Freedom Quotes

Freedom is poetry, taking liberties with words, breaking the rules of normal speech, violating common sense. Freedom is violence.

By Norman O. Brown
Freedom is the by-product of economic surplus.

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

By Ronald Reagan
Women, like men, ought to have their youth so glutted with freedom they hate the very idea of freedom.

By Vita Sackville-West
You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.

By Malcolm X
Yet, Freedom! yet thy banner, torn, but flying, Streams like the thunderstorm against the wind.

By George Gordon Noel Byron
You ardently strive for freedom, and I do wish you were free—but, rather than for your sake, so that government won't be.

By Franz Grillparzer
You realize the futility of worry. You learn to hate the small and the little. Life is a pie which you cut in large slices, not grudgingly, no...

By Alice Foote MacDougall
Who but the Evil One has cried 'Whoa!' to mankind?

By Henry David Thoreau
Who is here so base that would be a bondman? If any, speak, for him have I offended. Who is here so rude that would not be a Roman? If any, sp...

By Shakespeare
With silent lips. 'Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,...

By Emma Lazarus
Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others. But without freedom, no socialism eith...

By Albert Camus
Yes, I am so free. And what a superb absence is my soul.

By Jean-Paul Sartre
Yet here at least an earnest sense Of human right and weal is shown;...

By John Greenleaf Whittier
Wild liberty develops iron conscience. Want of liberty, by strengthening law and decorum, stupefies conscience.

By Ralph Waldo Emerson
When a man hath no freedom to fight for at home, Let him combat for that of his neighbors;...

By George Gordon Noel Byron
When Freedom, from her mountain height, Unfurled her standard to the air,...

By Joseph Rodman Drake
When we were told that by freedom we understood free enterprise, we did very little to dispel this monstrous falsehood.... Wealth and economic...

By Hannah Arendt
Were they told they were free And persuaded to see Something in it for them?

By Robert Frost
What we want is not freedom but its appearances. It is for these simulacra that man has always striven. And since freedom, as has been said, i...

By E.M. Cioran
We look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression—everywhere in the world...

By Franklin D. Roosevelt
We said there warn't no home like a raft, after all. Other places do seem so cramped up and smothery, but a raft don't. You feel mighty free a...

By Mark Twain
True freedom is to have power over oneself for everything.

By Michel de Montaigne
Thou shalt be as free As mountain winds; but then exactly do All points of my command.

By Shakespeare
to be free Is often to be lonely;

By W.H. Auden
To declaim freedom verses seems like a poem within a poem; freedom requires guns, it requires arms, but no feet.

By Franz Grillparzer
to fasten into order enlarging grasps of disorder, widening scope, but enjoying the freedom that...

By Archie Randolph Ammons
To thee, fair Freedom! I retire From flattery, cards, and dice, and din:...

By William Shenstone
To watch that world come up like a cold sun, Rewarding others, is my liberty....

By Philip Larkin
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.

By Thomas Paine
Those words freedom and opportunity do not mean a license to climb upwards by pushing other people down. Any paternalistic system that tries t...

By Franklin D. Roosevelt
There's something contagious about demanding freedom.

By Robin Morgan
These are our grievances which we have thus laid before his majesty with that freedom of language and sentiment which becomes a free people, c...

By Thomas Jefferson
They are free, but not entirely free. For Law is despot over them, and they fear him much more than your men fear you.

By Herodotus
There is an untroubled harmony in everything, a full consonance in nature; only in our illusory freedom do we feel at variance with it.

By Fyodor Tyutchev
There should be a sympathy with freedom, a desire to give it scope, founded not upon visionary ideas, but upon the long experience of many gen...

By W.E. Gladstone
There was something so free and self-contained about him, something in the young fellow's movements, that made that officer aware of him. And ...

By D.H. Lawrence
There will be no greater burden on our generation than to organize the forces of liberty in our time in order to make our quest of a new freed...

By Woodrow Wilson
There's freedom at thy gates and rest For Earth's downtrodden and oppressed,

By William Cullen Bryant
Then to the elements Be free, and fare thou well!

By Shakespeare
There are always those who are willing to surrender local self-government and turn over their affairs to some national authority in exchange f...

By Calvin Coolidge
The sole work and deed of universal freedom is therefore death, a death too which has no inner significance or filling, for what is negated is...

By Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
The spirit becomes free only when it ceases to be a support.

By Franz Kafka
The statue of Freedom has not been cast yet, the furnace is hot, we can all still burn our fingers.

By Georg Büchner
The way leads to freedom, to freedom it goes. The old world must crumble. Awake, wind of dawn!

By Alfred Döblin
The poor, stupid, free American citizen! Free to starve, free to tramp the highways of this great country, he enjoys universal suffrage, and b...

By Emma Goldman
The taste for freedom, the fashion and cult of happiness of the majority, that the nineteenth century is infatuated with was only a heresy in ...

By Stendhal
The mere fact of leaving ultimate social control in the hands of the people has not guaranteed that men will be able to conduct their lives as...

By Ruth Benedict
The only conception of freedom I can have is that of the prisoner or the individual in the midst of the State. The only one I know is freedom ...

By Albert Camus
The only freedom I care about is the freedom to do right; the freedom to do wrong I am ready to part with on the cheapest terms to anyone who ...

By Thomas Henry Huxley
The progress of freedom depends more upon the maintenance of peace, the spread of commerce, and the diffusion of education, than upon the labo...

By Richard Cobden
The question is whether personal freedom is worth the terrible effort, the never-lifted burden and risks of self-reliance.

By Rose Wilder Lane
The love of freedom has been the quality of Western man.

By Robinson Jeffers
The man who takes the liberty to live is superior to all the laws, by virtue of his relation to the lawmaker.

By Henry David Thoreau
The mountains look on Marathon— And Marathon looks on the sea;...

By George Gordon Noel Byron
The name of freedom regained is sweet to hear.

By Titus Livius
The doctrine that all men are, in any sense, or have been, at any time, free and equal, is an utterly baseless fiction.

By Thomas Henry Huxley
The free man is a warrior.—How is freedom measured among individuals, among peoples? According to the resistance that must be overcome, acco...

By Friedrich Nietzsche
The free way of life proposes ends, but it does not prescribe means.

By Robert F. Kennedy
The freedom of indifference, the indifference of freedom, the will dust in the dust of its object, the act a handful of sand let fall—these ...

By Samuel Beckett
The freedom to share one's insights and judgments verbally or in writing is, just like the freedom to think, a holy and inalienable right of h...

By Carl Friedrich Bahrdt
The basic test of freedom is perhaps less in what we are free to do than in what we are free not to do. It is the freedom to refrain, withdraw...

By Eric Hoffer
The East knew and to the present day knows only that One is Free; the Greek and the Roman world, that some are free; the German World knows th...

By Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
The 'real movement' of history, it turns out, is fueled not by matter but by spirit, by the will to freedom.

By Gertrude Himmelfarb
The caged bird sings with a fearful trill...

By Maya Angelou
Surely the day will come when color means nothing more than skin tone, when religion is seen uniquely as a way to speak one's soul; when birth...

By Josephine Baker
That is coupled to foul thraldom. But if he had assayed it,...

By John Barbour
That part of tyranny that I do bear I can shake off at pleasure.

By Shakespeare
That there is also freedom in captivity, only a prisoner can claim. Coming from a prison guard, this statement would be blasphemy.

By Friedrich Dürrenmatt
That through thy prowess and victorious arms, Thy country may be freed from foreign harms;...

By Edmund Spenser
Spirit, that made those heroes dare To die, and leave their children free,...

By Ralph Waldo Emerson
See, I'm so light, it don't seem right to go to the colored rest room;...

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

By James Madison
Pharisaism, obtuseness and tyranny reign not only in the homes of merchants and in jails; I see it in science, in literature, and among youth....

By Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
Power acquired by violence is only a usurpation, and lasts only as long as the force of him who commands prevails over that of those who obey.

By Denis Diderot
One lives for today, one lives on the spur of the moment—one lives most irresponsibly: and it is precisely this that one calls 'freedom.'

By Friedrich Nietzsche
Only by obedience to his genius; only by the freest activity in the way constitutional to him, does an angel seem to arise before a man, and l...

By Ralph Waldo Emerson
Only those who must conquer them every day Deserve freedom as well as life.

By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Our venture in revolution and outlawry Has justified itself in freedom's story Right down to now in glory upon glory.

