Archive for the ‘Freedom’ Category

Quote of the day, April 23

April 23, 2017

Franz Kakfa, from The Trial

“It’s often safer to be in chains than to be free.”

Quote of the day, April 21

April 21, 2017

William Faulkner, from Essays, Speeches & Public Letters

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

Quote of the day, April 9

April 9, 2017

Thomas Jefferson, on the press

“During this course of administration, and in order to disturb it, the artillery of the press has been levelled against us, charged with whatsoever its licentiousness could devise or dare. These abuses of an institution so important to freedom and science, are deeply to be regretted, inasmuch as they tend to lessen its usefulness, and to sap its safety; they might, indeed, have been corrected by the wholesome punishments reserved and provided by the laws of the several States against falsehood and defamation; but public duties more urgent press on the time of public servants, and the offenders have therefore been left to find their punishment in the public indignation.”

Quote of the day, April 8

April 8, 2017

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, on living

“This is the highest wisdom that I own; freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew.”

Quote of the day, April 4

April 4, 2017

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

Quote of the day, April 1

March 31, 2017

John Stuart Mill, from On Liberty (1859)

“The only part of the conduct of any one, for which he is amenable to society, is that which concerns others. In the part which merely concerns himself, his independence is, of right, absolute. Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign.”

Quote of the day, March 31

March 31, 2017

Horace Greeley, on the press

“Then hail to the Press! chosen guardian of freedom! Strong sword-arm of justice! bright sunbeam of truth!”

Quote of the day, March 24

March 25, 2017

British Prime Minister Theresa May, after the Westminster attack

“The location of this attack was no accident. The terrorists chose to strike at the heart of our  Capital City, where people of all nationalities, religions and cultures come together to celebrate the values of liberty, democracy and freedom of speech.   These streets of Westminster—home to the world’s oldest Parliament—are engrained with a spirit of freedom that echoes in some of the furthest corners of the globe. And the values our Parliament represents—democracy, freedom, human rights, the rule of law—command the admiration and respect of free people everywhere.  That is why it is a target for those who reject those values.  But let me make it clear today, as I have had cause to do before: any attempt to defeat those values through violence and terror is doomed to failure.”

Quote of the day, March 23

March 23, 2017

William E. Gladstone

“Remember the rights of the savage, as we call him. Remember that the happiness of his humble home, remember that the sanctity of life in the hill villages of Afghanistan, among the winter snows, is as inviolable in the eye of Almighty God, as can be your own.”

Quote of the day, March 22

March 22, 2017

Martin Luther

“I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand. I can do no other, so help me God.”