Freedom Quotes

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

People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.

Soren Kierkegaard

Criticism of government finds sanctuary in several portions of the 1st Amendment. It is part of the right of free speech. It embraces freedom of the press.

Hugo Black

I do not believe we are all created equal. Physical and emotional differences, parental guidance, varying environments, being in the right place at the right time all play a role in enhancing or limiting development. But I do believe every man and woman, if given the opportunity and encouragement to recognize their potential, regardless of background, has the freedom to choose in our world. Will an individual be a taker or a giver in life? Will he be satisfied merely to exist, or will he seek a meaningful purpose? Will he dare to dream the impossible dream?


There are only two kinds of freedom in the world; the freedom of the rich and powerful, and the freedom of the artist and the monk who renounces possessions

Anais Nin

Any existence deprived of freedom is a kind of death.

Gen Michel Aoun

Freedom in general may be defined as the absence of obstacles to the realization of desires

Bertrand Russell

Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.

Mahatma Gandhi

Freedom is what you do with what's been done to you.

Jean-Paul Sartre

All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man's life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom.

Albert Einstein

Fearless self-honesty is the secret corner stone of true self-freedom.

Guy Finley

Between stimulus and response is our greatest power - the freedom to choose

Stephen R. Covey

Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.

Hannah Arendt

The greatest enemy of individual freedom is the individual himself.

Saul Alinsky

We believe faith and freedom must be our guiding stars, for they show us truth, they make us brave, give us hope, and leave us wiser than we were.

Ronald Reagan

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

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom.

Simone de Beauvoir

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

Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.

Albert Einstein

Freedom is first of all a responsibility before the God from whom we come.

Alan Keyes

If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too.

Somerset Maugham

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

Mohandas K. Gandhi

Freedom is not merely the opportunity to do as one pleases; neither is it merely the opportunity to choose between set alternatives. Freedom is, first of all, the chance to formulate the available choices, to argue over them -- and then, the opportunity to choose.

C. Wright Mills
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