Famous Quotes About Freedom
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200 Famous Quotes About Freedom

What is freedom? Freedom can be defined as “the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants.” It also means having free will and being without undue or unjust constraints, or enslavement. Freedom is your birthright. It means ensuring everyone has an equal opportunity for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Freedom gives you the opportunity to decide for yourself and determine the direction of your life, It allows you to create your own life and well-being.

We have compiled some of the most inspirational, famous quotes on freedom to give you the courage to make your own choices and determine how you live your life. Enjoy!

200 Famous Freedom Quotes And Sayings

1

“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.” – Benjamin Franklin


2

“To me, punk rock is the freedom to create, freedom to be successful, freedom to not be successful, freedom to be who you are. It’s freedom.” – Patti Smith


3

“The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.” – Edmund Burke


4

“The revelation of thought takes men out of servitude into freedom.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


5

“Most will give up an acre of freedom for a closet of security.” – Dr Idel Dreimer


6

“For what avail the plough or sail, Or land or life, if freedom fail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


7

“Freedom – to walk free and own no superior.” – Walt Whitman


8

“None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but licence.” – John Milton


9

“Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools.” – D.H. Lawrence


10

“Liberty is maintained by responsible freedom.” – Roger W Hancock


11

“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.” – Mahatma Gandhi


12

“There are two freedoms – the false, where a man is free to do what he likes; the true, where he is free to do what he ought.” – Charles Kingsley


13

“I think we’ve been through a period where too many people have been given to understand that if they have a problem, it’s the government’s job to cope with it. ‘I have a problem. I’ll get a grant.’ ‘I’m homeless; the government must house me.’ They’re casting their problem on society. And, you know, there is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people, and people must look to themselves first. We must look after ourselves and then, also to look after our neighbour. People have got the entitlements too much in mind, without the obligations. There’s no such thing as an entitlement unless someone has first met an obligation.” – Margaret Thatcher


14

“When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.” – Nelson Mandela


15

“This, then, is the state of the union: free and restless, growing and full of hope. So it was in the beginning. So it shall always be, while God is willing, and we are strong enough to keep the faith.” – Lyndon B. Johnson


16

“Unless the will is free, man has no freedom; and if he has no freedom he is not a moral agent, that is, he is incapable of moral action and also of moral character.” – Charles Finney


17

“I stand for freedom of expression, doing what you believe in, and going after your dreams.” – Madonna Ciccone


18

“Liberty has as many chains as slavery, but the golden chains of liberty decorate, and the iron chains of slavery degrade.” – Austin O’Malley


19

“Those who won our independence… valued liberty as an end and as a means. They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.” – Louis D. Brandeis


20

“Free will is not the liberty to do whatever one likes, but the power of doing whatever one sees ought to be done, even in the very face of otherwise overwhelming impulse. There lies freedom, indeed.” – George Macdonald


21

“Every human has four endowments – self-awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.” – Stephen Covey


22

“Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.” – George Bernard Shaw


23

“Freedom (n.): To ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing.” – Ayn Rand from The Fountainhead


24

“I’ve sold my soul for freedom. It’s lonely, but it’s sweet.” – Melissa Etheridge


25

“What is freedom? Freedom is the right to choose: the right to create for oneself the alternatives of choice.” – Archibald MacLeish


26

“The family is the test of freedom; because the family is the only thing that the free man makes for himself and by himself.” – G.K. Chesterton


27

“Everywhere, the human soul stands between a hemisphere of light and another of darkness on the confines of two everlasting hostile empires, — Necessity and Free Will.” – Thomas Carlyle


28

“The best road to progress is freedom’s road.” – John F. Kennedy


29

“I believe in freedom of speech, but I believe we should also have the right to comment on freedom of speech.” – Stockwell Day


30

“Liberty doesn’t work as well in practice as it does in speeches.” – Will Rogers


31

“When a truth is not given complete freedom, freedom is not complete.” – Vaclav Havel


32

“You don’t have to be a man to fight for freedom. All you have to do is to be an intelligent human being.” – Malcolm X


33

“No one is free when others are oppressed.”


