An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.


John Adams (1735-1826, American President (2nd))


When people talk of the freedom of writing, speaking or thinking I cannot choose but laugh. No such thing ever existed. No such thing now exists; but I hope it will exist. But it must be hundreds of years after you and I shall write and speak no more.


John Adams (1735-1826, American President (2nd))


Yesterday the greatest question was decided which ever was debated in America; and a greater perhaps never was, nor will be, decided among men. A resolution was passed without one dissenting colony, "that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States."


John Adams (1735-1826, American President (2nd))


Freedom is the emancipation from the arbitrary rule of other men.


Mortimer J. Adler (1902-2001, American educator, philosopher)


When we were told that by freedom we understood free enterprise, we did very little to dispel this monstrous falsehood. Wealth and economic well-being, we have asserted, are the fruits of freedom, while we should have been the first to know that this kind of "happiness" has been an unmixed blessing only in this country, and it is a minor blessing compared with the truly political freedoms, such as freedom of speech and thought, of assembly and association, even under the best conditions.


Hannah Arendt (1906-1975, German-born American political philosopher)


Democracy arose from men's thinking that if they are equal in any respect, they are equal absolutely.


Aristotle (BC 384-322, Greek philosopher)


Within yourself deliverance must be searched for, because each man makes his own prison.


Edwin Arnold (1832-1904, British poet, journalist)


Within yourself deliverance must be searched for, because each man makes his own prison.


Edwin Arnold (1832-1904, British poet, journalist)


What can be heavier in wealth than freedom?


Sylvia Ashton-Warner


A nation which makes the final sacrifice for life and freedom does not get beaten.


Kemal Ataturk (1881-1938, Founder and president of Turkey)


The fly that touches honey cannot use it's wings; so too the soul that clings to spiritual sweetness ruins it's freedom and hinders contemplation.


Ghose Aurobindo (1872-1950, Philosopher)


I am truly free only when all human beings, men and women, are equally free. The freedom of other men, far from negating or limiting my freedom, is, on the contrary, its necessary premise and confirmation.


Mikhail Bakunin (1814-1876, Russian political theorist)


Any honest examination of the national life proves how far we are from the standard of human freedom with which we began. The recovery of this standard demands of everyone who loves this country a hard look at himself, for the greatest achievements must begin somewhere, and they always begin with the person. If we are not capable of this examination, we may yet become one of the most distinguished and monumental failures in the history of nations.


James Baldwin (1924-1987, American author)


The oppression of any people for opinion's sake has rarely had any other effect than to fix those opinions deeper, and render them more important.


Hosea Ballou (1771-1852, American theologian, founder of "Universalism")


Freedom all solace to man gives: He lives at ease that freely lives.


John Barbour (1320-1395, Scottish poet)


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.


Bruce Barton (1886-1967, American author, advertising expert)


In the last analysis, our only freedom is the freedom to discipline ourselves.


Bernard M. Baruch (1870-1965, American financier)


The greatest blessing of our democracy is freedom. But in the last analysis, our only freedom is the freedom to discipline ourselves.


Bernard M. Baruch (1870-1965, American financier)


True obedience is true freedom.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


There are always risks in freedom. The only risk in bondage is breaking free.


Gita Bellin


Freedom is the by-product of economic surplus.


Aneurin Bevan (1897-1960, British politician)


Governing sense, mind and intellect, intent on liberation, free from desire, fear and anger, the sage is forever free.


Bhagavad Gita (c. BC 400-, Sanskrit poem incorporated into the Mahabharata)


Governing sense, mind and intellect, intent on liberation, free from desire, fear and anger, the sage is forever free.


Bhagavad Gita (c. BC 400-, Sanskrit poem incorporated into the Mahabharata)


The free man is he who does not fear to go to the end of his thought.


Leon Blum (1872-1950, French President)


A people which is able to say everything becomes able to do everything.


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


The cause of freedom is the cause of God.


Samuel Bowles (American author)


It will free man from his remaining chains, the chains of gravity which still tie him to this planet. It will open to him the gates of heaven.


Wernher Von Braun (1912-1977, German rocket pioneer)


Freedom is poetry, taking liberties with words, breaking the rules of normal speech, violating common sense. Freedom is violence.


Norman O. Brown (1913-2002, American philosopher)


Whatever the price, identify it now. What will you have to go through to get where you want to be? There is a price you can pay to be free of the situation once and for all. It may be a fantastic price or a tiny one -- but there is a price.


Harry Browne (1933-, American financial advisor, writer)


So free we seem, so fettered we are!


Robert Browning (1812-1889, British poet)


When ever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither is safe.


