Freedom quotes

Freedom quotes by topic: Freedom features, People and freedom, Society and freedom, Freedom of speech, Responsibility and freedom, Women and freedom, Life and freedom, Work and freedom, Freedom achievement, Property and freedom, Wind and freedom, Money and freedom, ect.

Freedom features

The freedom of man consists in never doing what he does not want. (Jean-Jacques Rousseau)

Freedom is obedience to self-formulated rules. (Aristotle)

Freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity. (Herbert Hoover)

May we think of freedom not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right. (Peter Marshall)

Freedom is when you forget the patronymic of a tyrant. (Joseph Brodsky)

Freedom can only be all freedom; a piece of freedom is not freedom. (Max Stirner)

Freedom’s just another word for “nothing left to lose”. (Kris Kristofferson)

But what is liberty without wisdom and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint. (Edmund Burke)

Freedom is not the hope of the future. It is the present and the agreement with the beings and the world in the present. (Albert Camus)

Freedom is knowing how to dance with your chains. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

Do you like freedom? She lives in the countryside. (Andres Bello)

Freedom is incompatible with weakness. (Vauvenargues)

Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes. (Mahatma Gandhi)

True freedom is that which is enjoyed unconditionally. (Alain LeBlanc)

Freedom is the space between what we are and what we can become. (Philippe Bartherotte)

Freedom is a feeling. It can sometimes be reached, locked in a cage like a bird. (Camilo Jose Cela)

Only the freedom to act, to think is capable of producing great things. (Jean le Rond d’Alembert)

Freedom for the wolves has often meant death to the sheep. (Isaiah Berlin)

Freedom too can corrupt, and absolute freedom can corrupt irrevocably. (Getrude Himmelfarb)

People and freedom

Freedom is what we do with what is done to us. (Jean-Paul Sartre)

Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves. (Abraham Lincoln)

It is not freedom that is lacking but free men. (L. Langanesi)

I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will. (Charlotte Bronte)

The last word of freedom is selfishness. (Gerard de Nerval)

The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. (Jim Morrison)

There is a huge amount of freedom that comes to you when you take nothing personally. (Don Miguel Ruiz)

Freedom means the opportunity to be what we never thought we would be. (Daniel J. Boorstin)

Until we are all free, we are none of us free. (Emma Lazarus)

I want freedom for the full expression of my personality. (Mahatma Gandhi)

The true value of a human being can be found in the degree to which he has attained liberation from the self. (Albert Einstein)

Freedom consists less in doing one’s will than in not being subject to that of others. (Jean-Jacques Rousseau)

Human beings are born with different capacities. If they are free, they are not equal. And if they are equal, they are not free. (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn)

Our only freedom is to choose between bitterness and pleasure. The insignificance of everything being our lot, we must not carry it like a defect, but know how to rejoice in it. (Milan Kundera)

Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom. And in freedom, most people find sin. (John Green)

A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself. (Jim Morrison)

Society and freedom

Freedom is the most difficult test that can be offered to a people. (Paul Valery)

A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both. (Milton Friedman)

Safeguarding freedom of thought requires complete secularism in the state. (Baruch Spinoza)

Where the state begins, individual freedom ceases, and vice versa. (Mikhail Bakunin)

It is impossible to live in society and be free from society. (Vladimir Lenin)

Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners. (Vladimir Lenin)

So much of liberalism in its classical sense is taken for granted in the west today and even disrespected. We take freedom for granted, and because of this we don’t understand how incredibly vulnerable it is. (Niall Ferguson)

Man’s freedom begins with the release of his social debt. (Louis Bourdaloue)

Freedoms are always slyly nibbled away before being spectacularly destroyed, and the complainers are often those who are the first to be sensitive to this danger. (Norbert Bensaid)

It’s ridiculous to talk about freedom in a society dominated by huge corporations. What kind of freedom is there inside a corporation? They’re totalitarian institutions – you take orders from above and maybe give them to people below you. There’s about as much freedom as under Stalinism. (Noam Chomsky)

