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"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly, "one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.""
Hans Christian Andersen
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"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly, "one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."

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There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere."
Nelson Mandela
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People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use."
Soren Kierkegaard
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No man has received from nature the right to command others. Liberty is a gift from heaven."
Denis Diderot - Encyclopédie
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To will oneself free is also to will others free."
Simone de Beauvoir
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Man is born free; and everywhere he is in chains."
Jean-Jacques Rousseau - Of the Social Contract, or Principles of Political Right
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The greatest liberty is born of the greatest rigor."
Paul Valéry
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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."
Arthur Schopenhauer
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What light is to the eyes - what air is to the lungs - what love is to the heart, liberty is to the soul of man."
Robert Green Ingersoll
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They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."
Benjamin Franklin
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My spirit yearns for action, my breath for freedom."
Friedrich Schiller
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Article IV – Liberty consists of doing anything which does not harm others: thus, the exercise of the natural rights of each man has only those borders which assure other members of the society the enjoyment of these same rights. These borders can be determined only by the law."
- Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen of 1789
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Article II – The goal of any political association is the conservation of the natural and imprescriptible rights of man. These rights are liberty, property, safety and resistance against oppression."
- Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen of 1789
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Article I – Men are born and remain free and equal in rights. Social distinctions can be founded only on the common good."
- Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen of 1789
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To act freely is to retake possession of oneself; it is to place oneself back in pure duration."
Henri Bergson - Time and Free Will: An Essay on the Immediate Data of Consciousness
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Art is the daughter of freedom."
Friedrich Schiller
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Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it."
George Bernard Shaw
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Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom."
Hannah Arendt
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