34

“Freedom eans choosing your burden.” – Hephzibah Menuhin


35

“Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself – and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That’s what real love amounts to – letting a person be what he really is.” – Jim Morrison


36

“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask.” – Jim Morrison


37

“Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” – Hans Christian Andersen


38

“There is no such thing as a little freedom. Either you are all free, or you are not free.” – Walter Cronkite


39

“I hope we once again have reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: as government expands, liberty contracts.” – Ronald Reagan


40

“When the people fear the government there is tyranny, when the government fears the people there is liberty.” – John Basil Barnhill


41

“Freedom has never been free.” – Medgar Evers


42

“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin


43

“There is no such thing as part freedom.” – Nelson Mandela


44

“The greatest threat to freedom is the absence of criticism.” – Wole Soyinka


45

“Freedom begins between the ears.” – Edward Abbey


46

“Freedom is not enough.” – Lyndon B. Johnson


47

“Who speaks of liberty while the human mind is in chains.” – Francis Wright


48

“If you want to be free, there is but one way; it is to guarantee an equally full measure of liberty to all your neighbors. There is no other.” – Carl Schurz


49

“I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom.” – Simone de Beauvoir


50

“While we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of our actions.” – Stephen Covey


51

“Here is my advice as we begin the century that will lead to 2081. First, guard the freedom of ideas at all costs. Be alert that dictators have always played on the natural human tendency to blame others and to oversimplify. And don’t regard yourself as a guardian of freedom unless you respect and preserve the rights of people you disagree with to free, public, unhampered expression.” – Gerard K. O’Neill


52

“The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant.” – Maximilien Robespierre


53

“Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.” – Albert Einstein


54

“I am an American; free born and free bred, where I acknowledge no man as my superior, except for his own worth, or as my inferior, except for his own demerit.” – Theodore Roosevelt


55

“Freedom is the oxygen of the soul.” – Moshe Dayan


56

“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


57

“History does not teach fatalism. There are moments when the will of a handful of free men breaks through determinism and opens up new roads.” – Charles de Gaulle


58

“What then is freedom? The power to live as one wishes.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero


59

“Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.” – Pope John Paul II


60

“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


61

“He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach himself.” – Thomas Paine


62

“All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.” – Winston Churchill


63

“Freedom means the opportunity to be what we never thought we would be.” – Daniel J. Boorstin


64

“Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom – and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech.” – Benjamin Franklin


65

“Freedom is the right to question and change the established way of doing things.” – Ronald Reagan


66

“Economic freedom is … an indispensable means toward the achievement of political freedom.” – Milton Friedman


67

“Financial freedom is available to those who learn about it and work for it.” – Robert Kiyosaki


68

“I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery.” – Jean-Jacques Rousseau


69

“If a thing is free to be good it is also free to be bad. And free will is what has made evil possible. Why, then, did God give them free will? Because free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having.” – C.S. Lewis


70

“Freedom is just Chaos, with better lighting.” – Alan Dean Foster


71

“My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.” – Adlai Stevenson


72

“Power is duty; freedom is responsibility.” – Marie Dubsky


73

“I believe that freedom of speech and freedom of religion go hand-in-hand in America.” – Kirk Cameron


74

“I catch, through the mists of life’s river,A glimpse of the time to be,When the chain from the bondman rusted,Shall leave him erect and free…- Alice Carey, “The Time to Be,” c.1847


75

“Grace is the beauty of form under the influence of freedom.” – Friedrich Schiller


76

“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


77

“The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.” – Aung San Suu Kyi


78

“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” – George Orwell


79

“Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed — else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower


80

“I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.” – James Madison


81

“Freedom is the right to one’s dignity as a man.” – Archibald MacLeish


82

“Freedom is the right to live as we wish.” – Epictetus


83

“Let freedom never perish in your hands.” – Joseph Addison


84

“Instead of trying to make your life perfect, give yourself the freedom to make it an adventure, and go ever upward.” – Drew Houston


85

“Freedom lies in being bold.” – Robert Frost


86

“Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you’re a man, you take it.” – Malcolm X


87

“The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.” – Winston Churchill


88

“Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.” – Sigmund Freud


89

“When plunder has become a way of life for a group of people living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it, and a moral code that glorifies it.” – Frédéric Bastiat


90

“Freedom is never given; it is won.” – A. Philip Randolph


91

“The ability to free your mind from unwanted thoughts is real freedom.” – Remez Sasson


92

“Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.” – Frank Herbert


93

“Freedom is what you do with what’s been done to you.” – Jean-Paul Sartre


94

“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.” – Virginia Woolf from A Room of One’s Own


