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327 of 6,095 quotations related to Freedom, showing Lombardi to Trudeau

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Lombardi, Vince
I think before we can embrace freedom we first have to embrace those things which underline freedom, and they are duty, respect for authority, and a development of a mental discipline.

Jun. 22, 1970 - from his last public speech
MacArthur, Gen. Douglas
No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.

Macaulay, Lord Thomas Babbington
Government, as government, can bring nothing but the influence of hopes and fears to support its doctrines. It carries on controversy, not with reasons, but with threats and bribes. If it employs reason, it does so, not in virtue of any powers which belong to it as a government. Thus, instead of a contest between argument and argument, we have a contest between argument and force, Instead of a contest in which truth, from the natural constitution of the human mind, has a decided advantage over falsehood, we have a contest in which truth can be victorious only by accident.

Jan. 1830 - from a book review published in the Edinburgh Review
Madison, James
There are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by the gradual and silent encroachment of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpation.

Jun. 16, 1788 - speech at the Virginia Convention
Mandela, Nelson
After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.

Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.

Manning, Preston  
...there is less freedom of speech and freedom of political action in the Canadian House of Commons than there is in any other political forum in the country.

Maugham, W. Somerset
If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom, and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too.

McDonald, Kenneth  
... In his sixteen years of office Pierre Elliot Trudeau made himself a nuisance by inserting the tentacles of government where they had no place to be: in the lives of private citizens. The man who declared that there was no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation set about making its presence felt in every room in the house.

1995 - from His Pride, Our Fall
McMurtry, Roy  
The fight to preserve freedom of the press is not a fight to preserve freedom for the publishers. It is a fight to preserve the freedom of us all. Freedom of the press fuels and keeps alive the flame of democracy.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo

McWilliams, Peter
Responsibility is the price of freedom. So is tolerance.

from the Overview of his book "Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do"
Mencken, Henry Louis
It seems to me that society usually wins. There are, to be sure, free spirits in the world, but their freedom, in the last analysis, is not much greater than that of a canary in a cage. They may leap from perch to perch; they may bathe and guzzle at their will; they may flap their wings and sing. But they are still in the cage, and soon or late it conquers them.

Jul. 27, 1924 - from his editorial in The American Mercury
Economic independence is the foundation of the only sort of freedom worth a damn.

The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.

Meyer, Frank Straus
Truth withers when freedom dies, however righteous the authority that kills it; and free individualism uninformed by moral value rots at its core and soon brings about conditions that pave the way for surrender to tyranny.

Mill, John Stuart
The only freedom which deserves the name, is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it.

1859 - from On Liberty
Mitchell, Richard
There is only one Education, and it has only one goal: the freedom of the mind. Anything that needs an adjective, be it civics education, or socialist education, or Christian education, or whatever-you-like education, is not education, and it has some different goal. The very existence of modified 'educations' is testimony to the fact that their proponents cannot bring about what they want in a mind that is free. An 'education' that cannot do its work in a free mind, and so must 'teach' by homily and precept in the service of these feelings and attitudes and beliefs rather than those, is pure and unmistakable tyranny.

Sep. 1982 - from The Underground Grammerian
Mount, Ferdinand
What the world needs now is more Americans. The U.S. is the first nation on earth deliberately dedicated to letting people choose what they want and giving them a chance to get it. For all its terrible faults, in one sense America is still the last, best hope of mankind, because it spells out so vividly the kind of happiness that most people actually want, regardless of what they are told they ought to want. We criticize, copy, patronize, idolize and insult but we never doubt that the U.S. has a unique position in the history of human hopes. For it is the only nation founded solely on a moral dream. A part of our own future is tied up in it and the greatest of all gifts the Americans have given us is hope.

Jul. 5, 1976 - from an editorial in the London Daily Mail, quoted by Ronald Reagan in his radio address of Sep. 21, 1976
Murray, Charles
Human freedom has always had to depend first on the individual's understanding that he is the custodian of his life, no matter who tries to say otherwise.

