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Freedom Quotes

As it is an ancient truth that freedom cannot be legislated into existence, so it is no less obvious that freedom cannot be censored into existence. Dwight D Eisenhower
The name of peace is sweet, and the thing itself is beneficial, but there is a great difference between peace and servitude. Peace is freedom in tranquillity, servitude is the worst of all evils, to be resisted not only by war, but even by death. Cicero
The very idea of freedom presupposes some objective moral law which overarches rulers and ruled alike. C. S. Lewis, The Poison of Subjectivism (from Christian Reflections; p. 108)
If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet renounce controversy are people who want crops without ploughing the ground. Frederick Douglass 1817-1895
Coersion, after all, merely captures man. Freedom captivates him. Ronald Reagan
As human beings, we are endowed with freedom of choice, and we cannot shuffle off our responsibility upon the shoulders of God or nature. We must shoulder it ourselves. It is up to us. A. J. Toynbee
The elective system ... offered a bewildering freedom of choice, leaving some graduates with the impression that they had nibbled at dozens of canaps of knowledge and never had their fill. Ted Morgan
Indignation boils my blood at the thought of the heritage we are throwing away; at the thought that, with few exceptions, the fight for freedom is left to the poor, forlorn and defenseless, and to the few radicals and revolutionaries who would make use of liberty to destroy, rather than to maintain, American institutions. Arthur Garfield Hays
Without freedom from the past, there is no freedom at all, because the mind is never new, fresh, innocent. Krishnamurti
We must face the fact that the preservation of individual freedom is incompatible with a full satisfaction of our views of distributive justice. Friedrich August von Hayek
There can be no real individual freedom in the presence of economic insecurity. Chester Bowles
People unfit for freedom - who cannot do much with it - are hungry for power. The desire for freedom is an attribute of a have type of self. It says: leave me alone and I shall grow, learn, and realize my capacities. The desire for power is basically an attribute of a have not type of self. Eric Hoffer
I am for freedom of religion, & against all maneuvres to bring about a legal ascendancy of one sect over another. Thomas Jefferson, letter to Elbridge Gerry, 1799
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 worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes. Mahatma Gandhi
Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal...We here highly resolve that the dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth. Abraham Lincoln
The price of freedom of religion, or of speech, or of the press, is that we must put up with a good deal of rubbish. Robert Jackson
The greatest lesson we can learn from the that freedom is at the core of every successful nation in the world. Frederick Chiluba
Liberty is the right to choose. Freedom is the result of the right choice. Anonymous
I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. James Madison
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