95

“I’ve learned that fear limits you and your vision. It serves as blinders to what may be just a few steps down the road for you. The journey is valuable, but believing in your talents, your abilities, and your self-worth can empower you to walk down an even brighter path. Transforming fear into freedom – how great is that?” – Soledad O’Brien


96

“Freedom is the will to be responsible to ourselves.” – Nietzsche


97

“We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edge of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.” – Margaret Atwood from The Handmaid’s Tale


98

“Freedom comes from strength and self-reliance.” – Lisa Murkowski


99

“True independence and freedom can only exist in doing what’s right.” – Brigham Young


100

“We have enjoyed so much freedom for so long that we are perhaps in danger of forgetting how much blood it cost to establish the Bill of Rights.” – Felix Frankfurter


101

“Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.” – George Washington Carver


102

“Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.” – Kahlil Gibran


103

“I want to give myself the freedom not to have to be projecting my whole life ahead.” – Robert Downey, Jr.


104

“Freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity.” – Herbert Hoover


105

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


106

“The Reagan years showed us that expanding economic freedom should be the North Star – the guiding light – of U.S. policy because it is the best way to achieve sustained and broad-based prosperity for all.” – Jon Kyl


107

“A man can be free without being great, but no man can be great without being free.” – Khalil Gibran


108

“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


109

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


110

“I believe in America because we have great dreams, and because we have the opportunity to make those dreams come true.” – Wendell Willkie


111

“When the People contend for their liberty, they seldom get anything for their Victory but new Masters.” – George Savile


112

“Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better….” – Albert Camus


113

“Independence is a heady draught, and if you drink it in your youth, it can have the same effect on the brain as young wine does. It does not matter that its taste is not always appealing. It is addictive, and with each drink, you want more.” – Maya Angelou


114

“I’m a big advocate of freedom: freedom of speech, freedom of expression, freedom of thought.” – Jimmy Wales


115

“Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils.” – General John Stark


116

“I would rather die in freedom on my way back home than starving to death here.” – Morning Star


117

“True freedom requires the rule of law and justice and a judicial system in which the denial of rights to others does not secure the rights of some.” – Jonathan Sacks


118

“Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.” – Nelson Mandela


119

“The urge to save humanity is almost always a false face for the urge to rule it.” – H.L. Mencken


120

“Freedom is something that dies unless it’s used.” – Hunter S. Thompson


121

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


122

“Liberty: One of Imagination’s most precious possessions.” – Ambrose Bierce


123

“The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree.” – Thomas Campbell


124

“The sound of tireless voices is the price we pay for the right to hear the music of our own opinions.” – Adlai Stevenson


125

“Those who nourish the hope that it will be possible to keep central government free of the corrupting tendencies of power and to staff it with a freedom-loving elite, overestimate the virtues of both the electorate and the elected, and underestimate the normative power of structural processes even over well-intended functionaries.” – Robert Nef


126

“Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” – George Orwell


127

“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.” – Abraham Lincoln


128

“Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the Government’s purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.” – Justice Louis Brandeis


129

“The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.” – Louis D. Brandeis


130

“We have to call it “freedom”: who’d want to die for “a lesser tyranny”.” – Mignon McLaughlin


131

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” – Thomas Paine


132

“Our freedom can be measured by the number of things we can walk away from.” – Vernon Howard


133

“There must be freedom for all to live, to think, to worship, no book, no avenue must be closed.” – James Larkin


134

“A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.” – Bob Dylan


135

“Order without liberty and liberty without order are equally destructive.” – Theodore Roosevelt


136

“Most people want security in this world, not liberty.” – H.L. Mencken


137

“It is easy to take liberty for granted when you have never had it taken from you.”


138

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


139

“Freedom is not an end in itself, that how freedom is exercised matters as much as freedom itself.” – Stephen Harper


140

“Freedom of speech means freedom for those who you despise, and freedom to express the most despicable views. It also means that the government cannot pick and choose which expressions to authorise and which to prevent.” – Alan Dershowitz


141

“Men fight for freedom, then they begin to accumulate laws to take it away from themselves.”


142

“Freedom is a struggle, and we do it together. Not only together as black citizens, but black and white together.” – Andrew Young


143

“We anarchists do not want to emancipate the people; we want the people to emancipate themselves.” – Errico Malatesta


144

“Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.” – Rabindranath Tagore


145

“Art is the daughter of freedom.” – Friedrich Schiller


146

“Nations grew corrupt Love bondage more than liberty; Bondage with ease than strenuous liberty.” – John Milton


147

“I know, but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery


148

“Certainly one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of citizens to keep and bear arms.” – Hubert H. Humphrey


149

“Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.” – Nelson Mandela


150

“A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.” – Jim Morrison


151

“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.


