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Quotes for
the Journey:

Freedom


The best way to be more free is
to grant more freedom to others.

Carlo Dossi

   

As long as you are free, you are free to select and choose alternatives, provided that you are willing to accept the responsibility for being free.  And after you've tried your alternatives, and they don't work as you would wish, don't blame me.  Blame your choice.  Try another alternative.        -Leo Buscaglia

   
A free mind is one which is untroubled and unfettered by anything, which has not bound its best part to any particular manner of being or worship and which does not seek its own interest in anything but is always immersed in God's most precious will. . . . There is no work which men and women can perform, however small, which does not draw from this its power and strength.       -Meister Eckhart
   

Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.       -Mohandas Gandhi

   
Let your cry be for free souls rather than for freedom.  Moral liberty is the only important liberty.      -Joseph Joubert
   

When freedom does not have a purpose, when it does not wish to know anything about the rule of law engraved in the hearts of men and women, when it does not listen to the voice of conscience, it turns against humanity and society.        -Pope John Paul III

    
Freedom does not mean that right to do whatever we please, but rather to do as we ought.  The right to do whatever we please reduces freedom to a physical power and forgets that freedom is a moral power.       -Fulton J. Sheen

  
Freedom is not simply the circumstances that allow you to do whatever you want.  Freedom is not only the opportunity to choose.  Freedom is the strength of character to choose and to do what it right.  With that in mind, our age is not an age of freedom, but an age of slavery.  It is subtle, but it is real.  The foundation of freedom is not power or choice.  Freedom is upheld not by men and women in government, but by people who govern themselves.       -Matthew Kelly

   

No person is free until he or she is free at the center.  When we let go there, we are free indeed.  When the self is renounced, then one stands utterly disillusioned, apart, asking for nothing.  If anything comes to us, it is all sheer gain.  Then life becomes one constant surprise.       -E. Stanley Jones

   
The price of freedom is responsibility, but it is a bargain, because freedom is priceless.      -Hugh Downs
   
Total freedom is never what one imagines and, in fact, hardly exists.  It comes as a shock in life to learn that we usually only exchange one set of restrictions for another.  The second set, however, is self-chosen, and therefore easier to accept.       -Anne Morrow Lindbergh
   
Freedom of will is the ability to do gladly that which I must do.       -Carl Jung
   
I call that mind free which is not passively framed by outward circumstances, which is not swept away by the torrents of events, which is not the creature of accidental impulse, but which bends events to its own improvement, and acts from an inward spring, from immutable principles which it has deliberately espoused.       -W.E. Channing
   

People are freest when they are most unconscious of freedom.       -David H. Lawrence

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Anything you strive to hold captive will hold you captive, and if you desire freedom you must give freedom.       -Peace Pilgrim

   
Freedom is not a goal, it is the supreme awareness of who you are.  Freedom is found once all concepts are thrown away, and one stands alone in the present moment to find the depth of meaning inherent in their spirit.       -A Spiritual Warrior
   
If we come to understand that freedom is inescapable, that understanding can serve us greatly in living a happy and productive life.  In the middle of one of the most restrictive environments imaginable, Viktor Frankl discovered this truth about freedom.  He learned that no matter where life might take him, no matter how terrible the external conditions might
be, he still had the freedom of his own thoughts and attitudes.  He could choose to see with the eyes of a free spirit.
   We may often give this inalienable freedom away by believing that our parents, teachers, friends, employers, or whoever cause us to feel a certain way.  However, when we truly understand that no one can make us think or feel anything unless we give them permission, we begin to understand the vastness of our freedom.  No person or circumstance has the power to change that truth.     -John Marks Templeton, Worldwide Laws of Life
  
Freedom is so much a part of the human makeup that it is not too far-fetched to say that an un-free human being is in a sense a contradiction in terms.  The ideal society is one in which its members enjoy their freedom to be human freely, provided they do not thereby infringe the freedom of others unduly.  We are meant to have freedom of association, of expression, of movement, the freedom to choose who will rule over us and how.  We are made for this.  It is ineluctable.  It cannot ultimately be eradicated, this yearning for freedom to be human.  This is what tyrants and unjust rulers have to contend with.  They cannot in the end stop their victims from being human.  Their unjust regimes must ultimately fail because they seek to deny something that cannot be denied.     -Desmond Tutu, Believe
  
Stanzas on Freedom

Is true Freedom but to break
Fetters for our own dear sake,
And, with leathern hearts, forget
That we owe mankind a debt?
No! True freedom is to share
All the chains our brothers wear,
And, with heart and hand, to be
Earnest to make others free!

They are slaves who fear to speak
For the fallen and the weak;
They are slaves who will not choose
Hatred, scoffing, and abuse,
Rather than in silence shrink
From the truth they needs must think:
They are slaves who dare not be
In the right with two or three.

James Russell Lowell
  
I have only one purpose:  to make people free, to urge them towards freedom, to help them to break away from all limitations, for that alone will give them eternal happiness, will give them the unconditional realization of Self.   -J. Krishnamurti
  
What do you suppose will satisfy the soul, except to walk free and own no superior?     -Walt Whitman
  
  
I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom.     -Simone de Beauvoir
  

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