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Quotations about freedom

Albert Einstein – Academic freedom and duty

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Albert EinsteinBy academic freedom I understand the right to search for truth and to publish and teach what one holds to be true. This right implies also a duty: one must not conceal any part of what
one has recognized to be true.

Albert Einstein   (1879-1955)

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Alexis de Tocqueville – The equality in democracy and socialism

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Alexis de TocquevilleDemocracy extends the sphere of individual freedom, socialism restricts it. Democracy attaches all possible value to each man; socialism makes each man a mere agent, a mere number. Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.

Alexis de Tocqueville   (1805-1859)

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John Adams – The jaws of power are always opened

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John AdamsThe jaws of power are always opened to devour and her arm is always stretched out, if possible, to destroy the freedom of thinking, speaking, and writing.

John Adams   (1735-1826)
A Dissertation on the Canon and Federal Law

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Martin Luther King – We must not be guilty of wrongful deeds

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Martin Luther KingIn the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.

Martin Luther King  

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Richard Feynman – No government has the right

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Richard FeynmanNo government has the right to decide on the truth of scientific principles, nor to prescribe in any way the character of the questions investigated. Neither may a government determine the aesthetic value of artistic creations, nor limit the forms of literary or artistic expression. Nor should it pronounce on the validity of economic, historic, religious, or philosophical doctrines. Instead it has a duty to its citizens to maintain the freedom, to let those citizens contribute to the further adventure and the development of the human race.

Richard Feynman   (1918-1988)

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Ron Paul – Element of a free society

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Ron PaulThe most important element of a free society, where individual rights are held in the highest esteem, is the rejection of the initiation of violence.

Ron Paul   (1935-)

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Milton Friedman – Equality and freedom

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Milton FriedmanA society that puts equality – in the sense of equality of outcome – ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality nor freedom.

Milton Friedman   (1912-2006)
Free to Choose

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Madeleine L’Engle – If we commit ourselves to one person

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Madeleine L'EngleIf we commit ourselves to one person for life, this is not, as many people think, a rejection of freedom; rather, it demands the courage to move into all the risks of freedom, and the risk of love which is permanent; into that love which is not possession but participation.

Madeleine L’Engle  

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Dwight Eisenhower – America’s aspirations for the world

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Dwight EisenhowerTo all the peoples of the world, I once more give expression to America’s prayerful and continuing aspiration: We pray that peoples of all faiths, all races, all nations, may have their great human needs satisfied; that those now denied opportunity shall come to enjoy it to the full; that all who yearn for freedom may experience its spiritual blessings; that those who have freedom will understand, also, its heavy responsibilities; that all who are insensitive to the needs of others will learn charity; that the scourges of poverty, disease and ignorance will be made to disappear from the earth, and that, in the goodness of time, all peoples will come to live together in a peace guaranteed by the binding force of mutual respect and love.

Dwight Eisenhower   (1890-1969)

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Friedrich Nietzsche – Only two groups: slaves and free men

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Friedrich NietzscheToday as always, men fall into two groups: slaves and free men. Whoever does not have two-thirds of his day for himself, is a slave, whatever he may be: a statesman, a businessman, an official, or a scholar.

Friedrich Nietzsche   (Oct 15, 1844-Aug 25, 1900)

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Abraham Lincoln – Those who deny freedom to others

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Abraham LincolnThis is a world of compensations, and he who would be no slave must consent to have no slave. Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves, and, under a just God, they cannot long retain it.

Abraham Lincoln   (1809-1865)

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