best way to be more free is
to grant more freedom to others.
will be free must make him- or herself
free. Freedom is no fairy gift to fall
into a person's lap. What is
freedom? To have the will to be
responsible for one's self.
many people do not feel comfortable with freedom. They must find for themselves a leader, a guru, or a mentor to take
over the direction of their spiritual lives and who will tell them
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as in sports or music or in any pursuit, but that is not
mistakenly believe they have to be led each step of the way.
Joseph F. Girzone
|The free person is not one
who defies the rules. . . but one who,
recognizing the compulsions inherent in his or her being, seeks
rather to read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest each day's
Bernard I. Bell
which has genuine meaning is more than a timeless
abstraction, more than an absence of restraints.
Helen M. Lynd
talks about freedom. All around the world different people,
different races, different countries are fighting for
freedom. But what
is freedom? In America we speak of living in a free
are we really free? Are we free to be who we really are?
is no, we are not free. True freedom has to do with the human
spirit--it is freedom to be who we really are.
Who stops us from being free? We blame the government, we
weather, we blame our parents, we blame religion, we blame God.
Who really stops us from being free? We stop ourselves.
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your cry be for free souls rather than for freedom.
Moral liberty is the only important liberty.
As long as you are free,
are free to select and choose
are willing to accept the
being free. And
after you've tried your
and they don't work as you
blame me. Blame
your choice. Try another
price of freedom is to allow freedom.
Very few people are willing to pay the price.
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|I was put into a jail once on this account, for
one night; and, as I stood
considering the walls of solid stone, two or three feet thick, the
of wood and iron, a foot thick, and the iron grating which strained
the light, I could not help being struck with the foolishness of
institution which treated me as if I were mere flesh and blood
and bones, to be locked up. I wondered that it should have concluded
at length that this was the best use it could put me to, and had
thought to avail itself of my services in some way. I saw that, if
was a wall of stone between me and my townsmen, there was a still
difficult one to climb or break through before they could get to be
as I was. I did not for a moment feel confined,
and the walls seemed a great waste of stone and mortar.
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
work which men and women can perform, however small, which does
not draw from this its power and strength.
Freedom is not
worth having if it does not
include the freedom to make mistakes.
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
on the surface of things have I ever trod the beaten path.
So long as I could keep from hurting anyone else, I have lived,
as completely as it was possible, the life of my choice.
I have been free. . . . I have done the work I wished to do
for the sake of that work alone.
In a society in which
nearly everybody is dominated by somebody else's mind or by
a disembodied mind, it becomes increasingly difficult to
learn the truth about the activities of governments and
corporations, about the quality or value of products, or
about the health of one's own place and economy.
In such a society, also, our private economies
will depend less and less upon the private ownership of
real, usable property, and more and more upon property that
is institutional and abstract, beyond individual control,
such as money, insurance policies, certificates of deposit,
stocks, and shares. And as our private economies become more
abstract, the mutual, free helps and pleasures of family and
community life will be supplanted by a kind of displaced or
placeless citizenship and by commerce with impersonal and
self-interested suppliers. . . .
Thus, although we are not slaves in name, and
cannot be carried to market and sold as somebody else's
legal chattels, we are free only within narrow limits.
For all our talk about liberation and personal autonomy,
there are few choices that we are free to make. What
would be the point, for example, if a majority of our people
decided to be self-employed?
The great enemy of freedom is the alignment of
political power with wealth. This alignment destroys
the commonwealth--that is, the natural wealth of localities
and the local economies of household, neighborhood, and
community--and so destroys democracy, of which the
commonwealth is the foundation and practical means.
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journalist was complaining to the French novelist, essayist,
playwright Marcel Ayme that the modern world hinders the free
development of the human being. "I don't
agree," said Ayme
mildly. "I consider myself perfectly free."
"But surely you feel some limits to your
freedom," the journalist
"Oh, yes," replied Ayme, "from
time to time I find myself terribly
limited by the dictionary!"
Laws of Life
Whatever your difficulties—a devastated heart, financial
loss, feeling assaulted
by the conflicts around you, or a seemingly hopeless
illness—you can always
remember that you are free in every moment to set the compass
of your heart
to your highest intentions. In fact, the two things that you
are always free to
do—despite your circumstances—are to be present and to be
willing to love.
"Set the Compass of Your Heart"
only person who is really free is the one who can turn
down an invitation to dinner without giving an excuse.
wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom.
Simone de Beauvoir
Freedom is what you do with what's been done to you.
whose joy is within, whose pleasure is within, and whose
light is within, that devotee, being well established in
Supreme, attains to absolute freedom.
The Bhagavad Gita
do you suppose will satisfy the soul,
except to walk free and own no superior?
have only one purpose: to make people free, to urge them
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.
Total freedom is never what one imagines and, in
comes as a shock in life to learn that
we usually only exchange
set of restrictions for
The second set, however, is
and therefore easier
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
cannot escape the truth that we are free to think as we
choose, and we are responsible for our own thoughts and
attitudes. If they're not what we desire, we can change
them and, thereby, change our experience of life. So
as we cherish our freedom to think and be, it
can never be
taken from us. Patterns were given to serve us--not for
to live for them. An old adage says, "Behold the
makes progress only when he sticks his head out!"
dare to go boldly and freely forward--positively? True
can come to us only by way of self-domination. When a
desire for spiritual help begins to grow in the heart,
that help is at hand and freedom is assured.
Laws of Life
What other liberty is
there worth having, if we have not freedom and
peace in our minds--if our inmost and most private person is
a sour and turbid pool?
|Every good teacher and every
good parent has somehow learned to
negotiate the paradox of freedom and discipline. We want our
children and our students to become people who think and live
freely, yet at the same time we know that helping them become
free requires us to restrict their freedom in certain situations.
Parker J. Palmer
The Courage to Teach
the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to
a world founded upon four essential freedoms. The first is
speech and expression--everywhere in the world. The second is
of every person to worship God in his or her own way--everywhere in
the world. The third is freedom from want--everywhere in the
The fourth is freedom from fear--which, translated into world terms,
means a worldwide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such
a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an
of physical aggression against any neighbor--anywhere in the world.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt (January 6, 1941)
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
ideal society is one in which its members enjoy their freedom to be
freely, provided they do not thereby infringe the freedom of others
We are meant to have freedom of association, of expression, of
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