Quotes of the Day for 14 July 2005 – Freedom
On this day in 1789 there were only seven prisoners held in the Bastille, but the fortress prison had come to represent all the real and imagined tyranny of the Bourbon monarchy. In the same way, when the crowds attacked the prison, it became symbolic of freedom. So, vive la France! Liberté, égalité, fraternité! It's Bastille Day, if you're in prison it could be a good day to break out, if you're not it's a good day for fireworks.
The truth is, all might be free if they valued freedom, and defended it as they ought.
- John Quincy Adams, 1767 - 1848
Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err. It passes my comprehension how human beings, be they ever so experienced and able, can delight in depriving other human beings of that precious right.
- Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, 1869 - 1948
If a nation or an individual values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony is that if it is comfort or money it values more, it will lose that too.
- W. Somerset Maugham, 1874 - 1965
Freedom is an indivisible word. If we want to enjoy it, and fight for it, we must be prepared to extend it to everyone, whether they are rich or poor, whether they agree with us or not, no matter what their race or the color of their skin.
- Wendell Willkie, 1892 - 1944
Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.
- William Pitt, Speech on the India Bill, November 1783
The Great Race has always been between tyranny and freedom, with order as tyranny's worthy handmaiden, and crime as freedom's ugly stepsister.
- Dana Blankenhorn
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