Freedom of Speech and Liberty

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Quotations about Freedom

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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

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

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

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

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, The God That Failed, 1950

Liberty: One of Imagination's most precious possessions.  ~Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary

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

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

Here is my advice as we begin the century that will lead to 2081.  First, guard the freedom of ideas at all costs.  Be alert that dictators have always played on the natural human tendency to blame others and to oversimplify.  And don't regard yourself as a guardian of freedom unless you respect and preserve the rights of people you disagree with to free, public, unhampered expression.  ~Gerard K. O'Neill, 2081

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

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

My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.  ~Adlai Stevenson, speech, Detroit, 1952

It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you.  ~Author unknown, sometimes attributed to M. Grundler

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

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

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

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

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

We have to call it "freedom": who'd want to die for "a lesser tyranny"?  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

Freedom is the oxygen of the soul.  ~Moshe Dayan

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

No one is free when others are oppressed.  ~Author Unknown

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

Just, harmonious, temperate as is the spirit of liberty, there is in the name and mere notion of it a vagueness so opposite to the definite clearness of the moral law....  ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

Freedom means choosing your burden.  ~Hephzibah Menuhin

Most people want security in this world, not liberty.  ~H.L. Mencken, Minority Report, 1956

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

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

Freedom is that instant between when someone tells you to do something and when you...
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