Freedom (quotes)


Freedom is to be without constraint or limit


Freedom is of the heart, mind, soul


Freedom is the nature of the soul

  • Freedom is the oxygen of the soul. Moshe Dayan
  • Freedom is not the goal of the human soul, but its very nature. By nature, the soul is free. Lack of freedom is, therefore, a violation of the very nature of the soul. Neale Donald Walsch
  • The journey to personal freedom can only be achieved if you listen to the voice of your soul. Micheal Teal
  • When, within our souls and psyches we are made aware of a safe but insistent drum beat, repeated like butterfly wings in motion, we sense the message…that our inner self has begun its search for freedom. Mary Meeker
  • The inherent nature of man is ever seeking to express itself in terms of freedom, because freedom is the birthright of every living soul. Ernest Holmes
  • The soul

Freedom is of the heart


Freedom is of the mind

  • I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind. Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • Who speaks of liberty while the human mind is in chains? Francis Wright
  • 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
  • Thou canst not touch the freedom of my mind. John Milton
  • The mind

Freedom is who we are by nature

  • Freedom is Who You Are. Neale Donald Walsch
  • Now the real beginnings of the “freedom” which we have discussed for many years–and a heady freedom it is, coming after so many years of reaching outward for it–to finally discover all I had to do was reach inward, and it was there waiting all the time for me! Alisa Wells
  • Man is not the creature of circumstances, circumstances are the creatures of men. We are free agents, and man is more powerful than matter. Benjamin Disraeli
  • Awaken to who you really are

Freedom, the ultimate ideal


Freedom is the ultimate ideal and goal

  • I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom. Simone de Beauvoir
  • It is dangerous to take human freedom for granted, to regard it as a prerogative rather than as an obligation, as an ultimate fact rather than as an ultimate goal. It is the beginning of wisdom to be amazed at the fact of our being free.  Abraham Joshua Heschel
  • Freedom–no word was ever spoken that has held out greater hope, demanded greater sacrifice, needed more to be nurtured, blessed more the giver. . . or came closer to being God’s will on earth. Omar N. Bradley
  • For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail? Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Freedom is the basic condition for you to touch life, to touch the blue sky, the trees, the birds, the tea, and the other person. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • We have come into this exquisite world to experience ever and ever more deeply our divine courage, freedom and light! Hafez
  • Life without liberty is like a body without spirit. Kahlil Gibran
  • Purpose

Freedom of choice


The freedom to choose and decide is our greatest gift

  • Our greatest power is the power of choice; our greatest freedom lies in the exercise of our power of choice. William Curtis
  • We need to teach the next generation of children from Day One that they are responsible for their lives. Mankind’s greatest gift, also its greatest curse, is that we have free choice. We can make our choices built from love or from fear. Elizabeth Kubler- Ross
  • Freedom is the opportunity to make decisions. Kenneth Hildebrand
  • Masters give themselves the freedom to make any choice they wish—and give those they love the same freedom. Freedom is the basic concept and construct of life everywhere, because freedom is the basic nature of God. Neale Donald Walsch
  • Free choice is the greatest gift God gives to his children. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
  • What you call freedom is still nothing but choosing how to steer straight into the heart of what chooses you. Kate Gleason
  • Freedom as we define it doesn’t mean doing what you want. Freedom means the ability to make choices that are good for you. It is the power to choose to become what you are capable of becoming, to develop your unique potential by making choices that turn possibility into reality. It is the ability to make choices that actualize you. As often as not, maybe more often than not, this kind of freedom means doing what you do not want, doing what is uncomfortable or tiring or boring or annoying. Gregory Millman
  • Man is man because he is free to operate within the framework of his destiny. He is free to deliberate, to make decisions, and to choose between alternatives. Martin Luther King
  • Every human has four endowments – self-awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom. The power to choose, to respond, to change.  Stephen Covey
  • A superficial freedom to wander aimlessly here or there, to taste this or that, to make a choice of distractions, is simply a sham. It claims to be a freedom of “choice” when it has evaded the basic task of discovering who it is that chooses.  Thomas Merton
  • As long as you are free, you are free to select and choose alternatives, provided that you are willing to accept the responsibility for being free. And after you’ve tried your alternatives, and they don’t work as you would wish, don’t blame me. Blame your choice.  Try another alternative.  Leo Buscaglia
  • Free willChoice