1997 - from What It Means To Be A Libertarian
I finally [believe] that Jeffersonian democracy is still the best way to run society... it may just be that on certain fundamental questions of government, Jefferson and his colleagues were right more universally than they knew. In particular, they understood that the vitality of communities and the freedoms of individuals are intertwined.

from "In Pursuit of Happiness and Good Government"

National Citizens Coalition  
From our 'dog bites man' department: Dr. Martin Loney, of Manotick, Ontario, is charging that the Ontario government's Office of Employment Equity is guilty of systemic discrimination. Through the Freedom of Information Act he found the office's work force did not reflect the province's population as a whole. Of the work force, 90.5 percent were women (versus 46.6 percent of the province's population), 52.9 percent were racial minorities (versus 13 percent), 5.6 percent were aboriginals (versus 2.1 percent) and 0.0 percent were able-bodied white males (versus 45.7 percent).

Newark, Scott  
Anything effective in law enforcement will inevitably be forbidden under the Charter [the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms]. As we always say, the charter helps only murderers, pedophiles and judges. This year the Supreme Court decreed, on the authority of the Charter, that the provinces must give their judges pay raises.

Jan. 19, 1998 - quoted in "The makings of a counter-revolution", an essay in Alberta Report
Novak, Michael
Capitalism is ... a social order favorable to alertness, inventiveness, discovery, and creativity. This means a social order based upon education, research, the freedom to create, and the right to enjoy the fruit's of one's own creativity.

from "Errand into the Wilderness
O'Rourke, P.J.
Wealth is, for most people, the only honest and likely path to liberty. With money comes power over the world. Men are freed from drudgery, women from exploitation. Businesses can be started, homes built, communities formed, religions practiced, educations pursued. But liberals aren't very interested in such real and material freedoms. They have a more innocent -- not to say toddlerlike -- idea of freedom. Liberals want the freedom to put anything into their mouths, to say bad words and to expose their private parts in art museums.

from Give War A Chance
Money is preferable to politics. It is the difference between being free to be anybody you want and being free to vote for anybody you want. And money is more effective than politics both in solving problems and in providing individual independence. To rid ourselves of all the trouble in the world we need to make money. And to make money we need to be free. But, oh, the trouble caused by freedom and money.

1994 - from All The Trouble in the World
When those who are against conservative policies don't have sufficient opposition arguments, they call love of freedom 'selfish.' Of course it is - in the sense that breathing is selfish. But because you want to breathe doesn't mean you want to suck the breath out of every person you encounter.

... charity is an axiom of conservatism. Charity is one of the great responsibilities of freedom. But, in order for us to be responsible - and therefore free - that responsibility must be personal.

O'Sullivan, John
The liberalism [rampant today] is a combination of ever-extending economic regulation (heath and safety, environmental rules, race and gender quotas) and a social radicalism disguised as social liberalism (condoms in schools, gay marriages). Both the regulations and the permissiveness are justified as extending equity, establishing a level playing field, etc. Extending freedom is sometimes cited as a justification, but this claim of social liberalism is easily exposed as bogus. Try removing a child from a morally offensive program of sex education, or refusing to rent an apartment to an unmarried couple, or selecting employees on the basis of tests or talent and the liberal state will soon make plain that in its philosophical house there are not many mansions.

Nov. 06, 1997 - from his essay "Why Conservatives Must Reject Liberalism" published at IntellectualCapital.com
When political institutions come under ... attack, it is often hard, maybe impossible, to defend them in terms of their own justifying principles - of freedom, equality, prosperity, or whatever. The radical critic can always point to a gap between the noble ideal and inadequate practice, and the defender is driven onto the defensive. It is in these circumstances that the defender willy nilly turns to conservative arguments.

Feb. 16, 1999 - from his lecture to the Centre for Policy Studies in London, England
Oppenheimer, Robert
As long as men are free to ask what they must; free to say what they think; free to think what they will; freedom can never be lost and science can never regress.

Oct. 10, 1949 - quoted in Life Magazine

There must be no barriers to freedom of inquiry. There is no place for dogma in science. The scientist is free to ask any question, to doubt any assertion, to seek for any evidence, to correct any error. Where science has been used in the past to erect a new dogmatism, that dogmatism has found itself incompatible with the progress of science; and in the end, the dogma has yielded, or science and freedom have perished together.

Oct. 10, 1949 - quoted in Life Magazine
Orwell, George
Almost certainly we are moving into an age of totalitarian dictatorships. An age in which freedom of thought will be at first a deadly sin and later on a meaningless abstraction. The autonomous individual is going to be stamped out of existence.

