101 Freedom Quotes to Inspire and Liberate the Soul

In a world brimming with diverse perspectives and ideologies, the concept of freedom remains a beacon of hope that transcends borders, cultures, and generations. Freedom is more than just a word; it is a profound sentiment that stirs the depths of the human spirit, urging us to break free from limitations and embrace the boundless possibilities life offers. As we embark on a journey to explore the essence of liberation, join us as we gather 101 inspiring freedom quotes from influential minds throughout history.

Each quote serves as a testament to the power of freedom, igniting a flame of passion within us and reminding us that the pursuit of liberty is a universal aspiration shared by all. Let these words of wisdom kindle your soul and empower you to embrace the inherent freedom that resides within every heart.

I hope you enjoy these freedom quotes…

"A man who believes in freedom will do anything under the sun to acquire, or preserve his freedom." - Malcolm X

1) “A man who believes in freedom will do anything under the sun to acquire, or preserve his freedom.” – Malcolm X

2) “You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.” – Malcolm X

3) “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” – Angela Davis

Freedom Quotes by Theodore Roosevelt

"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

4) “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

5) “Order without liberty and liberty without order are equally destructive.” – Theodore Roosevelt

6) “Is freedom anything else than the right to live as we wish? Nothing else.” – Epictetus

7) “As soon as we left the ground, I knew I myself had to fly.” – Amelia Earhart

Freedom Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson

"For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail?" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

8) “For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail?” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

10) “I believe in America because we have great dreams, and because we have the opportunity to make those dreams come true.” – Wendell Willkie

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

12) “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.” – Viktor E. Frankl

13) “Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.” – Stephen King, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption

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14) “Freedom cannot be given…It can only be taken away.” – David Allan Coe

Freedom Quotes by John F. Kennedy

"Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth." - John F. Kennedy

15) “Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.” – John F. Kennedy

16) “The great revolution in the history of man, past, present and future, is the revolution of those determined to be free.” – John F. Kennedy

17) “Freedom is control in your own life.” – Willie Nelson

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

19) “What do you suppose will satisfy the Soul, except to walk free, and own no superior?” – Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

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20) “Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.” – Frank Tyger

21) “Dreams are the foundation of America.” – Lupita Nyong’o

22) “The enemies of freedom do not argue; they shout and they shoot.” – William Inge

23) “The essence of America—that which really unites us—is not ethnicity, or nationality or religion—it is an idea—and what an idea it is: that you can come from humble circumstances and do great things. That it doesn’t matter where you came from but where you are going.” – Condoleezza Rice

Freedom Quotes by Winston Churchill

"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope." - Winston Churchill

24) “All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.” – Winston Churchill

25) “If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may be even a worse fate, you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.” – Winston Churchill

26) “For everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labour in freedom.” – Albert Einstein, Out of My Later Years

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27) “I’ve found that there is always some beauty left – in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help you. Look at these thing, then you find yourself again.” – Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

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28) “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

Freedom Quotes by Martin Luther King Jr.

"From every mountainside, let freedom ring." - Martin Luther King Jr.

29) “From every mountainside, let freedom ring.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

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

31) “Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

32) “People have only as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want and the courage to take.” – Emma Goldman

33) “He who is brave is free.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

34) “I hope for nothing. I fear nothing. I am free.” – Nikos Kazantzakis

Freedom Quotes by Franklin D. Roosevelt

"Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

35) “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

36) “It also is an occasion for remembering that in the truest sense freedom cannot be bestowed, it must be achieved; and that there must be constant vigilance if it is to be maintained.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

37) “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will.” – Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

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Freedom Quotes by George Washington

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

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

39) “Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.” – George Washington

40) “The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.” – Jim Morrison

41) “In the face of impossible odds, people who love this country can change it.” – Barack Obama

42) “Independence is a heady draft, and if you drink it in your youth, it can have the same effect on the brain as young wine does. It does not matter that its taste is not always appealing. It is addictive and with each drink you want more.” – Maya Angelou

43) “It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.” – Voltaire

44) “I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

45) “Freedom lies in being bold.” – Robert Frost

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

47) “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, A Room of One’s Own

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  • 224 Pages – 08/01/2005 (Publication Date) – Mariner Books (Publisher)