What true freedom is


Freedom is living simply

  • For men in a state of freedom had thatch for their shelter, while slavery dwells beneath marble and gold. Seneca
  • I also have in mind that seemingly wealthy, but most terribly impoverished class of all, who have accumulated dross, but know not how to use it, or get rid of it, and thus have forged their own golden or silver fetters. Henry David Thoreau
  • Unnecessary possessions are unnecessary burdens. If you have them, you have to take care of them! There is great freedom in simplicity of living. It is those who have enough but not too much who are the happiest. Peace Pilgrim
  • Let me not be tied down to property or praise and I shall be free. Free from the nagging ache of envy. Free from the hurts of resentment. Free to love all and forgive all. Free to do and say what is right, regardless of the unpopularity. Free to wander everywhere as inspiration guides me. Saint Francis of Assisi
  • Simple living

Freedom is opening up to life as it is without demanding it be a certain way

  • Those who are free don’t want anything. They don’t want anything from their mind, they don’t want anything from their emotions, they don’t want anything from anyone and they don’t want anything from life. They don’t want anything. If you don’t want, all that’s left is an incredible sense of being free. Adyashanti
  • Complete peace and freedom, to me, means not being dissatisfied in any way with the circumstances of my life—opening my heart to its joys and to my own suffering. Then I’d be happy and content regardless of my circumstances. Ajahn Chah
  • Acceptance

Freedom is having time to do what you want

  • He does not seem to me to be a free man who does not sometimes do nothing. Cicero
  • Being rich is having money; being wealthy is having time. Margaret Bonnano
  • The ultimate of being successful is the luxury of giving yourself the time to do what you want to do. Leontyne Price
  • The special virtue of freedom is not that it makes you richer and more powerful but that it gives you more time to understand what it means to be alive. Adam Gopnik
  • It’s what you do in your free time that will set you free—or enslave you. Jarod Kintz
  • Liberty is being free from the things we don’t like in order to be slaves of the things we do like. Ernest Benn
  • Do what you love

Freedom is being able to be completely yourself

  • The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. Jim Morrison
  • Freedom is being able to choose whoever and whatever you want to be at any moment in your life. Debbie Ford
  • You have the freedom to be yourself, your true self, here and now, and nothing can stand in your way. Richard Bach
  • The freedom from something is not true freedom. The freedom to do anything you want to do is also not the freedom I am talking about. My vision of freedom is to be yourself. Osho
  • When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free. Charles Evans Hughes
  • Everyone talks about freedom. All around the world different people, different races, different countries are fighting for freedom.  But what is freedom?  In America we speak of living in a free country.  But are we really free?  Are we free to be who we really are?  The answer is no, we are not free.  True freedom has to do with the human spirit–it is freedom to be who we really are.  Who stops us from being free?  We blame the government, we blame the weather, we blame our parents, we blame religion, we blame God.  Who really stops us from being free?  We stop ourselves.  Don Miguel Ruiz
  • There is no freedom like seeing myself as I am and not losing heart. Elizabeth J. Canham
  • The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large- scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first. Jim Morrison
  • Be who you are

Freedom is being able to choose and follow your own path

  • Only on the surface of things have I ever trod the beaten path. So long as I could keep from hurting anyone else, I have lived, as completely as it was possible, the life of my choice. I have been free. . . . I have done the work I wished to do for the sake of that work alone. Ellen Glasgow
  • Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possibility. Oprah Winfrey
  • Freedom is not the absence of commitments, but the ability to choose—and commit myself to—what is best for me. Paulo Coelho
  • Follow your own path

Freedom is being able to let go of things …

  • Our freedom can be measured by the number of things we can walk away from. Vernon Howard
  • The river delights to lift us free, if only we dare let go. Richard Bach
  • Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Once you stop clinging and let things be, you’ll be free, even of birth and death. You’ll transform everything. Bodhidharma
  • Sometimes you’ve got to let everything go…purge yourself. If you are unhappy with anything…whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you’ll find that when you’re free, your true creativity, your true self comes out. Tina Turner
  • Only after you’ve lost everything are you free to do anything.
  • Letting go

