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Quotes About Freedom

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Vera Nazarian
“Close your eyes and turn your face into the wind.

Feel it sweep along your skin in an invisible ocean of exultation.

Suddenly, you know you are alive.”
Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Martin Luther King Jr.
“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools”
Martin Luther King Jr.

Henri J.M. Nouwen
“Hospitality means primarily the creation of free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy. Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place. It is not to bring men and women over to our side, but to offer freedom not disturbed by dividing lines.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen, Reaching Out

Aung San Suu Kyi
“Government leaders are amazing. So often it seems they are the last to know what the people want.”
Aung San Suu Kyi

“When a thing becomes indispensable it's time to give it up.”
Marty Rubin

Vladimir Bartol
“That's for the best. Otherwise they might realize they're in prison. It can't be helped. You women are used to harems and prisons. A person can spend his whole life between four walls. If he doesn't think or feel that he's a prisoner, then he's not a prisoner. But then there are people for whom the whole planet is a prison, who see the infinite expanse of the universe, the millions of stars and galaxies that remain forever inaccessible to them. And that awareness makes them the greatest prisoners of time and space.”
Vladimir Bartol, Alamut

Caitlin Moran
“But I am, personally, not a gambler. I wouldn’t spend £1 on the lottery, let alone take a punt on a pregnancy. The stakes are far, far too high. I can’t agree with a society that would force me to bet on how much I could love under duress.”
Caitlin Moran, How to Be a Woman

Asa Don Brown
“Pure happiness and peace are at their peak when your body is in harmony with itself.”
Asa Don Brown, Waiting to Live

Tom Hodgkinson
“If Adam and Eve were not hunter-gatherers, then they were certainly gatherers. But, then, consumer desire, or self-embitterment, or the 'itch,' as Schopenhauer called it, appeared in the shape of the serpent. This capitalistic monster awakens in Adam and Eve the possibility that things could be better. Instantly, they are cast out of the garden and condemned to a life of toil, drudgery, and pain. Wants supplanted needs, and things have been going downhill ever since. ”
Tom Hodgkinson, The Freedom Manifesto

Coco J. Ginger
“The world I held so closely, she played me like a game,
I released and left her laughing to stand on my own two feet.”
Coco J. Ginger

D.A. Carson
“Writing of only one small part of the broader problem, namely the single-minded pursuit of individualistic 'rights,' [Don] Feder is not wrong to conclude:

Absent a delicate balance--rights and duties, freedom and order--the social fabric begins to unravel. The rights explosion of the past three decades has taken us on a rapid descent to a culture without civility, decency, or even that degree of discipline necessary to maintain an advanced industrial civilization. Our cities are cesspools, our urban schools terrorist training camps, our legislatures brothels where rights are sold to the highest electoral bidder.”
D.A. Carson, The Gagging of God: Christianity Confronts Pluralism

John F. Kennedy
“And is not peace, in the last analysis, basically a matter of human rights -- the right to live out our lives without fear of devastation – the right to breathe air as nature provided it -- the right of future generations to a healthy existence?" (John F. Kennedy, June 10, 1963, American University speech)”
John F. Kennedy

Bruce Springsteen
“I leave pansies, the symbolic flower of freethought, in memory of the Great Agnostic, Robert Ingersoll, who stood for equality, education, progress, free ideas and free lives, against the superstition and bigotry of religious dogma. We need men like him today more than ever. His writing still inspires us and challenges the 'better angels' of our nature, when people open their hearts and minds to his simple, honest humanity. Thank goodness he was here.”
Bruce Springsteen

James Salter
“You must go further than I did," Nedra said. "You know that."
"Further?"
"With your life. You must become free."
She did not explain it; she could not. It was not a matter of living alone, though in her case this had been necessary. The freedom she meant was self-conquest. It was not a natural state. It was meant only for those who would risk everything for it, who were aware that without it life is only appetites until the teeth are gone.”
James Salter, Light Years

Jiddu Krishnamurti
“Life is a movement, a constant movement in relationship; and thought, trying to capture that movement in terms of the past, as memory, is afraid of life.”
Jiddu Krishnamurti, The Flight of the Eagle

Jay Woodman
“Our true nature is one of innocence and freedom to choose how we live. We need to be brave enough not to give that away. Don't give up on your right to, and sense of, TRUTH, Justice, and GRACE.”
Jay Woodman

