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In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it.

A forest bird never wants a cage.
Who then is free? The wise man who can govern himself.
We are free to yield to truth.
The history of the world is none other than the progress of the consciousness of freedom.
Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of fear is a freedom.
I gave my life for freedom --this I know: For those who bade me fight had told me so.
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.
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.
He who dares not (reason), is a slave.
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.
Liberty is one of the most precious gifts which heaven has bestowed on man; with it we cannot compare the treasures which the earth contains or the sea conceals; for liberty, as for honor, we can and ought to risk our lives; and, on for the other hand, captivity is the greatest evil that can befall man.
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.
Freedom is poetry, taking liberties with words, breaking the rules of normal speech, violating common sense. Freedom is violence.
The cause of freedom is the cause of God.
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.
In America the majority raises formidable barriers around the liberty of opinion; within these barriers an author may write what he pleases, but woe to him if he goes beyond them.
The sound of tireless voices is the price we pay for the right to hear the music of our own opinions.
The first principle of a free society is an untrammeled flow of words in an open forum.
Marks on paper are free -- free speech -- press -- pictures all go together I suppose.
The only way to make sure people you agree with can speak is to support the rights of people you don't agree with.
At no time is freedom of speech more precious than when a man hits his thumb with a hammer.
When one makes a Revolution, one cannot mark time; one must always go forward -- or go back. He who now talks about the freedom of the press goes backward, and halts our headlong course towards Socialism.
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.
The very aim and end of our institutions is just this: that we may think what we like and say what we think.
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.
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.
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.
He who is conceived in a cage, yearns for the cage.
It is especially important to encourage unorthodox thinking when the situation is critical: At such moments every new word and fresh thought is more precious than gold. Indeed, people must not be deprived of the right to think their own thoughts.
How does the Meadow flower its bloom unfold? Because the lovely little flower is free down to its root, and in that freedom bold.
Freedom -- to walk free and own no superior.
The more internal freedom you achieve, the more you want: it is more fun to be happy than sad, more enjoyable to choose your own emotions than to have them inflicted on you by mechanical glandular processes, more pleasurable to solve your problems than to be stuck with them forever.
Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.
The true character of liberty is independence, maintained by force.
Liberty is the right to choose, freedom is the result of that choice.
It is quite impossible to guarantee world peace. But is should be possible to guarantee world freedom.
A slave is a free man if he is content with his lot; a free man is a slave if he seeks more than that.
Free will is not the liberty to do whatever one likes, but the power of doing whatever one sees ought to be done, even in the very face of otherwise overwhelming impulse. There lies freedom, indeed.
The foolish and the uneducated have little use for freedom.