Freedom is the right to tell people what they don't want to hear.

1937 - from The Road to Wigan Pier
Paglia, Camille
Modern liberalism suffers unresolved contradictions. It exalts individualism and freedom and, on its radical wing, condemns social orders as oppressive. On the other hand, it expects government to provide materially for all, a feat manageable only by an expansion of authority and a swollen bureaucracy.

Paine, Thomas
When the people fear the government, you have tyranny. When the government fears the people, you have freedom.

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.

He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.

Peguy, Charles
Tyranny is always better organized than freedom.

Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it.

Perkins, John M.
The evidence of corruption and scandal gets less flak than the suspicion of freedom and morality.

Pew, J. Howard
It is my conviction that it was freedom that effected the miracle of America-intellectual freedom, religious freedom, political freedom, industrial freedom; freedom to dream, to think, to experiment, to invent, to match wits in friendly competition; freedom to be an individual. That is our great American heritage.

Phillips, Melanie
Down this route [of the liberal evolution of society], liberal values turn into coercion and hedonism. Freedom and equality turn into absolutes, ends rather than means. Thus broadcasters and film-makers can drench our screens with sexual voyeurism or gratuitous violence regardless of the way such influential abandonment of moral constraints helps lower the threshold of unacceptable behaviour. Since their creative freedom is considered an absolute, any plea for self-restraint is condemned as censorship.

May. 01, 1997 - from her lecture "The Corruption of Liberalism" delivered at the London-based Centre for Policy Studies
Phillips, Wendell
Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.

1852 - paraphrasing John Philpot Curran's famous expression, in a speech before the Massachusetts Antislavery Society
[A slave is] ... one who in his actions does not express his own ideas but those of another man.

Popper, Sir Karl
We must plan for freedom, and not only for security, if for no other reason than that only freedom can make security secure.

1943 - from The Open Society and Its Enemies
Quayle, J. Danford
 I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy - but that could change.

May. 22, 1989
Reagan, Ronald Wilson
I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism. I think conservatism is really a misnomer, just as liberalism is a misnomer for the liberals ... The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom, and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is.

Jul. 01, 1975 - from an interview published in Reason Magazine
Those who ask us to trade our freedom for the soup kitchen of the welfare state are architects of a policy of accommodation [with the communists].

Oct. 27, 1964 - speech at the Republican National Convention
We believe faith and freedom must be our guiding stars, for they show us truth, they make us brave, give us hope, and leave us wiser than we were.

1985 - from his fourth State of the Nation address
Four years ago we said we would invigorate our economy by giving people greater freedom and incentives to take risks and letting them keep more of what they earned. We did what we promised, and a great industrial giant is reborn.

1985 - from his fourth State of the Nation address

An informed patriotism is what we want. ... Those of us who are over 35 or so years of age grew up in a different America. We were taught, very directly, what it means to be an American. And we absorbed, almost in the air, a love of country and an appreciation of its institutions. ... But now, we're about to enter the nineties, and some things have changed. Younger parents aren't sure that an unambivalent appreciation of America is the right thing to teach modern children ... well-grounded patriotism is no longer the style. Our spirit is back, but we haven't reinstitutionalized it. We've got to do a better job of getting across that America is freedom--freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of enterprise. And freedom is special and rare. It's fragile; it needs protection.

1989 - from his Farewell Address
... the march of freedom and democracy ... will leave Marxism- Leninism on the ash heap of history as it has left other tyrannies which stifle the freedom and muzzle the self-expression of the people.

1982 - from a speech to Britain's Parliament
Government growing beyond our consent had become a lumbering giant, slamming shut the gates of opportunity, threatening to crush the very roots of our freedom. What brought America back? The American people brought us back -- with quiet courage and common sense; with undying faith that in this nation under God the future will be ours, for the future belongs to the free.

Feb. 04, 1986 - from his State of the Union Address
We believe faith and freedom must be our guiding stars, for they show us truth, they make us brave, give us hope, and leave us wiser than we were.

1985 - from his State of the Union address
Freedom is the right to question and change the established way of doing things. It is the continuous revolution of the marketplace. It is the understanding that allows us to recognize shortcomings and seek solutions.

