the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.
“we do have some freedom of choice”
absence of subjection to foreign domination or despotic government.
“he was a champion of Irish freedom”
synonyms: independence, self-government, self-determination, self-rule, home rule, sovereignty, nonalignment, autonomy; democracy
“revolution was the only path to freedom”
the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved.
“the shark thrashed its way to freedom”
synonyms: liberty, liberation, release, deliverance, delivery, discharge; literary disenthrallment; historical manumission
“a desperate bid for freedom”
“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.”
People believe in God because they’ve been conditioned to believe in God.
Tyrants have not yet discovered any chains that can fetter the mind.
Charles Caleb Colton
“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.”
Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the overcompensations for misery. And, of course, stability isn’t nearly so spectacular as instability. And being contented has none of the glamour of a good fight against misfortune, none of the picturesqueness of a struggle with temptation, or a fatal overthrow by passion or doubt. Happiness is never grand.
“Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of resistance.”
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them?
We must be willing to pay a price for freedom.
H. L. Mencken
Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly — they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.
“The urge to save humanity is almost always a false face for the urge to rule it.” H.L. Mencken.
Universal happiness keeps the wheels steadily turning, truth and beauty can’t.
On no account brood over your wrongdoing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean.
A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude.
Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth.
In regard to propaganda the early advocates of universal literacy and a free press envisaged only two possibilities: the propaganda might be true, or the propaganda might be false. They did not foresee what in fact has happened, above all in our Western capitalist democracies – the development of a vast mass communications industry, concerned in the main neither with the true nor the false, but with the unreal, the more or less totally irrelevant. In a word, they failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions.
It is in the social sphere, in the realm of politics and economics, that the Will to Order becomes really dangerous.
“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.”
“When the people fear the government there is tyranny, when the government fears the people there is liberty.”
John Basil Barnhill.
We, and all others who believe in freedom as deeply as we do, would rather die on our feet than live on our knees.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Did you ever feel, as though you had something inside you that was only waiting for you to give it a chance to come out? Some sort of extra power that you aren’t using – you know, like all the water that goes down the falls instead of through the turbines?
Value dwells not in particular will;
It holds his estimate and dignity
As well wherein ’tis precious of itself
As in the prizer.
Industrial civilization is only possible when there’s no self-denial. Self-indulgence up to the very limits imposed by hygiene and economics. Otherwise the wheels stop turning.
I believe in a religion that believes in freedom. Any time I have to accept a religion that won’t let me fight a battle for my people, I say to hell with that religion.
One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them. Finding bad reasons for what one believes for other bad reasons-that’s philosophy. People believe in God because they’ve been conditioned to believe in God.
What is too much? There is no such thing!
To take arms against a sea of troubles.
Assembled in a crowd, people lose their powers of reasoning and their capacity for moral choice.