Thoughts on freedom

Published: Aug 6, 2016 06:20:45 AM IST
Updated: Aug 6, 2016 09:45:05 AM IST


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

The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask.
—Jim Morrison


Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.
—Pope John Paul II

Responsibility is the price of freedom.
—Elbert Hubbard


When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.
—Nelson Mandela

If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
—George Washington


Better to die fighting for freedom than be a prisoner all the days of your life.
—Bob Marley

Freedom is what you do with what’s been done to you.  
—Jean-Paul Sartre


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

Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
—George Orwell


Man is free at the moment he wishes to be.

Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.
—John Adams

Images: Gandhi, Orwell, Bob, Daniel: Getty Images; Voltaire: Deagostini / Getty Images; Pope: Luciano Mellace / Reuters; Mandela: Reuters

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