Freedom quotes and sayings

Freedom is what you do with what’s been done to you.
Jean-Paul Sartre

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

Freedom is the right to live as we wish.
Epictetus

As far as your self-control goes, as far goes your freedom.
Marie von Ebner Eschenbach

We must plan for freedom, and not only for security, if for no other reason than that only freedom can make security secure.
Karl Popper

O Liberty…! is it well To leave the gates unguarded?
Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Four freedoms: The first is freedom of speech and expression – everywhere in the world. The second is freedom of everyone to worship God in his own way, everywhere in the world. The third is freedom from want . . . everywhere in the world. The fourth is freedom from fear . . . anywhere in the world.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Freedom is an internal achievement rather than an external adjustment.
Powell Clayton

Freedom is a package deal – with it comes responsibilities and consequences.
Anonymous

Liberty, too, must be limited in order to be possessed.
Edmund Burke

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but licence.
John Milton

The average man does not want to be free. He simply wants to be safe.
H. L. Mencken

Freedom is for honest people. No man who is not himself honest can be free – he is his own trap.
L. Ron Hubbard

True salvation is freedom from negativity, and above all from past and future as a psychological need.
Eckhart Tolle

Freedom is too enormous to be slipped under a closet door.
Harvey Milk

It is true that liberty is precious – so precious that it must be rationed.
Lenin

Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed – else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Nations grown corrupt Love bondage more than liberty; Bondage with ease than strenuous liberty.
John Milton

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

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

Liberty, equality – bad principles! The only true principle for humanity is justice; and justice to the feeble is protection and kindness.
Henri-Frédéric Amiel

The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which he has attained to liberation from the self.
Albert Einstein

No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.
Thomas Jefferson

Freedom has a thousand charms to show, That slaves, howe’er contented, never know.
William Cowper

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

A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.
Jim Morrison

Serenity is not freedom from the storm, but peace amid the storm.
Anonymous

I can remember when Democrats believed that it was the duty of America to fight for freedom over tyranny.
Zell Miller

When the People contend for their liberty, they seldom get anything for their Victory but new Masters.
George Savile

Freedom so often means that one isn’t needed anywhere.
Willa Sibert Cather

If we do not believe in freedom of speech for those we despise we do not believe in it at all.
Noam Chomsky

Because you are in control of your life. Don’t ever forget that. You are what you are because of the conscious and subconscious choices you have made.
Barbara Hall

Freedom is that instant between when someone tells you to do something and when you decide how to respond.
Jeffrey Borenstein

Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.
George Washington Carver

Liberty without learning is always in peril and learning without liberty is always in vain.
John F. Kennedy

Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err. It passes my comprehension how human beings, be they ever so experienced and able, can delight in depriving other human beings of that precious right.
Mahatma Gandhi

You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don’t ever count on having both at once.
Robert A. Heinlein

He who is brave is free.
Seneca

The contest for ages has been to rescue liberty from the grasp of executive power.
Daniel Webster

Freedom of expression is the matrix, the indispensable condition, of nearly every other form of freedom.
Benjamin Cardozo

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

“Freedom from fear” could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights.
Dag Hammarskjold

Love is the only freedom in the world because it so elevates the spirit that the laws of humanity and the phenomena of nature do not alter its course.
Kahlil Gibran

I intend no modification of my oft-expressed personal wish that all men everywhere could be free.
Abraham Lincoln

Wilkes and Liberty.
Anonymous Slogan of the London mob

We must not believe the many, who say that only free people ought to be educated, but we should rather believe the philosophers who say that only the educated are free.
Epictetus

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy

People hardly ever make use of the freedom they have. For example, the freedom of thought. Instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
Soren Kierkegaard

The only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government strong enough to protect the interests of the people, and a people strong enough and well enough informed to maintain its sovereign control over the government.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Friendship is a comforting smile, A familiar voice that warms the heart, and the freedom to be the person God intended.
Anonymous

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing; the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.
Viktor Frankl

We hold in our hands, the most precious gift of all: Freedom. The freedom to express our art. Our love. The freedom to be who we want to be. We are not going to give that freedom away and no one shall take it from us!
Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider

Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read at age three, and soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi
Oprah Winfrey

He who does not enjoy solitude will not love freedom.
Arthur Schopenhauer

Two voices are there; one is of the sea, One of the mountains; each a mighty voice: In both from age to age thou didst rejoice, They were thy chosen music, Liberty!
William Wordsworth

Most men, after a little freedom, have preferred authority with the consoling assurances and the economy of effort which it brings.
Walter Lippmann

A library is an arsenal of liberty.
Anonymous

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.
Thomas Jefferson

This country (United States of America) has too many freedoms.
Howard Stern

I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy – but that could change.
Dan Quayle