May. 31, 1988 - address to students at Moscow State University
Have we the courage and the will to face up to the immorality and discrimination of the progressive tax, and demand a return to traditional proportionate taxation? ... Today [1964] in our country the tax collector's share is 37 cents of every dollar earned. Freedom has never been so fragile, so close to slipping from our grasp. [The Tax Foundation in the U.S. reported that in 1994 the average share paid in taxes was 49 cents.]

Oct. 27, 1964 - speech at the Republican National Convention
You and I are told we must choose between a left or right, but I suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down. Up to man's age-old dream - the maximum of individual freedom consistent with order - or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism.

Oct. 27, 1964 - speech at the Republican National Convention
Reed, Lawrence
The first casualty when the ethical core of society evaporates is freedom. Law (government) fills the void -- directing by threat of force those aspects of life that formerly were governed by our ethical standards.

Nov. 7, 2000 - from "As Values Collapse, Government Grows", published by the Mackinac Center
Reid, John  
[Federal government observance of the law in the Access to Information Act] No minister of justice has shown leadership in transforming the culture of secrecy which pervades the public service. No minister of justice has issued a reminder to officials that the response times are mandatory and that consistent failure to comply constitutes lawbreaking which will not be tolerated. Rather, [the Ministry of] Justice has fought efforts by the [freedom of information] commissioner to enforce response times and [the Ministry of] Justice has argued before the courts that there should be no legal consequences for government institutions when response deadlines are ignored.

Jul. 21, 1999 - from his annual report to Parliament
Riney, Earl
Freedom without obligation is anarchy. Freedom without obligation is democracy.

Ringer, Robert
I am concerned that our government, like all governments throughout history, is winning its long-standing tender offer to its citizens: 'security' in exchange for freedom.

Jan. 01, 1980 - from "Restoring the American Dream"
Rohmer, Richard  
With this run-away growth of the federal bureaucracy (which really now could be called the "civil self-service" because it grows by feeding upon itself), our society is both witness and victim of an escalating invasion of government into every facet of our lives.

Mar. 14, 1974 - from a speech to the Empire Club of Canada, quoted in Famous Lasting Words by John Robert Columbo
Roman, Stephen  
The freedom of the individual is tied thoroughly and completely with the sanctity of private property.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Roosevelt, Franklin D.
If the fires of freedom and civil liberties burn low in other lands, they must be made brighter in our own... If in other lands the eternal truths of the past are threatened by intolerance we must provide a safe place for their perpetuation.

Jun. 30, 1938 - from a speech to the U.S. National Education Association
Rothbard, Murray
In sum, freedom can run a monetary system as superbly as it runs the rest of the economy. Contrary to many writers, there is nothing special about money that requires extensive governmental dictation. Here, too, free men will best and most smoothly supply all their economic wants. For money as for all other activities of man, ‘liberty is the mother, not the daughter, of order'.

Rousseau, Jean Jacques
Man was born free and everywhere he is in chains.

1762 - from The Social Contract
Russell, Bertrand
Freedom of opinion can only exist when the government thinks itself secure.

The argument against the persecution of opinion does not depend upon what the excuse for persecution may be. The argument is that we none of us know all truth, that the discovery of new truth is promoted by free discussion and rendered very difficult by suppression, and that, in the long run, human welfare is increased by the discovery of truth and hindered by action based on error. New truth is often inconvenient to some vested interest ... But it is in the interest of the community at large that new truth should be freely promulgated. And since, at first, it cannot be known whether a new doctrine is true, freedom for new truth involves equal freedom for error.

1935 - from his book Religion and Science, Henry Holt
Saylor, Kevin
... order means more than just keeping the peace; it also means providing continuity. In order to plan for the future -- or even to enjoy freedom in the present -- people must know that the government will not make arbitrary decisions that will radically alter the rules for participating in civil and social affairs. Stability, however, must be balanced by justice. Stability should not be used as an excuse for upholding a status quo that is itself inherently unstable because it suppresses social forces that cannot ultimately be contained. Thus, government, while limited, must have sufficient power to promote changes which will increase the freedom and justice afforded the people.