Edmund Burke (1729-1797, British political writer, statesman)


If we wish to free ourselves from enslavement, we must choose freedom and the responsibility this entails.


Leo Buscaglia (1924-1998, American expert on love, lecturer, author)


Yet, Freedom! Yet thy banner, torn, but flying, streams like the thunderstorm against the wind.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


Every general increase of freedom is accompanied by some degeneracy, attributable to the same causes as the freedom.


Charles Horton Cooley (1864-1929, American sociologist)


No matter what a man does, he is not fully sane or human unless there is a spirit of freedom in him, a soul unconfined by purpose and larger than the practicable world.


Charles Horton Cooley (1864-1929, American sociologist)


Freedom is not constituted primarily of privileges but of responsibilities.


Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)


Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better.


Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)


Tyrants have not yet discovered any chains that can fetter the mind.


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


Our ultimate freedom is the right and power to decide how anybody or anything outside ourselves will affect us.


Stephen R. Covey (1932-, American speaker, trainer, author of "The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People")


People who exercise their embryonic freedom day after day, little by little, expand that freedom. People who do not will find that it withers until they are literally "being lived." They are acting out scripts written by parents, associates and society.


Stephen R. Covey (1932-, American speaker, trainer, author of "The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People")


The only conception of freedom I can have is that of the prisoner or the individual in the midst of the State. The only one I know is freedom of thought and action.


Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)


Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others. But without freedom, no socialism either, except the socialism of the gallows.


Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)


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


Noam Chomsky (1928-, American linguist, political activist)


Freedom suppressed and again regained bites with keener fangs than freedom never endangered.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


What we want is not freedom but its appearances. It is for these simulacra that man has always striven. And since freedom, as has been said, is no more than a sensation, what difference is there between being free and believing ourselves free?


E. M. Cioran (1911-1995, Rumanian-born French philosopher)


Freedom Know this, that every man is free To choose his life and what he'll be. For this eternal truth is given, God will force no man to heaven. He'll call, persuade, direct aright, Bless with wisdom, love, and light; In nameless ways be good and kind, But never force the human mind.


William C. Clegg


Just as war is freedom's cost, disagreement is freedom's privilege.


Bill Clinton (1946-, American President (42nd))


The progress of freedom depends more upon the maintenance of peace, the spread of commerce, and the diffusion of education, than upon the labors of cabinets and foreign offices.


Richard Cobden (1804-1865, British radical politician)


But what is Freedom? Rightly understood, A universal license to be good.


Hartley Coleridge


Perfect freedom is reserved for the man who lives by his own work and in that work does what he wants to do.


Robin G. Collingwood (1889-1943, British historian, philosopher)


An empowered organization is one in which individuals have the knowledge, skill, desire, and opportunity to personally succeed in a way that leads to organizational success.


Stephen R. Covey (1932-, American speaker, trainer, author of "The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People")


You can only be free if I am free.


Clarence Darrow (1857-1938, American lawyer)


You can protect your liberties in this world only by protecting the other man's freedom. You can be free only if I am free.


Clarence Darrow (1857-1938, American lawyer)


If you think you're free, there's no escape possible.


Ram Dass (1931-, American spiritual author, lecturer)


In the light of his vision he has found his freedom: his thoughts are peace, his words are peace and his work is peace.


Dhammapada (BC 300-, Buddhist collection of moral aphorism)


No man has received from nature the right to give orders to others. Freedom is a gift from heaven, and every individual of the same species has the right to enjoy it as soon as he is in enjoyment of his reason.


Denis Diderot (1713-1784, French philosopher)


To be what no one ever was, to be what everyone has been: Freedom is the mean of those extremes that fence all effort in.


Mark Van Doren (1894-1972, American poet, critic)


He who dares not (reason), is a slave.


William Drummond (1585-1649, Celtic poet)


We are living in the excesses of freedom. Just take a look at 42nd Street an Broadway.


William J. Durant (1885-1981, American historian, essayist)


Freedom means you are unobstructed in living your life as you choose. Anything less is a form of slavery.


Wayne Dyer (1940-, American  psychotherapist, author, lecturer)

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There is nothing more wonderful than freedom of speech.


Ilya G. Ehrenburg (1891-1967, Ukrainian writer)


We who officially value freedom of speech above life itself seem to have nothing to talk about but the weather.


Barbara Ehrenreich (1941-, American author, columnist)


Freedom is not procured by a full enjoyment of what is desired, but by controlling the desire.


Epictetus (50-138, Phrygian philosopher)


Freedom is the right to live as we wish.


Epictetus (50-138, Phrygian philosopher)


Is freedom anything else than the right to live as we wish? Nothing else.


