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Freedom Quotes

Freedom… it is the one ideal that we are all secretly in pursuit of, whether we know it or not. Our desire for self-determination, limitlessness, and the option to live life on our own terms is what moves all of us. Indeed, freedom is the fuel that inspires all of us to keep reaching, striving, and growing.

Freedom is the fuel of the free world. It inspires, motivates, and gives countless people, communities, states, and countries, a worthy goal to strive for. So, in honor of one of the most worthy goals one could strive for, here are some of the most inspirational quotes on freedom we could find. May they inspire you to keep pushing for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.


Best Quotes on Freedom

1. “Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.” – Mahatma Gandhi

2. “Freedom (n.): To ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing.” – Ayn Rand 

3. “In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.”  – Franklin D. Roosevelt

4. “Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.” – Kahlil Gibran

5. “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

6. “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin

7. “What then is freedom? The power to live as one wishes.”  – Marcus Tullius Cicero

8. “The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” – Albert Camus

9. “The best freedom is being yourself.” –  Jim Morrison

10. “The secret to happiness is freedom…  And the secret to freedom is courage.” – Thucydides

Freedom Quote by Thucydides

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

12. “Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

13. “Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils.” – General John Stark

14. “Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life.” – Bob Marley

More Quotes On Freedom

Freedom can never be given, it can only be earned. And to earn it, one must strive for it. With that being said, here are even more quotes on freedom.

Give them a read and let the thought of freedom inspire you fully.

15. “Freedom cannot be bestowed — it must be achieved.” – Elbert Hubbard 

16. “My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.” – Adlai Stevenson 

17. “Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.” – Albert Camus

18. “He only earns his freedom and his life who takes them every day by storm.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

19. “Freedom, in any case, is only possible by constantly struggling for it.” – Albert Einstein

20. “Freedom is the oxygen of the soul.” – Moshe Dayan

quotes about freedom

21. Freedom is not the right to live as we please, but the right to find how we ought to live in order to fulfill our potential.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

22. “Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.” – Abraham Lincoln

23. “The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” – Albert Camus

24. “Everything can be taken from a man but… the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” – Victor Frankl

25. “From every mountainside, let freedom ring.” – Martin Luther King JR.

26. “True freedom is impossible without a mind made free by discipline.” – Mortimer J. Adler

27. “Is Freedom anything else than the right to live as we wish? Nothing else.” – Epictetus

28. “We must not be free because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.” – William Faulkner

29. “I am an American, free born and free bred, where I acknowledge no man as my superior, except for his own worth, or as my inferior, except for his own demerit.” – Theodore Roosevelt

30. “America is another name for opportunity.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

America is Freedom Quote

31. “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

32. “Freedom means the absence of coercion of a man by his fellow man.” – Milton Friedman

33. “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” – Jane Eyre

34. “Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.” – Albert Einstein

35. “Authentic freedom is actually the freedom of knowing who you are, why you are here, your purpose in life and where you are going when you leave here.”  – Wayne Dyer

36. “A new age has begun. An age of freedom. And all will know that 300 Spartans gave their last breath to defend it!” – King Leonidas, 300

37. “Aye, fight and you may die. Run, and you’ll live… at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willing to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take… OUR FREEDOM!” – William Wallace, Brave Heart

38. “I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

39. “Freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity.” – Herbert Hoover

40. “Freedom lies in being bold.” – Robert Frost

Freedom Quotes

41. “Tame birds sing of freedom. Wild birds fly.” – John Lennon

42. “The best road to progress is freedom’s road.” – John F. Kennedy

43. “As soon as you seem something, anything, that inhibits your freedom, you should be very cautious about that, you should be very suspicious; because anything that comes along that can inhibit your freedom is by definition…Anti-American.” – Joe Rogan

44. “Those who won our independence …valued liberty as an end and as a means. They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.” – Louis D. Brandeis

45. “Freedom is never given; it is won.” – A. Phillip Randolph

Bonus Freedom Quote

“I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery” – Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson Freedom Quote

Final Words on Freedom Quotes

And that’s that, the most inspiring quotes on freedom to help you keep your eye on the prize… Freedom. So, keep reaching, growing, and striving, and before you know it, you’ll have all the freedom you can handle.

Till you reach that aim,


PS – If you enjoyed these Freedom Quotes, then you’ll especially love our collection of quotes on liberty.

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