By Robert Frost
One alone in a Chinese square confronted tanks, while others fled....

By Jimmy Carter
None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but licence.

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

By Pearl S. Buck
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

By Anonymous
No man has received from nature the right to give orders to others. Freedom is a gift from heaven, and every individual of the same species ha...

By Denis Diderot
No matter what a man does, he is not fully sane or human unless there is a spirit of freedom in him, a soul unconfined by purpose and larger t...

By Charles Horton Cooley
My angel,—his name is Freedom,— Choose him to be your king;...

By Ralph Waldo Emerson
Men are free when they are in a living homeland, not when they are straying and breaking away. Men are free when they are obeying some deep, i...

By D.H. Lawrence
Like a lot of Black women, I have always had to invent the power my freedom requires ...

By June Jordan
Live free, child of the mist,—and with respect to knowledge we are all children of the mist.

By Henry David Thoreau
Lost is our freedom When we submit to women so: Why do we need 'em When, in their best, they work our woe?

By Thomas Campion
Lux my fair falcon, and your fellows all, How well pleasant it were your liberty! Ye not forsake me that fair might ye befall.

By Sir Thomas Wyatt
Man in general, if reduced to himself, is too wicked to be free.

By Joseph De Maistre
Man was born free, and he is everywhere in chains.

By Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Many lovers have been divorced By having what is free enforced.

By Robert Frost
let geese Gabble and hiss, but heroes seek release From dusty bondage into luminous air.

By Edna St. Vincent Millay
I've thought about how, were we to suddenly receive the freedom about which we talk so much when we spar with one another, we would not know w...

By Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
Liberty may be endangered by the abuses of liberty as well as by the abuses of power.

By James Madison
Liberty! Freedom! Tyranny is dead! Run hence, proclaim, cry it about the streets!

By Shakespeare
It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, an...

By Mark Twain
It was inspiriting to hear the regular dip of the paddles, as if they were our fins or flippers, and to realize that we were at length fairly ...

By Henry David Thoreau
It is a great many years since at the outset of my career I had to think seriously what life had to offer that was worth having. I came to the...

By Thomas Henry Huxley
It is better for a man to go wrong in freedom than to go right in chains.

By Thomas Henry Huxley
It is clear that not in one thing alone, but in many ways equality and freedom of speech are a good thing.

By Herodotus
It is easier to rule others than to keep from being ruled oneself.

By François La Rochefoucauld, Duc De
It is not a carol of joy or glee, But a prayer that he sends from his heart's deep core,...

By Paul Laurence Dunbar
It is often safer to be in chains than to be free.

By Franz Kafka
It is only when we speak what is right that we stand a chance at night of being blown to bits in our homes. Can we call this a free country, w...

By Fannie Lou Hamer
In Europe, charters of liberty have been granted by Power. In America ... charters of power [are] granted by liberty.

By James Madison
In the deserts of the heart Let the healing fountain start, In the prison of his days Teach the free man how to praise.

By W.H. Auden
In the mountains, there you feel free.

By T.S. Eliot
In the two centuries that have passed since 1776, millions upon millions of Americans have worked and taken up arms, when necessary, to make [...

By Gerald R. Ford
If the average citizen is guaranteed equal opportunity in the polling place, he must have equal opportunity in the market place.... The flag a...

By Franklin D. Roosevelt
I will be free, no lover's kiss to bind me to earth, no bliss of love to counteract actual bliss.

By Hilda Doolittle
I know what the caged bird feels, alas!

By Paul Laurence Dunbar
I must have liberty Withal, as large a charter as the wind. To blow on whom, I please.

By Shakespeare
I only hope that when I am free, As they are free, to go in quest...

By Robert Frost
I had as lief not be as live to be In awe of such a thing as I myself.

By Shakespeare
I looked at my hands, to see if I was de same person now I was free. Dere was such a glory ober eberything, de sun came like gold trou de tree...

By Harriet Tubman
I am all the subjects that you have, Which first was mine own king.

By Shakespeare
I am wont to think that men are not so much the keepers of herds as herds are the keepers of men, the former are so much the freer.

By Henry David Thoreau
I cannot think of punishing him ... merely for coveting that liberty for which we have paid the price of so much blood, and have proclaimed so...

By James Madison
How prone poor Humanity is to dam up the minutest remnants of its freedom, and build an artificial roof to prevent it looking up to the clear ...

