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My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.
Adlai E. Stevenson Jr. (1900 - 1965), Speech in Detroit, 7 Oct. 1952

Freedom is just Chaos, with better lighting.
Alan Dean Foster, "To the Vanishing Point"

Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual
who can labor in freedom.
Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955), 'Out of My Later Years,' 1950

The basis of a democratic state is liberty.
Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC), Politics

Because you are in control of your life. Don't ever forget that. You are
what you are because of the conscious and subconscious choices you have
Barbara Hall, A Summons to New Orleans, 2000

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety
deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790), Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759

If you want to be free, there is but one way; it is to guarantee an equally
full measure of liberty to all your neighbors. There is no other.
Carl Schurz (1829 - 1906)

She gave me more than just a sweater vest that night. She gave me all this.
Nothing. She gave me nothing. That's what I need. No phone book, no
Game Boy, no pasta maker, TV Guide. Nowhere to go, nothing to do.
Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider, Northern Exposure, Up River, 1994

We hold in our hands, the most precious gift of all: Freedom. The freedom
to express our art. Our love. The freedom to be who we want to be. We are
not going to give that freedom away and no one shall take it from us!
Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider, Northern Exposure, Cicely, 1992

Only the educated are free.
Epictetus (55 AD - 135 AD), Discourses

In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882 - 1945), Speech, September 22, 1936

Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)
The First Amendment is often inconvenient. But that is besides the point.
Inconvenience does not absolve the government of its obligation to
tolerate speech.
Justice Anthony Kennedy (1936 - )

Patterning your life around other's opinions is nothing more than slavery.
Lawana Blackwell, The Dowry of Miss Lydia Clark, 1999

While the State exists, there can be no freedom. When there is freedom
there will be no State.
Lenin (1870 - 1924), "State and Revolution", 1919

Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest
political end.
Lord Acton

Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or
anything. If you're a man, you take it.
Malcolm X (1925 - 1965), Malcolm X Speaks, 1965

You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace
unless he has his freedom.
Malcolm X (1925 - 1965), Malcolm X Speaks, 1965

It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three
unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience,
and the prudence never to practice either of them.
Mark Twain (1835 - 1910), Following the Equator (1897)

Self-reliance is the only road to true freedom, and being one's own person
is its ultimate reward.
Patricia Sampson

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