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Quotes About Freedom

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Jack Kerouac
“Happy. Just in my swim shorts, barefooted, wild-haired, in the red fire dark, singing, swigging wine, spitting, jumping, running—that's the way to live. All alone and free in the soft sands of the beach by the sigh of the sea out there, with the Ma-Wink fallopian virgin warm stars reflecting on the outer channel fluid belly waters. And if your cans are redhot and you can't hold them in your hands, just use good old railroad gloves, that's all.”
Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

Theodore Roosevelt
“I am an American; free born and free bred, where I acknowledge no man as my superior, except for his own worth, or as my inferior, except for his own demerit.”
Theodore Roosevelt

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

Anton Szandor LaVey
“It has been said, 'the truth will make men free.' The truth alone has never made anyone free. It is only doubt which will bring mental emancipation.”
Anton Szandor LaVey

Patrick Henry
“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 may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”
Patrick Henry

Bertrand Russell
“It is the preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else that prevents us from living freely and nobly.”
Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Russell
“Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth -- more than ruin, more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habits; thought is anarchic and lawless, indifferent to authority, careless of the well-tried wisdom of the ages. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid ... Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.”
Bertrand Russell, Why Men Fight

Orson Scott Card
“Human beings are free except when humanity needs them. Maybe humanity needs you. To do something. Maybe humanity needs me—to find out what you're good for. We might both do despicable things, Ender, but if humankind survives, then we were good tools.”
Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game

John F. Kennedy
“If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.

[Inaugural Address, January 20 1961]
John F. Kennedy

Denis Diderot
“Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.”
Denis Diderot

Franklin D. Roosevelt
“Books can not be killed by fire. People die, but books never die. No man and no force can abolish memory... In this war, we know, books are weapons. And it is a part of your dedication always to make them weapons for man's freedom.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Paulo Coelho
“Freedom is not the absence of commitments, but the ability to choose - and commit myself to - what is best for me.”
Paulo Coelho, The Zahir

Joseph Heller
“The country was in peril; he was jeopardizing his traditional rights of freedom and independence by daring to exercise them.”
Joseph Heller, Catch-22

Salman Rushdie
“Free societies...are societies in motion, and with motion comes tension, dissent, friction. Free people strike sparks, and those sparks are the best evidence of freedom's existence.”
Salman Rushdie

Leah Stewart
“To belong nowhere is a blessing and a curse, like any kind of freedom.”
Leah Stewart, The Myth of You and Me

James Madison
“The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.”
James Madison

Khalil Gibran
“Forgetfulness is a form of freedom.”
Khalil Gibran

Khalil Gibran
“Only yesterday I was no different than them, yet I was saved. I am explaining to you the way of life of a people who say every sort of wicked thing about me because I sacrificed their friendship to gain my own soul. I left the dark paths of their duplicity and turned my eyes toward the light where there is salvation, truth, and justice. They have exiled me now from their society, yet I am content. Mankind only exiles the one whose large spirit rebels against injustice and tyranny. He who does not prefer exile to servility is not free in the true and necessary sense of freedom.”
Khalil Gibran

Alan Moore
“Equality and freedom are not luxuries to lightly cast aside. Without them, order cannot long endure before approaching depths beyond imagining.”
Alan Moore, V for Vendetta

John Adams
“Posterity! you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it.”
John Adams, Letters of John Adams, Addressed to His Wife

“If you've got nothing to dance about, find a reason to sing.”
Melody Carstairs

Lucy Christopher
“You said you knew the perfect place to run to. A place that was empty of people, and buildings, and far, far away. A place covered in blood-red earth and sleeping life. A place longing to come alive again. It's a place for disappearing, you'd said, a place for getting lost... and for getting found.
I'll take you there, you'd said.
And I could say that I agreed.”
Lucy Christopher, Stolen: A Letter to My Captor

Gary Paulsen
“I tried to contain myself... but I escaped!”
Gary Paulsen

John F. Kennedy
“Liberty without Learning is always in peril and Learning without Liberty is always in vain.”
John F. Kennedy

Ron Paul
“Freedom is not defined by safety. Freedom is defined by the ability of citizens to live without government interference. Government cannot create a world without risks, nor would we really wish to live in such a fictional place. Only a totalitarian society would even claim absolute safety as a worthy ideal, because it would require total state control over its citizens’ lives. Liberty has meaning only if we still believe in it when terrible things happen and a false government security blanket beckons.”
Ron Paul

“Freedom's just another word for "nothing left to lose".”
Kris Kristofferson

Seneca
“He who is brave is free”
Seneca

Isabelle Eberhardt
“For those who know the value of and exquisite taste of solitary freedom (for one is only free when alone), the act of leaving is the bravest and most beautiful of all.”
Isabelle Eberhardt, The Nomad: The Diaries of Isabelle Eberhardt

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