„Surely there is not a Muslim in the world who does not aspire to freedom in principle.“

Interview Mustafa Ceric: "The West Does Not Want to Share Its Values", 2007-11-27, 2004-05-06 http://www.qantara.de/webcom/show_article.php/_c-478/_nr-105/i.html,

Übernommen aus Wikiquote. Letzte Aktualisierung 3. Juni 2021. Geschichte
Mustafa Cerić Foto
Mustafa Cerić2
bosnisch-herzegowinischer islamischer Theologe, Großmufti v… 1952

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Albert Einstein Foto

„The highest principles for our aspirations and judgments are given to us in the Jewish-Christian religious tradition. It is a very high goal which, with our weak powers, we can reach only very inadequately, but which gives a sure foundation to our aspirations and valuations.“

—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955

"Science and Religion" (1939-1941), p. 23 http://books.google.com/books?id=Q1UxYzuI2oQC&lpg=PP1&pg=PA23#v=onepage&q&f=false
1950s, Out of My Later Years (1950)

Julius Nyerere Foto

„Freedom to many means immediate betterment, as if by magic … Unless I can meet at least some of these aspirations, my support will wane and my head will roll just as surely as the tickbird follows the rhino.“

—  Julius Nyerere Tanzanian politician and writer, first Prime Minister and President of Tanzania 1922 - 1999

When he became prime minister of Tanganyika, 1960-09-01 http://africa.reuters.com/wire/news/usnB645769.html

Pericles Foto

„Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it.“

—  Pericles Greek statesman, orator, and general of Athens -494 - -429 v.Chr

As quoted in Homage to Greece (1943)

Ronald Reagan Foto

„Freedom is one of the deepest and noblest aspirations of the human spirit.“

—  Ronald Reagan American politician, 40th president of the United States (in office from 1981 to 1989) 1911 - 2004

Wahiduddin Khan Foto

„In Saudi Arabia, there is peace but no freedom. In Pakistan, there is freedom but there is no peace. In India, Muslims enjoy both peace and freedom.“

—  Wahiduddin Khan Islamic Scholar 1925

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, quoted by P.V. Rao, The thinking theologist, Indian Express, 7.1.1996, quoted from Elst, Koenraad (2001). Decolonizing the Hindu mind: Ideological development of Hindu revivalism. New Delhi: Rupa. p.99

Mikhail Gorbachev Foto

„The new integrity of the world, in our view, can be built only on the principles of the freedom of choice and balance of interests.“

—  Mikhail Gorbachev General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union 1931

Nobel Address (1991)
Kontext: The new integrity of the world, in our view, can be built only on the principles of the freedom of choice and balance of interests. Every State, and now also a number of existing or emerging regional interstate groups, have their own interests. They are all equal and deserve respect.
We consider it dangerously outdated when suspicions are aroused by, for instance, improved Soviet-Chinese or Soviet-German, German-French, Soviet- US or US-Indian relations, etc. In our times, good relations benefit all. Any worsening of relations anywhere is a common loss.

Sam Harris Foto
Rudolf Karl Bultmann Foto

„Freedom from the world is, in principle, not asceticism, but rather a distance from the world for which all participation in things worldly takes place in the attitude of “as if not.”“

—  Rudolf Karl Bultmann German theologian 1884 - 1976

1 Cor. 7:29-31 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Corinthians+7%3A29-31&version=KJV
Quelle: New Testament and Mythology and Other Basic Writings (1941), p. 18

Evo Morales Foto

„I am sure of the fact that Fidel and Chávez are commanders of the forces of freedom in America, to liberate America and the world.“

—  Evo Morales Bolivian politician 1959

Press conference during his first visit to Cuba, December 2005.
Terra (Colombia) http://eltiempo.terra.com.co/inte/latin/noticias/ARTICULO-WEB-_NOTA_INTERIOR-2676419.html, as quoted by Spanish Wikiquote.

Margaret Thatcher Foto

„Our principles: freedom, independence, responsibility, choice—these and the democracy built upon them are Britain's special legacy to the world.“

—  Margaret Thatcher British stateswoman and politician 1925 - 2013

Speech to Conservative Party Conference (12 October 1990) http://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/108217
Third term as Prime Minister
Kontext: Now again in the sands of the Middle East, principle is at stake. Mr President, dictators can be deterred, they can be crushed—but they can never be appeased. These things are not abstractions. What changed the world and what will save the world were principle and resolve. Our principles: freedom, independence, responsibility, choice—these and the democracy built upon them are Britain's special legacy to the world. And everywhere those who love liberty look to Britain. When they speak of parliaments they look to Westminster. When they speak of justice they look to our common law. And when they seek to regenerate their economies, they look to the transformation we British have accomplished. Principles and resolve: They are what changed Britain a decade ago. They are what the Conservative Party brings to Britain. And they alone can secure her freedom and prosperity in the years ahead.

