Freedom Quotes

No man is enitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.
– General Douglas MacArthur

He only earns his freedom and his life who takes them every day by storm.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom.
– Clarence Darrow

Freedom lies in being bold.
– Robert Frost

Those who suppress freedom always do so in the name of law and order.
– John V. Lindsay

There is no such thing as a little freedom. Either you are all free, or you are not free.
– Walter Cronkite
The freedom now desired by many is not freedom to do and dare but freedom from care and worry.
– James Truslow Adams
We will not be intimidated or pushed off the world stage by people who do not like what we stand for, and that is, freedom, democracy and the fight against disease, poverty and terrorism.
– Madeleine Albright
The greatest enemy of individual freedom is the individual himself.
– Saul Alinsky
We should favor innovation and freedom over regulation.
– George Allen
I come bearing an olive branch in one hand, and the freedom fighter's gun in the other. Do not let the olive branch fall from my hand.
– Yasser Arafat
Economic growth may one day turn out to be a curse rather than a good, and under no conditions can it either lead into freedom or constitute a proof for its existence.
– Hannah Arendt
Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.
– Hannah Arendt
Man cannot be free if he does not know that he is subject to necessity, because his freedom is always won in his never wholly successful attempts to liberate himself from necessity.
– Hannah Arendt
Any existence deprived of freedom is a kind of death.
– Michel Aoun
In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom!
– J. G. Ballard
The greatest blessing of our democracy is freedom. But in the last analysis, our only freedom is the freedom to discipline ourselves.
– Bernard Baruch
I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom.
– Simone de Beauvoir
Your life is the sum result of all the choices you make, both consciously and unconsciously. If you can control the process of choosing, you can take control of all aspects of your life. You can find the freedom that comes from being in charge of yourself.
– Robert Bennett
The link between my experience as an entrepreneur and that of a politician is all in one word: freedom.
– Silvio Berlusconi
Freedom is the by-product of economic surplus.
– Aneurin Bevan
Look, freedom is an overwhelming American notion. The idea that we want to see the world, the peoples of the world free is something that all of us subscribe to.
– Joe Biden
We are all different. Yet we are all God's children. We are all united behind this country and the common cause of freedom, justice, fairness, and equality. That is what unites us.
– Barbara Boxer
No one who has lived even for a fleeting moment for something other than life in its conventional sense and has experienced the exaltation that this feeling produces can then renounce his new freedom so easily.
– Andre Breton
Time misspent in youth is sometimes all the freedom one ever has.
– Anita Brookner
Free speech carries with it some freedom to listen.
– Warren E. Burger
If we wish to free ourselves from enslavement, we must choose freedom and the responsibility this entails.
– Leo Buscaglia
Everywhere that freedom stirs, let tyrants fear.
– George W. Bush
The terrorists are fighting freedom with all their cunning and cruelty because freedom is their greatest fear - and they should be afraid, because freedom is on the march.
– George W. Bush
The United States of America will never be intimidated by thugs and assassins. The killers will fail, and the Iraqi people will live in freedom.
– George W. Bush
You can't put democracy and freedom back into a box.
– George W. Bush
America is a model of force and freedom and moderation - with all the coarseness and rudeness of its people.
– Lord Byron
Freedom, morality, and the human dignity of the individual consists precisely in this; that he does good not because he is forced to do so, but because he freely conceives it, wants it, and loves it.
– Mikhail A. Bakunin
God tolerates even our stammering, and pardons our ignorance whenever something inadvertently escapes us - as, indeed, without this mercy there would be no freedom to pray.
– John Calvin
Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.
– Albert Camus
Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others.
– Albert Camus
Well, if crime fighters fight crime and fire fighters fight fire, what do freedom fighters fight? They never mention that part to us, do they?
– George Carlin
Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.
– George Washington Carver
The condition every art requires is, not so much freedom from restriction, as freedom from adulteration and from the intrusion of foreign matter.
– Willa Cather
In this possibly terminal phase of human existence, democracy and freedom are more than just ideals to be valued - they may be essential to survival.
– Noam Chomsky
For you who no longer posses it, freedom is everything, for us who do, it is merely an illusion.
– Emile M. Cioran
Negation is the mind's first freedom, yet a negative habit is fruitful only so long as we exert ourselves to overcome it, adapt it to our needs; once acquired it can imprison us.
– Emile M. Cioran
No one can enjoy freedom without trembling.
– Emile M. Cioran
Punk is musical freedom. It's saying, doing and playing what you want. In Webster's terms, 'nirvana' means freedom from pain, suffering and the external world, and that's pretty close to my definition of Punk Rock.
– Kurt Cobain
Death is the liberator of him whom freedom cannot release, the physician of him whom medicine cannot cure, and the comforter of him whom time cannot console.
– Charles Caleb Colton
So far as discipline is concerned, freedom means not its absence but the use of higher and more rational forms as contrasted with those that are lower or less rational.
– Charles Horton Cooley
It is not the simple statement of facts that ushers in freedom; it is the constant repetition of them that has this liberating effect. Tolerance is the result not of enlightenment, but of boredom.
– Quentin Crisp
I stand for freedom of expression, doing what you believe in, and going after your dreams.
