Свободата, Санчо, е едно от най-ценните блага, с които небесата даряват хората. С нея не могат да се сравнят нито съкровищата, които крие земята, нито тези, които таи морето. За свободата, както и за честта, може и трябва да се жертвува животът и обратно, лишаването от свобода е най-голямото зло, което може да сполети човека.
[…] Свободата, Санчо, е на върха на копието.
― Мигел де Сервантес, “Дон Кихот”
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
― Benjamin Franklin, Memoirs of the life & writings of Benjamin Franklin
Both liberty and equality are among the primary goals pursued by human beings throughout many centuries; but total liberty for wolves is death to the lambs, total liberty of the powerful, the gifted, is not compatible with the rights to a decent existence of the weak and the less gifted.
― Isaiah Berlin, The Crooked Timber of Humanity: Chapters in the History of Ideas
Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves.
― Abraham Lincoln, Complete Works – Volume XII
If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
― George Orwell
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
I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.
― Audre Lorde
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.
― Thomas Jefferson
Freedom is not something that anybody can be given. Freedom is something people take, and people are as free as they want to be.
― James Baldwin
People have only as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want and the courage to take.
― Emma Goldman
There will come a time when it isn’t ‘They’re spying on me through my phone’ anymore. Eventually, it will be ‘My phone is spying on me.
― Philip K. Dick
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.
― Thomas Paine
Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!
― Patrick Henry
Liberty and love
These two I must have.
For my love I’ll sacrifice
For liberty I’ll sacrifice
― Sandor Petofi
Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
If this nation is to be wise as well as strong, if we are to achieve our destiny, then we need more new ideas for more wise men reading more good books in more public libraries. These libraries should be open to all—except the censor. We must know all the facts and hear all the alternatives and listen to all the criticisms. Let us welcome controversial books and controversial authors. For the Bill of Rights is the guardian of our security as well as our liberty.
― John F. Kennedy
Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.
― John Milton, Areopagitica
Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.
― Benjamin Franklin, Silence Dogood / The Busy-Body / Early Writings
If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.
― John Stuart Mill, On Liberty
Why should I fear death?
If I am, then death is not.
If Death is, then I am not.
Why should I fear that which can only exist when I do not?
Long time men lay oppressed with slavish fear.
Religious tyranny did domineer.
At length the mighty one of Greece
Began to assent the liberty of man.
I have never thought, for my part, that man’s freedom consists in his being able to do whatever he wills, but that he should not, by any human power, be forced to do what is against his will.
― Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Reveries of the Solitary Walker