Dec. 22, 1997 - from his winning essay "A Guiding Light", excerpted in National Review
Scalia, Antonin
The permissibility of abortion, and the limitations upon it, are to be resolved like most important questions in our democracy: by citizens trying to persuade one another and then voting. ... The Court is correct in adding the qualification that this 'assumes a state of affairs in which the choice does not intrude upon a protected liberty' ... [N]o government official is "tempted" to place restraints upon his own freedom of action, which is why Lord Acton did not say "Power tends to purify." The [Supreme] Court's temptation is in the quite opposite and more natural direction--towards systematically eliminating checks upon its own power; and it succumbs.

Jun. 29, 1992 - from his partially dissenting opinion in Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania vs Robert P. Casey

Schumacher, Ernst F.
The pairs of opposites, of which freedom and order and growth and decay are the most basic, put tension into the world, a tension that sharpens man's sensitivity and increases his self-awareness. No real understanding is possible without awareness of these pairs of opposites which permeate everything man does.

1978 - from A Guide for the Perplexed, Harper and Row
Societies need stability and change, tradition and innovation, public interest and private interest, planning and laissez-faire policies, order and freedom, growth and decay. Everywhere society's health depends on the simultaneous pursuit of mutually opposed activities or aims. The adoption of a final solution means a kind of death sentence for man's humanity and spells either cruelty or dissolution, generally both.

1978 - from A Guide for the Perplexed, Harper and Row
Seneca, Lucius Annaeus
Freedom can not be bought for nothing. If you hold her precious, you must hold all else of little value.

Sevareid, Eric
The bigger the information media, the less courage and freedom they allow. Bigness means weakness.

Shevardnadze, Eduard A.
... only the policy that is morally right is victorious; only the political idea which takes human freedom as the measure of all things will be invincible.

1991 - from The Future Belongs to Freedom
Skousen, Mark
Every time we pass another law or regulation, every time we raise taxes, every time we go to war, we are admitting failure of individuals to govern themselves. When we persuade citizens to do the right thing, we can claim victory. But when we force people to do the right thing, we have failed.

Solberg, Monte  
History is replete with examples of how freedom sucking big government is characterized by economic decay, nasty nationalism and government repression of anyone who is different. If history is the standard, then the victory is absolute. Statism has been vanquished. It is small, limited government and personal freedom that encourages the tolerance and compassion that Canadians say they value.

Jan. 18, 1999 - essay, "The Psychology of Big Government"
Solzhenitsyn, Alexander
You only have power over people so long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power - he's free again.

Sowell, Thomas
What is ominous is the ease with which some people go from saying that they don't like something to saying that the government should forbid it. When you go down that road, don't expect freedom to survive very long.

Freedom...refer[s] to a social relationship among people -- namely, the absence of force as a prospective instrument of decision making. Freedom is reduced whenever a decision is made under threat of force, whether or not force actually materializes or is evident in retrospect.

Democracy might be the most appropriate means of choosing government officials, but that does not imply that democracy equals freedom. Freedom requires more than the right to vote; it requires that each person be as unrestrained as possible from the arbitrary will of others -- regardless of whether the others are conquering tyrants, hereditary oligarchs, black-robed judges, or a majority of neighbors or countrymen.

1999 - from The Quest for Cosmic Justice
Steinbeck, John
This I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual.

Stephen, James Fitzjames
There are a vast number of matters in respect of which men ought not to be free; they are fundamentally unequal, and they are not brothers at all ...

1873 - from Liberty, Equality, Fraternity
Stevens, John Paul
As a matter of constitutional tradition, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, we presume that governmental regulation of the content of speech is more likely to interfere with the free exchange of ideas than to encourage it. The interest in encouraging freedom of expression in a democratic society outweighs any theoretical but unproven benefit of censorship.

Jun. 26, 1997 - from the majority opinion of the Court, which struck down the Clinton Communications Decency Act that sought to regulate Internet content
Stevenson, Adlai
When an American says he loves his country, he means not only that he loves the New England hills, the prairies glistening in the sun or the wide rising plains, the mountains and the seas. He means that he loves an inner air, an inner light in which freedom lives and in which a man can draw the breath of self-respect.

The anatomy of patriotism is complex. But surely intolerance and public irresponsibility cannot be cloaked in the shining armour of rectitude and righteousness. Nor can the denial of the right to hild ideas that are different - the freedom of man to think as he pleases. To strike freedom of the mind with the fist of patriotism is an old and ugly subtlety.

