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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. Charles de Gaulle

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. Thomas Paine

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

Freedom begins between the ears. Edward Abbey

Most will give up an acre of freedom for a closet of security. Dr. Idel Dreimer

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They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin, Memoirs of the life & writings of Benjamin Franklin.

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

When the people fear the government there is tyranny, when the government fears the people there is liberty. John Basil Barnhill.

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

My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular. Adlai Stevenson, speech, Detroit, 1952.

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Caged birds accept each other but flight is what they long for. TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, Camino Real

Walk where your heart leads you, there are no restrictions and no burdens. GAO XINGJIAN, Nocturnal Wanderer

Above all, we must realize that no arsenal or no weapon in the arsenals of the world is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. RONALD REAGAN, First Inaugural Address, January 20, 1981

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

People never give up their liberties but under some delusion. EDMUND BURKE, speech at County Meeting of Bucks, 1784

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America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. Abraham Lincoln

What light is to the eyes – what air is to the lungs – what love is to the heart, liberty is to the soul of man. Robert Green Ingersoll

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

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

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

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

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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

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.  Ignazio Silone, The God That Failed, 1950

Liberty: One of Imagination’s most precious possessions. Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary

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

Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide. Napoleon Bonaparte

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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.

Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech. Benjamin Franklin, Silence Dogood, The Busy-Body, and Early Writings.

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. Woodrow Wilson.

Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the Government’s purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding. Justice Louis Brandeis.

I hope we once again have reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: as government expands, liberty contracts. Ronald Reagan.

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I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free. Mankind will surely not deny to Harold Skimpole what it concedes to the butterflies! CHARLES DICKENS, Bleak House

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but licence. JOHN MILTON, Tenure of Kings and Magistrates

For every man who lives without freedom, the rest of us must face the guilt. LILLIAN HELLMAN, The Watch on the Rhine

Freedom and not servitude is the cure of anarchy; as religion, and not atheism, is the true remedy of superstition. EDMUND BURKE, speech on conciliation with America, 1775

Man is condemned to be free. JEAN-PAUL SARTRE, Existentialism Is a Humanism

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Man is free at the moment he wishes to be. Voltaire

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

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

Freedom lies in being bold. Robert Frost

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

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

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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.  Gerard K. O’Neill, 2081

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

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

My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular. Adlai Stevenson, speech, Detroit, 1952



It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you. Author unknown, sometimes attributed to M. Grundler

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The urge to save humanity is almost always a false face for the urge to rule it. H.L. Mencken.

The sole end for which mankind are warranted, individually or collectively, in interfering with the liberty of action of any of their number is self-protection … The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant. John Stuart Mill.

Those who nourish the hope that it will be possible to keep central government free of the corrupting tendencies of power and to staff it with a freedom-loving elite, overestimate the virtues of both the electorate and the elected, and underestimate the normative power of structural processes even over well-intended functionaries. Robert Nef.

Freedom would be meaningless without security in the home and in the streets. NELSON MANDELA, speech, April 27, 1995

So free we seem, so fettered fast we are! ROBERT BROWNING, Andrea del Sarto

History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid. DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, inaugural address, Jan. 20, 1953

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

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 never given; it is won. A. Philip Randolph

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

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

Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people. John Adams

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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. Robert J. McCracken

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

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

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

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

We have to call it “freedom”: who’d want to die for “a lesser tyranny”? Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960

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Real freedom is having nothing. I was freer when I didn’t have a cent. MIKE TYSON, Sports Illustrated, Mar. 1988

It’s only after you’ve lost everything that you’re free to do anything. CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Fight Club

The anchor in our world today is freedom, holding us steady in times of change, a symbol of hope to all the world. GEORGE H.W. BUSH, State of the Union Address, Jan. 31, 1990

Because we are free we can never be indifferent to the fate of freedom elsewhere. Our moral sense dictates a clearcut preference for these societies which share with us an abiding respect for individual human rights. We do not seek to intimidate, but it is clear that a world which others can dominate with impunity would be inhospitable to decency and a threat to the well-being of all people. JIMMY CARTER, Inaugural Address, Jan. 20, 1977

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. ABRAHAM LINCOLN, letter to H.L. Pierce, Apr. 6, 1859

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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

Freedom is the oxygen of the soul. Moshe Dayan

I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. 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

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

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

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

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Liberty has as many chains as slavery, but the golden chains of liberty decorate, and the iron chains of slavery degrade. Austin O’Malley (1858–1932), Thoughts of a Recluse, 1898

Freedom is the oxygen of the soul. Moshe Dayan

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

No one is free when others are oppressed. Author Unknown

Freedom means choosing your burden. Hephzibah Menuhin

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

We feel free when we escape — even if it be but from the frying pan into the fire. Eric Hoffer

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have. Harry Emerson Fosdick

Freedom is not enough. Lyndon B. Johnson

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. Woodrow Wilson

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

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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