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