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If you love somebody, let them go. If they return, they were always yours. If they don't, they never were. Anonymous,


Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth. Albert Einstein, physicist


I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery. Thomas Jefferson, president


Defend your liberty and repel the forces that seek to take it from you. J.K. Rowling, novelist


Choice is not a form of freedom in the sense of the word; choice is the act of hesitation that occurs before making a decision. Alan Watts, philosopher


Freedom is a possession of inestimable value. Marcus Tullius Cicero, statesman


Doing what you like is freedom, liking what you do is happiness. Frank Tyger, cartoonist


If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all. Noam Chomsky, activist


The law will never make men free, it is men that have to make the law free. Henry David Thoreau, author


The saving man becomes the free man. Chinese Proverbs,


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, musician


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


Freedom is man's capacity to take a hand in his own development. It is our capacity to mold ourselves. Rollo May, psychologist


Freedom is the right to live as we wish. Epictetus, philosopher


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


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


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, musician


I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. Voltaire (Fran, writer


If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom. Dwight D. Eisenhower, president


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


We, and all others who believe in freedom as deeply as we do, would rather die on our feet than live on our knees. Franklin D. Roosevelt, president


Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. Viktor E. Frankl, psychologist


A forest bird never wants a cage. Henrik Ibsen, poet


In the last analysis, our only freedom is the freedom to discipline ourselves. Bernard Baruch, businessman


Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes. Mahatma Gandhi, leader


Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds. Bob Marley, musician


You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom. Malcolm X, activist


I assess the power of a will by how much resistance, pain, torture it endures and knows how to turn to its advantage. Friedrich Nietzsche, philosopher


It is hard to free fools from the chains they revere. Voltaire (Fran, writer


Never wear your best trousers when you go out to fight for freedom and truth. Henrik Ibsen, poet


Liberty is the right to choose, freedom is the result of that choice. Source Unknown,


WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH. George Orwell, author


Within yourself deliverance must be searched for, because each man makes his own prison. Sir Edwin Arnold,


Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better. Albert Camus, philosopher


Who then is free? The wise man who can govern himself. Horace, poet


The unity of freedom has never relied on uniformity of opinion. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, president


Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose. Kris Kristofferson, musician


If you're not ready to die for it, put the word freedom out of your vocabulary. Malcolm X, activist


Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it. Malcolm X, activist


People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use. Soren Kierkegaard, philosopher


There can be no real freedom without the freedom to fail. Eric Hoffer, writer


Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds. Franklin D. Roosevelt, president


He who is brave is free. Marcus Annaeus Seneca Seneca The Elder, rhetorician


You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom. Clarence Darrow, lawyer


Racism is a refuge for the ignorant. It seeks to divide and to destroy. It is the enemy of freedom, and deserves to be met head-on and stamped out. Pierre Berton, author


Do not destroy that immortal emblem of humanity, the Declaration of Independence. Abraham Lincoln, president


It is not good to be too free. It is not good to have everything one wants. Blaise Pascal, philosopher


Man is born free, yet he is everywhere in chains. Jean Jacques Rousseau, philosopher


War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. George Orwell, author


A Buddha is someone who finds freedom in good fortune and bad. Bodhidharma, leader


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


In this possibly terminal phase of human existence, democracy and freedom are more than just ideals to be valued - they may be essential to survival. Noam Chomsky, activist


History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid. Dwight David Ike Eisenhower, president


Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of fear is a freedom. Marilyn Ferguson, writer


You don't have to be a man to fight for freedom. All you have to do is to be an intelligent human being. Malcolm X, activist


There's something contagious about demanding freedom. Robin Morgan, activist


The free man is he who does not fear to go to the end of his thought. Leon Blum, politician


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


Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty. Frank Herbert, writer


The basic test of freedom is perhaps less in what we are free to do than in what we are free not to do. Eric Hoffer, writer


Freedom is the last, best hope of earth. Abraham Lincoln, president


Mankind has a free will; but it is free to milk cows and to build houses, nothing more. Martin Luther, monk


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


Freedom is what you do with what's been done to you. JeanPaul Sartre,


The true character of liberty is independence, maintained by force. Voltaire (Fran, writer


He who is conceived in a cage, yearns for the cage. Yevgeny Yevtushenko, poet


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


Freedom - an occupied space which must be reoccupied every day. John Ralston Saul, author


All stories interest me, and some haunt me until I end up writing them. Certain themes keep coming up: justice, loyalty, violence, death, political and social issues, freedom. Isabel Allende, writer


You can only be free if I am free. Clarence Darrow, lawyer


No man is free who is not a master of himself. Epictetus, philosopher


Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged. Ronald Reagan, president


If they want to hang me, let them. And on the scaffold I will shout Freedom for the working class! Mother Jones, activist


Responsibility and respect of others and their religious beliefs are also part of freedom. Horst Koehler, statesman


I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. James Madison, president


Until you have lost your reputation, you never realize what a burden it was or what freedom really is. Margaret Mitchell, novelist


It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are 20 gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg. Thomas Jefferson, president


Democracy arose from men's thinking that if they are equal in any respect, they are equal absolutely. Aristotle, philosopher


Our ultimate freedom is the right and power to decide how anybody or anything outside ourselves will affect us. Stephen Covey, businessman


Of what use is freedom of speech to those who fear to offend? Roger Ebert, critic


