Quotations About / On: FREEDOM

  • 71.
    True human goodness, in all its purity and freedom, can come to the fore only when its recipient has no power.
    (Milan Kundera (b. 1929), Czech author, critic. The Unbearable Lightness of Being, pt. 7, ch. 2 (1984).)
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  • 72.
    The old Romans all wished to have a king over them because they had not yet tasted the sweetness of freedom.
    (Titus Livius (Livy) (59 B.C.-A.D. 17), Roman historian. Histories, I, 17.)
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  • 73.
    Freedom, my good girl, means being able to count on how other people will behave.
    (George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First produced 1910). Joey Percival, in Misalliance, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 4, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1972).)
  • 74.
    Only the freedom of mind can prevent the state from becoming totalitarian and from issuing totalitarian demands.
    (Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Czechoslovakia 1968 (1968).)
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  • 75.
    No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.
    (James Madison (1751-1836), U.S. president. Political observations, April 20, 1775. W.T. Hutchinson et al., The Papers of James Madison, vol. 15, p. 518, Chicago and Charlottesville, Virginia (1962-1991).)
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  • 76.
    We who officially value freedom of speech above life itself seem to have nothing to talk about but the weather.
    (Barbara Ehrenreich (b. 1941), U.S. author, columnist. "The Moral Bypass," The Worst Years of Our Lives (first publ. 1985, 1991).)
  • 77.
    I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America.
    (Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859), French social philosopher. Democracy in America, vol. 1, ch. 15 (1835).)
  • 78.
    I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.
    (Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. Interview in booklet accompanying the Biograph album set (1985).)
  • 79.
    What most clearly characterizes true freedom and its true employment is its misemployment.
    (G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook L," aph. 49, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).)
  • 80.
    Art requires neither complaisance nor politeness; nothing but faith—faith and freedom.
    (Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Trans. by Francis Steegmuller. The Selected Letters of Gustave Flaubert, letter, October 2, 1856, to Léon Laurent-Pichat (Farrar, Strauss and Young, 1953).)
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