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Famous Quotes & Quotations About Freedom:

Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have.
~ Harry Emerson Fosdick.

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 means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
~ George Bernard Shaw Quotes, Man and Superman, Maxims: Liberty and Equality.

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

Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.
~ George Washington.

Many politicians are in the habit of laying it down as a self-evident proposition that no people ought to be free till they are fit to use their freedom. The maxim is worthy of the fool in the old story who resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim.
~ Thomas Macaulay.

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

Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grandchildren are once more slaves.
~ D.H. Lawrence, Classical American Literature, 1922.

Most men, after a little freedom, have preferred authority with the consoling assurances and the economy of effort which it brings.
~ Walter Lippmann, A Preface to Morals, 1929.

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

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

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

No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck.
~ Frederick Douglass, speech, Civil Rights Mass Meeting, Washington, D.C., 1883.

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

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

O Liberty...! is it well
To leave the gates unguarded?
~ Thomas Bailey Aldrich.

One of the qualities of liberty is that, as long as it is being striven after, it goes on expanding. Therefore, the man who stands in the midst of the struggle and says, "I have it," merely shows by doing so that he has just lost it.
~ Henrik Ibsen.

Order without liberty and liberty without order are equally destructive.
~ Theodore Roosevelt Quotes.

People don't like to be meddled with. We tell them what to do, what to think, don't run, don't walk. We're in their homes and in their heads and we haven't the right. We're meddlesome.
~ Movie: Serenity - Spoken by (Young) River Tam (Hunter Ansley Wryn).

Sexual liberation, as a slogan, turns out to be another kind of bondage. For a woman it offers orgasm as her ultimate and major fulfillment; it's better than motherhood.
~ Victoria Billings.

The contest for ages has been to rescue liberty from the grasp of executive power.
~ Daniel Webster.

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.

The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is Fascism - ownership of Government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power.
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt Quotes.

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

The sound of tireless voices is the price we pay for the right to hear the music of our own opinions.
~ Adlai Stevenson, speech, New York City, 28 August 1952.

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