… especially needs, attachments and expectations

  • No person is free until he or she is free at the center. When we let go there, we are free indeed.  When the self is renounced, then one stands utterly disillusioned, apart, asking for nothing.  If anything comes to us, it is all sheer gain.  Then life becomes one constant surprise.  Stanley Jones
  • I fear nothing. I hope for nothing.  I am free.  Nikos Kazantzakis
  • You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down. Toni Morrison
  • It is the preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else that prevents us from living freely and nobly. Bertrand Russell
  • Remember: no attachment should grow, no clinging should grow. They are all against your independence, your freedom, your individuality. Osho
  • .. who find delight in freedom from attachment in the renunciation of clinging, free from the inflow of thoughts, they are like shining lights, having reached final liberation in the world. Buddha
  • Free yourself from attachment. Buddha
  • Breaking attachments leads to freedom, but breaking attachments does not mean abandoning a loving and meaningful relationship, a relationship that nourishes your soul. It means ending dependency on any person or thing. Love is never a dependency. Brian L. Weiss
  • You can have anything you wish in your life, but if your sense of self-worth or your happiness depends on it, then you are attached to it. Whoever or whatever you are attached to can manipulate you. You are no longer free. Michelle Mayur
  • Each day, accept everything that comes to you as a gift. At night, mentally give it all back. In this way, you become free. Daniel Levin
  • What you usually call your happiness is actually your chain: Your job, your home, your possessions… Anthony de Mello
  • Non-attachment does not mean indifference or non-loving. Non-attachment and love are one and the same. Non- attachment gives freedom, but attachment brings bondage. Swami Rama
  • ExpectationNon-attachmentLetting go

Freedom is thinking your own thoughts

  • The free person is one who does not fear to go to the end of his or her thought. Leon Blum
  • Unfortunately, many people do not feel comfortable with freedom. They must find for themselves a leader, a guru, or a mentor to take over the direction of their spiritual lives and who will tell them what to do and how to think… Many mistakenly believe they have to be led each step of the way.  Joseph F. Girzone
  • Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently. Rosa Luxemburg

Freedom is being able to choose your response to external events

  • Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. Stephen Covey
  • Freedom is that instant between when someone tells you to do something and when you decide how to respond. Jeffrey Borenstein
  • Our ultimate freedom is the right and power to decide how anybody or anything outside ourselves will affect us. Stephen Covey
  • The final quality that supports equanimity is freedom, which comes as we begin to let go of our reactive tendencies. We can get a taste of what this means by noticing areas in which we were once reactive but are no longer. In Buddhist practice, we work to expand the range of life experiences in which we are free. Gil Fronsdal
  • Freedom is what you do with what’s been done to you. Jean-Paul Sartre
  • I call that mind free which is not passively framed by outward circumstances, which is not swept away by the torrents of events, which is not the creature of accidental impulse, but which bends events to its own improvement, and acts from an inward spring, from immutable principles which it has deliberately espoused. W.E. Channing
  • Mindfulness gives you time. Time gives you choices. Choices, skilfully made, lead to freedom. You don’t have to be swept away by your feeling. You can respond with wisdom and kindness rather than habit and reactivity. Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

Freedom is being able to choose your attitude

  • The last of the human freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances. Victor Frankl
  • Attitude

Freedom is a capacity to grow

  • Freedom is man’s capacity to take a hand in his own development. It is our capacity to mold ourselves. Rollo May
  • Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better. Albert Camus
  • Growth

Freedom is allowing yourself to err and fail

  • Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err. It passes my comprehension how human beings, be they ever so experienced and able, can delight in depriving other human beings of that precious right. Ghandi
  • There can be no real freedom without the freedom to fail. Erich Fromm
  • Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes. Mahatma Gandhi
  • The freedom to fail is vital if you’re going to succeed. Michael Korda
  • Liberty is the possibility of doubting, of making a mistake,… of searching and experimenting,… of saying No to any authority – literary, artistic, philosophical, religious, social, and even political. Ignazio Silone
  • FailureMistakes

