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When a person places the proper value on freedom, there is nothing under the sun that he will not do to acquire that freedom. Whenever you hear a man saying he wants freedom, but in the next breath he is going to tell you what he won't do to get it, or what he doesn't believe in doing in order to get it, he doesn't believe in freedom. A man who believes in freedom will do anything under the sun to acquire... or preserve his freedom.

Man in general, if reduced to himself, is too wicked to be free.
He is free... who knows how to keep in his own hands the power to decide.
Freedom, then, lies only in our innate human capacity to choose between different sorts of bondage, bondage to desire or self esteem, or bondage to the light that lightens all our olives.
A hot bath! I cry, as I sit down in it! Again as I lie flat, a hot bath! How exquisite a pleasure, how luxurious, fervid and flagrant a consolation for the rigors, the austerities, the renunciation of the day.
Freedom is hunting, feeding, danger; that, that is freedom --that it is which makes the veins to swell, the breast to heave and glowaye, that is freedom, --that is pleasure --life!
If I have freedom in my love, And in my soul am free, -- Angels alone that soar above, Enjoy such liberty.
A useful definition of liberty is obtained only by seeking the principle of liberty in the main business of human life, that is to say, in the process by which men educate their responses and learn to control their environment.
What most clearly characterizes true freedom and its true employment is its misemployment.
Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners.
It is true that liberty is precious. So precious that it must be rationed.
Men are free when they are in a living homeland, not when they are straying and breaking away. Men are free when they are obeying some deep, inward voice of religious belief. Obeying from within. Men are free when they belong to a living, organic, believing community, active in fulfilling some unfulfilled, perhaps unrealized purpose. Not when they are escaping to some wild west. The most unfree souls go west, and shout of freedom. Men are freest when they are most unconscious of freedom. The shout is a rattling of chains, always was.
Until economic freedom is attained for everybody, there can be no real freedom for anybody.
All we have of freedom -- all we use or know -- this our fathers bought for us, long and long ago.
The free way of life proposes ends, but it does not prescribe means.
All theory is against freedom of the will; all experience for it.
The clash of ideas is the sound of freedom.
If we catch a glimpse of freedom, we wish to possess it; if we catch a glimpse of death, we want nothing to do with it. One we cannot have, the other we cannot avoid.
Only necessity understood, and bondage to the highest is identical with true freedom.
Liberation is not deliverance.
Freedom is but the possibility of a various and indefinite activity; while government, or the exercise of dominion, is a single, yet real activity. The longing for freedom, therefore, is at first only too frequently suggested by the deep-felt consciousness of its absence.
American freedom consists largely in talking nonsense.
We clearly realize that freedom's inner kingdom cannot be touched by exterior attacks.
Freedom begins as we become conscious of it.
The basic test of freedom is perhaps less in what we are free to do than in what we are free not to do.
Only very slowly and late have men come to realize that unless freedom is universal it is only extended privilege.
Freedom is the opportunity to make decisions...
Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.
Perfect freedom is as necessary to the health and vigor of commerce as it is to the health and vigor of citizenship.
The East knew and to the present day knows only that One is Free; the Greek and the Roman world, that some are free; the German World knows that All are free. The first political form therefore which we observe in History, is Despotism, the second Democracy and Aristocracy, the third, Monarchy.
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.
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.
Freedom is fragile and must be protected. To sacrifice it, even as a temporary measure, is to betray it.
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.
Liberty has restraints but no frontiers.
Liberty is not merely a privilege to be conferred; it is a habit to be acquired.
A major source of objection to a free economy is precisely that group thinks they ought to want. Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.
No one who lives in error is free.
Liberty is slow fruit. It is never cheap; it is made difficult because freedom is the accomplishment and perfectness of man.
Only our individual faith in freedom can keep us free.

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