„I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free… so other people would be also free.“

—  Rosa Parks

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US-amerikanische Bürgerrechtlerin 1913 - 2005

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Arthur Rubinstein Foto

„I'm a free person; I feel terribly free. They could put me in chains and I still would be free because my thoughts would be mine - and that's all I want to have.“

—  Arthur Rubinstein Polish-American classical pianist 1887 - 1982

Quoted from a 1977 interview by Robert MacNeil in the documentary Rubinstein at 90 — reported in Alan M. Kriegsmen (January 26, 1977) "The Magic of Rubinstein ...", The Washington Post, p. B7.

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Abraham Lincoln Foto

„My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that.“

—  Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States 1809 - 1865

1860s, Letter to Horace Greeley (1862)
Kontext: My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that. What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union; and what I forbear, I forbear because I do not believe it would help to save the Union.

Haruki Murakami Foto
Alessia Cara Foto

„I want to be remembered as a person who, or as an artist who provided comfort for people.“

—  Alessia Cara Canadian singer 1996

Interview with Universal Music Korea https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RI68Ue0sPfo (October 2018)

Russell Means Foto

„If I want my people to be free, Americans have to be free.“

—  Russell Means Oglala Lakota activist for the rights of Native American people 1939 - 2012

Quelle: Where White Men Fear to Tread: The Autobiography of Russell Means

G. I. Gurdjieff Foto

„Personally I would advise you to try freeing yourselves and to do so without unnecessary theorizing, by simple reasoning, active reasoning, within yourselves.“

—  G. I. Gurdjieff influential spiritual teacher, Armenian philosopher, composer and writer 1866 - 1949

All and Everything: Views from the Real World (1973)
Kontext: LIBERATION LEADS TO LIBERATION. These are the first words of truth — not truth in quotation marks but truth in the real meaning of the word; truth which is not merely theoretical, not simply a word, but truth that can be realized in practice. The meaning behind these words may be explained as follows:
By liberation is meant the liberation which is the aim of all schools, all religions, at all times.
This liberation can indeed be very great. All men desire it and strive after it. But it cannot be attained without the first liberation, a lesser liberation. The great liberation is liberation from influences outside us. The lesser liberation is liberation from influences within us.
At first, for beginners, this lesser liberation appears to be very great, for a beginner depends very little on external influences. Only a man who has already become free of inner influences falls under external influences.
Inner influences prevent a man from falling under external influences. Maybe it is for the best. Inner influences and inner slavery come from many varied sources and many independent factors — independent in that sometimes it is one thing and sometimes another, for we have many enemies.
There are so many of these enemies that life would not be long enough to struggle with each of them and free ourselves from each one separately. So we must find a method, a line of work, which will enable us simultaneously to destroy the greatest possible number of enemies within us from which these influences come.
I said that we have many independent enemies, but the chief and most active are vanity and self-love. One teaching even calls them representatives and messengers of the devil himself.
For some reason they are also called Mrs. Vanity and Mr. Self-Love.
As I have said, there are many enemies. I have mentioned only these two as the most fundamental. At the moment it is hard to enumerate them all. It would be difficult to work on each of them directly and specifically, and it would take too much time since there are so many. So we have to deal with them indirectly in order to free ourselves from several at once.
These representatives of the devil stand unceasingly at the threshold which separates us from the outside, and prevent not only good but also bad external influences from entering. Thus they have a good side as well as a bad side.
For a man who wishes to discriminate among the influences he receives, it is an advantage to have these watchmen. But if a man wishes all influences to enter, no matter what they may be — for it is impossible to select only the good ones — he must liberate himself as much as possible, and finally altogether, from these watchmen, whom some considerable undesirable.
For this there are many methods, and a great number of means. Personally I would advise you to try freeing yourselves and to do so without unnecessary theorizing, by simple reasoning, active reasoning, within yourselves.