– Madonna Ciccone
Freedom is an internal achievement rather than an external adjustment.
– Powell Clayton
The cause of freedom is not the cause of a race or a sect, a party or a class-it is the cause of human kind, the very birthright of humanity.
– Anna Julia Cooper
We know the road to freedom has always been stalked by death.
– Angela Davis
The very idea of freedom incites fear in the hearts of terrorists across the world.
– Elizabeth Dole
The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedoms.
– William O. Douglas
In my youth I stressed freedom, and in my old age I stress order. I have made the great discovery that liberty is a product of order.
– Will Durant
A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.
– Bob Dylan
Freedom is the oxygen of the soul.
– Moshe Dayan
That's free enterprise, friends: freedom to gamble, freedom to lose. And the great thing - the truly democratic thing about it - is that you don't even have to be a player to lose.
– Barbara Ehrenreich
We who officially value freedom of speech above life itself seem to have nothing to talk about but the weather.
– Barbara Ehrenreich
Only our individual faith in freedom can keep us free.
– Dwight D. Eisenhower
The desire of gold is not for gold. It is for the means of freedom and benefit.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Human beings crave freedom at their core.
– John Ensign
Freedom is not procured by a full enjoyment of what is desired, but by controlling the desire.
– Epictetus
Freedom is the right to live as we wish.
– Epictetus
Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is freedom.
– Marilyn Ferguson
A growing number of young women who have the freedom to decide have decided that career can wait, and the delicious early years of their children's lives can't.
– Suzanne Fields
There is a bright spot or two for the Spaniards. French toast has become freedom toast on the Air Force One breakfast menu, but the Spanish omelet is still a Spanish omelet.
– Suzanne Fields
As our federal government has grown too large and too powerful, the real loss has been the freedom of people to govern their own lives and participate fully in the American dream.
– Steve Forbes
We must guard against the overreaching hand of big government trying to take away our freedom. And we must always protect the environment in a manner consistent with our values.
– Steve Forbes
The search for human freedom can never be complete without freedom for women.
– Betty Ford
We are willing enough to praise freedom when she is safely tucked away in the past and cannot be a nuisance. In the present, amidst dangers whose outcome we cannot foresee, we get nervous about her, and admit censorship.
– E. M. Forster
Freedom of conscience entails more dangers than authority and despotism.
– Michel Foucault
Freedom of the press is not an end in itself but a means to the end of achieving a free society.
– Felix Frankfurter
Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.
– Sigmund Freud
A major source of objection to a free economy is precisely that group thinks they ought to want. Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.
– Milton Friedman
The only way that has ever been discovered to have a lot of people cooperate together voluntarily is through the free market. And that's why it's so essential to preserving individual freedom.
– Milton Friedman
The enemies of freedom will not prevail.
– Bill Frist
There can be no real freedom without the freedom to fail.
– Erich Fromm
You have freedom when you're easy in your harness.
– Robert Frost
To deny the freedom of the will is to make morality impossible.
– James Anthony Froude
Freedom is just Chaos, with better lighting.
– Alan Dean Foster
Much literary criticism comes from people for whom extreme specialization is a cover for either grave cerebral inadequacy or terminal laziness, the latter being a much cherished aspect of academic freedom.
– John Kenneth Galbraith
Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Violent means will give violent freedom. That would be a menace to the world and to India herself.
– Mahatma Gandhi
America's greatness has been the greatness of a free people who shared certain moral commitments. Freedom without moral commitment is aimless and promptly self-destructive.
– John W. Gardner
A mere forty years ago, beach volleyball was just beginning. No bureaucrat would have invented it, and that's what freedom is all about.
– Newt Gingrich
The State is the altar of political freedom and, like the religious altar, it is maintained for the purpose of human sacrifice.
– Emma Goldman
Heresy is another word for freedom of thought.
– Graham Greene
An almost hysterical antagonism toward the gold standard is one issue which unites statists of all persuasions. They seem to sense... that gold and economic freedom are inseparable.
– Alan Greenspan
Freedom is fragile and must be protected. To sacrifice it, even as a temporary measure, is to betray it.
– Germaine Greer
Obedience is detachment from the self. This is the most radical detachment of all. But what is the self? The self is the principle of reason and responsibility in us. It is the root of freedom, it is what makes us men.
– Bede Griffiths
Freedom from fear could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights.
– Dag Hammarskjold
Wealth is a tool of freedom, but the pursuit of wealth is the way to slavery.
– Frank Herbert
If there is any principle of the Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other it is the principle of free thought, not free thought for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought that we hate.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes
Freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity.
– Herbert Hoover
Freedom begins as we become conscious of it.
– Vernon Howard
Our freedom can be measured by the number of things we can walk away from.
– Vernon Howard
We clearly realize that freedom's inner kingdom cannot be touched by exterior attacks.
– Vernon Howard
Every tyrant who has lived has believed in freedom for himself.
– Elbert Hubbard
Responsibility is the price of freedom.
– Elbert Hubbard
When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free.
– Charles Evans Hughes