Freedom is not taking anything personally


Freedom is not being a slave to rules

  • The path of freedom is blocked much more by those who wish to obey than by those who wish to command. D. Petre
  • I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. Robert A. Heinlein
  • If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun. Katharine Hepburn
  • If I’d observed all the rules, I’d never have got anywhere. Marilyn Monroe
  • Its better to be a pirate than to join the navy. Steve Jobs
  • Any fool can make a rule and any fool will mind it. Henry David Thoreau
  • Rules are made for people who aren’t willing to make up their own. Chuck Yeager
  • It ain’t a sin if you crack a few laws now and then, just so long as you don’t break any. Mae West
  • I try not to break the rules, but merely to test their elasticity. Bill Veeck
  • I would rather be an artist than a leader. Ironically, a leader has to follow the rules. Criss Jami
  • I believe in rules. Sure I do.  If there weren’t any rules, how could you break them?  Leo Durocher
  • Men fight for freedom, then they begin to accumulate laws to take it away from themselves.
  • Slavery

Freedom is not being a slave to the opinion of others

  • The greatest fear in the world is of the opinions of others. And the moment you are unafraid of the crowd you are no longer a sheep, you become a lion. A great roar arises in your heart, the roar of freedom. Osho
  • Real freedom is freedom from the opinions of others. Above all, freedom from your opinions about yourself. Brennan Manning
  • ConformityApproval seekingWorrying what others think

Freedom is walking out of your self-imposed prison

  • So often time it happens, we all live our life in chains, and we never even know we have the key. The Eagles
  • Too many people are living in a prison that they have themselves manufactured. Michael Beckwith
  • Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open? Rumi
  • There is only one decision you need to make: You are either working at your Freedom or you are accepting your bondage. Robert Adams
  • Become the sky. Take an axe to the prison wall. Escape. Rumi
  • Within yourself deliverance must be searched for, because each man makes his own prison. Sir Edwin Arnold

Freedom is letting go of your belief that you’re not free

  • And my personal belief is that the only thing keeping you from freedom is all the beliefs you have about what has to happen before you can be there. Tony Robbins
  • Man is free, but not if he doesn’t believe it. Giovanni Giacomo Casanova de Seingalt
  • You are already free. You only have to know and realize this truth.  Sivananda
  • Belief

Freedom is the strength of character to choose and to do what is right

  • Freedom does not mean that right to do whatever we please, but rather to do as we ought. The right to do whatever we please reduces freedom to a physical power and forgets that freedom is a moral power.  Fulton J. Sheen
  • When freedom does not have a purpose, when it does not wish to know anything about the rule of law engraved in the hearts of men and women, when it does not listen to the voice of conscience, it turns against humanity and society. Pope John Paul III
  • Let your cry be for free souls rather than for freedom. Moral liberty is the only important liberty. Joseph Joubert
  • Freedom is not simply the circumstances that allow you to do whatever you want. Freedom is not only the opportunity to choose. Freedom is the strength of character to choose and to do what is right.  With that in mind, our age is not an age of freedom, but an age of slavery.  It is subtle, but it is real.  The foundation of freedom is not power or choice.  Freedom is upheld not by men and women in government, but by people who govern themselves.  Matthew Kelly
  • Freedom is the right to be wrong, not the right to do wrong. John Diefenbaker
  • CharacterRight action

Freedom is choosing your own burden

  • You have freedom when you’re easy in your harness. Robert Frost
  • Freedom means choosing your burden. Hephzibah Menuhin
  • Total freedom is never what one imagines and, in fact, hardly exists. It comes as a shock in life to learn that we usually only exchange one set of restrictions for another. The second set, however, is self-chosen, and therefore easier to accept.  Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Where freedom is found