By E.T.A.W. Hoffmann
I am truly free only when all human beings, men and women, are equally free. The freedom of other men, far from negating or limiting my freedo...

By Mikhail Bakunin
He was a lucky fox that left his tail in the trap. The muskrat will gnaw his third leg off to be free. No wonder man has lost his elasticity.

By Henry David Thoreau
How is freedom measured, in individuals as in nations? By the resistance which has to be overcome, by the effort it costs to stay aloft. One w...

By Friedrich Nietzsche
Had you rather Caesar were living, and die all slaves, than that Caesar were dead, to live all free men?

By Shakespeare
Half the intellectual resources of the race on this continent, made half a freedom: it will take the feminine remainder—the other half of th...

By Harriot K. Hunt
Forever float that standard sheet! Where breathes the foe but falls before us,...

By Joseph Rodman Drake
Freedom and whores are the most cosmopolitan items under the sun.

By Georg Büchner
Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently.

By Rosa Luxemburg
Freedom is but the possibility of a various and indefinite activity; while government, or the exercise of dominion, is a single, yet real acti...

By Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt
Freedom is hunting, feeding, danger; that, that is freedom—that it is which makes...

By Marie Lovell
Freedom is like a man who kills himself Each night, an incessant butcher, whose knife Grows sharp in blood.

By Wallace Stevens
Freedom is not an ideal, it is not even a protection, if it means nothing more than freedom to stagnate, to live without dreams, to have no gr...

By Adlai Stevenson
Freedom is slavery some poets tell us. Enslave yourself to the right leader's truth,...

By Robert Frost
Freedom is the moment between sleep and waking before selfhood and the world return.

By Mason Cooley
Freedom is the only law which genius knows.

By James Russell Lowell
Freedom of speech is of no use to a man who has nothing to say and freedom of worship is of no use to a man who has lost his God.

By Franklin D. Roosevelt
Give me the free and poor inheritance Of our own kind, not furniture...

By Karl Shapiro
God of justice, save the people From the clash of race and creed,...

By William Pierson Merrill
Few men desire liberty; the majority are satisfied with a just master.

By Gaius Sallustius Crispus
For me, the principal fact of life is the free mind. For good and evil, man is a free creative spirit. This produces the very queer world we l...

By Joyce Cary
Freedom! A wanton slut on a profligate's breast!

By Marina Tsvetaeva
Freedom, high-day! high-day, freedom! freedom, high-day, freedom!

By Shakespeare
Freedom, my good girl, means being able to count on how other people will behave.

By George Bernard Shaw
Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose.

By Kris Kristofferson
Freedom's secret wilt thou know?— Counsel not with flesh and blood;...

By Ralph Waldo Emerson
Every sacred book, successively, has been accepted in the faith that it was to be the final resting-place of the sojourning soul; but after al...

By Henry David Thoreau
Everyone asks for freedom for himself, The man free love, the businessman free trade,...

By Robert Frost
Firm, united, let us be, Rallying round our Liberty; As a band of brothers joined, Peace and safety we shall find.

By Joseph Hopkinson
Fondnesse it were for any being free, To covet fetters, though they golden bee.

By Edmund Spenser
For a man to act himself, he must be perfectly free; otherwise he is in danger of losing all sense of responsibility or of self- respect.

By Henry David Thoreau
Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds.

By Bob Marley
But what's the good of freedom? What can you do with it? What one wants is to live well and have a beautiful house and be respected by people.

By John Dos Passos
Civilization has not ever been the brother of equality. Freedom was born among the wild eyries in the mountains; and barbarous tribes have she...

By Herman Melville
But it takes a lot of money to live freely by the sea.

By Albert Camus
Belonging to oneself—the whole essence of life lies in that.

By Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev
Bit by bit ... she had claimed herself. Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another.

By Toni Morrison
As for freedom, it will soon cease to exist in any shape or form. Living will depend upon absolute obedience to a strict set of arrangements, ...

By Jean Baudrillard
As I learn from you, I guess you learn from me—...

By Langston Hughes
And work was little in the house, She was free,

By Robert Frost
Any honest examination of the national life proves how far we are from the standard of human freedom with which we began. The recovery of this...

By James Baldwin
America when will you be angelic? When will you take off your clothes?...

