Quotations About / On: FREEDOM

  • 41.
    Art requires neither complaisance nor politeness; nothing but faith—faith and freedom.
    (Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Trans. by Francis Steegmuller. The Selected Letters of Gustave Flaubert, letter, October 2, 1856, to Léon Laurent-Pichat (Farrar, Strauss and Young, 1953).)
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  • 42.
    What most clearly characterizes true freedom and its true employment is its misemployment.
    (G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook L," aph. 49, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).)
  • 43.
    Freedom is a possession of inestimable value.
    (Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. Paulus.)
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  • 44.
    No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.
    (James Madison (1751-1836), U.S. president. Political observations, April 20, 1775. W.T. Hutchinson et al., The Papers of James Madison, vol. 15, p. 518, Chicago and Charlottesville, Virginia (1962-1991).)
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  • 45.
    Freedom, my good girl, means being able to count on how other people will behave.
    (George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First produced 1910). Joey Percival, in Misalliance, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 4, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1972).)
  • 46.
    The greatest enemy of individual freedom is the individual himself.
    (Saul Alinsky (1909-1972), U.S. radical activist. Rules for Radicals, prologue (1971).)
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  • 47.
    The history of the world is none other than the progress of the consciousness of freedom.
    (Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher. "Introduction," sct. 3, The Philosophy of History (1837).)
  • 48.
    The breath of an aristocrat is the death rattle of freedom.
    (Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Danton's Death, act I (1835). On the French Revolution of 1789.)
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  • 49.
    Hero-worship is strongest where there is least regard for human freedom.
    (Herbert Spencer (1820-1903), British philosopher. Social Statistics, pt. 4, ch. 30, sect. 6 (1850).)
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  • 50.
    In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom!
    (J.G. (James Graham) Ballard (b. 1930), British author. interview, Oct. 30, 1982, in Re/Search, no. 8/9 (San Francisco, 1984).)
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