Alex Shakar
“With the Internet, we can choose the very communities we want to be a part of.”
Alex Shakar, The Savage Girl

Philippe Claudel
“...In the end, there's no sort of difference between dying from ignorance and dying under the feet of thousands of men who have regained their freedom. You close your eyes, and then there's nothing anymore. And death is never difficult. It requires neither a hero nor a slave. It eats what it's served.”
Philippe Claudel, Brodeck

C. JoyBell C.
“There are gigantic trees that have grown tall into the winds and the clouds over the thousands of years of their lives, their tops are rustled and tossed by the mists of the atmosphere! Then there are the short trees that don't live for long, they are young with no deep roots and only a few annual rings to tell their stories.The tall, ancient trees sway in the realm of freedom while the short young trees cannot even raise their branches into that direction of the sky! Now, you are the bird who needs a tree to live in; if you choose to live in the tree which thrives in the realm of freedom, that doesn't mean you are not committed to that tree. You are still committed to your tree, but together you and your tree live in freedom. Freedom is not the absence of commitment. If you are the bird who chooses to fly around amongst the short trees and live in them, that's because your wings are too short to make it any higher and your vision too near to see any further into the clouds. And if you move from one short tree to the next short tree, that doesn't mean you are free, you are still down there below, freedom is still nowhere near you.”
C. JoyBell C.

“Freedom is an absolute state, there is no such thing as being half-free.”
Daniel Delgado F

Robert H. Jackson
“If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein."

[West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624 (1943)]”
Robert H. Jackson

“Now I'm dreaming, will I ever find you now?
I walk in circles but I'll never figure out
What I mean to you, do I belong
I try to fight this but I know I'm not that strong
And I feel so helpless here
Watch my eyes are filled with fear
Tell me do you feel the same
Hold me in your arms again

I need your love
I need your time
When everything's wrong
You make it right
I feel so high
I come alive
I need to be free with you tonight
I need your love”
Ellie Goulding

William O. Douglas
“Big Brother in the form of an increasingly powerful government and in an increasingly powerful private sector will pile the records high with reasons why privacy should give way to national security, to law and order [...] and the like.”
William O. Douglas, Points of Rebellion

Heinar Kipphardt
“There are people who are willing to protect freedom until there is nothing left of it.”
Heinar Kipphardt, In der Sache J. Robert Oppenheimer

James Madison
“In framing a government, which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty is this: You must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place, oblige it to control itself.”
James Madison

“Destroy what you have become and become what you did destroy/”
Muhammed Bhikha

Naomi Klein
“Reconciliation means that those who have been on the underside of history must see that there is a qualitative difference between repression and freedom. And for them, freedom translates into having a supply of clean water, having electricity on tap; being able to live in a decent home and have a good job; to be able to send your children to school and to have accessible health care. I mean, what's the point of having made this transition if the quality of life of these people is not enhanced and improved? If not, the vote is useless.'
-archbishop Desmond Tutu, chair of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Committee, 2001”
Naomi Klein

Deborah Feldman
“If my mind cannot be tied down, if my dreams cannot be diminished, then no amount of restraints can really guarantee my quiet submission.”
Deborah Feldman, Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots

سيد قطب
“وتتبدّل الأحوال ويقف المسلم موقف المغلوب المجّرد من القوة المادية، فلا يفارقه شعوره بأنّه الأعلى، وينظر إلى غالِبِه من عل ما دام مؤمنا، ويستيقن أنها فترة وتمضي، وإن للإيمان كرّة لا مفر منها، وهبها كانت القاضية فإنّه لا يحني لها رأسا، النّاس كلهم يموتون أما هو فيستشهد، وهو يغادر هذه الأرض إلى الجنة، وغالِبه يغادرها إلى النار، وشتان شتان، وهو يسمع نداء ربه الكريم: {لا يغرنك تقلب الذين كفروا في البلاد، متاع قليل ثم مأواهم جهنم وبئس المهاد، لكن الذين اتقوا ربهم لهم جنات تجري من تحتها الأنهار خالدين فيها نزلا من عند الله وما عند الله خير للأبرار} [آل عمران: 196 - 198].”
سيد قطب, معالم في الطريق

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