You measure a democracy by the freedom it gives its dissidents, not the freedom it gives its assimilated conformists.
Free speech means the right to shout 'theatre' in a crowded fire.
We clearly realize that freedom's inner kingdom cannot be touched by exterior attacks.
Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.
The free way of life proposes ends, but it does not prescribe means.
Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation.
Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners.
No amount of political freedom will satisfy the hungry masses.
Today's Constitution is a realistic document of freedom only because of several corrective amendments. Those amendments speak to a sense of decency and fairness that I and other Blacks cherish.
Nothing has been purchased more dearly than the little bit of reason and sense of freedom which now constitutes our pride.
Today we are engaged in a deadly global struggle for those who would intimidate, torture, and murder people for exercising the most basic freedoms. If we are to win this struggle and spread those freedoms, we must keep our own moral compass pointed in a true direction.
You have a choice. Live or die. Every breath is a choice. Every minute is a choice. To be or not to be.
Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual).
Freedom is absolutely necessary for the progress in science and the liberal arts.
In America, through pressure of conformity, there is freedom of choice, but nothing to choose from.
I'm a big advocate of freedom: freedom of speech, freedom of expression, freedom of thought.
Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves.
A country cannot subsist well without liberty, nor liberty without virtue.
Give a man a free hand and he'll run it all over you.
Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.
Now that she had nothing to lose, she was free.
The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.
I tried to contain myself... but I escaped!
Freedom is...the right to write the wrong words.
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