Freedom is attained from within

  • The outward freedom that we shall attain will only be in exact proportion to the inward freedom to which we may have grown at a given moment. And if this is a correct view of freedom, our chief energy must be concentrated on achieving reform from within. Mahatma Gandhi
  • I call that mind free which is not passively framed by outward circumstances, which is not swept away by the torrents of events, which is not the creature of accidental impulse, but which bends events to its own improvement, and acts from an inward spring, from immutable principles which it has deliberately espoused. W.E. Channing
  • Those whose joy is within, whose pleasure is within, and whose light is within, that devotee, being well established in the Supreme, attains to absolute freedom. The Bhagavad Gita

Freedom is found in acceptance

  • Freedom is instantaneous the moment we accept things as they are. Karen Maezen Miller
  • Imagine how it might feel to suspend all your judging and instead to let each moment be just as it is, without attempting to evaluate it as “good” or “bad.” This would be a true stillness, a true liberation. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • The way towards freedom from a situation often lies in acceptance of the situation. Rachel Naomi Remen
  • Stop looking to fix your situation and find your freedom right here in this overflowing sea of hardship. Stop fighting difficulty and sink into acceptance. Grace Schireson
  • The moment that judgement stops through acceptance of what it is, you are free of the mind. You have made room for love, for joy, for peace. Eckhart Tolle
  • Acceptance

Freedom is found in being love

  • In true love, you attain freedom. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • The moment we choose to love, we begin to move toward freedom, to act in ways that liberate ourselves and others. Bell Hooks
  • We are free when we move from a focus on getting love, abundance, peace and freedom to being love, abundance, peace, and freedom. Brent Kessel
  • Who you are is love. What love is, is unlimited, eternal, and free. Therefore, that is what you are. That is the nature of who you are. You are unlimited, eternal, and free, by nature. Neale Donald Walsch
  • A heart filled with love is like a phoenix that no cage can imprison. Rumi
  • Love is the only freedom in the world because it so elevates the spirit that the laws of humanity and the phenomena of nature do not alter its course. Kahlil Gibran
  • Love can never possess. Love is giving freedom to the other. Love is an unconditional gift, it is not a bargain. Osho
  • Love

Freedom is found in courage and trust

  • Freedom lies in being bold. Robert Frost
  • He who is brave is free. Seneca
  • When we face our fears, we can find our freedom. Joyce Meyer
  • The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage. Thucydides
  • What is at the summit of courage, I think, is freedom. The freedom that comes with the knowledge that no earthly thing can break you. Paula Giddings
  • Freedom is as frightening now as it was thousands of years ago. It will always require a willingness to sacrifice what is most familiar for what is most true. To be free we may need to act from integrity, on trust, sometimes for a very long time.  Few of us will reach our promised land in a day.  But perhaps the most important part of the story is that God does not delegate this task.   Whenever anyone moves toward freedom, God Himself is there.  Rachel Naomi Remen
  • Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom. Soren Kierkegaard
  • Be bold, free, and truthful. Brenda Ueland
  • There are always risks in freedom. The only risk in bondage is breaking free. Gita Bellin
  • Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free. Jim Morrison
  • He who has overcome his fears will truly be free. Aristotle
  • CourageTrust

Freedom is found in stillness

  • Health, contentment and trust are your greatest possessions, and freedom your greatest joy. Look within. Be still. Buddha
  • In the place of stillness, rises potential. From the place of potential, emerges possibility. Where there is possibility, there is choice. And where there is choice, there is freedom. Gabriella Goddard
  • The ability to free your mind from unwanted thoughts is real freedom. Remez Sasson
  • Meditation is not the pursuit of pleasure and the search for happiness. Meditation, on the contrary, is a state of mind in which there is no concept or formula, and therefore total freedom. It is only to such a mind that this bliss comes unsought and uninvited. Once it is there, though you may live in the world with all its noise, pleasure and brutality, they will not touch that mind. Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • Stillness

Freedom is found in being able to empty the mind

  • It is only the man who is totally free who can look and understand immediately. Freedom implies really, doesn’t it, the total emptying of the mind. Completely to empty the whole content of the mind–that is real freedom. Freedom is not mere revolt from circumstances, which again breeds other circumstances, other environmental influences, which enslave the mind. We are talking about a freedom that comes naturally, easily, unasked for, when the mind is capable of functioning at its highest level. Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • Without total freedom, every perception, every objective regard, is twisted.
  • Once there is a distance between you and your thought process, a new freedom is born. With this freedom, a new perception arises. Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

