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Freedom Quotes

When we are forced to relinquish our freedoms and liberties, we should not believe that the loss is temporary. It is difficult to regain these things once they are taken away.

“Naturally, the common people don’t want war, neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.”
~ Hermann Goering, during the Nurembug trials

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
~Benjamin Franklin

“War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.”
~George Orwell, in 1984

“I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”
~Thomas Jefferson

“Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom. And in freedom, most people find sin.”
~John Green, in The Fault in Our Stars

“When the people fear the government there is tyranny, when the government fears the people there is liberty.”
~Thomas Jefferson

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
~Ronald Reagan

“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, in Elective Affinities

“Laws are silent in times of war.”
~Marcus Tullius Cicero

“(…) when a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.”
~Nelson Mandela, in Long Walk to Freedom: Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

“She had not known the weight until she felt the freedom.”
~Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter

“Books can not be killed by fire. People die, but books never die. No man and no force can abolish memory… In this war, we know, books are weapons. And it is a part of your dedication always to make them weapons for man’s freedom.”
~Franklin D. Roosevelt

“I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.”
~Bob Dylan

“A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both.”
~Milton Friedman

“Man’s right to know, to learn, to inquire, to make bona fide errors, to investigate human emotions must, by all means, be safe, if the word “freedom” should ever be more than an empty political slogan.”
~Wilhelm Reich

“The state can’t give you freedom, and the state can’t take it away. You’re
 born with it, like your eyes, like your ears. Freedom is something you
 assume, then you wait for someone to try to take it away. The degree to
 which you resist is the degree to which you are free…”
~Utah Phillips

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