Walmor Oliveira de Azevedo Foto

„The church does not encourage clashes but harmony, based on a principle that must guide the world going forward, as there is no other possible way. This principle is that of solidarity.“

—  Walmor Oliveira de Azevedo Catholic bishop 1954

Brazil’s top bishop: Without solidarity, Brazil could become new epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic https://www.americamagazine.org/politics-society/2020/05/18/brazils-top-bishop-without-solidarity-brazil-could-become-new-epicenter (May 18, 2020)

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Rufus Wainwright Foto

„I believe in freedom
Freedom's apparently all I need
But who's ever been free in this world?
Who has never had to bleed in this world?“

—  Rufus Wainwright American-Canadian singer-songwriter and composer 1973

Zebulon
Song lyrics, All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu (2010)

Tyagaraja Foto

„With…passionate devotion to the ideals of beauty, harmony, freedom, and aspiration… had the strongest impact on society.“

—  Tyagaraja Carnatic musician and composer 1767 - 1847

Dr Radhakrishnan in “Sri Thyagaraja’s life and work have moved multitudes in South India to spiritual ecstasy and noble living", page=169

Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus Foto

„He, therefore, who desires peace, should prepare for war. He who aspires to victory, should spare no pains to form his soldiers. And he who hopes for success, should fight on principle, not chance. (Book 3, Foreword)“
Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum; qui uictoriam cupit, milites inbuat diligenter; qui secundos optat euentus, dimicet arte, non casu.

—  Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus, buch De re militari

De Re Militari (also Epitoma Rei Militaris), Book III, "Dispositions for Action"
Variante: Si vis pacem para bellum. ("If you want peace, prepare for war.")

Franklin D. Roosevelt Foto

„Those who cherish their freedom and recognize and respect the equal right of their neighbors to be free and live in peace must work together for the triumph of law and moral principles in order that peace, justice, and confidence may prevail in the world.“

—  Franklin D. Roosevelt 32nd President of the United States 1882 - 1945

1930s, Quarantine Speech (1937)
Kontext: Those who cherish their freedom and recognize and respect the equal right of their neighbors to be free and live in peace must work together for the triumph of law and moral principles in order that peace, justice, and confidence may prevail in the world. There must be a return to a belief in the pledged word, in the value of a signed treaty. There must be recognition of the fact that national morality is as vital as private morality.

Anaïs Nin Foto

„Great art is never extreme. Criticism moves in a false direction, as does art, when it aspires to be a social science... In this world modern artists form a kind of spiritual underground.“

—  Robert Motherwell American artist 1915 - 1991

Motherwell's writing in 1944; as cited in 'Robert Motherwell, American Painter and Printmaker' https://www.theartstory.org/artist-motherwell-robert-life-and-legacy.htm#writings_and_ideas_header, on 'Artstory'
1940s

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Sam Harris Foto

„I'll tell you what harms the vast majority of Muslims that love freedom and hate terror: Muslim theocracy does. Muslim intolerance does. Wahabism does. Salafism does. Islamism does. Jihadism does. Sharia law does. The mere conservatism of traditional Islam does. We're not talking about only jihadists hating homosexuals and thinking they should die, we're talking about conservative Muslims. The percentage of British Muslims polled who said that homosexuality was morally acceptable was zero. Do you realize what it takes to say something so controversial in a poll that not even 1% of those polled would agree with it? There's almost no question that extreme that you will ever see in a poll that gets a zero, but ask British Muslims whether homosexuality is morally acceptable, and that's what you get. And the result is more or less the same in dozens of other countries. It's zero in Cameroon, zero in Ethiopia. 1% in Nigeria, 1% in Tanzania, 1% in Mali, 2% in Kenya, 2% in Chad. 1% in Lebanon, 1% in Egypt, 1% in the Palestinian territories, 1% in Iraq, 2% in Jordan, 2% in Tunisia, 1% in Pakistan. But 10% in Bangladesh. Bangladesh: that bright spot in the Muslim world where they are regularly hunting down and butchering secular writers with machetes. The people who suffer under this belief system are Muslims themselves. The next generation of human beings born into a Muslim community who could otherwise have been liberal, tolerant, well-educated, cosmopolitan productive people are to one or another degree being taught to aspire to live in the Middle Ages, or to ruin this world on route to some fictional paradise after death. That's the thing we have to get our heads around. And yes, some of what I just said applies with varying modifications to other religions and other cults. But there is nothing like Islam at this moment for generating this kind of intolerance and chaos. And if only a right wing demagogue will speak honestly about it, then we will elect right wing demagogues in the West more and more in response to it. And that will be the price of political correctness: that's when this check will finally get cashed. That will be the consequence of this persistent failure we see among liberals to speak and think and act with real moral clarity and courage on this issue. The root of this problem is that liberals consistently fail to defend liberal values as universal human values. Their political correctness, their multiculturalism, their moral relativism has led them to rush to the defense of theocrats and to abandon the victims of theocracy and to vilify anyone who calls out this hypocrisy for what it is as a bigot. And to be clear, and this is what liberals can't seem to get, is that speaking honestly about the ideas that inspire Islamism and jihadism, beliefs about martyrdom, and apostasy and blasphemy and paradise and honour and women, is not an expression of hatred for Muslims. It is in fact the only way to support the embattled people in the Muslim community: The reformers and the liberals and the seculars and the free thinkers and the gays and the Shiia in Sunni-majority context and Sufis and Ahmadiyyas, and as Maajid Nawaz said, the minorities within the minority, who are living under the shadow, and sword rather often, under theocracy. […] If you think that speaking honestly about the need for reform within Islam will alienate your allies in the Muslim community, then you don't know who your allies are.“

—  Sam Harris American author, philosopher and neuroscientist 1967

Sam Harris, "Waking Up with Sam Harris Podcast #38 — The End of Faith Sessions 2" (15 June 2016) https://www.samharris.org/podcast/item/the-end-of-faith-sessions-2
2010s

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