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Freedom of expression is the matrix the indispensable condition of nearly every other form of freedom.
Benjamin Nathan Cardozo Category: Freedom
Man is free at the moment he wishes to be.
Francois Voltaire Category: Freedom
We have so little faith in the ebb and flow of life of love of relationships. We leap at the flow of time and resist in terror its ebb. We are afraid it will never return. We insist on permanency on duration on continuity; when the only continuity possible in life as in love is in growth in fluidity in freedom.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh Category: Freedom
I have crossed over on the backs of Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman and Fannie Lou Hamer and Madame C.J. Walker. Because of them I can now live the dream. I am the seed of the free and I know it. I intend to bear great fruit.
Oprah Winfrey Category: Freedom
Live Free or Die
Unknown Category: Freedom
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 Category: Freedom
We fight not to enslave but to set a country free and to make room upon the earth for honest men to live in.
Thomas Paine Category: Freedom
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 Category: Freedom
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 Category: Freedom
Free people remember this maxim: We may acquire liberty But it is never recovered if it is once lost.
Jean Jacques Rousseau Category: Freedom
We must face the fact that the preservation of individual freedom is incompatible with a full satisfaction of our views of distributive justice.
F.A. Hayek Category: Freedom
RITUALISM n. A Dutch Garden of God where He may walk in rectilinear freedom keeping off the grass.
Ambrose Gwinett Bierce Category: Freedom
This man is freed from servile bands of hope to rise or fear to fall; Lord of himself though not of lands and leaving nothing yet hath all.
Robert Herrick Category: Freedom
I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom.
Simone de Beauvoir Category: Freedom
I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery Category: Freedom
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. It is a weapon our adversaries in todays world do not have.
Ronald Wilson Reagan Category: Freedom
Freedom is not the right to do what we want but what we ought. Let us have faith that right makes might and in that faith let us; to the end dare to do our duty as we understand it.
Abraham Lincoln Category: Freedom
We stand committed to the proposition that freedom is no half-and-half affair. If the average citizen is guaranteed equal opportunity in the polling place he must have equal opportunity in the market place.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Category: Freedom
Freedoms just another word for nothin left to loose. And nothin aint nothin honey if it aint free.
Janis Joplin Category: Freedom
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.
John Adams Category: Freedom
We are free when our actions emanate from our total personality when they express it when they resemble it in the indefinable way a work of art sometimes does the artist.
Henri Louis Bergson Category: Freedom
Only that thing is free which exists by the necessities of its own nature and is determined in its actions by itself Alone.
Baruch Spinoza Category: Freedom
Everybody has the right to express what he thinks. That of course lets the crackpots in. But if you cannot tell a crackpot when you see one then you ought to be taken in.
Harry S. Truman Category: Freedom
A man should never put on his good trousers when he goes out to battle for freedom or truth.
Henrik Ibsen Category: Freedom
The United States is a land of free speech. Nowhere is speech freer not even here where we sedulously cultivate it even in its most repulsive form.
Sir Winston Churchill Category: Freedom
I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negros great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizens Councilor or the Ku Klux Klanner but the white moderate who is more devoted to order than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: I agree with you in the goal you seek but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for someone elses freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a more convenient season.
Martin Luther King Jr. Category: Freedom
Our liberty depends on freedom of the press And that cannot be limited without being lost.
Thomas Jefferson Category: Freedom
If we can implant in our people the Christian virtues which we sum up in the word character and at the same time give them a knowledge of the line which should be drawn between voluntary action and governmental compulsion in a democracy and of what can be accomplished within the stern laws of economics we will enable them to retain their freedom and at the same time make them worthy to be free.
Winthrop Williams Aldrich Category: Freedom
Freedom is indivisible and when one man is enslaved all are not free. When all are free then we can look forward to that day when this city will be joined as one and this country and this great Continent of Europe in a peaceful and hopeful globe.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy Category: Freedom
Our contest is not only whether we ourselves shall be free but whether there shall be left to mankind an asylum on earth for civil and religious liberty.
Samuel Adams Category: Freedom
A free life cannot acquire many possessions because this is not easy to do without servility to mobs or monarchs....
Epicurus Category: Freedom
Freedom hath a thousand charms to show That slaves howeer contented never know.
William Cowper Category: Freedom
They have exiled me now from their society and I am pleased because humanity does not exile except the one whose noble spirit rebels against despotism and oppression. He who does not prefer exile to slavery is not free by any measure of freedom truth and duty.
Kahlil Gibran Category: Freedom
All theory is against the freedom of the will All experience for it.
Samuel Johnson Category: Freedom
It is those moral and spiritual qualities which rise alone in free men which will fulfill the meaning of the word American. And with them will come centuries of further greatness to our country.