By Allen Ginsberg
Ah! Freedom is a noble thing! Freedom makes man to have liking:...

By John Barbour
Ah! I have lost my freedom, and hell is now beginning.

By Albert Camus
All real freedom springs from necessity, for it can be gained only through the exercise of the individual will, and that will can be roused to...

By Anna C. Brackett
A man who is free is like a mangy sheep in a herd. He will contaminate my entire kingdom and ruin my work.

By Jean-Paul Sartre
Aegistheus, the kings have another secret.... Once liberty has exploded in the soul of a man, the Gods can do nothing against that man. It is ...

By Jean-Paul Sartre
After all, I do not have so many ways of proving that I am free. We is always free at the expense of someone else. It is a bother, but it is n...

By Albert Camus
A sincere and steadfast co-operation in promoting such a reconstruction of our political system as would provide for the permanent liberty and...

By James Madison
A society in which everyone works is not necessarily a free society and may indeed be a slave society; on the other hand, a society in which t...

By Eleanor Roosevelt
... wounding God with his blue face, his tyranny, his absolute kingdom, with my aphrodisiac.

By Anne Sexton
[M]ost people have come to America ... to get away from everything they are and have been. . [But] it is never freedom till you find something...

By D.H. Lawrence
(Brazil:) I've never beheld such a paradise. The people are enchanting and—a mercy on this earth of ours—this is the only place where ther...

By Stefan Zweig
... liberty is the one thing no man can have unless he grants it to others.

By Ruth Benedict
... the mistakes that we male and female mortals make when we have our own way might fairly raise some wonder that we are so fond of it.

By George Eliot
... the one thing that everybody wants is to be free, to talk to eat to drink to walk to think, to please, to wish, and to do it now.

By Gertrude Stein
... the space left to freedom is very small. ... ends are inherent in human nature and the same for all.

By Hannah Arendt
... how have I used rivers, how have I used wars to escape writing of the worst thing of all—...

By Adrienne Rich
I tell you I must go! Do you think I can stay to become nothing to you? Do you think I am an automaton?-a machine without feelings? And can bear to have my morsel of bread snatched from my lips, and my drop of living water dashed from my cup? Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong!

By Charlotte Bronte
If I have freedom in my love, And in my soul am free, -- Angels alone that soar above, Enjoy such liberty.

By Richard Lovelace
If we catch a glimpse of freedom, we wish to possess it; if we catch a glimpse of death, we want nothing to do with it. One we cannot have, the other we cannot avoid.

By Jeremy P. Johnson
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.

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

By Malcolm X
Is any man free except the one who can pass his life as he pleases?

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

By Epictetus
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.

By Mark Twain
It is especially important to encourage unorthodox thinking when the situation is critical: At such moments every new word and fresh thought is more precious than gold. Indeed, people must not be deprived of the right to think their own thoughts.

By Boris Yeltsin
It is my right to be uncommon. For I do not choose to be a common man, If I can, I seek opportunity. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the government look after me. I choose to take the calculated risk, to dream, to build, to fail or succeed. I choose not to barter incentive for a dole, I prefer the challenges of life to a guaranteed existence, the thrill of fulfillment to the state calm of Utopia. I will not trade my freedom for beneficence nor my dignity for a handout.

By Source Unknown
It is our belief that if people are set free to express themselves to the fullest, their accomplishments will be far beyond their dreams, and they will not only contribute to the growth of the company, but will also be more useful citizens and contribute to the society at large.

By Wilton M. Blount
It is quite possible for someone to choose incorrectly or to judge badly; but freedom must allow such mistakes.

By Sang Kyu Shin
It is true that liberty is precious. So precious that it must be rationed.

By Lenin (Vladimir Ulyanov)
It will free man from his remaining chains, the chains of gravity which still tie him to this planet. It will open to him the gates of heaven.

By Wernher Von Braun
Just as war is freedom's cost, disagreement is freedom's privilege.

By William Jefferson Clinton
Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.

By Nelson Mandela
Liberty is a different kind of pain from prison.

By TS (Thomas Stearns) Eliot
Liberty is being free from the things we don't like in order to be slaves of the things we do like.

By Ernest Benn
The East knew and to the present day knows only that One is Free; the Greek and the Roman world, that some are free; the German World knows that All are free. The first political form therefore which we observe in History, is Despotism, the second Democracy and Aristocracy, the third, Monarchy.

