Quotes #9: Souls on Fire to Live Free or Die: Famous Quotes on Freedom
Live Free or DIE!
Freedom is a lot like air. When it is around, you hardly notice it. Once taken from you, you notice it instantly. Not long afterwards you choke and later you die.
The right to "boldly go where no one has gone before" is the main reason that I am proud to live in the United States of America, "the land of the free and the home of the brave." Not surprisingly, the best quotes come from women who know all too well about the lack of freedom.
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The Nature of Freedom
"In my soul, I am free."
- Paul Twitchell
"We who lived in concentration camps
can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away
their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer
sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the
last of human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of
circumstances - to choose one's own way."
- Victor Frankl ("Man's Search for Meaning")
"Freedom is fragile and must be
protected. To sacrifice it, even as a temporary measure, is to betray it."
- Germaine Greer
"The truth is all might be free: if
they valued freedom and defended it as they ought."
- Samuel Adams
"The natural state of mankind ... and
I know that this is a controversial idea... is freedom... And the proof is the
lengths to which a man, woman, or child will go to regain it once lost. He will
break loose his chains. He will decimate his enemies. He will try and try and
try again, against all odds, against all prejudices."
- "John Quincy Adams" (in the movie "Amistad")
"They can take our lives but they can
never take our freedom!"
- "William Wallace" (in the movie "Braveheart")
"The secret of happiness is freedom,
and the secret of freedom is courage."
"It requires philosophy and heroism to
rise above the opinion of the wise men of all nations and races."
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Freedom in Society
"Oh say does that star spangled banner
yet wave… O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave."
- American National Anthem
"It is better to die on your feet than
to live on your knees."
- Delores Ibarruri
"Every subject's duty is the king's,
but every subjects soul is his own."
- William Shakespeare ("Henry V")
"Live free or die."
- Motto of the State of New Hampshire
"Give us, us free!"
- "Cinque" (in the movie "Amistad")
"Love is the only freedom in the world
because is so elevates the spirit that the laws of humanity and the phenomena
of nature do not alter its course."
- Kahlil Gibran
"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 take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me
- Patrick Henry
"Peace purchased at the cost of any
part of our national integrity is fit only for slaves, and even when purchased
for such a price it is a delusion, for it cannot last."
- William E. Borah
"Peace at any price is always too
"Arms once taken up should never be
laid down but upon one of three conditions: a safe peace, a complete victory,
or an honourable death."
- Jeanne Albret, Queen of Navarre
"When I despair, I remember that all
through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been
tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end
they always fall. Think of it...always."
- Mohandas K. Ghandi
"We want a society where people are
free to make choices, to make mistakes, to be generous and compassionate. This
is what we mean by a moral society; not a society where the state is
responsible for everything, and no one is responsible for the state."
- Margaret Thatcher
"Civilization is a method of living
and an attitude of equal respect for all people."
- Jane Addams
"If we are to achieve a richer
culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human
potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each
diverse human gift will find a fitting place."
- Margaret Mead
Freedom of Thought
"The wise man does not discriminate;
he gathers all the shreds of light, from wherever they may come..."
- Umberto Eco ("Foucault's Pendulum")
"I do not feel obliged to believe that
the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended
us to forgo their use."
- Galileo Galilei
"I would rather live in a world where
my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind
could comprehend it."
- Henry Emerson Fosdick
"Truth burns up error."
- Sojourner Truth
"Sacred cows make the tastiest
- Abbie Hoffman
"I want to be a free rover on the
breezy common of the universe."
- Harriet Martineau
"A man's happiness consists in the free
exercise of his highest faculties."
"Wisdom is a science by which we
discriminate between things spiritually good and evil. It is the science of
sciences, for alone, it can understand the value, the true price, the real
uses, the danger, and the potentialities of the soul."
"There must be no barriers to freedom
of inquiry. There is no place for dogma in science. The scientist is free, and
must be free to ask any question, to doubt any assertion, to seek for any
evidence, to correct any errors.... As long as men are free to ask what they
must, free to say what they think, free to think what they will, freedom can
never to be lost, and science can never regress."
- J. Robert Oppenheimer
"Freedom is not worth having if it does
not connote freedom to err."
- Mohandas K. Gandhi
"And the end of all our exploring will
be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time."
- T. S. Elliot
Freedom of Self
"Karma is the eternal assertion of
Our thoughts, our words and deeds are the threads of the net which we throw around ourselves."
- Swami Vivekananda
"Man is condemned to be free.
Condemned, because he did not create himself, yet is nevertheless at liberty,
and from the moment he is thrown into the world, he is responsible for
everything he does."
- Jean Paul Sartre
"Yes! To this thought I hold with firm
......the last result of wisdom stamps it true:
He only earns freedom and existence who daily conquers them anew."
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"And ye shall know the truth, and the
truth shall make you free."
- Bible: John (8:32)
"The Lord is my light, and my
salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom
shall I be afraid?"
- Bible: Psalm (27:1)
"No man is free who is not master of
(commands not) himself."
"How will he who does not know how to
govern himself know how to govern others?"
- Miguel de Cervantes
"Alexander esteemed it more kingly to
govern himself than to conquer his enemies."
"Learning is an ornament in
prosperity, a refuge in adversity, a provision in old age."
"Beauty Fades but Dumb is
- Judge Judy Schiendlin
(on Divorce Insurance which means everyone getting a job!)
"An investment in knowledge always
pays the best interest."
- Benjamin Franklin
dies. Not every man really lives."
- "William Wallace" (in the movie "Braveheart")
"A coward dies a thousand deaths, the
brave man dies but once."
- derivative of William Shakespeare
"Living with integrity means:
Not settling for less than what you know you deserve in your relationships.
Asking for what you want and need from others.
Speaking your truth, even though it might create conflict or tension.
Behaving in ways that are in harmony with your personal values.
Making choices based on what you believe, and not what others believe."
- Barbara De Angelis
"Let freedom ring!"
- American Proverb
"I had crossed the line. I was free;
but there was no one to welcome me to the land of freedom. I was a stranger in
a strange land."
- Harriet Tubman
"Free at last! Free at last! Thank God
Almighty! Free at last!"
- Dr. Martin Luther King
"Everyone confesses that exertion
which brings out all the powers of body and mind is the best thing for us; but
most people do all they can to get rid of it, and as a general rule nobody does
much more than circumstances drive them to do."
- Harriet Beecher Stowe
"There is no expedient that a man will
not resort to in order to avoid the real effort of thinking."
- Sir Joshua Reynolds
"Life is either a daring adventure or
nothing at all. Security is a superstition. It does not exist in nature."
- Helen Keller
"The great lesson that nature seems to
teach us at all ages is self-dependence, self-protection, self-support. In the
hours of our keenest sufferings all are thrown wholly on themselves for
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton