Freedom Quotes

** These are just the ones that came up when I went to my now-126 page “Quotations” document & did a ‘Find’ on the word 'freedom.' I’m sure there are a gazillion other great ones out there!! But some of these are pretty cool…

“At twenty-one, I still believed that if you could only get to see the sunrise at Stonehenge, or full moon at the Taj Mahal, you would be nabbed by truth. And then you would be well, and able to relax and feel fully alive. But I actually knew a few true things. I had figured out that truth and freedom were pretty much the same. And that almost everyone was struggling to wake up, to be loved, and not feel so afraid all the time. That’s what the cars, degrees, booze, and drugs were about.” – Anne Lamott in the Prelude to Grace (Eventually) – Thoughts on Faith

“The man who trades freedom for security does not deserve nor will he ever receive either.” – Benjamin Franklin

Helen Keller (1940): “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.”

“The idea of absolute freedom is fiction. It’s based on the idea of an independent self. But in fact, there’s no such thing. There’s no self without other people. There’s no self without sunlight. There’s no self without dew. And water. And bees to pollinate the food that we eat…. So the idea of behaving in a way that doesn’t acknowledge those reciprocal relationships is not really freedom, it’s indulgence.” – Peter Coyote

“I think we locate freedom in the wrong place. We say things like, ‘Instead of becoming an engineer, I’m going to become a doctor.’ But freedom is the choice to be aware of the life you’re living and the self that’s living it. And therefore freedom is the act of consciously serving something greater.” – Jacob Needleman

“If you assume that there’s no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, that there are opportunities to change things, there’s a chance you may contribute to making a better world. That’s your choice.” – Noam Chomsky

“Feminism means freedom, and freedom must exist, inside our heads before it can exist anywhere else. The nature of freedom is not to freeze, but to flow. Our motto must be that nothing is unthinkable. Let us be Proteans, and fluid, and wear down the rocks.” – Naomi Wolf in ‘Fire with Fire’

“The demands – heard from pole to pole, for freedom, justice, security, equality, education, a safe environment, and a better life for the world’s children – are all grounded in, and reach downward to, this elemental human need: silence, solitude, and the right to rule one’s own thoughts: the sanity of the inner life.” – Noel Peattie, poet/librarian, Inner Life (quoted in Utne Sept/Oct 2005)

“There is often in people to whom ‘the worst’ has happened an almost transcendent freedom, for they have faced ‘the worst’ and survived it.” – Carol Pearson

“The last of the human freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.” – Victor Frankl

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are people who want rain without thunder and lightening. They want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will.” – Frederick Douglass, Canandaigua, N.Y. 3, Aug. 1857

“Peace, like freedom, takes effort.” – Tooker Gomberg

“I was at a conference about peace and freedom and so on, and I was asked, being the only native there, what I saw as the solution to the problems that we have on Earth. So that’s what I suggested, you know – getting rid of private property and nation states. They asked me, really sneeringly, to please be more realistic, because, they said, private property and nation states are here to stay. And my answer to them was, that their very best scientists are trying to tell them that human life is not necessarily here to stay. So it’s time for a radical change, there’s no time for anything else.” – Native Gawitrha’in an essay in the book Circles of Strength, edited by Helen Forsey