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