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There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere.
Nelson MandelaTranslations available
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"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly, "one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
Hans Christian AndersenTranslations available
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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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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 1789Translations available
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People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
Soren KierkegaardTranslations available
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Freedom is not constituted primarily of privilege but of responsibilities.
Albert CamusTranslations available
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The true value of a human being can be found in the degree to which he has attained liberation from the self.
Albert EinsteinTranslations available
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Obedience to the law one has prescribed for oneself is freedom.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau - Of the Social Contract, or Principles of Political RightTranslations available
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No man has received from nature the right to command others. Liberty is a gift from heaven.
Denis Diderot - EncyclopédieTranslations available
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There is no higher rule than that over oneself, over one's impulses: there is the triumph of free will.
Baltasar Gracian - The Art of Worldly WisdomTranslations available
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To will oneself free is also to will others free.
Simone de BeauvoirTranslations available
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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 RightTranslations available
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The greatest liberty is born of the greatest rigor.
Paul ValéryTranslations available
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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 SchopenhauerTranslations available
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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 IngersollTranslations available
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They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Benjamin FranklinTranslations available
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My spirit yearns for action, my breath for freedom.
Friedrich Schiller - The RobbersTranslations available
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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 1789Translations available
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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 1789Translations available
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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.

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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 ConsciousnessTranslations available
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Art is the daughter of freedom.
Friedrich Schiller - On the Aesthetic Education of ManTranslations available
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He only earns his freedom and his life Who takes them every day by storm.
Johann Wolfgang von GoetheTranslations available
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Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
George Bernard ShawTranslations available
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Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.
Hannah ArendtTranslations available
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Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.

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This is the highest wisdom that I own; freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - Faust: A TragedyTranslations available
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Die Nationen unserer Tage vermögen an der Gleichheit der gesellschaftlichen Bedingungen nichts mehr zu ändern; von ihnen aber hängt es nun ab, ob die Gleichheit sie zur Knechtschaft oder zur Freiheit führt, zu Bildung oder Barbarei, zu Wohlstand oder Elend.
Alexis de Tocqueville - Democracy in AmericaTranslations available
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It is through fraternity that liberty is saved.
Victor Hugo - Speech - Return to Paris 1870 Translations available
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I can take my freedom as a goal only if I take the freedom of others as a goal as well.
Jean-Paul Sartre - Existentialism and HumanismTranslations available
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One is not born, but rather becomes, free.
André Comte-Sponville - Présentations de la philosophieTranslations available
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The necessity of pursuing true Happiness is the foundation of liberty.
John Locke - An Essay Concerning Human UnderstandingTranslations available
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The good man, though a slave, is free; the wicked, though he reigns, is a slave.
Augustine of HippoTranslations available
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