Life and freedom

Freedom is not a utopia but an art of living. (Marie-France Ochsenbein)

Freedom is the treasure of life. (Yann Feliz)

Life without liberty is like a body without spirit. (Kahlil Gibran)

Is freedom anything else than the right to live as we wish? Nothing else. (Epictetus)

Freedom is the only worthy goal in life. It is won by disregarding things that lie beyond our control. (Epictetus)

Freedom is a state of being that is not the result of the desire to be free. (Jiddu Krishnamurti)

The only freedom life grants us is to choose our remorse. (Jean Rostand)

Freedom is the only goal worth the sacrifice of human life. (Simon Bolivar)

You ought to live your life with such freedom and joy that uptight Christians will doubt your salvation. (Steve Brown)

Freedom of speech

How absurd men are! They never use the liberties they have, they demand those they do not have. They have freedom of thought, they demand freedom of speech. (Soren Kierkegaard)

Freedom of expression is a capital not to be spared. (Pascal Mourot)

If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. (George Washington)

Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech. (Benjamin Franklin)

Freedom of expression ends where the censorship of one’s own thought begins. (Marie-France Ochsenbein)

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

Freedom of opinion is a farce if information about the facts is not guaranteed and if it is not the facts themselves that are the subject of debate. (Hannah Arendt)

Responsibility and freedom

Freedom is the will to be responsible for ourselves. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does. (Jean-Paul Sartre)

Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility. (Sigmund Freud)

Freedom is not a right, it is a duty. (Nicholas Berdyaev)

Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry his own weight, this is a frightening prospect. (Eleanor Roosevelt)

I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom. (Bob Dylan)

Women and freedom

I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own. (Audre Lorde)

Now that she had nothing to lose, she was free. (Paulo Coelho)

Woman, having conquered her freedom, is no longer a distant divinity for man. (Andre Maurois)

All chasing after freedom, when the only thing we really want is a hug that can hold us back. (Cecilia Sepia)

When a woman demands her freedom from a man, it means that she is ready to become someone else’s slave. To be free, for her, is only to change masters. (Etienne Rey)

Generally I find men are a lot more concerned with limiting the freedoms of women than exercising personal freedom for themselves. (Sally Rooney)

Work and freedom

Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom. (Albert Einstein)

The realm of freedom begins where labor determined by necessity ends. (Karl Marx)

Most people spend the greatest part of their time working in order to live, and what little freedom remains so fills them with fear that they seek out any and every means to be rid of it. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

I earned my freedom through my work and this work literally imprisoned me.'(Charles Aznavour)

Slavery and freedom

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

I prefer liberty with danger than peace with slavery. (Jean-Jacques Rousseau)

A non-free person idealizes his bondage. (B. Pasternak)

Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. (Henry David Thoreau)

Any people who sleep in freedom will wake up in servitude. (Alain)

Freedom is being able to choose who you will be a slave to. (Jeanne Moreau)

Freedom achievement

Liberties aren’t given, they are taken. (Aldous Huxley)

In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved. (Franklin D. Roosevelt)

Freedom is not something that anybody can be given. Freedom is something people take, and people are as free as they want to be. (James Baldwin)

Inner freedom is when the gaze of the other does not determine us. (Alexandre Jollien)

To set the world free by force is a strange undertaking full of bad luck. Giving it away takes it away. (Jean Jaurès)

Property and freedom

Freedom is the property of oneself. (Nicholas Massias)

It is the preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly. (Bertrand Russell)

You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don’t ever count on having both at once. (Robert A. Heinlein)

You only are free when you realize you belong no place — you belong every place — no place at all. (Maya Angelou)

Wind and freedom

Be free like the wind! (Anton Chekhov)

It is only thanks to the wind that a sailboat is free on the high seas. (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)

Rebellious spirit –
Oh, how he has grown,
In the mountains near the bamboo thickets
Across the winds… (Hoshinaga Fumio)

Quotes about wind

Money and freedom

Money is minted freedom. (Fyodor Dostoevsky)

