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This is the talk page for discussing improvements to the Freedom page.

The quotes about Freedom are also about Liberty, and the quotes about liberty are also about freedom. I think these articles should be merged. Binky The WonderSkull 18:44, 10 August 2006 (UTC)[reply]

The terms for Liberty and Freedom (political) or Freedom (philosophy) have often been used and abused in various ways. There are usually distinctions that are made between Freedom and Liberty, though often the meanings of different words and the differing ideas represented merge and mingle. The pages should probably remain separate for convenience in looking up words, as pointed out in Talk:Liberty. I will remove the merge tags and do a bit of cleanup on the articles. ~ V for Victory 04:44, 24 May 2007 (UTC)[reply]


  • The basis of a democratic state is liberty.
  • In the army of the free, the army of the free. We'll live and die together, in the army of the free!
    • "Army of the Free"
  • You are in control of your life. Don't ever forget that. You are what you are because of the conscious and subconscious choices you have made.
  • They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
  • It is better to die with a sword in your hands, than a chain over your wings.
  • 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.
  • Freedom is participation in power
  • We hold in our hands, the most precious gift of all: Freedom. The freedom to express our art. Our love. The freedom to be who we want to be. We are not going to give that freedom away and no one shall take it from us!
  • Freedom is not the power to do what one wants. Freedom is the power to do what is right.
  • The First Amendment is often inconvenient. But that is besides the point. Inconvenience does not absolve the government of its obligation to tolerate speech.
  • Patterning your life around other's opinions is nothing more than slavery.
  • While the State exists, there can be no freedom. When there is freedom there will be no State.
  • Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it.
  • You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.
  • 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 of them.
  • Self-reliance is the only road to true freedom, and being one's own person is its ultimate reward.
  • To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive.
  • I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.
  • Man is free at the moment he wishes to be
  • The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.
  • Before you seek one’s freedom, you must assume that any individual, in and of itself, has that quality called freedom, meaning that he can act according to his own free choice.
  • That which you call your soul or spirit is your consciousness, and that which you call 'free will' is your mind's freedom to think or not, the only will you have, your only freedom, the choice that controls all the choices you make and determines your life and your character.
  • Intellectual freedom cannot exist without political freedom; political freedom cannot exist without economic freedom; a free mind and a free market are corollaries.
  • America was neither founded, nor freed, by the well-behaved.
    • Semmes Luckett
  • 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.


  • A political man can have as his aim the realization of freedom, but he has no means to realize it other than through violence.
  • 'Eternal Vigilence is the Price of Liberty' used to mean we watched the government — not the other way around.
    • Bill Stewart
  • Freedom is free of the need to be free.
  • Free your mind and your ass will follow. The kingdom of heaven is within.
  • No Dictator, No invader, can hold an imprisoned population by force of arms forever. There is no greater power in the universe, than the need for freedom. Against that power, governments and tyrants and armies cannot stand. -G'kar (fictional character, Babylon 5)
  • Free at last, free at last, Gawd Almighty, I'm free at last
    • Unknown
  • Freedom means you are unobstructed in living your life as you choose. Anything less is a form of slavery.
  • Freedom? Oh, freedom, well, that's just some people talking, your prison is walking through this world all alone.
  • Ελευθερία ή θάνατος (freedom or death)
  • Freedom - Responsibility = Anarchy, Responsibility - Freedom = Slavery, Freedom + Responsibility = Liberty
  • Hydames, you have not equally weighed each side in your advice to us. For you have tried the one which you advise, the other has remained untried by you. You know what it means to be a slave, but you have never yet tried freedom, to know whether it is sweet or not. For if you had tried it, you would have advised us to fight for it, not merely with spears, but also with axes.
    • Spartans Sperthia and Bulis to Persian satrap Hydarnes
  • Easy isn’t for the free. Easy is for the willfully confined. So how easy do you want it?
  • 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 it values more, it will lose that, too.
  • Freedom is something that the human dream feeds, that none can explain and none cannot understand

N — Z[edit]

  • Свобода или смърт (freedom or death)
  • The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way, and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theatre.
  • This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.
  • Value your freedom or you will lose it, teaches history. Don't bother us with politics, respond those who don't want to learn.
  • Without freedom, life is not worth living. --(Manuel Belgrano)
  • With the first link, a chain is forged. The first speech censored, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably.
    • Jean Luc Picard (fictional character, Star Trek: The Next Generation)
  • 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.
  • There is no worse cage for a bored man than freedom.
  • How can you ever be free without being given the choices to do what you please? Why should you be condemned from what you believe because of another person's grasp on you?


