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Countries are well cultivated, not as they are fertile, but as they are free.
      - Charles de Montesquieu (Charles-Louis de Secondat)

Better to dwell in freedom's hall,
  With a cold damp floor and mouldering wall,
    Than bow the head and bend the knee
      In the proudest palace of slaverie.
      - Thomas Moore

We do not know of how much a man is capable if he has the will, and to what point he will raise himself if he feels free.
      - J. von Muller

Ask the first man you meet what he means by defending freedom, and he'll tell you privately he means defending the standard of living.
      - Martin Niemoller,
        in an address at Augsburg

Freedom is the will to be responsible to ourselves.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

In any free society, the conflict between social conformity and individual liberty is permanent, unresolvable, and necessary.
      - Kathleen Norris (nee Kathleen Thompson and wife of C.G. Norris)

They can only set free men free . . .
  And there is no need of that:
    Free men set themselves free.
      - James Oppenheim, The Slave

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.
      - Thomas Paine

Is any man free except the one who can pass his life as he pleases?
  [Lat., An quisquam est alius liber, nisi ducere vitam
    Cui licet, ut voluit?]
      - Persius (Aulus Persius Flaccus), Satires
         (V, 83)

Freedom in a democracy is the glory of the state, and, therefore, in a democracy only will the freeman of nature deign to dwell.
      - Plato (originally Aristocles}

He was the freeman whom the truth made free;
  Who first of all, the bands of Satan broke;
    Who broke the bands of sin, and for his soul,
      In spite of fools consulted seriously.
      - Robert Pollok

Oh! let me live my own, and die so too!
  (To live and die is all I have to do:)
    Maintain a poet's dignity and ease,
      And see what friends, and read what books I please.
      - Alexander Pope, Prologue to Satires
         (l. 261)

Blandishments will not fascinate us, nor will threats of a "halter" intimidate. For, under God, we are determined that wheresoever, whensoever, or howsoever we shall be called to make our exit, we will die free men.
      - Josiah Quincy (1),
        Observations on the Boston Port Bill

To have freedom is only to have that which is absolutely necessary to enable us to be what we ought to be, and to possess what we ought to possess.
      - Ibn Rahel

Do not lose your knowledge that man's proper estate is an upright posture, an intransigent mind, and a step that travels unlimited roads.
      - Ayn Rand

Oh, joy to the world! the hour is come,
  When the nations to freedom awake,
    When the royalists stand agape and dumb,
      And monarchs with terror shake!
        Over the walls of majesty
          "Upharsin is writ in words of fire,
            And the eyes of the bondsman, wherever they be
              Are lit with wild desire.
                Soon shall the thrones that blot the world,
                  Like the Orleans, into the dust be hurl'd,
                    And the word roll on like a hurricane's breath,
                      Till the farthest slave hears what it saith--
                        Arise, arise, be free!
      - Thomas Buchanan Read

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.
      - Ronald Reagan, in a speech 1961 March 30

The only man who is really free is the one who can turn down an invitation to dinner without giving any excuse.
      - Jules Renard

Oh, only a free soul will never grow old!
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

O, only a free soul will never grow old!
  [Ger., O, nur eine freie Seele wird nicht alt.]
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul),
        Titan (zykel 140)

A country can get more real joy out of just hollering for their freedom than they can if they get it.
      - Will Rogers

Freedom to learn is the first necessity of guaranteeing that man himself shall be self-reliant enough to be free.
      - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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 Delano Roosevelt

Freedom in general may be defined as the absence of obstacles to the realization of desires.
      - Bertrand Arthur William Russell

Freedom of opinion can only exist when the government thinks itself secure.
      - Bertrand Arthur William Russell

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