Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grandchildren are once more slaves.
Why is it that so few people are truly free? Because they try to conform to ideas, concepts, and beliefs in their heads.
Freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity.
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.
No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.
We don't appreciate what we have until it's gone. Freedom is like that. It's like air. When you have it, you don't notice it.
A hungry man is not a free man.
A politician is an animal which can sit on a fence and yet keep both ears to the ground.
Liberty doesn't work as well in practice as it does in speeches.
What a curious phenomenon it is that you can get men to die for the liberty of the world who will not make the little sacrifice that is needed to free themselves from their own individual bondage.
Freedom is what you do with what's been done to you.
As muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone, it could be argued that those who sit quietly and do nothing are making one of the best possible contributions to a world in turmoil.
The whole freedom of man consists either in spiritual or civil liberty.
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.
How many years can some people exist before they're allowed to be free.
Whoever will be free must make himself free. Freedom is no fairy gift to fall into a man's lap. What is freedom? To have the will to be responsible for one's self.
The recovery of freedom is so splendid a thing that we must not shun even death when seeking to recover it.
Freedom is the only law which genius knows.
Free people, remember this maxim: we may acquire liberty, but it is never recovered if it is once lost.
In a democracy dissent is an act of faith. Like medicine, the test of its value is not in its taste, but in its effects.
Do not allow to slip away from you freedoms the people who came before you won with such hard knocks.
Rules and models destroy genius and art.
Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.
Let children read whatever they want and then talk about it with them. If parents and kids can talk together, we won't have as much censorship because we won't have as much fear.
A professional politician is a professionally dishonorable man. In order to get anywhere near high office he has to make so many compromises and submit to so many humiliations that he becomes indistinguishable from a streetwalker.
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