By G. W. F. Hegel
The foolish and the uneducated have little use for freedom.

By Source Unknown
The grass is always greener where the fence isn't.

By Source Unknown
The greatest Glory of a free-born People, Is to transmit that Freedom to their Children.

By William Havard
The higher one climbs on the spiritual ladder, the more they will grant others their own freedom, and give less interference to another's state of consciousness.

By Paul Twitchell
The law will never make men free, it is men that have to make the law free.

By Henry David Thoreau
The more internal freedom you achieve, the more you want: it is more fun to be happy than sad, more enjoyable to choose your own emotions than to have them inflicted on you by mechanical glandular processes, more pleasurable to solve your problems than to be stuck with them forever.

By Robert Wilson
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.

By Malcolm X
The progress of freedom depends more upon the maintenance of peace, the spread of commerce, and the diffusion of education, than upon the labors of cabinets and foreign offices.

By Richard Cobden
The saving man becomes the free man.

By Chinese Proverb
The secret of freedom, courage.

By Thucydides
The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep's throat, for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty.

By Abraham Lincoln
The sovereignty of one's self over one's self is called Liberty.

By Albert Pike
The unity of freedom has never relied on uniformity of opinion.

By John Fitzgerald Kennedy
There are two good things in life -- freedom of thought and freedom of action.

By W. Somerset Maugham
There is no liberation without labor... and there is no freedom which is free.

By The Siri Singh Sahib
This is America. You can do anything here.

By Robert E. Turner
Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves.

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

By Thomas Paine
We are all of us the worse for too much liberty.

By Terence
We fight not to enslave, but to set a country free, and to make room upon the earth for honest men to live in.

By Thomas Paine
We human beings do have some genuine freedom of choice and therefore some effective control over our own destinies. I am not a determinist. But I also believe that the decisive choice is seldom the latest choice in the series. More often than not, it will turn out to be some choice made relatively far back in the past.

By Arnold J. Toynbee
We must determine whether we really want freedom -- whether we are willing to dare the perils of... rebirth... For we never take a step forward without surrendering something that we may have held dear, without dying to that which has been.

By Virginia Hanson
Whatever the price, identify it now. What will you have to go through to get where you want to be? There is a price you can pay to be free of the situation once and for all. It may be a fantastic price or a tiny one -- but there is a price.

By Harry Browne
When a person places the proper value on freedom, there is nothing under the sun that he will not do to acquire that freedom. Whenever you hear a man saying he wants freedom, but in the next breath he is going to tell you what he won't do to get it, or what he doesn't believe in doing in order to get it, he doesn't believe in freedom. A man who believes in freedom will do anything under the sun to acquire... or preserve his freedom.

By Malcolm X
When I was a boy I used to do what my father wanted. Now I have to do what my boy wants. My problem is: When am I going to do what I want?

By Samuel Levenson
When people talk of the freedom of writing, speaking or thinking I cannot choose but laugh. No such thing ever existed. No such thing now exists; but I hope it will exist. But it must be hundreds of years after you and I shall write and speak no more.

By John Adams
When the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again.

By Edith Hamilton
When we were told that by freedom we understood free enterprise, we did very little to dispel this monstrous falsehood. Wealth and economic well-being, we have asserted, are the fruits of freedom, while we should have been the first to know that this kind of happiness has been an unmixed blessing only in this country, and it is a minor blessing compared with the truly political freedoms, such as freedom of speech and thought, of assembly and association, even under the best conditions.

By Hannah Arendt
Will power is only the tensile strength of one's own disposition. One cannot increase it by a single ounce.

By Cesare Pavese
Within yourself deliverance must be searched for, because each man makes his own prison.

By Sir Edwin Arnold
Yes! To this thought I hold with firm persistence; The last result of wisdom stamps it true; He only earns his freedom and existence Who daily conquers them anew.

By Johann von Goethe
Yesterday the greatest question was decided which ever was debated in America; and a greater perhaps never was, nor will be, decided among men. A resolution was passed without one dissenting colony, that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States.

By John Adams
You can only be free if I am free.

By Clarence Darrow
You can protect your liberties in this world only by protecting the other man's freedom. You can be free only if I am free.

