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Freedom Quotes

Statesmen may plan and speculate for liberty but it is religion and morality alone that can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. John Adams
Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press and that cannot be limited without being lost. Thomas Jefferson
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
The greatest lesson we can learn from the past...is that freedom is at the core of every successful nation in the world. Frederick Chiluba
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"
So long as faith with freedom reigns And loyal hope survives, And gracious charity remains To leaven lowly lives; While there is one untrodden tract For intellect or will, And men are free to think and act, Life is worth living still. Alfred Austin
America is just the country that shows how all the written guarantees in the world for freedom are no protection against tyranny and oppression of the worst kind. There the politician has come to be looked upon as the very scum of society. Peter Kropotkin
Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err. It passes my comprehension how human beings, be they ever so experienced and able, can delight in depriving other human beings of that precious right. Ghandi, 1931
Coersion, after all, merely captures man. Freedom captivates him. Ronald Reagan
In America, through pressure of conformity, there is freedom of choice, but nothing to choose from. Peter Ustinov
Your life and my life flow into each other as wave flows into wave, and unless there is peace and joy and freedom for you, there can be no real peace or joy or freedom for me. To see reality--not as we expect it to be but as it is--is to see that unless we live for each other and in and through each other, we do not really live very satisfactorily that there can really be life only where there really is, in just this sense, love. Frederick Buechner
I think the highest and lowest points are the important ones. Anything else is just...in between. I want the freedom to try everything. Jim Morrison
Freedom of speech and freedom of action are meaningless without freedom to think. And there is no freedom of thought without doubt. Bergen Evans
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
Those who would deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, cannot long retain it. Abraham Lincoln
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)
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
Thou canst not touch the freedom of my mind. John Milton
People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use. Soren Kierkegaard
The idea that men are created free and equal is both true and misleading: men are created different; they lose their social freedom and their individual autonomy in seeking to become like each other. David Riesman
( quotes are updated each month )