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Reflections on Freedom on Independence Day

"It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them."
--Mark Twain

"The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off."
--Gloria Steinem

"The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion."
--Albert Camus

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same."
--Ronald Reagan

"If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter."
--George Washington

"Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of resistance."
--Woodrow Wilson

"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."
--Nelson Mandela

"I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it."
--Voltaire

"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
--Thomas Jefferson

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
--Benjamin Franklin

"Freedom lies in being bold."
--Robert Frost

"Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life."
--Bob Marley

"The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty."
--James Madison

"I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery."
--Jean-Jacques Rousseau

"Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed."
--Martin Luther King Jr.

"Humanity has won its battle. Liberty now has a country."
--Marquis de Lafayette

"It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."
--Samuel Adams

"We hold our heads high, despite the price we have paid, because freedom is priceless."
--Lech Walesa

 

 

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