22 Awesome Quotes About Freedom That Remind Us It Isn't Free

Ah the joy of being free! Freedom is something everyone yearns for, be they man or animal. To be free from bondage, free from social norms, and free from other restrains is indeed the most precious feeling ever. But how many people on this earth actually get to enjoy true freedom? True freedom is not the absence of just the external restrictions, but also liberation from the bondages of our own thoughts which restrain our actions and thereby curb our freedom. It is not just the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved but also having the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants.

Freedom or liberation is a topic often debated on in philosophical circles. Indeed, it is a concept that has baffled thinkers from time immemorial. What exactly constitutes true freedom? How can man achieve total liberation while still living within the confines of the society? Is the achievement of absolute freedom even possible? The best freedom is in being yourself, goes a popular quote. But in today’s world, how many people are actually able to achieve this ideal? This collection of freedom quotes will make you ponder on the concept of liberty and give you some food for thought!

I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.

- Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë

The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.

- Coco Chanel

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.

- A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf

Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom. And in freedom, most people find sin.

- The Fault in Our Stars, John Green

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

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

War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.

- 1984, George Orwell

When I discover who I am, I'll be free.

- Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

- Memoirs of the life & writings of Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Franklin

People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.

- Søren Kierkegaard

You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.

- Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison

Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life.

- Bob Marley

Reality doesn't impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.

- Incest: From a Journal of Love, Anaïs Nin

Now that she had nothing to lose, she was free.

- Eleven Minutes, Paulo Coelho

Freedom lies in being bold.

- Robert Frost

The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you.

- Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace

Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.

- Beloved, Toni Morrison

The unhappiest people in this world, are those who care the most about what other people think.

- C. JoyBell C.

A concept is a brick. It can be used to build a courthouse of reason. Or it can be thrown through the window.

- A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia, Gilles Deleuze

I'm single because I was born that way.

- Mae West

Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves

- Complete Works - Volume XII, Abraham Lincoln

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