We are free to yield to truth. Horace, poet


The clash of ideas is the sound of freedom. Lady Bird Johnson, first lady


Freedom exists only with power. Friedrich von Schiller, poet


The secret of freedom, courage. Thucydides, historian


The first principle of a free society is an untrammeled flow of words in an open forum. Adlai Stevenson, politician


I am involved in a freedom ride protesting the loss of the minority rights belonging to the few remaining earthbound stars. All we demanded was our right to twinkle. Marilyn Monroe, actress


Freedom is a universal value. Jan Peter Balkenende, statesman


So free we seem, so fettered we are! Robert Browning, poet


So far as a person thinks; they are free. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet


Freedom is just chaos with better lighting. Alan Dean Foster, author


Freedom is a condition of mind, and the best way to secure it is to breed it. Elbert Hubbard, writer


When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free. Charles Hughes,


It is true that liberty is precious. So precious that it must be rationed. Lenin (Vladimir Ulyanov),


Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently. Rosa Luxemburg, activist


Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it. Pericles, statesman


A slave is one who waits for someone to come and free him. Ezra Pound, poet


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


Man is free at the moment he wishes to be. Voltaire (Fran, writer


Freedom -- to walk free and own no superior. Walt Whitman, poet


Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties. John Milton, poet


Any existence deprived of freedom is a kind of death. Michel Aoun, soldier


Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read at age three, and soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi. Oprah Winfrey, entertainer


He only earns his freedom and his life Who takes them every day by storm. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, poet


Freedom and order are not incompatible... truth is strength... free discussion is the very life of truth. Thomas Huxley, scientist


A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself. Jim Morrison, musician


Our ideals of freedom, set forth and realized in our Constitution, are our greatest export to the world. Robert Byrd, politician


I thank God tonight for freedom - those who bought and paid for it with their lives in the past - those who will protect it in the present and defend it in the future. Jim Gibbons, politician


Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does. It is up to you to give [life] a meaning. Jean-Paul Sartre, philosopher


True obedience is true freedom. Henry Ward Beecher, clergyman


Liberty is being free from the things we don't like in order to be slaves of the things we do like. Ernest Benn,


The last of the human freedoms is to choose one's attitudes. Victor Frankl,


Freedom begins as we become conscious of it. Vernon Howard, author


We clearly realize that freedom's inner kingdom cannot be touched by exterior attacks. Vernon Howard, author


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, clergyman


Freedom is the only law which genius knows. James Russell Lowell, poet


There are two good things in life -- freedom of thought and freedom of action. W. Somerset Maugham, playwright


None can love freedom heartily, but good men... the rest love not freedom, but license. John Milton, poet


He that is kind is free, though he is a slave; he that is evil is a slave, though he be a king. Saint Augustine of Hippo,


We have confused the free with the free and easy. Adlai Stevenson, politician


A hungry man is not a free man. Adlai Stevenson, politician


Emancipation from the bondage of the soil is no freedom for the tree. Rabindranath Tagore, poet


A people which is able to say everything becomes able to do everything. Napoleon Bonaparte, leader


Freedom and justice cannot be parceled out in pieces to suit political convenience. I don't believe you can stand for freedom for one group of people and deny it to others. Coretta Scott King, activist


If you don't give your kid freedom to make choices with money, including stupid choices, he'll make plenty when he gets to college. John Gardner, novelist


Now we understand much more clearly. why people from all over the world want to come to New York and to America. It's called freedom. Rudy Giuliani, politician


When I feel like I'm doing my best work, there is a bit of a freedom, a bit of flight that you're not so much losing yourself but you're sort of in the zone. Chris Cooper, actor


The range of choice open to the individual is not the decisive factor in determining the degree of human freedom, but what can be chosen and what is chosen by the individual. Herbert Marcuse, philosopher


We cannot expect that all nations will adopt like systems, for conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth. John F. Kennedy, president


Freedom lies in being bold. Robert Frost, poet


Well, if crime fighters fight crime and fire fighters fight fire, what do freedom fighters fight? They never mention that part to us, do they? George Carlin, comedian


I'm interested in anything about revolt, disorder, chaos, especially activity that appears to have no meaning. It seems to me to be the road toward freedom. Jim Morrison, musician


Freedom. And Justice. If you have those two, it covers everything. You must stick to those principles and have the courage of your convictions. Ian Smith, politician


Dare to think for yourself. Voltaire, writer


The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you. David Foster Wallace, writer


Being big and famous doesn't get you more freedom, it gets you less. Robert Wyatt, musician


Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. John Adams, president


Freedom is the emancipation from the arbitrary rule of other men. Mortimer J. Adler,


A nation which makes the final sacrifice for life and freedom does not get beaten. Kemal Ataturk, president


If we wish to free ourselves from enslavement, we must choose freedom and the responsibility this entails. Leo Buscaglia, author


Freedom suppressed and again regained bites with keener fangs than freedom never endangered. Marcus Tullius Cicero, statesman


Just as war is freedom's cost, disagreement is freedom's privilege. William Jefferson Clinton,


He who dares not (reason), is a slave. William Drummond,


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


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


Freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity. Herbert Hoover, president


American freedom consists largely in talking nonsense. Edward W. Howe,


Freedom is the most contagious virus known to man. Hubert Humphrey, politician


A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in the will's freedom after it. Aldous Huxley, novelist


Only necessity understood, and bondage to the highest is identical with true freedom. William James, philosopher


The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object. Thomas Jefferson, president



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