By Clarence Darrow
You don't have to be a man to fight for freedom. All you have to do is to be an intelligent human being.

By Malcolm X
You should never have your best trousers on when you go out to fight for freedom and truth.

By Henrik Ibsen
A forest bird never wants a cage.

By Henrik Ibsen
A nation which makes the final sacrifice for life and freedom does not get beaten.

By Kemal Ataturk
A slave is one who waits for someone to come and free him.

By Ezra Pound
Do not destroy that immortal emblem of humanity, the Declaration of Independence.

By Abraham Lincoln
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.

By Aleister Crowley
Fatalism, whose solving word in all crises of behavior is All striving is vain, will never reign supreme, for the impulse to take life strivingly is indestructible in the race. Moral creeds which speak to that impulse will be widely successful in spite of inconsistency, vagueness, and shadowy determination of expectancy. Man needs a rule for his will, and will invent one if one be not given him.

By William James
For what avail the plough or sail, Or land or life, if freedom fail?

By Ralph Waldo Emerson
Freedom -- to walk free and own no superior.

By Walt Whitman
Freedom exists only with power.

By Friedrich von Schiller
Freedom is an internal achievement rather than an external adjustment.

By Adam Clayton Powell
Freedom is fragile and must be protected. To sacrifice it, even as a temporary measure, is to betray it.

By Germaine Greer
Freedom is knowing who you really are.

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

By Rollo May
Freedom is not being a slave to any circumstance, to any constraint, to any chance; it means compelling Fortune to enter the lists on equal terms.

By Seneca (Seneca the Elder)
Freedom is the last, best hope of earth.

By Abraham Lincoln
Freedom is the right to live as we wish.

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

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

By Jean-Paul Sartre
He that is kind is free, though he is a slave; he that is evil is a slave, though he be a king.

By Saint Augustine of Hippo
He who is conceived in a cage, yearns for the cage.

By Yevgeny Yevtushenko
I believe in a religion that believes in freedom. Any time I have to accept a religion that won't let me fight a battle for my people, I say to hell with that religion.

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

By Dan Quayle
I gave my life for freedom --this I know: For those who bade me fight had told me so.

By W. N. Ewer
I had crossed de line of which I had so long been dreaming. I was free; but dere was no one to welcome me to de land of freedom. I was a stranger in a strange land . . .

By Harriet Tubman
I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind.

By Antoine De Saint-Exupery
Liberty is slow fruit. It is never cheap; it is made difficult because freedom is the accomplishment and perfectness of man.

By Ralph Waldo Emerson
Liberty is to the collective body, what health is to every individual body. Without health no pleasure can be tasted by man; without liberty, no happiness can be enjoyed by society.

By Henry Bolingbroke
Man cannot be free if he does not know that he is subject to necessity, because his freedom is always won in his never wholly successful attempts to liberate himself from necessity.

By Hannah Arendt
Man is a masterpiece of creation if for no other reason than that, all the weight of evidence for determinism notwithstanding, he believes he has free will.

By G. C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg
Men are free when they are in a living homeland, not when they are straying and breaking away. Men are free when they are obeying some deep, inward voice of religious belief. Obeying from within. Men are free when they belong to a living, organic, believing community, active in fulfilling some unfulfilled, perhaps unrealized purpose. Not when they are escaping to some wild west. The most unfree souls go west, and shout of freedom. Men are freest when they are most unconscious of freedom. The shout is a rattling of chains, always was.

By D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
My angel, - his name is Freedom, Choose him to be your king; He shall cut pathways east and west. And fend you with his wing.

By Ralph Waldo Emerson
No man is free who is not a master of himself.

By Epictetus
No matter what a man does, he is not fully sane or human unless there is a spirit of freedom in him, a soul unconfined by purpose and larger than the practicable world.

By Charles Horton Cooley
No one is truly free, they are a slave to wealth, fortune, the law, or other people restraining them from acting according to their will.

By Euripides
No one who lives in error is free.

By Euripides
Nothing is more disgusting than the crowing about liberty by slaves, as most men are, and the flippant mistaking for freedom of some paper preamble like a Declaration of Independence, or the statute right to vote, by those who have never dared to think or to act.

By Ralph Waldo Emerson
One should respect public opinion in so far as is necessary to avoid starvation and to keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny.

