Freedom quotes and sayings

Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
George Orwell

But what is Freedom? Rightly understood, A universal license to be good.
Hartley Coleridge

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

The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage.
Thucydides

More quotes

Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.
Kris Kristofferson

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

A man should never put on his best trousers when he goes out to battle for freedom and truth.
Henrik Ibsen

Freedom is just Chaos, with better lighting.
Alan Dean Foster

Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves.
Abraham Lincoln

Liberty is the right to do everything which the laws allow.
Baron de Montesquieu

I sometimes think that the price of liberty is not so much eternal vigilance as eternal dirt.
George Orwell

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.
Thomas Jefferson

I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Man was born free and everywhere he is in chains.
Jean Jacques Rousseau

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

The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance.
John Philpot Curran

My government will protect all liberties but one – the liberty to do away with other liberties.
Gustavo Diaz Ordaz

The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.
William Hazlitt

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

No human being, however great, or powerful, was ever so free as a fish.
John Ruskin

The basis of a democratic state is liberty.
Aristotle

Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.
Albert Camus

Liberty is the hardest test that one can inflict on a people. To know how to be free is not given equally to all men and all nations.
Paul Valéry

The fact, in short, is that freedom, to be meaningful in an organized society must consist of an amalgam of hierarchy of freedoms and restraints.
Samuel Hendel

Freedom is the oxygen of the soul.
Moshe Dayan

The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree.
Thomas Campbell

While the State exists, there can be no freedom. When there is freedom there will be no State.
Lenin

Order without liberty and liberty without order are equally destructive.
Theodore Roosevelt

The liberty of the individual must be thus far limited; he must not make himself a nuisance to other people.
John Stuart Mill

In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.
Adlai Stevenson

Freedom can be a frightening thing when you are not used to it.
Zana Muhsen

There is a wind of nationalism and freedom blowing round the world, and blowing as strongly in Asia as elsewhere.
Stanley Baldwin

There are two freedoms – the false, where a man is free to do what he likes; the true, where he is free to do what he ought.
Charles Kingsley

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

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

Liberty is the possibility of doubting, of making a mistake,… of searching and experimenting,… of saying No to any authority – literary, artistic, philosophical, religious, social, and even political.
Ignazio Silone

There can be no real freedom without the freedom to fail.
Erich Fromm

Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
George Bernard Shaw

Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have.
Harry Emerson Fosdick

The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
Albert Camus

The Liberty of the press is the Palladium of all the civil, political and religious rights of an Englishman.
Junius

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Benjamin Franklin

Freedom is the right to be wrong, not the right to do wrong.
Anonymous

We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.
Edward R. Murrow

We on this continent should never forget that men first crossed the Atlantic not to find soil for their ploughs but to secure liberty for their souls.
Robert J. McCracken

Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Freedom is never free.
Anonymous

Any existence deprived of freedom is a kind of death.
Gen Michel Aoun

All good things are wild, and free.
Henry David Thoreau

If you are not free to choose wrongly and irresponsibly, you are not free at all.
Jacob Hornberger

Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end.
Lord Acton

To know how to free oneself is nothing; the arduous thing is to know what to do with one’s freedom.
Andre Gide

Self-reliance is the only road to true freedom, and being one’s own person is its ultimate reward.
Patricia Sampson

Man is free at the moment he wishes to be.
Voltaire

Liberty: One of Imagination’s most precious possessions.
Ambrose Bierce

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

Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is freedom.
Marilyn Ferguson

We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.
William Faulkner

It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you.
Dick Cheney