Quotations about freedom: civil freedom, personal freedom — the power to choose how to act, speak, and think. Freedom can be a freedom to make one’s thoughts come to fruition in action, and thereby can involve compelling others to act, so that freedom is a power over other people. Or freedom can be to not have others compel us to act. Freedom, at its core, is about autonomy, and some versions of freedom recognize that our freedom is bound up with the freedom of others.

«    2 of 9    »

The moment we choose to love we begin to move against domination, against oppression. The moment we choose to love we begin to move towards freedom, to act in ways that liberate ourselves and others. That action is the testimony of love as the practice of freedom.

— bell hooks

All who are not lunatics are agreed about certain things. That it is better to be alive than dead, better to be adequately fed than starved, better to be free than a slave. Many people desire those things only for themselves and their friends; they are quite content that their enemies should suffer. These people can only be refuted by science: Humankind has become so much one family that we cannot ensure our own prosperity except by ensuring that of everyone else. If you wish to be happy yourself, you must resign yourself to seeing others also happy.

— Bertrand Russell, The Science to Save Us from Science, The New York Times Magazine (19 March 1950)

The search for human freedom can never be complete without freedom for women.

— Betty Ford

The search for human freedom can never be complete without freedom for women.

— Betty Ford

A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.

— Bob Dylan

My story is a freedom song of struggle. It is about finding one’s purpose, how to overcome fear and to stand up for causes bigger than one’s self.

— c

Freedom is not caprice but room to enlarge.

— C. A. Bartol

A central lesson of science is that to understand complex issues (or even simple ones), we must try to free our minds of dogma and to guarantee the freedom to publish, to contradict, and to experiment. Arguments from authority are unacceptable.

— Carl Sagan

Frederick Douglass taught that literacy is the path from slavery to freedom. There are many kinds of slavery and many kinds of freedom, but reading is still the path.

— Carl Sagan

We must understand that the highest form of freedom carries with it the greatest measure of discipline.

— Cesar Chavez

When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free.

— Charles Evan Hughes

There are two freedoms: the false where a man is free to do what he likes; the true where a man is free to do what he ought.

— Charles Kingsley

Freedom is a system based on courage.

— Charles Peguy

Tyranny is always better organized than freedom.

— Charles Peguy

A brief candle; both ends burning
An endless mile; a bus wheel turning
A friend to share the lonesome times
A handshake and a sip of wine
So say it loud and let it ring
We are all a part of everything
The future, present and the past
Fly on proud bird
You’re free at last.

— Charlie Daniels, written en route to the funeral for his friend, Ronnie Van Zant of the band, Lynyrd Skynyrd

I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will.

— Charlotte Brontë

When the mother of the race is free, we shall have a better world, by the easy right of birth and by the calm, slow, friendly forces of evolution.

— Charlotte Perkins Gilman

For there is one thing I can safely say: that those bound by love must obey each other if they are to keep company long. Love will not be constrained by mastery; when mastery comes, the God of love at once beats his wings, and farewell — he is gone. Love is a thing as free as any spirit; women naturally desire liberty, and not to be constrained like slaves; and so do men, if I shall tell the truth.

See who is the most patient in love; he has the greatest advantage. Patience is surely a great virtue, for it vanquished, as these scholars say, things that rigor would never manage. One cannot scold or complain at every word. Learn to endure patiently, or else, as I live and breathe, you shall learn it whether you want or not. For certainly there is no one in the world who doesn’t do or say something amiss. Anger, sickness, or planetary influences, wine, sorrow, or changing of disposition often causes one to do or speak amiss. One cannot be avenged for every wrong; according to the occasion, everyone who knows how, must use temperance. And therefore a wise man, in order to live in comfort, promises his lady forbearance, and she wisely gives her promise to him.

— Chaucer, ‘The Franklin’s Tale’

We are here to claim our rights as women, not only to be free, but to fight for freedom. It is our privilege, as well as our pride and our joy, to take some part in this militant movement, which, as we believe, means the regeneration of all humanity

— Christabel Pankhurst

We are in bondage to the law in order that we may be free.

— Cicero

You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man’s freedom. You can only be free if I am free.

— Clarence Darrow

Be careful of those who demand you remain neutral in the face of oppression. Do not shackle your soul to the middle when you know which way is freedom.

— Cole Arthur Riley

My story is a freedom song from within my soul. It is a guide to discovery, a vision of how even the worst pain and heartaches can be channeled into human monuments, impenetrable and everlasting.

— Coretta Scott King

I believe all Americans who believe in freedom, tolerance and human rights have a responsibility to oppose bigotry and prejudice based on sexual orientation.

— Coretta Scott King

Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation.

— Coretta Scott King

Struggle is a never-ending process. Freedom is never really won; you earn it and win it in every generation.

— Coretta Scott King

Nelson Mandela sat in a South African prison for 27 years. He was nonviolent. He negotiated his way out of jail. His honor and suffering of 27 years in a South African prison is really ultimately what brought about the freedom of South Africa. That is nonviolence.

— Coretta Scott King

Freedom and justice cannot be parceled out in pieces to suit political convenience. I don’t believe you can stand for freedom for one group of people and deny it to others.

— Coretta Scott King

‘Freedom from fear’ could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights.

— Dag Hammarskjold

‘Freedom from fear’ could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights.

— Dag Hammarskjöld
«    2 of 9    »
, , , , ,
Related
Latest Posts from Wisdom Quotes