— Thich Nhat Hanh Religious leader and peace activist 1926
„Grip your gun like a man, brother!
Let's have a crack at Holy Russia,
with her big, fat arse!
Freedom, freedom! Down with the cross!“
„We have defined freedom in the West as the freedom to choose between options and preferences. That’s not primal freedom. That’s a secondary or even tertiary freedom. The primal freedom is the freedom to be the self, the freedom to live in the truth despite all circumstances. That’s what great religion offers us. That’s what real prayer offers us. That’s why the saints could be imprisoned and not lose their souls. They could be put down and persecuted like Jesus and still not lose their joy, their heart, or their perspective. Secular freedom is having to do what you want to do. Religious freedom is wanting to do what you have to do.“
— Richard Rohr American spiritual writer, speaker, teacher, Catholic Franciscan priest 1943
„Hey Uncle Sam
Put your name at the top of his list
And the Statue of Liberty
Started shaking her fist.
And the eagle will fly
Man, it's gonna be hell
When you hear Mother Freedom
Start ringing her bell
And it feels like the whole wide world is raining down on you
Brought to you Courtesy of the Red White and Blue.“
— Toby Keith American country music singer and actor 1961
Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue (The Angry American).
— Scott Lynch, The Lies of Locke Lamora
Chapter 4 “At the Court of Capa Barsavi” section 5 (p. 219)
„p>It's at times like this, isn't it, when you realize just how much we need the United Nations — about as much as we need an ear infection...Freedom of thought, freedom of speech, freedom of identity. This is my Holy Trinity, each one an intrinsic aspect of my god: Freedom, the Holiest of Holies. Yes it bloody well is. It is absolutely sacred and inviolable, beyond any negotiation or compromise, now and forever. Amen.</p“
— Pat Condell Stand-up comedian, writer, and Internet personality 1949
"Free speech is sacred" (17 March 2009) http://youtube.com/watch?v=8bzTA_D5NpU
„Let those who wish have their respectability- I wanted freedom, freedom to indulge in whatever caprice struck my fancy, freedom to search in the farthermost corners of the earth for the beautiful, the joyous, and the romantic.“
— Richard Halliburton American writer 1900 - 1939
Context: Youth -- nothing else worth having in the world... and I had youth, the transitory, the fugitive, now, completely and abundantly. Yet what was I going to do with it? Certainly not squander its gold on the commonplace quest for riches and respectability, and then secretly lament the price that had to be paid for these futile ideals. Let those who wish have their respectability -- I wanted freedom, freedom to indulge in whatever caprice struck my fancy, freedom to search in the farthermost corners of the earth for the beautiful, the joyous and the romantic. The Royal Road to Romance (1925).
„Women, like men, ought to have their years so glutted with freedom that they hate the very idea of freedom.“
— Vita Sackville-West English writer and gardener 1892 - 1962
Letter to her husband Harold Nicolson (1 June 1919); published in Harold and Vita (1992), by Nigel Nicolson, p. 89
„The true artist always refuses to conform to any standards others than his own. That’s why the attacks in Russia against Shostakovitch and Prokofiev are identical to the attacks that have been made here against American pioneers of abstract painting like Davis, Holty, or Morris. In Russia it was Malevich and Gabo, in this country at the moment it is people like Rothko, Baziotes, Pollock, my self and many others who are being attacked. The names may vary, but the methods, the motives; the objects of attack are essentially the same. Only meritocracy is forever immune, because it is forever ready to conform. [quote of Gottlieb, on the attacks on artistic freedom in 1948]“
— Adolph Gottlieb American artist 1903 - 1974
Lecture at Forum: the Artist Speaks, museum of Modern Art, New York, May 5, 1948.
— Sarah Palin American politician 1964
Keynote address to International Council of Shopping Centers convention, Las Vegas Convention Center, , quoted in