Freedom Quotes


I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë Brontë

Jane Eyre

Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.

A Room of One's Own

Virginia Woolf

A Room of One's Own

The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.

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.

War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.

1984

George Orwell

1984

Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.

The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can't be any large-scale revolution until there's a personal revolution, on an individual level. It's got to happen inside first.

Some birds are not meant to be caged, that's all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.

It’s probably not just by chance that I’m alone. It would be very hard for a man to live with me, unless he’s terribly strong. And if he’s stronger than I, I’m the one who can’t live with him. … I’m neither smart nor stupid, but I don’t think I’m a run-of-the-mill person. I’ve been in business without being a businesswoman, I’ve loved without being a woman made only for love. The two men I’ve loved, I think, will remember me, on earth or in heaven, because men always remember a woman who caused them concern and uneasiness. I’ve done my best, in regard to people and to life, without precepts, but with a taste for justice.

When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.

Invisible Man

Ralph Allison

Invisible Man

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

You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.

Song of Solomon

Toni Morrison

Song of Solomon

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

Freedom    Liberty    Privacy    Safety    Security

I do not think, sir, you have any right to command me, merely because you are older than I, or because you have seen more of the world than I have; your claim to superiority depends on the use you have made of your time and experience.

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë Brontë

Jane Eyre

Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life.

Life is too short to waste any amount of time on wondering what other people think about you. In the first place, if they had better things going on in their lives, they wouldn't have the time to sit around and talk about you. What's important to me is not others' opinions of me, but what's important to me is my opinion of myself.

Reality doesn't impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.

The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you.

Freedom lies in being bold.

Now that she had nothing to lose, she was free.

Eleven Minutes

Paulo Coelho

Eleven Minutes

Jane, be still; don't struggle so like a wild, frantic bird, that is rending its own plumage in its desperation."
"I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being, with an independent will; which I now exert to leave you.

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë Brontë

Jane Eyre

The unhappiest people in this world, are those who care the most about what other people think.

A concept is a brick. It can be used to build a courthouse of reason. Or it can be thrown through the window.

Pain is a pesky part of being human, I've learned it feels like a stab wound to the heart, something I wish we could all do without, in our lives here. Pain is a sudden hurt that can't be escaped. But then I have also learned that because of pain, I can feel the beauty, tenderness, and freedom of healing. Pain feels like a fast stab wound to the heart. But then healing feels like the wind against your face when you are spreading your wings and flying through the air! We may not have wings growing out of our backs, but healing is the closest thing that will give us that wind against our faces.

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I am not an angel,' I asserted; 'and I will not be one till I die: I will be myself. Mr. Rochester, you must neither expect nor exact anything celestial of me - for you will not get it, any more than I shall get it of you: which I do not at all anticipate.

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë Brontë

Jane Eyre
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I'm single because I was born that way.

I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.

Freedom    Law    Morality    Rules

But the Hebrew word, the word timshel—‘Thou mayest’— that gives a choice. It might be the most important word in the world. That says the way is open. That throws it right back on a man. For if ‘Thou mayest’—it is also true that ‘Thou mayest not.

East of Eden

John Steinbeck

East of Eden

But the Hebrew word, the word timshelThou mayest that gives a choice. It might be the most important word in the world. That says the way is open. That throws it right back on a man. For if Thou mayestit is also true that Thou mayest not.

There is freedom waiting for you,
On the breezes of the sky,
And you ask "What if I fall?"
Oh but my darling,
What if you fly?

The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.

Awareness    Caring    Discipline    Freedom    Love    People    Sacrifice

If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.

We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.

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.

I have found both freedom and safety in my madness; the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us.

المجنون

Kahlil Gibran

المجنون
Freedom    Madman    Madness    Safety

Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.
It is up to you to give [life] a meaning.

They say a good love is one that sits you down, gives you a drink of water, and pats you on top of the head. But I say a good love is one that casts you into the wind, sets you ablaze, makes you burn through the skies and ignite the night like a phoenix; the kind that cuts you loose like a wildfire and you can't stop running simply because you keep on burning everything that you touch! I say that's a good love; one that burns and flies, and you run with it!

True freedom is impossible without a mind made free by discipline.

The first duty of a man is to think for himself

A man can be himself only so long as he is alone; and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom; for it is only when he is alone that he is really free.

No one loses anyone, because no one owns anyone. That is the true experience of freedom: having the most important thing in the world without owning it

Eleven Minutes

Paulo Coelho

Eleven Minutes

We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom.
We lived in the gaps between the stories.

The Handmaid's Tale

Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale

Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.

Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.

Freedom is what we do with what is done to us.

Better to die on one's feet than to live on one's knees.

The secret of happiness is freedom, the secret of freedom is courage.

Need

Carrie Jones

Need

You see, freedom has a way of destroying things.

Keep your best wishes, close to your heart and watch what happens

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I do not wish them [women] to have power over men; but over themselves.

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