  • Freedom is like air, you breathe it in and never think of it until it runs out.
  • To be alone is to be free.
  • There is no peace, there is no freedom
  • A Free man is one who has enslaved himself to his inner ideals.
  • Full freedom is chaos, full order is slavery.

Quote Limit[edit]

Shouldn't this page be trimmed by now? It contains to many quotes here.(StarWarsFanBoy 19:07, 18 January 2010 (UTC))[reply]

Free speech[edit]

I propose that quotes about free speech (freedom of expression) should be separated from the main article. Quite often when people speak of freedom this is the freedom that is implied, and it would be good to separate the two. Alternatively there can be made a subsection of this existing article for such quotes. Beta M 18:52, 2 April 2010 (UTC)[reply]

See the Freedom of speech article. ~ Ningauble 12:22, 3 April 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Incorrect attributed quote[edit]

Freedom is another word for having nothing else to lose. Clint Eastwood

I do not doubt that Clint Eastwood said this, but he was definitely quoting someone else (maybe unconsciously). I know this quote from the Janis Joplin song 'Me and my Bobby McGee' which Mr Eastwood definitely knows. Probably the quotation is not originally Janis Joplin's either. I guess this is much older.

apparently non-notable source[edit]

  • The person who says freedom must have collateral damage is either trying to make a buck or has been duped by someone making a buck on them. This is the primary justification for any group or person engaged in the sale of weapons and killing machines.

An anonymous editor had removed this without any stated reason. I had restored it earlier, but can find no internet indications of the reality of this work, and thus have removed it. ~ Kalki·· 14:10, 7 December 2013 (UTC)[reply]

Regarding Elijah Muhammad quote[edit]

America represents herself as a Christian nation. ... They profess to be a friend and defenders of all peace-loving and freedom-loving people. The only people we really see that they want to be friends of are themselves and their kind. They are really sincere when they say that they are freedom-loving people. Above all, the White man the world over wants to be free to rule and dominate the aboriginal people. ~ Elijah Muhammad

Only the latter half of this quote pertains to freedom, but the beginning is necessary to understand who "they" is. ~ Peter1c (talk) 18:57, 16 September 2017 (UTC)[reply]

Besides the point?[edit]

  • We thought (the United States) could lead us to freedom, but they led us into feardom, not freedom.
  • Ambulances always come with clouds of smoke. And then they disappear in a whistle. But what they bring is fear. Not freedom. Feardom is what they bring. And they bring fire and smoke. Oh, my nerves are bad tonight, yes, bad. I fear freedom. I, above all, fear the freedom that is above all feardom.
  • As long as man is a slave to another power, he is not free to serve God with mature responsibility. He is not free to become what he is—human.
    • James Cone, Black Theology and Black Power (1969), p. 39
  • Excepting those who see only a boisterous celebration, this macabre work [El entierro de la sardina] makes people uncomfortable. Malraux comments that the figures are not men and women in fancy dress, they are butterflies hatched for one brief moment from a larvel world, the revelation of freedom. Goya's picture therefore symbolizes not a dream fulfilled so much as a desire to be free.
    You might think ironsmiths, bricklayers, stable hands, knife grinders, peasants, chambermaids, and others with little to lose would protest the heavy hand of El Deseado. Wrong. Spaniards trapped at birth at the bottom of the heap were fiercely conservative. As Klingender explains, the more these people suffered, "the more fanatical did they become in their loyalty to Church and crown, which they associated with their memories of a better life in the past." They saw in Ferdinand the restoration of Spanish values.
    • Evan S. Connell, Francisco Goya (2005) p. 194

Biohistorian15 (talk) 11:28, 29 March 2024 (UTC)[reply]