11 Inspirational Quotes about Freedom

Freedom is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as the “power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint; absence of subjucation to foreign domination or depositc government; the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved.” As we head into Independence Day weekend in the United States, think about freedom and what it means to you. Do you feel like freedom in some areas of your life is being eroded away, or do you feel like you’re freer than you’ve ever been?

We live in a time where women’s reproductive choice and health care is suddenly not so free, and where LBGQTIA+ people are suddenly feeling like their freedom to marry may run out. States are being granted more power, but it’s been a long time since we have been a “United States” of America. Division is more common than unity and war on all its levels is more common than peace.

That is the other reason that freedom has been on my mind this week. Are we as a society really free if those around us suffer?

We have been free for generations to use and abuse the earth. But if the earth gets too hot for us to inhabit its many places, or if portions of the land end up immersed in the oceans, what is the cost of our freedom—to us and to the planet?

Last week, we wrote about how to create a summer of purpose. Maybe one more way to create a summer of purpose—that we didn’t include on last week’s list—is to figure out ways to stand up for freedom for everyone in our country. In what area do you feel most oppressed? In what ways do you want to be free?

I searched all over the internet to find what others had to say about freedom, including what it is and what it is not, and freedom-related topics. The sources quoted with the images are from a wide range of fields and comprise a small group of commenters on this topic. Many more exist. Feel free to add your favorite quotes about freedom to the comments section of this blog.

Quotes About Freedom

Source: Pixabay “No person is your friend (or kin) who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.” —Alice Walker
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Source: Pixabay “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” ― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
Source: Pixabay “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” ― Coco Chanel
Source: Pixabay “Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
freedom people climbing mountainside
Source: Pixabay “Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.” ― Jim Morrison
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Source: PIxabay “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
Source: Pixabay “I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind.” —Antoine de Saint-Exupery
jail cell freedom
Source: Pixabay “The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.” —Aung San Suu Kyi
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Source: Pixabay “Our responsibility as citizens is to address the inequalities and injustices that linger, and we must secure our birthright freedoms for all people.” —Barack Obama
Martin Luther King Jr Freedom
Source: Pixabay “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.

Happy Independence Day! May your celebrations with friends and/or family be safe, fun, and fulfilling. And may freedom ring.

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