Quotations About
freedom

The sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality.

I Have A Dream (1963)

I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.”

Letter from a Birmingham Jail (1963)

The secret point of money and power in America is neither the things that money can buy nor power for power’s sake … but absolute personal freedom, mobility, privacy. It is the instinct which drove America to the Pacific, all through the nineteenth century, the desire to be able to find a restaurant open in case you want a sandwich, to be a free agent, live by one’s own rules.

"7000 Romaine, Los Angeles," Slouching Towards Bethlehem (1967)

Creativity is the greatest expression of liberty.

Posted in: Bryant McGill

John Teller: The concept was pure, simple, true, it inspired me, led a rebellious fire, but ultimately I learned the lesson that Goldman, Prudot and the others learned. That true freedom requires sacrifice and pain. Most human beings only think they want freedom. In truth they yearn for the bondage of social order, rigid laws, materialism, the only freedom man really wants, is the freedom to become comfortable.

Posted in: Sons of Anarchy

Loki: I am Loki of Asgard, and I am burdened with glorious purpose.
Nick Fury: We have no quarrel with your people.
Loki: An ant has no quarrel with a boot.
Nick Fury: You planning to step on us?
Loki: I come with glad tidings, of a world made free.
Nick Fury: Free from what?
Loki: Freedom. Freedom is life’s great lie. Once you accept that, in your heart, you will know peace.
Nick Fury: Yeah, you say peace. I kinda think you mean the other thing.

Loki: Kneel before me. I said kneel! Is not this simpler? Is this not your natural state? It’s the unspoken truth of humanity that you crave subjugation. The bright lure of freedom diminishes your life’s joy in a mad scramble for power. For identity. You were made to be ruled. In the end, you will always kneel.
Old German: Not to men like you.
Loki: There are no men like me.
Old German: There are always men like you.

Nick Fury: In case you try to escape, if you so much as scratch that glass. Thirty thousand feet, straight down in a steel trap. Ant, boot.
Loki: It is an impressive cage, one not I think built for me.
Nick Fury: Built for something a lot stronger than you.
Loki: Oh I’ve heard; the mindless beast, makes play he’s still a man. How desperate are you? That you call on such lost creatures to defend you?
Nick Fury: How desperate am I? You threaten my world with war, you steal a force you can’t hope to control, you talk about peace, and you kill ’cause it’s fun. You have made me very desperate. You might not be glad that you did.
Loki: Ooo, it burns you to have come so close. To have the Tesseract, to have power. Unlimited power. And for what? A warm light for all mankind to share? And then to be reminded what real power is.
Nick Fury: Well, let me know if ‘real power’ wants a magazine or something.

Princess Merida: I want my freedom!
Queen Elinor: But are you willing to pay the price your freedom will cost?

Posted in: Brave

Princess Merida: There comes a day when I don’t have to be a Princess. No rules, no expectations. A day where anything can happen. A day where I can change my fate.

Posted in: Brave

Man is free at the instant he wants to be.

Brutus, act II, scene I (1730).
Posted in: Voltaire

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

The Friends of Voltaire (1906)

One certain effect of war is to diminish freedom of expression. Patriotism becomes the order of the day, and those who question the war are seen as traitors, to be silenced and imprisoned.

Howard Zinn on War (2000)
Posted in: Howard Zinn

Give me Liberty or give me death!

Speech at the Second Virginia Convention at St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia (23 March 1775)
Posted in: Patrick Henry

Freedom is from within.

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The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.

Political Essays (1819)
Posted in: William Hazlitt

I have always thought that all men should be free; but if any should be slaves, it should be first those who desire it for themselves, and secondly, those who desire it for others. When I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.

Statement to an Indiana Regiment passing through Washington (17 March 1865)
Posted in: Abraham Lincoln

Of what use is freedom of speech to those who fear to offend?

Roger Ebert's Movie Home Companion (1990 Edition)
Posted in: Roger Ebert

McNulty: Let me understand. Every Friday night, you and your boys are shootin crap, right? And every Friday night, your pal Snot Boogie… he’d wait till there’s cash on the ground and he’d grab it and run away? You let him do that?
Kid: We’d catch him and beat his ass but ain’t nobody ever go past that.
McNulty: I’ve gotta ask you: if every time Snot Boogie would grab the money and run away… why’d you even let him in the game?
Kid: What?
McNulty: Well, if every time, Snot Boogie stole the money, why’d you let him play?
Kid: Got to. It’s America, man.

The Target (season 1, episode 1)
Posted in: The Wire