Quotations About / On: FREEDOM

  • 61.
    Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose.
    (Kris Kristofferson (b. 1936), U.S. singer, songwriter, actor, and Fred Foster, U.S. songwriter. "Me and Bobby McGhee" (song) (1969). The song was a success for Janis Joplin.)
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  • 62.
    Every farewell combines loss and new freedom.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Ninth Selection, New York (1992).)
  • 63.
    The history of the world is none other than the progress of the consciousness of freedom.
    (Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher. The Philosophy of History, "Introduction," sct. 3 (1837).)
  • 64.
    Freedom of conscience entails more dangers than authority and despotism.
    (Michel Foucault (1926-1984), French philosopher. Madness and Civilization, ch. 7 (1965).)
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  • 65.
    Freedom is the only law which genius knows.
    (James Russell Lowell (1819-1891), U.S. poet, editor. "Elizabethan Dramatists, Omitting Shakespeare: John Webster" (1843), in Lowell's Early Prose Writings (1902).)
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  • 66.
    The spirit of truth and the spirit of freedom—these are the pillars of society.
    (Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906), Norwegian dramatist. Lona Hessel, in Pillars of Society, act 4.)
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  • 67.
    There's something contagious about demanding freedom.
    (Robin Morgan (b. 1941), U.S. feminist author, poet. Sisterhood Is Powerful, introduction (1970).)
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  • 68.
    Freedom is the most contagious virus known to man.
    (Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978), U.S. Democratic politician, vice president. speech, Oct. 29, 1964, New York City.)
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  • 69.
    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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  • 70.
    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).)
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