Freedom Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old freedom quotes, freedom sayings, and freedom proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

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


Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.     

Napoleon Bonaparte

The revelation of thought takes men out of servitude into freedom.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Freedom means the opportunity to be what we never thought we would be.     

Daniel J. Boorstin

Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.     

Albert Einstein

Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.     

George Orwell

Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.     

Mahatma Gandhi

Freedom in general may be defined as the absence of obstacles to the realization of desires.     

Bertrand Russell

We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.     

William Faulkner

Order without liberty and liberty without order are equally destructive.     

Theodore Roosevelt

Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.     

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Freedom is the right to one's dignity as a man.     

Archibald MacLeish

When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.     

Nelson Mandela

Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life.     

Bob Marley

If you want to be free, there is but one way; it is to guarantee an equally full measure of liberty to all your neighbors. There is no other.     

Carl Schurz

Patterning your life around other's opinions is nothing more than slavery.     

Lawana Blackwell

Freedom is just Chaos, with better lighting.     

Alan Dean Foster

When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free.     

Charles Evans Hughes

Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end.     

Lord Acton

Freedom lies in being bold.     

Robert Frost

What is freedom? Freedom is the right to choose: the right to create for oneself the alternatives of choice.     

Archibald MacLeish

There are two freedoms - the false, where a man is free to do what he likes; the true, where he is free to do what he ought.     

Charles Kingsley

Freedom - to walk free and own no superior.     

Walt Whitman

He only earns his freedom and his life Who takes them every day by storm.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.     

Abraham Lincoln

Freedom is the last, best hope of earth.     

Abraham Lincoln

The sound of tireless voices is the price we pay for the right to hear the music of our own opinions.     

Adlai Stevenson

To know how to free oneself is nothing; the arduous thing is to know what to do with one's freedom.     

Andre Gide

I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind.     

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

If a thing is free to be good it is also free to be bad. And free will is what has made evil possible. Why, then, did God give them free will? Because free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having.     

C.S. Lewis