Quotations About / On: FREEDOM

  • 61.
    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).)
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  • 62.
    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).)
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  • 63.
    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.)
  • 64.
    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).)
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  • 65.
    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).)
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  • 66.
    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.)
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  • 67.
    Legislators or revolutionaries who promise equality coupled with freedom are either phantasts or charlatans.
    (Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Letter to Johann Christian Lobe (July, 1820).)
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  • 68.
    The revelation of Thought takes men out of servitude into freedom.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Fate," The Conduct of Life (1860).)
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  • 69.
    The love of freedom has been the quality of Western man.
    (Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962), U.S. poet. Shine, Republic (l. 2). . . Faber Book of Political Verse, The. Tom Paulin, ed. (1986) Faber and Faber; Faber Book of Popular Verse, The. (1971) Faber and Faber (This book is the same as The Gambit Book of Popular Verse [GBP]);.)
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  • 70.
    The "real movement" of history, it turns out, is fueled not by matter but by spirit, by the will to freedom.
    (Gertrude Himmelfarb (b. 1922), U.S. historian. On Looking Into the Abyss, ch. 3 (1994). Written in 1990.)
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