Epictetus (50-138, Phrygian philosopher)


History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.


Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969, American President (34th))


Only our individual faith in freedom can keep us free.


Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969, American President (34th))


For what avail the plough or sail, Or land or life, if freedom fail?


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


There should be a sympathy with freedom, a desire to give it scope, founded not upon visionary ideas, but upon the long experience of many generations within the shores of this happy isle, that in freedom you lay the firmest foundations both of loyalty and order.


William E. Gladstone (1809-1888, British liberal Prime Minister, statesman)


Perfect freedom is as necessary to the health and vigor of commerce as it is to the health and vigor of citizenship.


Patrick Henry (1736-1799, American orator, patriot)


Nothing is more disgusting than the crowing about liberty by slaves, as most men are, and the flippant mistaking for freedom of some paper preamble like a Declaration of Independence, or the statute right to vote, by those who have never dared to think or to act.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


So far as a person thinks; they are free.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


No man is free who is not master of himself.


Epictetus (50-138, Phrygian philosopher)


No man is free who is not master of himself.


Epictetus (50-138, Phrygian philosopher)


No one is truly free, they are a slave to wealth, fortune, the law, or other people restraining them from acting according to their will.


Euripides (BC 480-406, Greek tragic poet)


I have never been contained except I made the prison


Mary Evans (1888-1976, British actress)


I gave my life for freedom, this I know, for those who bade me fight had told me so.


W. N. Ewer (1885-1976, British journalist)


Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of fear is a freedom.


Marilyn Ferguson (American writer)


Freedom is not worth fighting for if it means no more than license for everyone to get as much as he can for himself.


Dorothy Canfield Fisher (1879-1958, American writer)


People who matter are most aware that everyone else does, too. Let your children go if you want to keep them.


Malcolm S. Forbes (1919-1990, American publisher, businessman)


We are willing enough to praise freedom when she is safely tucked away in the past and cannot be a nuisance. In the present, amidst dangers whose outcome we cannot foresee, we get nervous about her, and admit censorship.


Edward M. Forster (1879-1970, British novelist, essayist)


Freedom is just chaos with better lighting.


Alan Dean Foster


To be thrown upon one's own resources, is to be cast into the very lap of fortune; for our faculties then undergo a development and display an energy of which they were previously unsusceptible.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


I believe in the "No Deposit, No Return" statement: unless we put into the American privilege of freedom of choice, we can expect no return; indeed, we have no right of return.


Arthur C. Frantzreb


A major source of objection to a free economy is precisely what that group thinks they ought to want. Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.


Milton Friedman (1912-, American economist)


Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err. It passes my comprehension how human beings, be they ever so experienced and able, can delight in depriving other human beings of that precious right.


Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)


The moment the slave resolves that he will no longer be a slave. His fetters fall... freedom and slavery are mental states.


Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)


You can muffle the drum, and you can loosen the strings of the lyre, but who shall command the skylark not to sing?


Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931, Lebanese poet, novelist)


Freedom consists not in refusing to recognize anything above us, but in respecting something which is above us; for by respecting it, we raise ourselves to it, and, by our very acknowledgment, prove that we bear within ourselves what is higher, and are worthy to be on a level with it


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Only law can give us freedom.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Yes! To this thought I hold with firm persistence; The last result of wisdom stamps it true; He only earns his freedom and existence Who daily conquers them anew.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


If people don't want to go to the picture, nobody can stop them. Our comedies are not to be laughed at.


Samuel Goldwyn (1882-1974, American film producer, founder of MGM)


The primacy of the word, basis of the human psyche, that has in our age been used for mind-bending persuasion and brain-washing pulp, disgraced by Gobbles and debased by advertising copy, remains a force for freedom that flies out between all bars.


Nadine Gordimer (1923-, South African author)


When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free.


Charles Evans Hughes (1862-1948, American jurist, politician)


Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth, and every other man has a right to knock him down for it. Martyrdom is the test.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Freedom is fragile and must be protected. To sacrifice it, even as a temporary measure, is to betray it.


Germaine Greer (1939-, Australian feminist writer)


We hear about constitutional rights, free speech and the free press. Every time I hear those words I say to myself, "That man is a Red, that man is a Communist." You never heard a real American talk in that manner.


Frank Hague


When the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again.


Edith Hamilton (1867-1963, American classical scholar, translator)


We must determine whether we really want freedom -- whether we are willing to dare the perils of... rebirth... For we never take a step forward without surrendering something that we may have held dear, without dying to that which has been.


Virginia Hanson


The greatest Glory of a free-born People is to transmit that Freedom to their Children.


William Havard


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