Posts Tagged ‘Freedom’

Quote of the day, Aug. 15

August 15, 2017

John D. Stevens, on freedom of expression (1971)

“Modern freedom, spawned out of the mutual need for toleration enforced by urban living, is a much more positive freedom than old one which was based on elbow room. It is easy to be tolerant of a neighbor is his farm was 15 miles away and over a mountain; it is not so easy to be tolerant of him if the eaves of your house almost touch, if his dog howls at night and keeps you awake, of is his children tromp down your flower beds.”

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, March 8

March 8, 2017

Charles Péguy, from Basic Verities

“Tyranny is always better organised than freedom.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 9

January 9, 2017

Nat Hentoff, on freedom

“Those who created this country chose freedom. With all of its dangers. And do you know the riskiest part of that choice they made? They actually believed that we could be trusted to make up our own minds in the whirl of differing ideas. That we could be trusted to remain free, even when there were very, very seductive voices—taking advantage of our freedom of speech—who were trying to turn this country into the kind of place where the government could tell you what you can and cannot do.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 28

December 28, 2016

Carl Sagan, on reading

“Frederick Douglass taught that literacy is the path from slavery to freedom. There are many kinds of slavery and many kinds of freedom, but reading is still the path.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 27

December 27, 2016

J.R.R. Tolkein, on fantasy

“Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisioned by the enemy, don’t we consider it his duty to escape? … If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we’re partisans of liberty, then it’s our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!”

Quote of the day, Oct. 19

October 19, 2016

William Somerset Maugham, from Strictly Personal

If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too.”

Quote of the day, Oct. 17

October 17, 2015

Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, on labour

“Caste is not just a division of labour, it is a division of labourers.”