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Every man
On Freedom's ramparts must a warder be,
To warn of danger when the foe appears;
To meet the onset when the foe assaults.
Else--vain our hopes, and else the temple grand,
Of all our rights, and birth-right liberties,
Ere long will fall, and crumble in the dust,
A ruin, more abject and dire than Rome
Or Carthage was.


Freedom is something that dies unless it's used.

HUNTER S. THOMPSON, Ancient Gonzo Wisdom

God's work is freedom. Freedom is dear to his heart. He wishes to make man's will free, and at the same time wishes it to be pure, majestic, and holy.

E. H. CHAPIN, Living Words

Once a man has tasted freedom, he will never be content to be a slave.

WALT DISNEY, radio address, Mar. 1, 1941

The unity of all who dwell in freedom is their only sure defense.

DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, Second Inaugural Address, Jan. 21, 1957

No one is more of a slave than he who thinks himself free without being so.

JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE, The Maxims and Reflections of Goethe

It is the mind of man alone that is the cause of his bondage or freedom.

CHANAKYA, Vridda-Chanakya

Freedom doesn't mean aimlessness. We can't just sleepwalk through life.... Freedom demands structure.

GARRISON KEILLOR, Liberty: A Novel of Lake Wobegon

May the light of freedom, coming to all darkened lands, flame brightly--until at last the darkness is no more.

DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, Second Inaugural Address, Jan. 21, 1957

Posterity: you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.

JOHN QUINCY ADAMS, attributed, The Rebirth of a Nation

I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpations.

JAMES MADISON, speech at the Virginia Convention to ratify the Federal Constitution, Jun. 6, 1788

I was a dweller amid shadows grim:
Till FREEDOM touched my yearning eyes, and lo!
Life in a shining circle, rounding rose,
As heaven on heaven goes up the jewell'd night.
New floods of passionate life swirl'd at my heart,
Like Ocean-surges rolling round the world:
And FREEDOM was my glittering Bride.


Freedom is an elusive concept. Some men hold themselves prisoner even when they have the power to do as they please and go where they choose, while others are free in their hearts, even as shackles restrain them.


Un-American activity cannot be prevented or routed out by employing un-American methods; to preserve freedom we must use the tools that freedom provides.

DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, The White House Years

Freedom has a scent
Like the top of a new born baby's head

U2, "Miracle Drug"

The free man never thinks of escape.

JEANETTE WINTERSON, Weight: The Myth of Atlas and Heracles

The more freedom you give people to do good, the more freedom they have to do bad as well.

TAD WILLIAMS, Otherland: City of Golden Shadow

Step out of your cage
And onto the stage
It's time to start
Playing your part
Freedom awaits
Open the gates
Open your mind
Freedom's a state

DEPECHE MODE, "Freestate"

Private property was the original source of freedom. It still is its main bulwark.

WALTER LIPPMANN, The Method of Freedom

Whoever will be free must make himself free. Freedom is no fairy gift to fall into a man's lap.

MAX STIRNER, Forbes, 1956

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on 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, address to the annual meeting of the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Mar. 30, 1967

I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom.

SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR, The Blood of Others

Freedom is a dangerous intoxicant and very few people can tolerate it in any quantity.


Every general increase of freedom is accompanied by some degeneracy, attributable to the same causes as the freedom.

CHARLES HORTON COOLEY, Human Nature and the Social Order

Tragic paradox of freedom: the mediocre men who alone make its exercise possible cannot guarantee its duration.

EMIL CIORAN, History & Utopia

Most men, after a little freedom, have preferred authority with the consoling assurances and the economy of effort it brings.

WALTER LIPPMANN, A Preface to Morals

What some people term Freedom is nothing else than a liberty of saying and doing disagreeable things. It is but carrying the notion a little higher, and it would require us to break and have a head broken reciprocally without offense.

WILLIAM SHENSTONE, Essays on Men and Manners

Since freedom is not a fixed thing that can be grasped and held once for all, but a growth, any particular society, such as our own, always appears partly free and partly unfree. In so far as it favors, in every child, the development of his highest possibilities, it is free, but where it falls short of this it is not.

CHARLES HORTON COOLEY, Human Nature and the Social Order

Freedom can be manifested only in the void of beliefs, in the absence of axioms, and only where the laws have no more authority than a hypothesis.

EMIL CIORAN, History & Utopia

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