Quotations About / On: FREEDOM

  • 71.
    Sleep takes off the costume of circumstance, arms us with terrible freedom, so that every will rushes to a deed.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Demonology," Lectures and Biographical Sketches (1883, repr. 1904).)
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  • 72.
    I've never understood why people consider youth a time of freedom and joy. It's probably because they have forgotten their own.
    (Margaret Atwood (b. 1939), Canadian novelist, poet, critic. repr. In Dancing Girls (1977). The narrator, in "Hair Jewelry," Ms. (New York, 1976).)
  • 73.
    The Iliad represents no creed nor opinion, and we read it with a rare sense of freedom and irresponsibility, as if we trod on native ground, and were autochthones of the soil.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 294, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 74.
    Gardening is civil and social, but it wants the vigor and freedom of the forest and the outlaw.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 55, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 75.
    Body and soul, Black America reveals the extreme questions of contemporary life, questions of freedom and identity: How can I be who I am?
    (June Jordan (b. 1939), U.S. poet, civil rights activist. essay originally published in Evergreen Review (New York, Oct. 1969). Black Studies: Bringing Back The Person, Moving Towards Home: Political Essays (1989).)
  • 76.
    Like a lot of Black women, I have always had to invent the power my freedom requires ...
    (June Jordan (b. 1936), African American poet and social critic. On Call, ch. 9 (1985). Written in 1984.)
  • 77.
    The family is the test of freedom; because the family is the only thing that the free man makes for himself and by himself.
    (Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "Dramatic Unities," Fancies Versus Fads (1923).)
  • 78.
    Only very slowly and late have men come to realize that unless freedom is universal it is only extended privilege.
    (Christopher Hill (b. 1912), British historian. The Century of Revolution, ch. 20 (1961).)
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  • 79.
    The power of consumer goods ... has been engendered by the so-called liberal and progressive demands of freedom, and, by appropriating them, has emptied them of their meaning, and changed their nature.
    (Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975), Italian film director, essayist. repr. In Scritti Corsari (1975). "Sono Contro l'Aborto," Corriere della Sera (Milan, Jan. 19, 1975).)
  • 80.
    The sexual freedom of today for most people is really only a convention, an obligation, a social duty, a social anxiety, a necessary feature of the consumer's way of life.
    (Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975), Italian film director, essayist. repr. In Scritti Corsari (1975). "Sono Contro l'Aborto," Corriere della Sera (Milan, January 19, 1975).)
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