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Quotations on Freedom

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You can muffle the drum, and you can loosen the strings of the lyre, but who shall command the skylark not to sing?

~ Kahlil Gibran

Man is free at the instant he wants to be.

~ Voltaire

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves, and, under a just God, cannot long retain it.

~ Abraham Lincoln

Freedom suppressed and again regained bites with keener fangs than freedom never endangered.

~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err.

~ Mahatma Gandhi

The unity of freedom has never relied on uniformity of opinion.

~ John F. Kennedy

In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility - I welcome it.

~ John F. Kennedy

The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.

~ John F. Kennedy

For what avail the plough or sail,
Or land or life, if freedom fail?

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

We, and all others who believe in freedom as deeply as we do, would rather die on our feet than live on our knees.

~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

No man is free who is not a master of himself.

~ Epictetus

A man's worst difficulties begin when he is able to do as he likes.

~ Thomas H. Huxley

A hungry man is not a free man.

~ Adlai E. Stevenson

Freedom rings where opinions clash.

~ Adlai E. Stevenson

Freedom is not an ideal, it is not even a protection, if it means nothing more than the freedom to stagnate.

~ Adlai E. Stevenson

Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better.

~ Albert Camus

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

Only our individual faith in freedom can keep us free.

~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

Only free men can negotiate; prisoners cannot enter into contracts. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated.

~ Nelson Mandela

- Refusing to bargain for freedom after 21 years in prison, as quoted in TIME (25 February 1985)

Our march to freedom is irreversible. We must not allow fear to stand in our way.

~ Nelson Mandela

- Our March to Freedom is Irreversible (1990)

Yet we can maintain a free society only if we recognize that in a free society no one can win all the time. No one can have his own way all the time, and no one is right all the time.

~ Richard M. Nixon

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.

~ Thomas Paine

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

We are not free, it was not intended we should be. A book of rules is placed in our cradle, and we never get rid of it until we reach our graves. Then we are free, and only then.

~ Ed Howe

No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.

~ Douglas MacArthur

I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind.

~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free.

~ Charles Evans Hughes

The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.

~ H.L. Mencken

You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom. You can only be free if I am free.

~ Clarence Darrow

In the end more than they wanted freedom, they wanted security. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free.

~ Edward Gibbon

No man has received from nature the right to give orders to others. Freedom is a gift from heaven, and every individual of the same species has the right to enjoy it as soon as he is in enjoyment of his reason.

~ Denis Diderot

In America, through pressure of conformity, there is freedom of choice, but nothing to choose from.

~ Peter Ustinov

Those who suppress freedom always do so in the name of law and order.

~ John V. Lindsay

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