Quotations About / On:
Freedom and whores are the most cosmopolitan items under the sun.
(Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Danton's Death, act IV (1835).)
Freedom is the by-product of economic surplus.
(Aneurin Bevan (1897-1960), British Labour politician. Quoted in Michael Foot, Aneurin Bevan, vol. 1, ch. 3 (1962).)
It's almost worth having been in the army for the joy your freedom gives you.
(John Dos Passos (1896-1970), U.S. novelist, poet, playwright, painter. Originally published in 1922. John Andrews in Three Soldiers, Houghton Mifflin Company (1964).)
Freedom is the recognition of necessity.
(Friedrich Engels (1820-1895), German social philosopher. Quoted in The Harvest of a Quiet Eye, Alan L. Mackay (1977).)
Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
(Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), U.S. clergyman, civil rights leader. open letter to clergymen, Apr. 16, 1963. "Letter from Birmingham Jail," Why We Can't Wait (1963).)
Absolute justice is achieved by the suppression of all contradiction: therefore it destroys freedom.
(Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. "Historic Murder," pt. 5, The Rebel (1951, trans. 1953).)
History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.
(Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969), U.S. general, Republican politician, president. inaugural address, Jan. 20, 1953.)
Freedom is the moment between sleep and waking before selfhood and the world return.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).)
Fashion is an imposition, a rein on freedom.
(Golda Meir (1898-1978), Israeli Prime Minister; born in Russia. As quoted in Ms. magazine, p. 104 (April 1973).)
Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
(John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), U.S. Democratic politician, president. address, Sept. 25, 1961, to the U.N. General Assembly. Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: John F. Kennedy, 1961.)