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Get Started on Your Path to Freedom with My Book: Personal Freedom Path by Nick Riordan

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Quotes:

  • “The only freedom which deserves the name is that of pursuing our own good, in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs or impede their efforts to obtain it.” – John Stuart Mill
  • “Freedom (n.): To ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing.” – Ayn Rand
  • “What then is freedom? The power to live as one wishes.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • “Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves” – Abraham Lincoln
  • “The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedoms.” – William O. Douglas
  • “My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.” – Adlai Stevenson
  • “Freedom rings where opinions clash.” – Adlai Stevenson
  • “Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” – George Orwell
  • “If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.” – Noam Chomsky
  • “It is easy to believe in freedom of speech for those with whom we agree.” – Leo McKern
  • “What is ominous is the ease with which some people go from saying that they don’t like something to saying that the government should forbid it. When you go down that road, don’t expect freedom to survive very long.” – Thomas Sowell
  • “The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom. For in all the states of created beings capable of law, where there is no law, there is no freedom.” – John Locke
  • “Freedom and justice cannot be parceled out in pieces to suit political convenience. I don’t believe you can stand for freedom for one group of people and deny it to others.” – Coretta Scott King
  • “When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.” – Nelson Mandela
  • “What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.” – Salman Rushdie
  • “Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Milton Friedman:
    • “Indeed, a major source of objection to a free economy is precisely that it… gives people what they want instead of what a particular group thinks they ought to want. Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.”
    • “The only way that has ever been discovered to have a lot of people cooperate together voluntarily is through the free market. And that’s why it’s so essential to preserving individual freedom.”
    • “Well first of all, tell me, is there some society you know of that doesn’t run on greed? You think Russia doesn’t run on greed? You think China doesn’t run on greed? What is greed?”
    • “When government – in pursuit of good intentions – tries to rearrange the economy, legislate morality, or help special interests, the cost come in inefficiency, lack of motivation, and loss of freedom. Government should be a referee, not an active player.”
  • “War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.” – George Orwell
  • “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed; We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.” – Martin Luther King Jr
  • “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…” – Declaration of Independence