Quotations About / On: FREEDOM

  • 61.
    Always late: thus I make you the prisoner of my freedom.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection, New York (1987).)
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  • 62.
    None who have always been free can understand the terrible fascinating power of the hope of freedom to those who are not free.
    (Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973), U.S. novelist. What America Means to Me, ch. 4 (1943).)
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  • 63.
    Time misspent in youth is sometimes all the freedom one ever has.
    (Anita Brookner (b. 1938), British novelist, art historian. Blanche Vernon, in The Misalliance, ch. 10 (1986).)
  • 64.
    Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent, and debate.
    (Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978), U.S. Democratic politician, vice president. Speech, June 6, 1965, Syracuse University, N.Y.....)
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  • 65.
    The statue of Freedom has not been cast yet, the furnace is hot, we can all still burn our fingers.
    (Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Danton's Death, act I (1835). On the French Revolution of 1789.)
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  • 66.
    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).)
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  • 67.
    Willing sets you free: that is the true doctrine of will and freedom—thus Zarathustra instructs you.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 4, p. 111, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Zarathustra, in Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Second Part, "Upon the Blessed Isles," (1883).)
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  • 68.
    You ardently strive for freedom, and I do wish you were free—but, rather than for your sake, so that government won't be.
    (Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. "Indirect Liberalism," Poems (1856).)
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  • 69.
    The general interest of the masses might take the place of the insight of genius if it were allowed freedom of action.
    (Denis Diderot (1713-1784), French philosopher. repr. In Selected Writings, ed. Lester G. Crocker (1966). Observations on the Drawing Up of Laws (1921). Written 1774 for Catherine the Great.)
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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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