Quotes about Freedom and being Free

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Today is July 4 and the USA celebrates Independence day. This was supposed to be the Philippine Indepence Day as well, but Diosdado Macapagal moved it to June 12 during his presidency.

So what does it mean to be free? What does it mean to have freedom? Are we really free?

Some might say it’s shedding your fears. Others shed the shackles and the chains, both literally and figuratively. It might also mean being free to say what we want to say. Or believe in things that we want.

I’d like to have my say, but I’d rather let the following people say it for me. Here are the quotes about freedom or being free – be it on a personal, political or societal level.

He who has overcome his fears will truly be free. –Aristotle

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

A man can be himself only so long as he is alone; and if he does not love solitude, he will not have freedom; for it is only when he is alone that he is really free. – Arthur Schopenhauer

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. -Bejamin Franklin

People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use. – Siren Kierkegaard

We must be free not because we claim freedom but because we practice it. –William Faulkner

 

But the Hebrew word, the word timshel – ‘thou mayest’ – that gives a choice. It might be the most important word in the world. That says the way is open. That throws it right back on a man. For if ‘thou mayest’ – it is also true that ‘thou mayest not’. -John Steinback

For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. –Nelson Mandela

Who is more to be pitied, a writer bound and gagged by policemen or one living in perfect freedom but who has nothing more to say? –Kurt Vonnegut

Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. –Henry David Thoreau

Better to die on one’s feet than to live on one’s knees. –Jean-Paul Sarte

I do not wish women to have power over men, but over themselves. –Mary Wollstoncraft

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free. –Johan Wolfgang von Goethe

I prefer liberty with danger than peace with slavery. –Jean-Jacques Rosseau

Those who do not move, do not notice their chains. –Rosa Luxemburg

Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but for me, give me liberty or give me death. –Patrick Henry

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11 thoughts on “Quotes about Freedom and being Free

  1. Happy 4th.of July .Tomorrow we are anticipating a great football match Between the Americans and the Japanese.Our Girls are eager , more experienced this time for a great win and the championship.Jalal

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  2. This is one aspect of our life we all take it for granted and there is no limit what freedom we all want and how freedom is so precious for us…yes, when we celebrated our independence day we realize by seeing how other countries and people who have yet to get the full freedom are living.

    All quotes are powerful but one that stood out for me was this one…
    “Those who do not move, do not notice their chains…” –Rosa Luxemburg

    Hope you are having lovely weekend.
    πŸ˜€

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    1. Indeed. But sometimes, we can’t wait for it to be handed on a platter. We should take it ourselves and make it happen.

      I like that one too!

      I did. It’s now the start of the week around here. I hope you have a great one, Nihar. πŸ™‚

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