Herbert Clark Hoover Category: Freedom
Many politicians lay it down as a self-evident proposition that no people ought to be free till they are fit to use their freedom. The maxim is worthy of the fool in the old story who resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim.
Lord Thomas Babington Macaulay Category: Freedom
If you make a living if you earn your own money youre free - however free one can be on this planet.
Theodore H. White Category: Freedom
A free society is a place where its safe to be unpopular.
Adlai Ewing Stevenson Category: Freedom
Security is the priceless product of freedom. Only the strong can be secure and only in freedom can men produce those material resources which can secure them from want at home and against aggression from abroad.
B. E. Hutchinson Category: Freedom
Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.
Albert Einstein Category: Freedom
Freedom to differ is not limited to things that do not matter much. That would be a mere shadow of freedom. The test of its substance is the right to differ as to things that touch the heart of the existing order.
Robert Jackson Category: Freedom
America is not a mere body of traders; it is a body of free men. Our greatness is built upon our freedom is moral not material. We have a great ardor for gain; but we have a deep passion for the rights of man.
Woodrow Wilson Category: Freedom
History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.
General Dwight David Eisenhower Category: Freedom
When you have robbed a man of everything he's no longer in your power. He is free again.
Alexander Solzhenitsyn Category: Freedom
The last of the human freedoms is to choose ones attitudes.
Viktor E. Frankl Category: Freedom
What is freedom? Freedom is the right to choose: the right to create for oneself the alternatives of choice. Without the possibility of choice and the exercise of choice a man is not a man but a member an instrument a thing.
Archibald MacLeish Category: Freedom
To give up the task of reforming society is to give up ones responsibility as a free man.
Alan Paton Category: Freedom
For what avail the plough or sail Or land or life if freedom fail?
Ralph Waldo Emerson Category: Freedom
Hereditary bondsmen! know ye not Who would be free themselves must strike the blow?
Lord George Gordon Byron Category: Freedom
Freedom is what you do with whats been done to you.
Jean-Paul Sartre Category: Freedom
Only law can give us freedom.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe Category: Freedom
The freedom of any society varies proportionately with the volume of its laughter.
Zero Mostel Category: Freedom
Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech. Written when he was 16.
Benjamin Franklin Category: Freedom
Is any man free except the one who can pass his life as he pleases?
Persius Category: Freedom
Freedom of opinion can only exist when the government thinks itself secure.
Bertrand Russell Category: Freedom
There is never a better measure of what a person is than what he does when hes absolutely free to choose.
William M. Bulger Category: Freedom
Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted all else follows.
George Orwell Category: Freedom
There are two freedoms the false where a man is free to do what he likes; the true where a man is free to do what he ought.
Charles Kingsley Category: Freedom
On the Fourth of July 1826 America celebrated its Jubilee the Fiftieth Anniversary of Independence. John Adams second President of the United States died that day aged ninety while from Maine to Georgia bells rang and cannon boomed. And on that sameday Thomas Jefferson died before sunset in Virginia. In their dying in that swift so aptly celebrated double departure is something which shakes an American to the heart. It was not their great fame their long lives or even the record of their work that made these two seem indestructible. It was their faith their bounding unquenchable faith in the future their sure immortal belief that mankind if it so desired could be free.
Catherine Drinker Bowen Category: Freedom
Freedom is no heritage. Preservation of freedom is a fresh challenge and a fresh conquest for each generation. It is based on the religious concept of the dignity of man. The discovery that man is free is the greatest discovery of the ages.
C. Donald Dallas Category: Freedom
We are slaves of the law so that we may be able to be free. Legum servi sumus ut liberi esse possimus
Marcus Tullius Cicero Category: Freedom
A man is either free or he is not. There cannot be any apprenticeship for freedom.
Imamu Amiri Baraka Category: Freedom
There are two good things in life - freedom of thought and freedom of action.
William Somerset Maugham Category: Freedom
To be free one needs constant and unrelenting vigilance over ones weaknesses. A vigilance which requires a moral energy most of us are incapable of manufacturing. We relax back into the moulds of habit. They are secure they bind us and keep us contained at the expense of freedom. To break the moulds to be heedless of the seductions of security is an impossible struggle but one of the few that count. To be free is to learn to test yourself constantly to gamble.
Robyn Davidson Category: Freedom
You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other mans freedom. You can only be free if I am free.
Clarence Seward Darrow Category: Freedom
They tried their best to find a place where I was isolated. But all the resources of a superpower cannot isolate the man who hears a voice of freedom a voice I heard from the very chamber of my soul.
Anatoly Scharansky Category: Freedom
You have freedom when youre easy in your harness.
Robert Frost Category: Freedom