“Freedom is not merely the opportunity to do as one pleases; neither is it merely the opportunity to choose between set alternatives. Freedom is, first of all, the chance to formulate the available choices, to argue over them — and then, the opportunity to choose.” — WRIGHT MILLS [Source: http://wisdomquotes.org/freedom.php]
To know how to free oneself is nothing: the arduous thing is to know what to do with one’s freedom.”— Andre Gide Source: [http://thinkexist.com/quotations/freedom/]
“Freedom is what you do with what’s been done to you.” — Jean-Paul Sartre
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“Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is freedom.” ~Mary Ferguson
“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. O’Neill, 2081
“None who have always been free can understand the terrible fascinating power of the hope of freedom to those who are not free.’ — Pearl S. Buck
This is sometimes a difficult concept for even Americans to understand. No one is free, unless everyone is free.
I know how difficult it can be to listen to people stirring up fear, mistrust and hatred and want them to have the freedom to continue to do so, especially when they seem to want to take the same freedoms away from those who disagree.
So what do we do? We continue to speak our truth and live our lives as a reflection of that truth. We must work to guard freedom for all or there will be freedom for none.
“Freedom and justice cannot be parceled out in pieces to suit political convenience. I don’t believe you can stand for freedom for one group of people and deny it to others.” — Coretta Scott King
“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