Quotes #9: Souls on Fire to Live Free or Die: Famous Quotes on Freedom
Live Free or DIE!
Freedom is a lot like air. When it is around, you hardly notice it. Once taken from you, you notice it instantly. Not long afterwards you choke and later you die.
The right to "boldly go where no one has gone before" is the main reason that I am proud to live in the United States of America, "the land of the free and the home of the brave." Not surprisingly, the best quotes come from women who know all too well about the lack of freedom.
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"In my soul, I am free."
"We who lived in concentration
camps can remember the men who walked through the huts
comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread.
They may have been few in number, but they offer
sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man
but one thing: the last of human freedoms - to choose
one's attitude in any given set of circumstances - to
choose one's own way."
"Freedom is fragile and must be
protected. To sacrifice it, even as a temporary measure,
is to betray it."
"The truth is all might be free:
if they valued freedom and defended it as they
"I know that our liberties were not won
without suffering, and may be lost again through our cowardice."
"The natural state of mankind ...
and I know that this is a controversial idea... is
freedom... And the proof is the lengths to which a man,
woman, or child will go to regain it once lost. He will
break loose his chains. He will decimate his enemies. He
will try and try and try again, against all odds, against
"They can take our lives but they
can never take our freedom!"
"The secret of happiness is
freedom, and the secret of freedom is courage."
"It requires philosophy and
heroism to rise above the opinion of the wise men of all
nations and races."
"Oh say does that star spangled
banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the
home of the brave."
"It is better to die on your feet
than to live on your knees."
"Every subject's duty is the
king's, but every subjects soul is his own."
"Live free or die."
"Give us, us free!"
"Love is the only freedom in the
world because is so elevates the spirit that the laws of
humanity and the phenomena of nature do not alter its
"Is life so dear, or peace so
sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and
slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course
others take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me
"Peace purchased at the cost of
any part of our national integrity is fit only for
slaves, and even when purchased for such a price it is a
delusion, for it cannot last."
"Peace at any price is always too
"Arms once taken up should never
be laid down but upon one of three conditions: a safe
peace, a complete victory, or an honourable death."
"When I despair, I remember that
all through history the way of truth and love have always
won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a
time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always
fall. Think of it...always."
"We want a society where people
are free to make choices, to make mistakes, to be
generous and compassionate. This is what we mean by a
moral society; not a society where the state is
responsible for everything, and no one is responsible for
"Civilization is a method of
living and an attitude of equal respect for all
"If we are to achieve a richer
culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize
the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a
less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse
human gift will find a fitting place."
"The wise man does not
discriminate; he gathers all the shreds of light, from
wherever they may come..."
"I do not feel obliged to believe
that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason,
and intellect has intended us to forgo their use."
"I would rather live in a world
where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a
world so small that my mind could comprehend it."
"Truth burns up error."
"Sacred cows make the tastiest
"I want to be a free rover on the
breezy common of the universe."
"A man's happiness consists in the
free exercise of his highest faculties."
"Wisdom is a science by which we
discriminate between things spiritually good and evil. It
is the science of sciences, for alone, it can understand
the value, the true price, the real uses, the danger, and
the potentialities of the soul."
"There must be no barriers to
freedom of inquiry. There is no place for dogma in
science. The scientist is free, and must be free to ask
any question, to doubt any assertion, to seek for any
evidence, to correct any errors.... As long as men are
free to ask what they must, free to say what they think,
free to think what they will, freedom can never to be
lost, and science can never regress."
"Freedom is not worth having if it
does not connote freedom to err."
"And the end of all our exploring
will be to arrive where we started and know the place for
the first time."
"Karma is the eternal assertion of
"Man is condemned to be free.
Condemned, because he did not create himself, yet is
nevertheless at liberty, and from the moment he is thrown
into the world, he is responsible for everything he
"Yes! To this thought I hold with
"And ye shall know the truth, and
the truth shall make you free."
"The Lord is my light, and my
salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of
my life; of whom shall I be afraid?"
"No man is free who is not master
of (commands not) himself."
"How will he who does not know how
to govern himself know how to govern others?"
"Alexander esteemed it more kingly
to govern himself than to conquer his enemies."
"Learning is an ornament in
prosperity, a refuge in adversity, a provision in old
"Beauty Fades but Dumb is
"An investment in knowledge always
pays the best interest."
"Every man dies. Not every man
"A coward dies a thousand deaths,
the brave man dies but once."
"Living with integrity means:
"Let freedom ring!"
"I had crossed the line. I was
free; but there was no one to welcome me to the land of
freedom. I was a stranger in a strange land."
"Free at last! Free at last! Thank
God Almighty! Free at last!"
"Everyone confesses that exertion
which brings out all the powers of body and mind is the
best thing for us; but most people do all they can to get
rid of it, and as a general rule nobody does much more
than circumstances drive them to do."
"There is no expedient that a man
will not resort to in order to avoid the real effort of
"Life is either a daring adventure
or nothing at all. Security is a superstition. It does
not exist in nature."
"The great lesson that nature
seems to teach us at all ages is self-dependence,
self-protection, self-support. In the hours of our
keenest sufferings all are thrown wholly on themselves
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