22 Inspiring Quotes About Freedom

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This Fourth of July, while you enjoy fireworks and barbecue, don’t forget the reason you’re celebrating. As you watch the sky light up with red, white and blue, don’t forget to be grateful and proud to be American—to be free. Remind yourself of the meaning behind Independence Day with these 22 quotes about freedom:

1. “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” —Charlotte Bronte from Jane Eyre

2. “Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.” —Virginia Woolf from A Room of One’s Own

3. “Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.” —Mahatma Gandhi

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4. “The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.” —Aung San Suu Kyi

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5. “Freedom (n.): To ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing.” —Ayn Rand from The Fountainhead

6. “We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edge of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.” —Margaret Atwood from The Handmaid’s Tale

7. “In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.” —Franklin D. Roosevelt

8. “We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.” —William Faulkner

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9. “Freedom lies in being bold.” —Robert Frost

10. “For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail?” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

11. “Freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity.” —Herbert Hoover

12. “This, then, is the state of the union: free and restless, growing and full of hope. So it was in the beginning. So it shall always be, while God is willing, and we are strong enough to keep the faith.” —Lyndon B. Johnson

13. “I am an American; free born and free bred, where I acknowledge no man as my superior, except for his own worth, or as my inferior, except for his own demerit.” ― Theodore Roosevelt

14. “Is freedom anything else than the right to live as we wish? Nothing else.” —Epictetus

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15. “Freedom means the opportunity to be what we never thought we would be.” —Daniel J. Boorstin

16. “Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.” —George Washington

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17. “Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.” Albert Einstein

18. “Independence is a heady draught, and if you drink it in your youth, it can have the same effect on the brain as young wine does. It does not matter that its taste is not always appealing. It is addictive and with each drink you want more.” Maya Angelou

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19. “I believe in America because we have great dreams, and because we have the opportunity to make those dreams come true.” Wendell Willkie

quotes about freedom

20. “Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.” Kahlil Gibran

21. “Those who won our independence… valued liberty as an end and as a means. They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.” Louis D. Brandeis

22. “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


Editor’s note: This post was originally published in July 2016 and has been updated for freshness.
Photo by Jacob Morrison on Unsplash

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  1. Krishnendu Pramanick on April 20, 2019 at 4:47 am

    Hi, great post! Freedom is a feeling. It is the most important feeling to have in an individual. It is freedom which lets one think and function freely at their own will.

  2. Jerry Pompilio on July 5, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    Loved the post, As I posted on FB, so why are so many people willing to freely give it up? Thank\\\\\\\’s.

  3. Mohamed on July 5, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    This post is great and important to every ones real life.

  4. Jacob Wilson on July 6, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    Freedom; the persistent wonderful thoughts that flow through our beautiful imaginations, allowing us to visualize and manifest all that we desire.

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