Freedom is found through surrender

  • We all dread the helplessness of losing control, and yet real freedom lies in recognizing the futility of demanding that life be within our control. Instead, we must learn the willingness to feel – to say yes to – the experience of helplessness itself. This is one of the hidden gifts of serious illness or loss. It pushes us right to our edge, where we may have the good fortune to realize that our only real option is to surrender to our experience and let it just be. Ezra Bayda
  • True freedom and the end of suffering is living in such a way as if you had completely chosen whatever you feel or experience at this moment. This inner alignment with Now is the end of suffering. Eckhart Tolle
  • Surrender

Freedom is found through awareness and realisation of who you are

  • I have only one purpose: to make people free, to urge them towards freedom, to help them to break away from all limitations, for that alone will give them eternal happiness, will give them the unconditional realization of Self.  Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • No person is free until he or she is free at the center. When we let go there, we are free indeed.  When the self is renounced, then one stands utterly disillusioned, apart, asking for nothing.  If anything comes to us, it is all sheer gain.  Then life becomes one constant surprise.  Stanley Jones
  • Freedom is not a goal, it is the supreme awareness of who you are. Freedom is found once all concepts are thrown away, and one stands alone in the present moment to find the depth of meaning inherent in their spirit. Spiritual Warrior
  • Enlightenment is the direct result of freedom from the illusion of a separate self. A profound understanding of this ultimate simplicity provides all that is required for an awakening to enlightenment. Gary Crowley
  • This is true freedom: Stepping out of your story. Eckhart Tolle
  • Only the truth of who you are, if realized, will set you free. Eckhart Tolle
  • To know the self as the only reality and all else as temporal and transient is freedom, peace and joy. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • AwarenessAwaken to who you really are

Freedom is found in self-mastery and discipline

  • No man is free who is not master of himself. Epictetus
  • A healthy view of discipline keeps us on track in areas of our life where we’ve determined to make a change. Discipline is a practice of self-love, self-respect, and surrender that results in freedom. Michael Bernard Beckwith
  • Self-discipline is a form of freedom. Freedom from laziness and lethargy, freedom from the expectations and demands of others, freedom from weakness and fear-and doubt. Self- discipline allows a pitcher to feel his individuality, his inner strength, his talent. He is master of, rather than a slave to, his thoughts and emotions. A. Dorfman
  • Some people regard discipline as a chore. For me, it is a kind of order that sets me free to fly. Julie Andrews
  • Without self-knowledge, without understanding the working and functions of his machine, man cannot be free, he cannot govern himself and he will always remain a slave. George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff
  • True freedom is impossible without a mind made free by discipline. Mortimer J. Adler
  • There are two freedoms – the false, where a man is free to do what he likes; the true, where he is free to do what he ought. Charles Kingsley
  • The greatest blessing of our democracy is freedom. But in the last analysis, our only freedom is the freedom to discipline ourselves. Bernard Baruch
  • MasterySelf-discipline

Seeking the truth sets you free

  • The truth shall set you free. Bible
  • Chase after truth like hell and you’ll free yourself, even though you never touch its coat- tails. Clarence Darrow
  • The pursuit of truth shall set you free – even if you never catch up with it. Clarence Darrow
  • The truth that makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear. Herbert Agar
  • The truth will set you free. But before it does, it might make you angry.  Jerry Joiner
  • The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you. David Foster Wallace
  • The Truth which has made us free will in the end make us glad, also. Felix Adler
  • The truth is cruel, but it can be loved, and it makes free those who have loved it. George Santayana
  • The surprise of truth is freedom. Nadia Khalil Bradley
  • It has been said, ‘the truth will make men free.’ The truth alone has never made anyone free. It is only doubt which will bring mental emancipation. Anton Szandor LaVey
  • Truth

