Freedom Quotations


A man is not to be measured by the virtue of his described actions or the wisdom of his expressed thoughts merely, but by that free character he is, and is felt to be, under all circumstances.—"Sir Walter Raleigh"
As I preferred some things to others, and especially valued my freedom, as I could fare hard and yet succeed well, I did not wish to spend my time in earning rich carpets or other fine furniture, or delicate cookery, or a house in the Grecian or the Gothic style just yet. If there are any to whom it is no interruption to acquire these things, and who know how to use them when acquired, I relinquish to them the pursuit.—Walden
At present, in this vicinity, the best part of the land is not private property; the landscape is not owned, and the walker enjoys comparative freedom. But possibly the day will come when it will be partitioned off into so-called pleasure grounds, in which a few will take a narrow and exclusive pleasure only,—when fences shall be multiplied, and man traps and other engines invented to confine men to the public road; and walking over the surface of God’s earth, shall be construed to mean trespassing on some gentleman’s grounds. To enjoy a thing exclusively is commonly to exclude yourself from the true enjoyment of it. Let us improve our opportunities then before the evil days come.—"Walking"
For myself I found that the occupation of a day-laborer was the most independent of any, especially as it required only thirty or forty days in a year to support one. The laborer’s day ends with the going down of the sun, and he is then free to devote himself to his chosen pursuit, independent of his labor; but his employer, who speculates from month to month, has no respite from one end of the year to the other.—Walden
Is it a freedom to be slaves or a freedom to be free, of which  we boast?—Journal, 15 February 1851
What is the value of any political freedom, but as a means to moral freedom?—Journal, 15 February 1851
What is it [to] be born free and equal, and not to live? What is the value of any political freedom, but as a means to moral freedom? It is a freedom to be slaves or freedom to be free, of which we boast?—Journal, 16 February 1851
Men talk of freedom! How many are free to think? free from fear, from perturbation, from prejudice?—Journal, 6 May 1858
Perhaps I am more than usually jealous with respect to my freedom.—"Life without Principle"
I am freer than any planet.—  Journal, 21 March 1840
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