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The sea, as well as the air, is a free and common thing to all; and a particular nation cannot pretend to have the right to the exclusion of all others, without violating the rights of nature and public usage.
      - Elizabeth I

Freedom all winged expands,
  Nor perches in a narrow place;
    Her broad van seeks unplanted lands;
      She loves a poor and virtuous race.
        Clinging to a colder zone
          Whose dark sky sheds the snow-flake down,
            The snow-flake is her banner's star,
              Her stripes the boreal streamers are.
                Long she loved the Northman well;
                  Now the iron age is done,
                    She will not refuse to dwell
                      With the offspring of the Sun.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

We grant no dukedoms to the few,
  We hold like rights and shall;
    Equal on Sunday in the pew,
      On Monday in the mall.
        For what avail the plough or sail,
          Or land, or life, if freedom fail?
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Boston (st. 5)

My angel,--his name is Freedom,--
  Choose him to be your king;
    He shall cut pathways east and west,
      And fend you with his wing.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Boston Hymn

He hath freedom whoso beareth clean and constant heart within.
      - Quintus Ennius

That is true liberty, which bears a pure and firm breast.
      - Quintus Ennius

Freedom and slavery, the one is the name of virtue, and the other of vice, and both are acts of the will.
      - Epictetus

A free life cannot acquire many possessions, because this is not easy to do without servility to mobs or monarchs.
      - Epicurus

Freedom is the greatest fruit of self-sufficiency.
      - Epicurus

Freedom may come quickly in robes of peace, or after ages of conflict and war; but come it will, and abide it will, so long as the principles by which it was acquired are held sacred.
      - Edward Everett

The man who stands upon his own soil, who feels, by the laws of the land in which he lives,--by the laws of civilized nations,--he is the rightful and exclusive owner of the land which he tills, is, by the constitution of our nature, under a wholesome influence, not easily imbibed from any other source.
      - Edward Everett

I gave my life for freedom--This I know;
  For those who bade me fight had told me so.
      - William Norman Ewer, Five Souls

It would be equally reasonable to say that sheep are born carnivorous, and everywhere nibble grass.
      - Emile Faguet,
        said in response to Rousseau, i.e., man being born free, but everywhere in chains

Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.
      - Milton Friedman

O freedom, what liberties are taken in thy name!
      - Daniel George (pseudonym of Daniel George Bunting),
        The Perpetual Pessimist

A martial nobility and stubborn commons, possessed of arms, tenacious of property, and collected into constitutional assemblies form the only balance capable of preserving a free constitution against the enterprise of an aspiring prince.
      - Edward Gibbon

Bred in the lap of Republican Freedom.
      - William Godwin, Enquirer (II, XII, 402)

I always had an aversion to your apostles of freedom; each but sought for himself freedom to do what he liked.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The moment men obtain perfect freedom, that moment they erect a stage for the manifestation of their faults. The strong characters begin to go wrong by excess of energy; the weak by remissness of action.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Yes! to this thought I hold with firm persistence;
  The last result of wisdom stamps it true;
    He only earns his freedom and existence
      Who daily conquers them anew.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust
         (act V, sc. 6)

Merely to breathe freely does not mean to live.
  [Ger., Frei athmen macht das Leben nicht allein.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        Iphigenia auf Taurus (I, 2, 54)

Whatever natural right men may have to freedom and independency, it is manifest that some men have a natural ascendency over others.
      - Sir Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, Lord Brooke

The greatest glory of a free-born people,
  Is to transmit that freedom to their children.
      - William Havard

All special charters of freedom must be abrogated where the universal law of freedom is to flourish.
      - Heinrich Heine

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