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Freedom Quotes

How does the Meadow flower its bloom unfold Because the lovely little flower is free Down to its root, and in that freedom bold. William Wordsworth
What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly... it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as Freedom should not be highly rated. Thomas Paine
People can be in general pretty well trusted, of course--with the clock of their freedom ticking as loud as it seems to do here--to keep an eye on the fleeting hour. Henry James, "The Ambassadors", Book Fifth, Chapter 2
I?ve seen too much hate to want to hate, myself, and every time I see it, I say to myself, hate is too great a burden to bear. Somehow we must be able to stand up against our most bitter opponents and say:?We shall match your capacity to inflict suffering by our capacity to endure suffering. We will meet your physical force with soul force. Do to us what you will and we will still love you.... But be assured that we?ll wear you down by our capacity to suffer, and one day we will win our freedom. We will not only win freedom for ourselves; we will appeal to your heart and conscience that we will win you in the process, and our victory will be a double victory. Martin Luther King Jr., A Christmas Sermon for Peace on Dec 24, 1967
Next in importance to freedom and justice is popular education, without which neither freedom nor justice can be permanently maintained. James A. Garfield, July 12, 1880
Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press and that cannot be limited without being lost. Thomas Jefferson
Power in defense of freedom is greater than power on behalf of tyranny and oppression. Malcolm X
Politics is the art of achieving the maximum amount of freedom for individuals that is consistent with the maintenance of social order. Barry Goldwater
Only free men can negotiate; prisoners cannot enter into contracts. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated. Nelson Mandela
People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use. Soren Kierkegaard
In human life, art may arise from almost any activity, and once it does so, it is launched on a long road of exploration, invention, freedom to the limits of extravagance, interference to the point of frustration, finally discipline, controlling constant change and growth. Susanne Langer
I want freedom for the full expression on my personality. Mahatma Gandhi
Man is tormented by no greater anxiety than to find someone quickly to whom he can hand over that great gift of freedom with which the ill-fated creature is born. Fyodor Dostoevsky, "The Brothers Karamazov"
Certainly one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of the citizens to keep and bear arms. This is not to say that firearms should not be carefully used and that definite safety rules of precaution should not be taught and enforced. But the right of the citizens to bear arms is just one guarantee against arbitrary government and one more safeguard against a tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible. Hubert Humphrey
Real freedom lies in wildness, not in civilization. Charles Lindbergh
A society like ours, which professes no one religion and has allowed all religions to decay, which indulges freedom to the point of license and individualism to the point of anarchy, needs all the support that responsible, cultivated homes can furnish. I hope your generation will provide a firmer shelter for civilized standards. Alan Simpson
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
Freedom is not something that anybody can be given Freedom is something that people take and people are as free as they want to be. James Arthur Baldwin
A free press can of course be good or bad, but, most certainly, without freedom it will never be anything but bad.... Freedom is nothing else but a chance to bet better, whereas enslavement is a certainty of the worse. Albert Camus, Resistance, Rebellion and Death (1960)
We hold in our hands, the most precious gift of all Freedom. The freedom to express our art. Our love. The freedom to be who we want to be. We are not going to give that freedom away and no one shall take it from us Andrew Schneider
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