We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.— William Faulkner
Risky American Freedom quotations
Better to die fighting for freedom than be a prisoner all the days of your life.
Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature.
For no People will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can they easily be subdued, where Knowledge is diffusd and Virtue preservd . On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own Weight, without the Aid of foreign Invaders.
Fools take the knife and stab people in the back. The wise take a knife, cut the cord and free themselves from the fools.
Let me be a free man, free to travel, free to stop, free to work, free to trade where I choose, free to choose my own teachers, free to follow the religion of my fathers, free to talk, think and act for myself — and I will obey every law or submit to the penalty.
But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.
I am determined to defend my rights and maintain my freedom or sell my life in the attempt.
Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free.
Sad will be the day when the American people forget their traditions and their history, and so longer remember that the country they love, the institutions they cherish, and the freedom they hope to preserve, were born from the throes of armed resistance to tyranny, and nursed in the rugged arms of fearless men.
True patriotism springs from a belief in the dignity of the individual, freedom and equality not only for Americans but for all people on earth, universal brotherhood and good will, and a constant and earnest striving toward the principles and ideals on which this country was founded.
I'll tell you how I'd like to be remembered: As a black man who won the heavyweight title - Who has humorous and who never looked down on those who looked up to him - A man who stood for freedom, justice and equality - And I wouldn't even mind if folks forgot how pretty I was.
One of the greatest mental freedoms is truly not caring what anyone else thinks of you.
I believe all Americans who believe in freedom, tolerance and human rights have a responsibility to oppose bigotry and prejudice based on sexual orientation.
When even one American - who has done nothing wrong - is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth - then all Americans are in peril.
A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy.
A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.
Of the people, by the people, for the people.
The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite.
Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.
I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.
We're Americans, and we have a rendezvous with destiny .
. . No people who have ever lived on this earth have fought harder, paid a higher price for freedom, or done more to advance the dignity of man than Americans.
The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it.
And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.
The path we have chosen for the present is full of hazards, as all paths are.
The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.
I don't have to be what you want me to be. I'm free to be what I want.
I never would have agreed to the formulation of the Central Intelligence Agency back in forty-seven, if I had known it would become the American Gestapo.
American style is about confidence, independence, diversity and free expression.
I am the American heartbreak- The rock on which Freedom Stumped its toe.
WIth freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy.
The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others.
I dance not to entertain but to help people better understand each other.
Because through dance I have experienced the wordless joy of freedom, I seek it more fully now for my people and for all people everywhere.
Find the enemy that wants to end this experiment (in American democracy) and kill every one of them until they're so sick of the killing that they leave us and our freedoms intact.
Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.
Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face.
The Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press, or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms.
My crime is that I will not go with the multitude to do evil.
My singularity is that when I say that freedom is of God and slavery is of the devil, I mean just what I say. My fanaticism is that I insist on the American people abolishing slavery, or ceasing to prate on the rights of man.
Ever loved someone so much, you would do anything for them? Yeah, well, make that someone yourself and do whatever the hell you want.
We welcome the National Rifle Association here to Indianapolis.
It's tens of thousands of freedom loving Americans. I was grateful to be able to speak to them and interact with them and I really do believe that the right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms makes our communities more safe, not less safe.
To be free . . . to walk the good American earth as equal citizens, to live without fear, to enjoy the fruits of our toil, to give our children every opportunity in life--that dream which we have held so long in our hearts is today the destiny that we hold in our hands.
America... goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all.
Freedom is the right to be wrong, not the right to do wrong.
Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.
The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the Supreme Being as his father, in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter.
Every American deserves to live in freedom, to have his or her privacy respected and a chance to go as far as their ability and effort will take them - regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or economic circumstances.
Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.... The subjection of individuals will increase amongst democratic nations, not only in the same proportion as their equality, but in the same proportion as their ignorance.