Requirements for freedom


Freedom requires not clinging to safety or security

  • But freedom is really a state of mind in which there is no fear or compulsion, no urge to be secure. Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • Most people want security in this world, not freedom. H. L. Mencken
  • The average man does not want to be free. He simply wants to be safe. L. Mencken
  • Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security, will not have, nor do they deserve, either one. Benjamin Franklin
  • Caution,   Security

Freedom requires not being a slave to your desires

  • Freedom is not procured by a full enjoyment of what is desired, but by controlling the desire. Epictetus
  • Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty. Frank Herbert
  • If being wealthy is taken to mean having the means to satisfy one’s every want, all but the very poor can become rich as thou at a single stroke of a magician’s wand, simply by ceasing to want more than is really necessary for sustaining life. By being content with little and not giving a rap for what the neighbours think, one can attain a very large measure of freedom, shedding care and worry in a trice. John Blofeld
  • Either you live in the world of desire and fear, or you live in freedom. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Desire

Freedom requires self-reliance and the willingness to take responsibility

  • Freedom is the will to be responsible to ourselves. Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Self-reliance is the only road to true freedom and being one’s own person is its ultimate reward. Patricia Sampson
  • Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.  George Bernard Shaw
  • I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. Robert A. Heinlein
  • Freedom is the will to be responsible to ourselves. Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Responsibility

Freedom requires daily practice

  • People who exercise their embryonic freedom day after day, little by little, expand that freedom. People who do not will find that it withers until they are literally ‘being lived.’ They are acting out scripts written by parents, associates, and society. Stephen Covey
  • Freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves. It is a daily practice… No one can prevent you from being aware of each step you take or each breath in and breath out. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Freedom unexercised may become freedom forfeited. Margaret Chase Smith
  • In order to inherit your freedom, you need to go towards it. You have to claim your own freedom before it becomes yours. John O’Donohue
  • We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it. William Faulkner
  • Practice

Freedom requires embracing the unknown

  • The truest freedom is of the mind…a conscious act to embrace the unknown. Tyler Tervooren
  • Why is it that so few people are truly free? Because they try to conform to ideas, concepts, and beliefs in their heads. They try to concentrate their way to heaven. But freedom is about the natural state, the spontaneous and un-self- conscious expression of beingness. If you want to find it, see that the very idea of “a someone who is in control” is a concept created by the mind. Take one step backward into the unknown. Adyashanti
  • The unknown

Freedom requires effort

  • Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. Thomas Paine
  • Most men, after a little freedom, have preferred authority with the consoling assurances and the economy of effort it brings. Walter Lippmann
  • In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved. Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Effort

The foundation stones of freedom

  • Humbleness, forgiveness, clarity and love are the dynamics of freedom. They are the foundations of authentic power. Gary Zukav
  • Humility, forgiveness, clarity of purpose and choosing love as a first response – these are the dynamics of true freedom in life. Michael Rawls
  • The positive vibrations of unregulated joy, peace, happiness and tranquility is freedom. T.F. Hodge

With freedom comes responsibility

  • I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom. Bob Dylan
  • The price of freedom is responsibility, but it is a bargain, because freedom is priceless. Hugh Downs
  • Responsibility is the price of freedom. Elbert Hubbard

Support freedom


Support the freedom of others

  • Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. Abraham Lincoln
  • 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

Support the freedom of speech and ideas

  • If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. George Orwell
  • Here is my advice as we begin the century that will lead to 2081. First, guard the freedom of ideas at all costs.  Be alert that dictators have always played on the natural human tendency to blame others and to oversimplify.  And don’t regard yourself as a guardian of freedom unless you respect and preserve the rights of people you disagree with to free, public, unhampered expression.   Gerard K
  • My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular. Adlai Stevenson
  • The sound of tireless voices is the price we pay for the right to hear the music of our own opinions. Adlai Stevenson
  • People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use. Soren Kierkegaard
  • If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all. Noam Chomsky
  • Laws alone cannot secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his views without penalty there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population. Albert Einstein
  • Ideas

