freedom unless you respect and preserve the rights of people you disagree with to free, public, unhampered expression.
12. Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.
13. I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom.
14. My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.
15. It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you.
16. We on this continent should never forget that men first crossed the Atlantic not to find soil for their ploughs but to secure liberty for their souls.
17. You have freedom when you’re easy in your harness
18. for what avail the plough or sail,
19. or land or life, if freedom fail?
20. Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.
21. In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.
22. We have to call it "freedom": who’d want to die for "a lesser tyranny"?
23. Liberty has as many chains as slavery, but the golden chains of liberty decorate, and the iron chains of slavery degrade
24. Freedom is the oxygen of the soul
25. 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
26. No one is free when others are oppressed.
27. Nations grown corrupt
28. Love bondage more than liberty;
29. Bondage with ease than strenuous liberty.
30. Freedom means choosing your burden
31. Most people want security in this world, not liberty.
32. We feel free when we escape — even if it be but from the frying pan into the fire.
33. Men fight for freedom, then they begin to accumulate laws to take it away from themselves
34. Freedom is that instant between when someone tells you to do something and when you decide how to respond.
35. Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have freedom
36. Freedom is not enough.
37. 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
38. I catch, through the mists of life's river,
39. a glimpse of the time to be,
40. when the chain from the bondman rusted,
41. Shall leave him erect and free...
42. The sound of tireless voices is the price we pay for the right to hear the music of our own opinions
43. we must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.
44. They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety
45. Everywhere the human soul stands between a hemisphere of light and another of darkness on the confines of two everlasting hostile empires,
46. We have enjoyed so much freedom for so long that we are perhaps in danger of forgetting how much blood it cost to establish the Bill of Rights.
47. To make a pledge of any kind is to declare war against nature; for a pledge is a chain that is always clanking and reminding the wearer of it that he is not a free man.
48. No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck.
49. Let freedom never perish in your hands.
50. Who speaks of liberty while the human mind is in chains?
51. Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.
52. I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.
53. Liberty doesn’t work as well in practice as it does in speeches.
54. Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err.
55. The contest for ages has been to rescue liberty from the grasp of executive power.
56. Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better.
57. Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools.
58. I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery.
59. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.
60. When the People contend for their liberty, they seldom get anything for their Victory but new Masters.
61. He who is allowed to do as he likes will soon run his head into a brick wall out of sheer frustration.
62. Power is duty; freedom is responsibility.
63. Freedom is the will to be responsible to ourselves.
64. Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
65. Liberty is maintained by responsible freedom.
66. The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion
67. we anarchists do not want to emancipate the people; we want the people to emancipate themselves.
68. Freedom is never free.
69. We are free, truly free, when we don’t need to rent our arms to anybody in order to be able to lift a piece of bread to our mouths.
70. Many politicians are in the habit of laying it down as a self-evident proposition that no people ought to be free till they are fit to use their freedom. The maxim is worthy of the fool in the old story who resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim.

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