#TuesdayThoughts: The Meaning of Freedom

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The subjects of war, freedom and humanity have been trending on Twitter today. While our nation is one of the greatest democracies in the world, we still have a history with roots in the degradation and marginalization of others.  Despite this history, however, we also know what freedom looks like.

Our #TuesdayThoughts are on the meaning of freedom with quotes from some of the greatest minds from around the globe.

  1. “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
  2. “Freedom lies in being bold.” – Robert Frost
  3. “We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.” – William Faulkner
  4. “I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free… so other people would be also free.” – Rosa Parks
  5. “Freedom is never given; it is won.” – A. Philip Randolph
  6. “Freedom means the opportunity to be what we never thought we would be.” – Daniel J. Boorstin
  7. “Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.” – Kahlil Gibran
  8. “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
  9. “Freedom has always been an expensive thing. History is fit testimony to the fact that freedom is rarely gained without sacrifice and self-denial.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  10. “This is my doctrine: Give every other human being every right you claim for yourself.” – Robert G. Ingersoll
  11. “Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end.” – John Dalberg-Acton
  12. “To renounce liberty is to renounce being a man, to surrender the rights of humanity and even its duties.” – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  13. “Liberty is rendered even more precious by the recollection of servitude.” – Cicero
  14. “Freedom is the will to be responsible for ourselves.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
  15. “Freedom is never free.” – Maya Angelou

 

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