Freedom Quotes

Freedom Quotes

These quotes don't just highlight the importance of freedom for proper functioning of the state, but also tell us how the entire state can come down without this basic right.
Of all the human rights, freedom is considered the most important; all the democratic nations of the world acknowledge this fact. The tyrannic practice of rich people exploiting the poor in the name of 'governance' was brought to an end by this powerful word. A democratic state is characterized by the fact that it gives its citizens the freedom of certain actions, including the freedom of speech and freedom to follow a particular religion. Not just democratic countries, but even eminent personalities of the world acknowledge the right to freedom; their widely quoted freedom quotes validates their belief very well.

Famous Quotes on Freedom

"Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom". - Albert Einstein

"While we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of our actions". - Stephen R. Covey

"Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes". - Mahatma Gandhi

"The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage". - Thucydides

"He who does not enjoy solitude will not love freedom". - Arthur Schopenhauer

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety". - Benjamin Franklin

"Freedom is first of all a responsibility before the God from whom we come". - Alan Keyes

"While the State exists, there can be no freedom. When there is freedom there will be no State". - Lenin

"Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better". - Albert Camus

"People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use". - Soren Kierkegaard

What the Presidents Have to Say

"Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought". - Abraham Lincoln

"In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved". - Franklin D. Roosevelt

"Freedom is the last, best hope of earth". - Abraham Lincoln

"The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission". - John F. Kennedy

"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid". - Dwight D. Eisenhower

"The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object". - Thomas Jefferson

"True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made". - Franklin D. Roosevelt

"Liberty, according to my metaphysics is a self-determining power in an intellectual agent. It implies thought and choice and power". - John Adams

"Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth". - George Washington

"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope". - Winston Churchill

What about Religious Freedom?

"Who does not see that the same authority which can establish Christianity, in exclusion of all other religions, may establish with the same ease any particular sect of Christians, in exclusion of all other sects"? - James Madison

"Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged". - Ronald Reagan

"I know it will give great offense to the clergy, but the advocate of religious freedom is to expect neither peace nor forgiveness from them". - Thomas Jefferson.

"No religion can long continue to maintain its purity when the church becomes the subservient vassal of the state". - Felix Adler

"Ultimately, America's answer to the intolerant man is diversity, the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired". - Robert Francis Kennedy

"We will be a better country when each religious group can trust its members to obey the dictates of their own religious faith without assistance from the legal structure of their country". - Margaret Mead

"The constitutional freedom of religion [is] the most inalienable and sacred of all human rights". - Thomas Jefferson

"We have the most religious freedom of any country in the world, including the freedom not to believe". - Bill Clinton

"Religious factions will go on imposing their will on others unless the decent people connected to them recognize that religion has no place in public policy. They must learn to make their views known without trying to make their views the only alternatives". - Barry Goldwater

"Sometimes I think the environment in which we operate is entirely too secular. The fact that we have freedom of religion doesn't mean we need to try to have freedom from religion". - Bill Clinton

All these quotes, coming from some of the most eminent personalities the world over, highlight the need of a free and fair state, the basis on which a successful nation stands. That's exactly what we have to do if we are to ensure that the meaning of freedom prevails in its true sense.
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