Quotations About / On: FREEDOM

  • 61.
    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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  • 62.
    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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  • 63.
    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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  • 64.
    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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  • 65.
    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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  • 66.
    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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  • 67.
    One lives for today, one lives on the spur of the moment—one lives most irresponsibly: and it is precisely this that one calls "freedom."
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 6, p. 141, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Twilight of the Idols, "Skirmishes of an Untimely Man," section 39 (prepared for publication 1888, published 1889).)
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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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