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


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


“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


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


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


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


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


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


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


“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


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


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


“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


“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


“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


“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


“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


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


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


“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


“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


“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


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


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


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


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


“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


“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


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


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


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


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


“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


“No one is free when others are oppressed.”


“Freedom eans choosing your burden.” – Hephzibah Menuhin


“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


“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


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


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


“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


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


“Freedom has never been free.” – Medgar Evers


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


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


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


“Freedom begins between the ears.” – Edward Abbey


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


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


“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


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


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


“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


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


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


“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


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


“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


“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


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


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


“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


“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


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


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


“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


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


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


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


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


“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


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


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


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


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


“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


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


“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


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


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


“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


“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


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


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


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


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


“Freedom lies in being bold.” – Robert Frost


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


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


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


“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


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


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


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


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


“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


“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


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


“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


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


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


“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


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


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


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


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


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


“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


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


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


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


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


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


“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


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


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


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


“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


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


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


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


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


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


“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


“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


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


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


“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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


“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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


“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


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


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


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


“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


“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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


“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


“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


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


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


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


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


“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


“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


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


“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


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


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


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


“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


“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


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


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


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


“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


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


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


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


“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


“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


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


“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


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


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


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


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


“Freedom is never free.”


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


“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


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


“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


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


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

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