Freedom and God


Your freedom is God given

  • Free Choice is the act of pure creation, the signature of God, and your gift, your glory, and your power forever and ever. Neale Donald Walsch
  • Freedom is the basic concept and construct of life everywhere, because freedom is the basic nature of God. All systems which reduce, restrict, impinge upon, or eliminate freedom in any way are systems which work against life itself. Neale Donald Walsch

Freedom is seeing God in yourself and others

  • The moment I have realised God sitting in the temple of every human body, the moment I stand in reverence before every human being and see God in him – that moment I am free from bondage, everything that binds vanishes, and I am free. Swami Vivekananda

Grant freedom to others


To be free, you must allow it

  • Freedom breeds freedom. Nothing else does.  Anne Roe
  • Anything you strive to hold captive will hold you captive, and if you desire freedom you must give freedom. Peace Pilgrim
  • The price of freedom is to allow freedom. Very few people are willing to pay the price.  Leonard Jacobson
  • The best way to be more free is to grant more freedom to others. Carlo Dossi

You cannot be free if you stop others from being free

  • No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck. Frederick Douglass
  • No one is free when others are oppressed.
  • You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man’s freedom. You can only be free if I am free. Clarence Darrow
  • Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. Abraham Lincoln

Freedom from the past


Free yourself of the past …

  • You may think that you need more time to understand the past or become free of it, in other words, that the future will eventually free you of the past. This is a delusion. Only the present can free you of the past. Eckhart Tolle
  • Forgetfulness is a form of freedom. Kahlil Gibran
  • The past

… through forgiveness

  • Not to forgive is to be imprisoned by the past, by old grievances that do not permit life to proceed with new business. Not to forgive is to yield oneself to another’s control… to be locked into a sequence of act and response, of outrage and revenge, tit for tat, escalating always. The present is endlessly overwhelmed and devoured by the past. Forgiveness frees the forgiver. It extracts the forgiver from someone else’s nightmare. Lance Morrow
  • When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and get free. Catherine Ponder
  • Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom. Hannah Arendt
  • To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you. Lewis Smedes
  • Forgiveness is the gateway; freedom and love lie beyond. Nancy Levin
  • I eventually came to understand that in harboring the anger, the bitterness and resentment towards those that had hurt me, I was giving the reins of control over to them. Forgiving was not about accepting their words and deeds. Forgiving was about letting go and moving on with my life. In doing so, I had finally set myself free. Isabel Lopez
  • Forgiveness

Final thoughts


Man is free at the moment he wishes to be

  • 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
  • Man is free at the moment he wishes to be. Voltaire

Look after your health so it supports your freedom

  • Your body, the only one you will ever have, is the foundation of your life. And it’s either an anchor limiting your freedom and potential or a source of radiant energy, vitality and joy, elevating your life and the lives of those around you. Shawn Phillips
  • In health there is freedom. Health is the first of all liberties. Henri-Frederic Amiel
  • Health

Find financial freedom

  • My definition of financial freedom is simple: it is the ability to live the lifestyle you desire without having to work or rely on anyone else for money. Harv Eker

Embrace the freedom of the wilderness

  • Why wilderness? Because we like the taste of freedom; because we like the smell of danger. Edward Abbey
  • I was born on the prairies where the wind blew free and there was nothing to break the light of the sun. I was born where there were no enclosures. Geronimo
  • Spending time in nature will also give you access to the qualities inherent in the field: infinite creativity, freedom, and bliss. Deepak Chopra
  • You can’t take the sky from me. Joss Whedon
  • Nature

On a lighter note

  • It ain’t a sin if you crack a few laws now and then, just so long as you don’t break any. Mae West
  • Liberty: One of Imagination’s most precious possessions. Ambrose Bierce
  • The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off. Gloria Steinem
  • Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest. Denis Diderot
  • I tried to contain myself… but I escaped! Gary Paulsen
  • Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one. J. Liebling
  • I find it ironic that the colors red, white, and blue stand for freedom until they are flashing behind you.
  • In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria.
  • 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 to never practice either of them. Mark Twain
  • Men want the same thing from their underwear that they want from women: a little bit of support and a little bit of freedom. Jerry Seinfeld
  • The freedom of the press works in such a way that there is not much freedom from it. Grace Kelly