Freedom quotes and sayings

No one is free, even the birds are chained to the sky.
Bob Dylan

Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.
George Washington

No one is free when others are oppressed.

If you want to be free, there is but one way; it is to guarantee an equally full measure of liberty to all your neighbors. There is no other.
Carl Schurz

There is no such thing as a little freedom. Either you are all free, or you are not free.
Walter Cronkite

Who speaks of liberty while the human mind is in chains?
Francis Wright

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 Fitzgerald Kennedy

Man is a being with free will; therefore, each man is potentially good or evil, and it’s up to him and only him (through his reasoning mind) to decide which he wants to be.
Ayn Rand

Liberty doesn’t work as well in practice as it does in speeches.
Will Rogers

While we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of our actions.
Stephen R. Covey

Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grandchildren are once more slaves.
D.H. Lawrence

Without freedom, no one really has a name.
Milton Acorda

Men fight for freedom, then they begin to accumulate laws to take it away from themselves.

Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you’re a man, you take it.
Malcolm X

Let freedom never perish in your hands.
Joseph Addison

A nation may lose its liberties in a day and not miss them in a century.
Baron de Montesquieu

A man can be free even within prison walls. Freedom is something spiritual. Whoever has once had it, can never lose it. There are some people who are never free outside a prison.

Liberty does not consist in mere declarations of the rights of man. It consists in the translation of those declarations into definite action.
Woodrow Wilson

Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.
Napoleon Bonaparte

Patterning your life around other’s opinions is nothing more than slavery.
Lawana Blackwell

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

True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Freedom is not enough.
Lyndon B. Johnson

Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of resistance.
Woodrow Wilson

Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently.
Rosa Luxemburg

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

Freedom is the last, best hope of earth.
Abraham Lincoln

It is not the fact of liberty but the way in which liberty is exercised that ultimately determines whether liberty itself survives.
Dorothy Thompson

We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

When liberty is taken away by force it can be restored by force. When it is relinquished voluntarily by default it can never be recovered.
Dorothy Thompson

Freedom means choosing your burden.
Hephzibah Menuhin

Only the educated are free.

Freedom is like taking a bath — you have to keep doing it every day!
Florynce Kennedy

What then is freedom ? The power to live as one wishes.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

We have enjoyed so much freedom for so long that we are perhaps in danger of forgetting how much blood it cost to establish the Bill of Rights.
Felix Frankfurter

You have freedom when you’re easy in your harness.
Robert Frost

The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.
Edmund Burke

History does not teach fatalism. There are moments when the will of a handful of free men breaks through determinism and opens up new roads.
Charles de Gaulle

I cannot and will not give any undertaking at a time when I, and you, the people, are not free. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated.
Nelson Mandela

Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.
Nelson Mandela

Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want rain without thunder and lightning.
Frederick Douglass

Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty
Frank Herbert

We feel free when we escape – even if it be but from the frying pan into the fire.
Eric Hoffer

There can be no friendship when there is no freedom; Friendship loves the free air, and will not be fenced up in straight and narrow enclosures.
William Penn

Freedom lies in being bold.
Robert Frost

Freedom is about authority. Freedom is about the willingness of every single human being to cede to lawful authority a great deal of discretion about what you do and how you do it.
Rudy Giuliani

He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach himself.
Thomas Paine

Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom: it is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.
William Pitt

You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.
Malcolm X

You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man’s initiative and independence.
Abraham Lincoln

We have to call it “freedom”: who’d want to die for “a lesser tyranny”?
Mignon McLaughlin

You have the freedom to choose your actions, you don’t have the freedom to choose the consequences of your actions

The sound of tireless voices is the price we pay for the right to hear the music of our own opinions.
Adlai Stevenson

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

We are free, truly free, when we don’t need to rent our arms to anybody in order to be able to lift a piece of bread to our mouths.
Ricardo Flores Magon

Freedom is not procured by a full enjoyment of what is desired, but by controlling the desire.

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

Freedom is the will to be responsible to ourselves.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.
Sigmund Freud

Most people want security in this world, not liberty.
H.L. Mencken