90 Famous Freedom Quotes And Sayings

Looking for the best freedom quotes? We’ve compiled a list of top 90 inspirational quotes and sayings about freedom, being free.

90 Famous Freedom Quotes

1. “The secret to happiness is freedom… And the secret to freedom is courage.” – Thucydides

2. “Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.” – Nelson Mandela

3. “Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils.” – General John Stark

4. “True success, true happiness lies in freedom and fulfillment.” – Dada Vaswani

5. “Freedom lies in being bold.” – Robert Frost

6. “The best road to progress is freedom’s road.” – John F. Kennedy

7. “Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.” – Pope John Paul II

8. “What then is freedom? The power to live as one wishes.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

9. “It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you.”

10. “Freedom comes from strength and self-reliance.” – Lisa Murkowski

11. “Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life.” – Bob Marley

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12. “The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” – Albert Camus

13. “I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery.” – Jean-Jacques Rousseau

14. “I’m a big advocate of freedom: freedom of speech, freedom of expression, freedom of thought.” – Jimmy Wales

15. “I believe in freedom of speech, but I believe we should also have the right to comment on freedom of speech.” – Stockwell Day

16. “Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.” – George Washington Carver

17. “I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free… so other people would be also free.” – Rosa Parks

18. “I find only freedom in the realms of eccentricity.” – David Bowie

19. “Freedom – to walk free and own no superior.” – Walt Whitman

20. “I’d like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free and wanted other people to be also free.” – Rosa Parks

21. “I would rather die in freedom on my way back home than starve to death here.” – Morning Star

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22. “Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of resistance.” – Woodrow Wilson

23. “We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.” – Edward R. Murrow

24. “The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask.” – Jim Morrison

25. “If you’re not ready to die for it, put the word ‘freedom’ out of your vocabulary.” – Malcolm X

26. “When a truth is not given complete freedom, freedom is not complete.” – Vaclav Havel

27. “I stand for freedom of expression, doing what you believe in, and going after your dreams.” – Madonna Ciccone

28. “The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.” – John F. Kennedy

29. “Freedom has never been free.” – Medgar Evers

30. “We gain freedom when we have paid the full price.” – Rabindranath Tagore

31. “I believe that freedom of speech and freedom of religion go hand-in-hand in America.” – Kirk Cameron

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32. “Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” – George Orwell

33. “Art is the daughter of freedom.” – Friedrich Schiller

34. “The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant.” – Maximilien Robespierre

35. “To me, punk rock is the freedom to create, freedom to be successful, freedom to not be successful, freedom to be who you are. It’s freedom.” – Patti Smith

36. “The greatest threat to freedom is the absence of criticism.” – Wole Soyinka

37. “Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently.” – Rosa Luxemburg

38. “A place of freedom is the best place to have the most creativity.” – Matt McGorry

39. “True freedom requires the rule of law and justice, and a judicial system in which the rights of some are not secured by the denial of rights to others.” – Jonathan Sacks

40. “Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom – and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech.” – Benjamin Franklin

41. “The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.” – Patrick Henry

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42. “There is no such thing as part freedom.” – Nelson Mandela

43. “Freedom is something that dies unless it’s used.” – Hunter S. Thompson

44. “To enjoy freedom we have to control ourselves.” – Virginia Woolf

45. “Our freedom can be measured by the number of things we can walk away from.” – Vernon Howard

46. “Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is freedom.” – Marilyn Ferguson

47. “Freedom means the opportunity to be what we never thought we would be.” – Daniel J. Boorstin

48. “Freedom is a struggle, and we do it together. Not only together as black citizens, but black and white together.” – Andrew Young

49. “I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom.” – Simone de Beauvoir

50. “I’ve sold my soul for freedom. It’s lonely but it’s sweet.” – Melissa Etheridge

51. “Man is free at the moment he wishes to be.” – Voltaire

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52. “A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.” – Jim Morrison

53. “Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” – Hans Christian Andersen

54. “Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.” – Rabindranath Tagore

55. “I want to give myself the freedom not to have to be projecting my whole life ahead.” – Robert Downey, Jr.

56. “Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.” – Nelson Mandela

57. “Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.” – Frank Herbert

58. “Freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity.” – Herbert Hoover

59. “I’ve learned that fear limits you and your vision. It serves as blinders to what may be just a few steps down the road for you. The journey is valuable, but believing in your talents, your abilities, and your self-worth can empower you to walk down an even brighter path. Transforming fear into freedom – how great is that?” – Soledad O’Brien

60. “This is the highest wisdom that I own; freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

61. “Freedom is what you do with what’s been done to you.” – Jean-Paul Sartre

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62. “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

63. “My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.” – Adlai Stevenson

64. “True independence and freedom can only exist in doing what’s right.” – Brigham Young

65. “Every human has four endowments – self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.” – Stephen Covey

66. “Instead of trying to make your life perfect, give yourself the freedom to make it an adventure, and go ever upward.” – Drew Houston

67. “Certainly one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of citizens to keep and bear arms.” – Hubert H. Humphrey

68. “Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself – and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That’s what real love amounts to – letting a person be what he really is.” – Jim Morrison

69. “All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.” – Winston Churchill

70. “There must be freedom for all to live, to think, to worship, no book, no avenue must be closed.” – James Larkin

71. “Perfect freedom is as necessary to the health and vigor of commerce as it is to the health and vigor of citizenship.” – Patrick Henry

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72. “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” – Nelson Mandela

73. “A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.” – Bob Dylan

74. “Grace is the beauty of form under the influence of freedom.” – Friedrich Schiller

75. “Freedom is never given; it is won.” – A. Philip Randolph

76. “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” – Ronald Reagan

77. “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” – George Orwell

78. “If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.” – Noam Chomsky

79. “People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.” – Soren Kierkegaard

80. “Financial freedom is available to those who learn about it and work for it.” – Robert Kiyosaki

81. “A big part of financial freedom is having your heart and mind free from worry about the what-ifs of life.” – Suze Orman

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82. “When freedom does not have a purpose, when it does not wish to know anything about the rule of law engraved in the hearts of men and women, when it does not listen to the voice of conscience, it turns against humanity and society.” – Pope John Paul II

83. “Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.” – Sigmund Freud

84. “You don’t have to be a man to fight for freedom. All you have to do is to be an intelligent human being.” – Malcolm X

85. “Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you’re a man, you take it.” – Malcolm X

86. “Freedom of speech means freedom for those who you despise, and freedom to express the most despicable views. It also means that the government cannot pick and choose which expressions to authorize and which to prevent.” – Alan Dershowitz

87. “Too much freedom can lead to the soul’s decay.” – Prince

88. “There is no such thing as a little freedom. Either you are all free, or you are not free.” – Walter Cronkite

89. “None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but licence.” – John Milton

90. “Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the Government’s purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding.” – Justice Louis Brandeis