1. The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.
2. I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.
3. 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.
4. The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.
5. 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.
6. War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.
7. Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.
11. When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.
12. People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
13. You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.
14. They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
15. Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.
16. I do not think, sir, you have any right to command me, merely because you are older than I, or because you have seen more of the world than I have; your claim to superiority depends on the use you have made of your time and experience.
17. Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life.
18. Life is too short to waste any amount of time on wondering what other people think about you. In the first place, if they had better things going on in their lives, they wouldn’t have the time to sit around and talk about you. What’s important to me is not others’ opinions of me, but what’s important to me is my opinion of myself.
19. Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.
20. The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you.
21. Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.
22. Reality doesn’t impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.
23. Freedom lies in being bold.
24. Now that she had nothing to lose, she was free.
25. Jane, be still; don’t struggle so like a wild, frantic bird, that is rending its own plumage in its desperation.”
“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being, with an independent will; which I now exert to leave you.
26. The unhappiest people in this world, are those who care the most about what other people think.
27. A concept is a brick. It can be used to build a courthouse of reason. Or it can be thrown through the window.
28. I’m single because I was born that way.
29. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.
30. Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves
31. But the Hebrew word, the word timshel—‘Thou mayest’— that gives a choice. It might be the most important word in the world. That says the way is open. That throws it right back on a man. For if ‘Thou mayest’—it is also true that ‘Thou mayest not.
32. Let children read whatever they want and then talk about it with them. If parents and kids can talk together, we won’t have as much censorship because we won’t have as much fear.
33. The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.
34. If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.
35. We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it
36. I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
37. There is freedom waiting for you,
On the breezes of the sky,
And you ask “What if I fall?”
Oh but my darling,
What if you fly?
38. I have found both freedom and safety in my madness; the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us.
39. Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.
It is up to you to give [life] a meaning.
40. True freedom is impossible without a mind made free by discipline.
41. The first duty of a man is to think for himself
42. A man can be himself only so long as he is alone; and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom; for it is only when he is alone that he is really free.
43. 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
44. We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom.
We lived in the gaps between the stories.
45. Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.
46. Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.
47. Freedom is what we do with what is done to us.
48. Better to die on one’s feet than to live on one’s knees.
49. The secret of happiness is freedom, the secret of freedom is courage.
50. Marriage is a fine institution, but I’m not ready for an institution.
51. You see, freedom has a way of destroying things.
52. I do not wish them [women] to have power over men; but over themselves.
53. He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.
54. If you want to rebel, rebel from inside the system.That’s much more powerful than rebelling outside the system.
55. 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.
56. Keep your best wishes, close to your heart and watch what happens
57. If you truly want to be respected by people you love, you must prove to them that you can survive without them.
58. Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.
59. You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don’t ever count on having both at once.
60. Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.