Quotes About Freedom
None of us who have always been free can understand the terrible fascinating power of the hope of freedom to those who are not free.
~ Pearl S. Buck
Many a boy has discovered that real freedom is never gained by breaking legitimate laws. "Obedience to Law is Liberty" is the appropriate inscription over the massive entrance of a great courthouse in Cleveland, and it is wonderfully true. There is no real liberty in any other course. Just doing what you please, and following that impulse, is not true freedom. Obeying a sudden impulse to follow the primrose path usually starts or strengthens some bad habit and destroys by just so much our freedom. A lawless person is never free. He is a victim of his own unaccountable impulses and soon a slave to his bad habits.
~George Walter Fiske
Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err.
~ Mohandas K. Gandhi
I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.
~ Robert Heinlien, from the book The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.
~ Patrick Henry
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to be free.
~ Emma Lazarus
Any society that values wealth above freedom will lose its freedom, and will ultimately lose its wealth as well
~ W. Somerset Maugham
A free society is one where it is safe to be unpopular.
~ Adlai Stevenson
I cannot convince myself that there is anyone so wise, so universally comprehensive in his judgment, that he can be trusted with the power to tell others: 'You shall not express yourself thus, you shall not describe your own experiences; or depict the fantasies which your mind has created; or laugh at what others set up as respectable; or question old beliefs; or contradict the dogmas of the church, of our society, our economic systems, and our political orthodoxy.
~ Jake Zeitlin