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A list of the best freedom quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous freedom quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic freedom quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational freedom quotes from that same writer.

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

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There are two good things in life -- freedom of thought and freedom of action. W. Somerset Maugham

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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

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Countries are well cultivated, not as they are fertile, but as they are free. Montesquieu

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No man is free who is not a master of himself. Epictetus

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Freedom is the last, best hope of earth. Abraham Lincoln

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History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid. Dwight D. Eisenhower

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You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom. Malcolm X

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We must be willing to pay a price for freedom. H. L. Mencken

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The saving man becomes the free man.

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Freedom consists not in refusing to recognize anything above us, but in respecting something which is above us; for by respecting it, we raise ourselves to it, and, by our very acknowledgment, prove that we bear within ourselves what is higher, and are worthy to be on a level with it Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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I believe in a religion that believes in freedom. Any time I have to accept a religion that won't let me fight a battle for my people, I say to hell with that religion. Malcolm X

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

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We, and all others who believe in freedom as deeply as we do, would rather die on our feet than live on our knees. Franklin D. Roosevelt

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We are free to yield to truth. Horace

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When a person places the proper value on freedom, there is nothing under the sun that he will not do to acquire that freedom. Whenever you hear a man saying he wants freedom, but in the next breath he is going to tell you what he won't do to get it, or what he doesn't believe in doing in order to get it, he doesn't believe in freedom. A man who believes in freedom will do anything under the sun to acquire... or preserve his freedom. Malcolm X

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Freedom begins as we become conscious of it. Vernon Howard

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We fight not to enslave, but to set a country free, and to make room upon the earth for honest men to live in. Thomas Paine

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

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If you're not ready to die for it, put the word freedom out of your vocabulary. Malcolm X

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It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either. Mark Twain

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The only freedom which deserves the name is that of pursuing our own good, in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it. John Stuart Mill

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All we have of freedom -- all we use or know -- this our fathers bought for us, long and long ago. Rudyard Kipling

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Tyrants have not yet discovered any chains that can fetter the mind. Charles Caleb Colton

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Freedom is not an ideal, it is not even a protection, if it means nothing more than freedom to stagnate, to live without dreams, to have no greater aim than a second car and another television set. Adlai Stevenson I

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I sometimes think that the price of liberty is not so much eternal vigilance as eternal dirt. George Orwell

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If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom: and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that, too. W. Somerset Maugham

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No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation. Douglas MacArthur

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It is not good to be too free. It is not good to have everything one wants. Blaise Pascal

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Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows. George Orwell

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I won't go back and live in the sea again. Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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Freedom is the only law which genius knows. James Russell Lowell

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Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought. Let us have faith that right makes might and in that faith let us; to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it. Abraham Lincoln

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It is true that liberty is precious. So precious that it must be rationed. Vladimir Lenin

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It was his soul's freedom that was in question. And that question was whether freedom was worth the price when it meant shirking the responsibilities of honor. Janet Morris

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Liberty is the right to choose, freedom is the result of that choice.

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Freedom is what you do with what's been done to you. Jean-Paul Sartre

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A forest bird never wants a cage. Henrik Ibsen

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A man is morally free when, in full possession of his living humanity, he judges the world, and judges other men, with uncompromising sincerity. George Santayana

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He who is brave is free. Seneca the Younger

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It is my right to be uncommon. For I do not choose to be a common man, If I can, I seek opportunity. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the government look after me. I choose to take the calculated risk, to dream, to build, to fail or succeed. I choose not to barter incentive for a dole, I prefer the challenges of life to a guaranteed existence, the thrill of fulfillment to the state calm of Utopia. I will not trade my freedom for beneficence nor my dignity for a handout.

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A slave is a free man if he is content with his lot; a free man is a slave if he seeks more than that.

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Freedom suppressed and again regained bites with keener fangs than freedom never endangered. Cicero

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When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of that old Negro spiritual, Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last! Martin Luther King, Jr.

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The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object. Thomas Jefferson

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Man in general, if reduced to himself, is too wicked to be free. Joseph de Maistre

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How is freedom measured, in individuals as in nations? By the resistance which has to be overcome, by the effort it costs to stay aloft. One would have to seek the highest type of free man where the greatest resistance is constantly being overcome: five steps from tyranny, near the threshold of the danger of servitude. Friedrich Nietzsche

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When ever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither is safe. Edmund Burke

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Liberty will not descend to a people; a people must raise themselves to liberty; it is a blessing that must be earned before it can be enjoyed. Charles Caleb Colton

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What we want is not freedom but its appearances. It is for these simulacra that man has always striven. And since freedom, as has been said, is no more than a sensation, what difference is there between being free and believing ourselves free? Emil Cioran