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

– Soren Kierkegaard –

Now the real beginnings of the “freedom” which we have discussed for many years and a heady freedom it is, coming after so many years of reaching outward for it to finally discover all I had to do was reach inward, and it was there waiting all the time for me!

– Alisa Wells –

Nobody’s free until everybody’s free.

Fannie Lou Hamer (in This Little Light of Mine by Mills)

No man is free who is not master of himself.

– Epictetus –

Most men, after a little freedom, have preferred authority with the consoling assurances and the economy of effort it brings.

 – Walter Lippmann –

(A Preface to Morals)

Man is not the creature of circumstances, circumstances are the creatures of men.

We are free agents, and man is more powerful than matter.

– Benjamin Disraeli –

I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do

Robert A. Heinlein (Stranger in a Strange Land)

Freedom is not procured by a full enjoyment of what is desired, but by controlling the desire

– Epictetus –

Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.

– Thomas Jefferson –

The free man is he who does not fear to go to the end of his thought.

– Leon Blum  –