Freedom Quotes by Eleanor Roosevelt

48) “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

49) “True patriotism springs from a belief in the dignity of the individual, freedom and equality not only for Americans but for all people on earth.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

50) “Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.” – Denis Diderot

51) “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

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

53) “Mindfulness gives you time. Time gives you choices. Choices, skillfully made, lead to freedom. You don’t have to be swept away by your feeling. You can respond with wisdom and kindness rather than habit and reactivity.” – Henepola Gunaratana

Freedom Quotes by Coco Chanel

54) “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” – Coco Chanel

55) “It’s probably not just by chance that I’m alone. It would be very hard for a man to live with me, unless he’s terribly strong. And if he’s stronger than I, I’m the one who can’t live with him. … I’m neither smart nor stupid, but I don’t think I’m a run-of-the-mill person. I’ve been in business without being a businesswoman, I’ve loved without being a woman made only for love. The two men I’ve loved, I think, will remember me, on earth or in heaven, because men always remember a woman who caused them concern and uneasiness. I’ve done my best, in regard to people and to life, without precepts, but with a taste for justice.” – Coco Chanel

56) “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

57) “No one loses anyone, because no one owns anyone. That is the true experience of freedom: having the most important thing in the world without owning it.” – Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes

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58) “Freedom is not something that anybody can be given. Freedom is something people take, and people are as free as they want to be.” – James Baldwin

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


60) “The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant.” – Maximilien Robespierre

61) “One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, one Nation, evermore!” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

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

64) “No one outside ourselves can rule us inwardly. When we know this, we become free.” – Buddha

65) “People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.” – Søren Kierkegaard

66) “No person is your friend (or kin) who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.” – Alice Walker

67) “There’s no freedom quite like the freedom of being constantly underestimated.” – Scott Lynch

68) “Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.” – Sigmund Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents

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69) “Freedom is…the right to write the wrong words.” – Patti Smith

70) “The secret of happiness is freedom, the secret of freedom is courage.” – Carrie Jones

71) “A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both.” – Milton Friedman

72) “Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom. And in freedom, most people find sin.” – John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

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73) “Freedom is something that dies unless it’s used.” – Hunter S. Thompson

74) “Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it.” – Pericles

Freedom Quotes by Albert Camus

75) “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

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

77) “This, then, is the state of the Union: Free and restless, growing and full of hope. So it was in the beginning. So it shall always be, while God is willing, and we are strong enough to keep the faith.” – Lyndon B. Johnson

78) “There is only one decision you need to make: You are either working at your Freedom or you are accepting your bondage.” – Robert Adams

Freedom Quotes by Benjamin Franklin

79) “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin, Memoirs of the Life & Writings of Benjamin Franklin

80) “Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.” – Benjamin Franklin

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Freedom Quotes by Abraham Lincoln

81) “This nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” – Abraham Lincoln

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

83) “We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.” – Abraham Lincoln

84) “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” – Abraham Lincoln

85) “Thought is free.” – William Shakespeare, The Tempest

Freedom Quotes by Nelson Mandela

86) “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

87) “When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.” – Nelson Mandela

88) “If you truly want to be respected by people you love, you must prove to them that you can survive without them.” – Michael Bassey Johnson

89) “The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” – Joe Klaas

90) “You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.” – Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon

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Freedom Quotes by George Orwell

91) “War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.” – George Orwell, 1984

92) “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” – George Orwell

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

94) “We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edge of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.” – Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale

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95) “Freedom is what we do with what is done to us.” – Jean-Paul Sartre

96) “When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.” – Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man

97) “While we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of our actions.” – Stephen Covey

98) “Freedom is the will to be responsible to ourselves.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

99) “Those who won our independence believed that the final end of the state was to make men free to develop their faculties, and that in its government the deliberative forces should prevail over the arbitrary. They valued liberty both 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

100) “One thing, and only one thing, is necessary for Christian life, righteousness, and freedom. That one thing is the most holy Word of God, the gospel of Christ.” – Martin Luther

101) “You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don’t ever count on having both at once.” – Robert Heinlein

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