Hermann Hesse Foto
Pricasso Foto

„This is a free country. A free society throws up these kinds of people, who exercise their freedom in unusual ways. And if this is how he wants to do it, I must accept his constitutional right to do so.“

—  Pricasso Australian painter 1949

Mayor of Capetown Helen Zille — cited in: [Cape Argus staff, Artist uses a different stroke on Zille portrait, Cape Argus, South Africa, 7 May 2008, 3, Independent Online]
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Gene Wolfe Foto

„There are people who love birds so much they free them. There are others who love them so much they cage them.“

—  Gene Wolfe American science fiction and fantasy writer 1931 - 2019

Volume 3, Ch. 4
Fiction, The Book of the Long Sun (1993–1996)

Edith Hamilton Foto

„If men insisted on being free from the burden of a life that was self-dependent and also responsible for the common good, they would cease to be free at all. Responsibility was the price every man must pay for freedom. It was to be had on no other terms.“

—  Edith Hamilton American teacher and writer 1867 - 1963

The Echo of Greece (1957)
Kontext: What the people wanted was a government which would provide a comfortable life for them, and with this as the foremost object ideas of freedom and self-reliance and service to the community were obscured to the point of disappearing. Athens was more and more looked on as a co-operative business, possessed of great wealth, in which all citizens had a right to share... Athens had reached the point of rejecting independence, and the freedom she now wanted was freedom from responsibility. There could be only one result... If men insisted on being free from the burden of a life that was self-dependent and also responsible for the common good, they would cease to be free at all. Responsibility was the price every man must pay for freedom. It was to be had on no other terms.

Robert Anton Wilson Foto

„I'm a libertarian because I don't trust the people as much as anarchists do. I want to see government limited as much as possible; I would like to see it reduced back to where it was in Jefferson's time, or even smaller. But I would not like to see it abolished. I think the average American, if left totally free, would act exactly like Idi Amin. I don't trust the people any more than I trust the government.“

—  Robert Anton Wilson American author and polymath 1932 - 2007

"Robert Anton Wilson: Searching For Cosmic Intelligence" - interview by Jeffrey Elliot (1980)
Kontext: My early work is politically anarchist fiction, in that I was an anarchist for a long period of time. I'm not an anarchist any longer, because I've concluded that anarchism is an impractical ideal. Nowadays, I regard myself as a libertarian. I suppose an anarchist would say, paraphrasing what Marx said about agnostics being "frightened atheists," that libertarians are simply frightened anarchists. Having just stated the case for the opposition, I will go along and agree with them: yes, I am frightened. I'm a libertarian because I don't trust the people as much as anarchists do. I want to see government limited as much as possible; I would like to see it reduced back to where it was in Jefferson's time, or even smaller. But I would not like to see it abolished. I think the average American, if left totally free, would act exactly like Idi Amin. I don't trust the people any more than I trust the government.

Karel Appel Foto

„In poetic creation there is no
question of overcoming matter, as the
idle aesthetic proclaimed
by so many people would have it – but to free matter.“

—  Karel Appel Dutch painter, sculptor, and poet 1921 - 2006

ATV 187; p. 151
Karel Appel, a gesture of colour' (1992/2009)

Hazrat Inayat Khan Foto

„If people but knew their own religion, how tolerant they would become, and how free from any grudge against the religion of others.“

—  Hazrat Inayat Khan Indian Sufi 1882 - 1927

Quelle: The Bowl of Saki: Thoughts for Daily Contemplation from the Sayings and Teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan

Lucille Ball Foto
Booker T. Washington Foto

„From some things that I have said one may get the idea that some of the slaves did not want freedom. This is not true. I have never seen one who did not want to be free, or one who would return to slavery.“

—  Booker T. Washington African-American educator, author, orator, and advisor 1856 - 1915

Quelle: 1900s, Up From Slavery (1901), Chapter I: A Slave Among Slaves

Anton Chekhov Foto

„I would like to be a free artist and nothing else, and I regret God has not given me the strength to be one.“

—  Anton Chekhov Russian dramatist, author and physician 1860 - 1904

Letter to Alexei Pleshcheev (October 4, 1888)
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Rosa Parks Foto

„I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom and equality and justice and prosperity for all people.“

—  Rosa Parks African-American civil rights activist 1913 - 2005

Quoted in "Women of the Hall: Rosa Parks," http://womenshalloffame.org/women.php?action=viewone&id=117 Women's National Hall of Fame (undated); said upon her 77th birthday (1990-02-04)

Mary Martin Foto

„Neverland is the way I would like real life to be … timeless, free, mischievous, filled with gaiety, tenderness, and magic.“

—  Mary Martin American actress 1913 - 1990

As quoted in Mary Martin : Broadway Legend (2008) by Ronald L. Davis. p. 183

Bobby Fischer Foto

„I would rather be free in my mind, and be locked up in a prison cell, than to be a coward and not be able to say what I want.“

—  Bobby Fischer American chess prodigy, chess player, and chess writer 1943 - 2008

Radio Interview, May 24 1999 http://www.geocities.jp/bobbby_b/mp3/F_07_3.MP3
1990s

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