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Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being.  With freedom comes responsibility.  For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry his own weight, this is a frightening prospect.
     —     Eleanor Roosevelt
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Man is condemned to be free, because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.
     —     Jean-Paul Sartre
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Culture is the sum of all the forms of art, of love, and of thought, which, in the coarse or centuries, have enabled man to be less enslaved.
    —    Andre Malraux
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Freedom

Freedom is
the very law of life,
life itself
is rooted in freedom
We are not
machines.
We are not
pre-programmed.
We are utter freedoms.
Now it is up to us,
what to make of it.
You have to take
your life into
your own hands,
and you
are responsible for it.
No fate is responsible.
You have to
create yourself
by your own effort.
The total responsibility
is yours.
    —    Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh
[Yes, I know this is a quote from a discredited “cult” religious figure / leader.  But, that does not make the words themselves less interesting.    —    kmab]
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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
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Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.
    ––    Frederick Douglas
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Today, as always, the people, no less than the courts, must remain vigilant to preserve the principals of our Bill of Rights, lest in our desire to be secure we lose our ability to be free.
    —   Earl Warren
Former Chief Justice
United States Supreme Court
[Note the use of the word “principals” instead of “principles”.  This indicates superior position rather than “simply” equally important opinions and conditions.  To quote Benjamin Franklin:  “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”   —    kmab]
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Churchmen are quick to defend religious freedom;  lawyers were never so universally aroused as by President Roosevelt’s Court bill;  newspapers are most alert to civil liberties when there is a hint of press censorship in the air.  And educators become perturbed at every effort to curb academic freedom.  But too seldom do all of these become militant when ostensibly the rights of only one group are threatened.  They do not always react to the truism that when the rights of any individual or group are chipped away, the freedom of all erodes.
    —    Earl Warren
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If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.
    ―    Thomas Jefferson
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THESE are the times that try men’s souls.  The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country;  but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.  Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered;  yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.  What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly:  it is dearness only that gives every thing its value.  Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods;  and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated.
    —    Thomas Paine
From:  “The Crisis
23 December 1776
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The more decisions that you are forced to make alone, the more you are aware of your freedom to choose.  I hold that we can not be aware of our minds save under responsibility.
     —   Thornton Wilder
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In the struggle for the defense of human freedom, everything depends on the vitality of the belief in man, on the health and vigor of the human things;  and there is no way to maintain the human things but to know them…  A free man is a man who knows and loves the things of which a man in freedom is capable.  Only those who know what a man can be at his best, in his arts, in his conceptions, in his imagination and his realization, are capable of valuing freedom, and only those who are capable of valuing freedom are likely to defend it.
      —     Archibald MacLeish
From his book:  “Loyalty and Freedom
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The degree of our worthiness to become a free people shall be determined by our ability to respect a lawful leader, to agree to the existence of an opposition, to listen to its arguments, and especially to put the nation’s good above all party prejudices and private interest.  Liberty is not one of man’s inalienable rights’.  It is a desirable but difficult acquisition, and must be contended for constantly.
     —    André Maurois
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I wasn’t born to stand on the sidewalk, I was born to fly around crazy in the sky!
    —    C. JoyBell C.
[Found at:  http://courtingmadness.wordpress.com
The specific post is:  http://courtingmadness.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/i-wasnt-born-to-stand-on-the-sidewalk/
There is an image to go with the quote.  Please click through to the original posting for the full effect.     —     kmab]
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The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it’s profitable to continue the illusion.  At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater.
    —    Frank Zappa
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