Aug. 27, 1952 - from a speech to the American Legion Convention in New York
Stowe, Harriet Beecher  
Think of your freedom every time you see Uncle Tom's Cabin; and let it be a memorial to put you all in mind to follow in his steps, and be as honest and faithful and Christian as he was.

Strossen, Nadine
It's common to say that we have to choose between freedom of speech or equality, that if you really care about equality you can't possibly be devoted to the First Amendment. I absolutely reject that as a philosophical matter and as a practical matter in the hate-speech context. ...I think it's insulting to women, racial minorities--to anybody--to say that we have to choose between freedom of speech and equal opportunity.

Oct. 01, 1994 - from an interview published in Reason Magazine
Sutherland, George
For the saddest epitaph which can be carved in memory of a vanished freedom is that it was lost because its possessors failed to stretch forth a saving hand while there was still time.

Szasz, Thomas Stephen
If you truly yearn to be free, you must first recognize all the ways you are unfree. Only after constructing a complete catalogue of the constraints upon you can you begin to consider which ones you can and want to diminish or eliminate and at what cost (to you and others you cherish). Your self-liberation will be complete when you are left with constraints to which you willingly, perhaps even eagerly, submit.

1990 - from The Untamed Tongue

Tacitus, Cornelius
Fear is not in the habit of speaking truth. When perfect sincerity is expected, perfect freedom must be allowed; nor has anyone who is apt to be angry when he hears the truth, any cause to wonder that he does not hear it.

Thatcher, Margaret
Marxists get up early to further their cause. We must get up even earlier to defend our freedom.

May. 01, 1978 - quoted in As I Said to Denis: The Margaret Thatcher Book of Quotations, edited by Iain Dale
Freedom under the law must never be taken for granted.

1975 - quoted in As I Said to Denis: The Margaret Thatcher Book of Quotations, edited by Iain Dale
We who are living in the west today are fortunate. Freedom has been bequeathed to us. We have not had to carve it out of nothing; we have not had to pay for it with our lives. But it would be a grave mistake to think that freedom requires nothing of us. Each of us has to earn freedom anew in order to possess it. We do so not just for our own sake, but for the sake of our children, so that they may build a better future that will sustain over the world the responsibilities and blessings of freedom.

Freedom is not synonymous with an easy life. ... There are many difficult things about freedom: It does not give you safety, it creates moral dilemmas for you; it requires self-discipline; it imposes great responsibilities; but such is the nature of Man and in such consists his glory and salvation.

from Right Thinking
Thomas, Clarence
I was raised to survive under the totalitarianism of segregation, not only without the active assistance of government but with its active opposition ... Self-sufficiency and spiritual and emotional security were our tools to carve out and secure freedom. Those who attempt to capture the daily counseling, oversight, common sense, and vision of my grandparents in a governmental program are engaging in sheer folly. Government cannot develop individual responsibility....

1987 - from a speech to the Heritage Foundation
Thomas, Norman
Dissent ... is a right essential to any concept of the dignity and freedom of the individual; it is essential to the search for truth in a world wherein no authority is infallible.

War is an evil thing; but to submit to the dictation of other states is worse.... Freedom, if we hold fast to it, will ultimately restore our losses, but submission will mean permanent loss of all that we value.... To you who call yourselves men of peace, I say: You are not safe unless you have men of action on your side.

c. 413 BC - from The History of the Peloponnesian War
Thurman, Howard
It is a strange freedom to be adrift in the world of men without a sense of anchor anywhere. Always there is a need of mooring, the need for the firm grip on something that is rooted and will not give. The urge to be accountable to someone, to know that there is an answer that must be given, cannot be denied. The deed a man performs must be weighed in the balance held by another's hand. The very spirit of a man tends to panic from the desolation of going nameless up and down the streets of other minds where no salutation greets and no friendly recognition makes secure. It is a strange freedom to be adrift in the world of men.

1973 - from The Inward Journey
Trudeau, Pierre Elliot  
We are confronted by the ageless paradox that certain kinds of freedom, such as the freedom to pursue excellence, are impossible without rules. We limit one kind of freedom in order to promote another. The wisest among us impose rules with a light touch.

April 2, 1976 - from a speech delivered in Toronto