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Freedom quotes and quotations

A free race cannot be born of slave mothers.
Margaret Sanger

Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!
Patrick Henry

Freedom lies in being bold.
Robert Frost

After I asked him what he meant, he replied that freedom consisted of the unimpeded right to get rich, to use his ability, no matter what the cost to others, to win advancement.
Norman Thomas

The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.
Hubert Humphrey

A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.
Thomas Jefferson

That's free enterprise, friends: freedom to gamble, freedom to lose. And the great thing -- the truly democratic thing about it -- is that you don't even have to be a player to lose.
Barbara Ehrenreich

A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor and bread it has earned -- this is the sum of good government.
Thomas Jefferson

Freedom is what you do with what's been done to you.
Jean-Paul Sartre

No one should negotiate their dreams. Dreams must be free to flee and fly high. No government, no legislature, has a right to limit your dreams. You should never agree to surrender your dreams.
Jesse Jackson

If we do not believe in freedom of speech for those we despise we do not believe in it at all.
Noam Chomsky

No man has a natural right to commit aggression on the equal rights of another, and this is all from which the laws ought to restrain him.
Thomas Jefferson

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

We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.
Edward R. Murrow

Liberty, taking the word in its concrete sense, consists in the ability to choose.
Simone Weil

Freedom is like taking a bath -- you have to keep doing it every day!
Florynce Kennedy

People hardly ever make use of the freedom they have. For example, the freedom of thought. Instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
Søren Kierkegaard

It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them.
Mark Twain

Freedom is not something that anybody can be given. Freedom is something people take, and people are as free as they want to be.
James Baldwin

True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free.
Goethe

It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have these three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence to practice neither.
Mark Twain

The average man does not want to be free. He simply wants to be safe.
H. L. Mencken

We must not believe the many, who say that only free people ought to be educated, but we should rather believe the philosophers who say that only the educated are free.
Epictetus

Creative ability and personal responsibility are strongest when the mind is free from supernatural belief and operates in an atmosphere of freedom and democracy.
Unknown Author

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

Liberty, equality - bad principles! The only true principle for humanity is justice; and justice to the feeble is protection and kindness.
Henri-Frédéric Amiel

When liberty is taken away by force it can be restored by force. When it is relinquished voluntarily by default it can never be recovered.
Dorothy Thompson

As far as your self-control goes, as far goes your freedom.
Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

The wave of the future is not the conquest of the world by a single dogmatic creed but the liberation of the diverse energies of free nations and free men.
John F. Kennedy

The only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government strong enough to protect the interests of the people, and a people strong enough and well enough informed to maintain its sovereign control over the government.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt

I have no fear that the result of our experiment will be that men may be trusted to govern themselves without a master.
Thomas Jefferson

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Marianne Williamson

Everything can be taken from a man but ... the last of the human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.
Victor Frankl

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.
Somerset Maugham

No nation ancient or modern ever lost the liberty of freely speaking, writing, or publishing their sentiments, but forthwith lost their liberty in general and became slaves.
John P. Zenger

The only way to make sure people you agree with can speak is to support the rights of people you don't agree with.
Eleanor Holmes Norton

The history of men's opposition to women's emancipation is more interesting perhaps than the story of that emancipation itself.
Virginia Woolf

Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.
Henry David Thoreau

It is possible to read the history of this country as one long struggle to extend the liberties established in our Constitution to everyone in America.
Molly Ivins

Gardening is civil and social, but it wants the vigor and freedom of the forest and the outlaw.
Henry David Thoreau

Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.
Wendell Phillips

They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security
Benjamin Franklin

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

There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One is roots; the other, wings.
Hodding Carter

There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life -- happiness, freedom, and peace of mind -- are always attained by giving them to someone else.
Peyton Conway March

It is not the fact of liberty but the way in which liberty is exercised that ultimately determines whether liberty itself survives.
Dorothy Thompson

Patriotism does not oblige us to acquiesce in the destruction of liberty. Patriotism obliges us to question it, at least.
Wendy Kaminer

There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.
John Adams

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

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

Him that I love, I wish to be free -- even from me.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

A right is not what someone gives you; it's what no one can take from you.
Ramsey Clark

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.
William O. Douglas

None who have always been free can understand the terrible fascinating power of the hope of freedom to those who are not free.
Pearl S. Buck

Liberty without learning is always in peril and learning without liberty is always in vain.
John F. Kennedy