How Would You Define Freedom?

For my American friends, I hope your 4th of July was a happy one and for the rest of my friends around the world apply the following to your day of celebrated freedom.

This past year has certainly been a challenging year for many if not for all people and it’s not likely to get less challenging in the near future for most.

As I sat down this morning I looked back at yesterday to a long conversation my wife, Jan, had with some friends from South Africa, that had everything to do with Freedom. There were many things we agreed on, but others not so much, however that was OK because we didn’t get upset with each other.

We learned from each other’s viewpoints because we allowed the other person the freedom to say what they wanted and then the freedom to say why.

As you all know, social media is well known for people sharing their thoughts through quotes. So, I did a quick search for quotes regarding Freedom.

I found some great ones and wanted to share them with you. I will warn you however, that some of the quotes may surprise or even shock you. I’m doing that intentionally.

Every person whose quote I share has or has had his or her share of followers. Some of these people you may not like or even hate, conversely some people will absolutely love them! So I challenge you to keep an open mind and see the truth in them and see how Freedom is a universal concept and may be the one of the strongest desires we all have.

I’ve heard it said that the urge to survive is the most basic and strongest purpose in life. For the context of this article, I’m defining “survival” as continuing to live or exist. That can manifest in many ways and on many different levels, but we all make decisions based on our own experience, upbringing and intuition.

I’m sure you can agree that our opinion leaders, which could include our parents, teachers, religious leaders, friends …etc. can have huge effects on how we think and act.

I believe that people in general are basically good and will try to do things that are not broadly harmful to self and others.  Yes, it’s true some people such as Hitler seems to invalidate that statement, but is it possible for anyone to be 100% wrong all the time or 100% right all the time? I’m going to leave that to you to decide for yourself.

Here we go – I hope you have some fun!

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

“The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.” – Aung San Suu Kyi

“May we think of freedom not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right.” – Peter Marshall

“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
Vicktor Emil Frankl

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

“Freedom lies in being bold.” – Robert Frost

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand

“Freedom means the opportunity to be what we never thought we would be.” – Daniel J. Boorstin

“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.” – Gloria Steinem

“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

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

“Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.” – Pope John Paul II

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

“I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free… so other people would be also free.” – Rosa Parks

“We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.” – Edward R. Murrow

 “The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask.” – Jim Morrison

“If you’re not ready to die for it, put the word ‘freedom’ out of your vocabulary.” – Malcolm X

“The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.” – John F. Kennedy

 “Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” – George Orwell

“If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” – Adolf Hitler

“The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.” – Patrick Henry

“Man is free at the moment he wishes to be.” – Voltaire

“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world. – Hillary Clinton

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” – Ronald Reagan

“To love in spite of all is the secret of greatness. And may very well be the greatest secret in this universe.”
— L. Ron Hubbard

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” – Barack Obama

“The freedom to make my own mistakes was all I ever wanted.” – Mance Rayder

I would love to hear what you got from this and what are some of your own favorite quotes whether it is from one of your idol or someone you don’t particularly agree with.

Don Clay

Founder and CEO of Pure Light Global

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