„The human brain performs the function of thinking as involuntarily as the chest the function of breathing. However, we can, by our will, stop breathing for a while, and accelerate or retard the breathing movements. In the same way, the will can control the thoughts. We may choose any object as the subject matter of our thought, and yet we may quickly convince ourselves that the power of our will and the freedom of the mind are not any greater than the freedom of the chest in breathing.“
„Freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves. It is a daily practice... No one can prevent you from being aware of each step you take or each breath in and breath out.“
— Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
„Whatever truth we feel compelled to withhold, no matter how unthinkable it is to imagine ourselves telling it, not to is a way of spiritually holding our breath. You can only do it for so long.“
— Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have
— Adam Gopnik, Paris to the Moon
„We are trying to persuade all the Iraqi opposition to come breathe freedom in Iraq and use liberated Kurdistan as a base for our common struggle.“
— Jalal Talabani Iraqi politician 1933
On an attempt to build an opposition force to overthrow Saddam Hussein — reported in Ethan Bronner (October 25, 1992) "Kurds Organizing Anti-Hussein Forces - Sidebar For a Quiet Colonel, A Moving Role as Santa Claus", Boston Globe, p. 1.
„Karma is the eternal assertion of human freedom. If we can bring ourselves down by our karma, surely it is in our power to raise ourselves by our own karma.“
— Swami Vivekananda Indian Hindu monk and phylosopher 1863 - 1902
„Our freedom is our own— civil and religious. We are so accustomed to it, as to the air we breathe, that we take it for granted... And that freedom did not drop down on us like the manna from Heaven: it has been fought for from the beginning of our history, and the blood of men far better than ourselves has been shed to obtain it. It is the result of centuries of resistance to the power of the executive, and it has brought us an equal justice and trial by jury, and freedom of worship, and freedom of opinion— religious and political.“
— Stanley Baldwin Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1867 - 1947
Broadcast from London (6 March 1934); published in This Torch of Freedom (1935), p. 17.
— Nathaniel Tarn American poet, essayist, anthropologist, and translator 1928
Poem Markings published in: Nathaniel Tarn (1968) Where Babylon ends.