By Bertrand Russell
Our ultimate freedom is the right and power to decide how anybody or anything outside ourselves will affect us.

By Stephen Covey
People who exercise their embryonic freedom day after day, little by little, expand that freedom. People who do not will find that it withers until they are literally being lived. They are acting out scripts written by parents, associates and society.

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

By Patrick Henry
Perfect freedom is reserved for the man who lives by his own work and in that work does what he wants to do.

By Robin G. Collingwood
Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.

By Frank Herbert
Set me free from evil passions, and heal my heart of all inordinate affections; that being inwardly cured and thoroughly cleansed, I may be made fit to love, courageous to suffer, steady to persevere.

By Thomas Kempis
So far as a person thinks; they are free.

By Ralph Waldo Emerson
The cause of freedom is the cause of God.

By Samuel Bowles
The clash of ideas is the sound of freedom.

By Lady Bird Johnson
The fifth freedom is freedom from ignorance.

By Lyndon B. Johnson
Men are freest when they are most unconscious of freedom. The shout is a rattling of chains, always was.

By David Herbert Lawrence
He who is brave is free.

By Lucius Annaeus Seneca
A useful definition of liberty is obtained only by seeking the principle of liberty in the main business of human life, that is to say, in the process by which men educate their responses and learn to control their environment.

By Walter Lippman
Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

By John Quincy Adams
Freedom is the emancipation from the arbitrary rule of other men.

By Mortimer Adler
Only law can give us freedom.

By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Only people who have been allowed to practise freedom can have the grown-up look in their eyes.

By E. M. Forster
I am a freeman, an American, a United States Senator, and a Democrat, in that order.

By Lyndon B. Johnson
Freedom is the most contagious virus known to man.

By Hubert H. Humphrey
The history of the world is none other than the progress of the consciousness of freedom.

By G. W. F. Hegel
What most clearly characterizes true freedom and its true employment is its misemployment.

By G. C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg
All theory is against freedom of the will; all experience for it.

By Samuel Johnson
Any nation that thinks more of its ease and comfort than its freedom will soon lose its freedom; and the ironical thing about it is that it will lose its ease and comfort too.

By W. Somerset Maugham
Governing sense, mind and intellect, intent on liberation, free from desire, fear and anger, the sage is forever free.

By Bhagavad Gita
How does the Meadow flower its bloom unfold? Because the lovely little flower is free down to its root, and in that freedom bold.

By William Wordsworth
I sometimes think that the price of liberty is not so much eternal vigilance as eternal dirt.

By George Orwell
Liberty will not descend to a people; a people must raise themselves to liberty; it is a blessing that must be earned before it can be enjoyed.

By Charles Caleb Colton
Liberty, according to my metaphysics is a self-determining power in an intellectual agent. It implies thought and choice and power.

By John Adams
Only necessity understood, and bondage to the highest is identical with true freedom.

By William James
Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it.

By Malcolm X
No man has any natural authority over his fellow men.

By Jean-Jacques Rousseau
It is not good to be too free. It is not good to have everything one wants.

By Blaise Pascal
If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom, and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too.

By W. Somerset Maugham
History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.

By Dwight D. Eisenhower
He who is not capable of enduring poverty is not capable of being free.

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

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

By Marcus Tullius Cicero
Freedom is a possession of inestimable value.

By Marcus Tullius Cicero
Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.

By Martin Luther King, Jr.
Freedom is that instant between when someone tells you to do something and when you decide how to respond.

By Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein
Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.

By George Orwell
Freedom is the opportunity to make decisions...

By Kenneth Hildebrand
When liberty returns, I will return.

By Victor Hugo
Tyrants have not yet discovered any chains that can fetter the mind.

By Charles Caleb Colton
The free man is he who does not fear to go to the end of his thought.

By Leon Blum
A man is morally free when, in full possession of his living humanity, he judges the world, and judges other men, with uncompromising sincerity.

By George Santayana
A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in the will's freedom after it.

By Aldous Huxley
Every general increase of freedom is accompanied by some degeneracy, attributable to the same causes as the freedom.

By Charles Horton Cooley
There's only one free person in this society, and he is white and male.

By Hazel Scott
Only very slowly and late have men come to realize that unless freedom is universal it is only extended privilege.

By Christopher Hill