Freedom is a bit like money. It is not enough to be rich to know how to spend. (Henry Jeanson)

Money enchains, freedom unleashes. (Kheira Chakor)

Money is freedom, space, whims … Having money, it is so easy to endure poverty … (Sergei Dovlatov)

Freedom is power over oneself, and riches are only power over others. (Denis de Rougemont)

Limits and freedom

Freedom can only be recognized by its limits. (Louis Latzaros)

Freedom is the ability to choose one’s constraints. (Jean-Louis Barrault)

The degree of freedom depends on the size of the cell. (V. Kolechitsky)

True freedom is being able to push the limits of your freedom very far. (Nicole Garcia)

Quotes about extreme

Crime and freedom

The only means of ridding man of crime is ridding him of freedom. (Yevgeny Zamyatin)

Freedom is prison with the taste of hope. (Israa Esattati)

You are in prison. If you wish to get out of prison, the first thing you must do is realize that you are in prison. If you think you are free, you can’t escape. (G. Gurdjieff)

Truth and freedom

The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off. (Joe Klaas)

It has been said, ‘the truth will make men free.’ The truth alone has never made anyone free. It is only doubt which will bring mental emancipation. (Anton LaVey)

The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you. (David Foster Wallace)

Bravery and freedom

He who is brave is free. (Seneca)

Freedom lies in being bold. (Robert Frost)

Everyone wants to be free, but no one has the courage. (Szczepan Yamensky)

Word and freedom

The word is freedom. (Zoe Valdes)

Freedom is…the right to write the wrong words. (Patti Smith)

We feel free because we lack the very language to articulate our unfreedom. (Slavoj Žižek)

Loneliness and freedom

The price of freedom is loneliness. (Herve Godec)

A man can be himself only so long as he is alone; and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom; for it is only when he is alone that he is really free.(Arthur Schopenhauer)

Thought and freedom

Thought is free. (William Shakespeare)

Freedom is when you can have your mind. (Didier Bacquet)

Freedom of thought is absolute or it is nothing. (Luc Ferry)

Education and freedom

Education and freedom are the bases of all human prosperity. (Mirabeau)

Freedom begins where ignorance ends. (Victor-Hugo)

Nothing frees a person like knowledge … (Ivan Turgenev)

Happiness and freedom

The man who claims freedom, he thinks of happiness. (Claude Aveline)

For me, freedom means being able to reach the end of your happiness. (Andre Langevin)

The secret of happiness is freedom, the secret of freedom is courage. (Carrie Jones)

Democracy and freedom

If freedom could run its own business, that would be democracy. (John Dos Passos)

Freedom must be for all or for none. It is the only formula of democracy that is worth the sacrifice. (Albert Camus)

Snowboarding and freedom

The attraction to snowboarding is the freedom it gives you. With a snowboard on your feet the sky is the limit. (Jeremy Jones)

I ride really bad when I overthink things. (Sage Kotsenburg)

Quotes about snowboarding

Fear and freedom

He who has overcome his fears will truly be free. (Aristotle)

The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear. (Aung San Suu Kyi)

Mind and freedom

Thou canst not touch the freedom of my mind. (John Milton)

True freedom is impossible without a mind made free by discipline. (M.J. Adler)

Choice and freedom

Freedom is choice. (Jean-Paul Sartre)

The choice is the absence of freedom. (Anthony Fernandez)


Forgetfulness is a form of freedom. (Kahlil Gibran)

Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom. (Søren Kierkegaard)

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. (Benjamin Franklin)

Passions and freedom exclude each other. (Felicite Robert de Lamennais)

Wings are freedom only when they are wide open in flight. On one’s back they are a heavy weight. (Marina Tsvetaeva)

In riding a horse, we borrow freedom. (Helen Thompson)

Love liberty, practice fraternity, but do not dream of equality. Men are equal only in the pains of birth and death. (Edouard Bricon)

Freedom is for science what air is for the animal. (Henri Poincaré)

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