152

“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” – Albert Camus


153

“To pledge any kind is to declare war against nature; for a pledge is a chain that is always clanking and reminding the wearer of it that he is not a free man.” – Mark Twain


154

“Too much freedom can lead to the soul’s decay.” – Prince


155

“He only earns his freedom and his life Who takes them every day by storm.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


156

“You have freedom when you’re easy in your harness.” – Robert Frost


157

“O Liberty…! is it well To leave the gates unguarded.” – Thomas Bailey Aldrich


158

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


159

“I’d like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free and wanted other people to be also free.” – Rosa Parks


160

“Ultimately, we know deeply that the other side of every fear is freedom.” – Marilyn Ferguson


161

“I find only freedom in the realms of eccentricity.” – David Bowie


162

“A big part of financial freedom is having your heart and mind free from worry about the what-ifs of life.” – Suze Orman


163

“Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life.” – Bob Marley


164

“Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err.” – Mahatma Gandhi


165

“We gain freedom when we have paid the full price.” – Rabindranath Tagore


166

“I am no bird; and no nett ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” – Charlotte Bronte from Jane Eyre


167

“We are free, truly free when we don’t need to rent our arms to anybody to be able to lift a piece of bread to our mouths.” – Ricardo Flores Magon


168

“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


169

“True success, true happiness lies in freedom and fulfillment.” – Dada Vaswani


170

“To know how to free oneself is nothing; the arduous thing is to know what to do with one’s freedom.” – Andre Gide


171

“If you’re not ready to die for it, but the word ‘freedom’ out of your vocabulary.” – Malcolm X


172

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


173

“This is the highest wisdom that I own; freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


174

“The Divine Plan is one of Freedom.The inherent nature of man is ever seeking to express itself in terms of freedom because freedom is the birthright of every living soul.” – Ernest Holmes


175

“When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free.” – Charles Evans Hughes


176

“When freedom does not have a purpose when it does not wish to know anything about the rule of law engraved in the hearts of men and women when it does not listen to the voice of conscience, it turns against humanity and society.” – Pope John Paul II


177

“If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.” – Noam Chomsky


178

“In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt


179

“To enjoy freedom, we have to control ourselves.” – Virginia Woolf


180

“We on this continent should never forget that men first crossed the Atlantic not to find soil for their ploughs but to secure liberty for their souls.” – Robert J. McCracken


181

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin, Memoirs of the life & writings of Benjamin Franklin


182

“The secret to happiness is freedom… And the secret to freedom is courage.” – Thucydides


183

“Freedom is that instant between when someone tells you to do something, and when you decide how to respond.” – Jeffrey Borenstein


184

“We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.” – Edward R. Murrow


185

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” – Ronald Reagan


186

“We feel free when we escape — even if it be but from the frying pan into the fire.” – Eric Hoffer


187

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


188

“Is freedom anything else than the right to live as we wish? Nothing else.” – Epictetus


189

“The sole end for which humanity is warranted, individually or collectively, in interfering with the liberty of action of any of their number is self-protection … The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant.” – John Stuart Mill


190

“The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.” – Patrick Henry


191

“Freedom is not procured by a full enjoyment of what is desired, but by controlling the desire.” – Epictetus


192

“Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of resistance.” – Woodrow Wilson


193

“Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end.” – Lord Acton


194

“He who is allowed to do as he likes will soon run his head into a brick wall out of sheer frustration.” – Robert Musil


195

“Man is free at the moment he wishes to be.” – Voltaire


196

“Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently.” – Rosa Luxemburg


197

“Freedom is never free.”


198

“Patterning your life around other’s opinions is nothing more than slavery.” – Lawana Blackwell


199

“The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender or submission.” – John F. Kennedy


200

“Perfect freedom is as necessary to the health and vigor of commerce as it is to the health and vigor of citizenship.” – Patrick Henry


201

“Freedom is not an unlimited license, an unlimited choice, or an unlimited opportunity. Freedom is, first of all, a responsibility before the God from whom we come.” – Alan Keyes


202

“A place of freedom is the best place to have the most creativity.” – Matt McGorry


203

“Freedom, in general, may be defined as the absence of obstacles to the realization of desires.” – Bertrand Russell

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