— A. J. Liebling American journalist 1904 - 1963
The New Yorker, May 14, 1960.
— A. J. Liebling American journalist 1904 - 1963
— H.L. Mencken American journalist and writer 1880 - 1956
A. J. Liebling, in "Do you belong in journalism?", The New Yorker (14 May 1960); sometimes paraphrased : Freedom of press is limited to those who own one.
„I want to issue a call to everyone in the world who believes in the values of tolerance, freedom, democracy, humanism, to all those who are persecuted by tyranny, by dictatorships.“
— Nicolas Sarkozy 23rd President of the French Republic 1955
Nicolas Sarkozy: Victory speech excerpts http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6631125.stm 6 May 2007
„The Anarchists believe in the State; only they insist that the greater part, if not all, of the necessity for its existence is the result of an artificial limitation of the freedom of civil society, and that the completion of industrial freedom may one day so harmonize individuals that it will no longer be necessary to provide a guarantee of political freedom.“
— Benjamin Ricketson Tucker American journalist and anarchist 1854 - 1939
„There are only two kinds of freedom in the world; the freedom of the rich and powerful, and the freedom of the artist and the monk who renounces possessions.“
— Anaïs Nin writer of novels, short stories, and erotica 1903 - 1977
„We have only one alternative: either to build a functioning industrial society or see freedom itself disappear in anarchy and tyranny.“
— Peter F. Drucker American business consultant 1909 - 2005
„Those who see their lives as spoiled and wasted crave equality and fraternity more than they do freedom. If they clamor for freedom, it is but freedom to establish equality and uniformity.“
— Eric Hoffer American philosopher 1902 - 1983
Context: Those who see their lives as spoiled and wasted crave equality and fraternity more than they do freedom. If they clamor for freedom, it is but freedom to establish equality and uniformity. The passion for equality is partly a passion for anonymity: to be one thread of the many which make up a tunic; one thread not distinguishable from the others. No one can then point us out, measure us against others and expose our inferiority. They who clamor loudest for freedom are often the ones least likely to be happy in a free society. The frustrated, oppressed by their shortcomings, blame their failure on existing restraints. Actually, their innermost desire is for an end to the "free for all." They want to eliminate free competition and the ruthless testing to which the individual is continually subjected in a free society. Section 28
— Maumoon Abdul Gayoom Maldivian politician, 3rd president of the Maldives 1937
— Mignon McLaughlin American journalist 1913 - 1983
„I think that some people over here imagine that the Socialists are out to destroy freedom, freedom of the individual, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and the freedom of the Press. They are wrong; the Labour Party is in the tradition of freedom-loving movements which have always existed in our country, but freedom has to be striven for in every generation, and those who threaten it are not always the same. Sometimes the battle of freedom has had to be fought against kings, sometimes against religious tyranny, sometimes against the power of the owners of the land, sometimes against the overwhelming strength of the moneyed interests. We in the Labour Party declare that we are in line with those who fought for Magna Carta and habeas corpus, with the Pilgrim Fathers, and with the signatories of the Declaration of Independence.“
— Clement Attlee Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1883 - 1967
Address to the United States Congress (13 November 1945), quoted in The Times (14 November 1945), p. 4. Aneurin Bevan said to Attlee afterwards: "That was a noble speech. I felt very proud", quoted in John Campbell, Nye Bevan and the Mirage of British Socialism (London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1988), p. 187.
„Thoughts and dreams don’t die. Belief in freedom and justice does not perish with imprisonment, torture or even death and tyranny do not prevail over freedom,“
— Narges Mohammadi Iranian human rights activist 1972
Context: Thoughts and dreams don’t die. Belief in freedom and justice does not perish with imprisonment, torture or even death and tyranny do not prevail over freedom, even when they rely on the power of the state. Sitting here in the prison, I am deeply humbled by the honor you have bestowed on me and I will continue my efforts until we achieve peace, tolerance for a plurality of views, and human rights.
„Yet freedom is not the same as independence. Americans will not support those who seek independence in order to replace a far-off tyranny with a local despotism. They will not aid those who promote a suicidal nationalism based upon ethnic hatred.“
— George H. W. Bush American politician, 41st President of the United States 1924
"Chicken Kiev speech" to a session of the Supreme Soviet of Ukraine, 1 August 1991.
— Charles Péguy French poet, essayist, and editor 1873 - 1914
"War and Peace"
„You cannot take your freedoms for granted. Just like generations who have come before you, you have to do your part to preserve and protect those freedoms.“
— Michelle Obama lawyer, writer, wife of Barack Obama and former First Lady of the United States 1964
Context: !-- So the young people here and the young people out there: --> Do not ever let anyone make you feel like you don't matter, or like you don't have a place in our American story — because you do. And you have a right to be exactly who you are. But I also want to be very clear: This right isn't just handed to you. No, this right has to be earned every single day. You cannot take your freedoms for granted. Just like generations who have come before you, you have to do your part to preserve and protect those freedoms. And that starts right now, when you're young. Right now, you need to be preparing yourself to add your voice to our national conversation. You need to prepare yourself to be informed and engaged as a citizen, to serve and to lead, to stand up for our proud American values and to honor them in your daily lives. And that means getting the best education possible so you can think critically, so you can express yourself clearly, so you can get a good job and support yourself and your family, so you can be a positive force in your communities.
„How absurd men are! They never use the liberties they have, they demand those they do not have. They have freedom of thought, they demand freedom of speech.“
— Sören Kierkegaard Danish philosopher and theologian, founder of Existentialism 1813 - 1855
„All freedoms provided by democracy are for those who believe in it. Can the rights and freedoms of millions of virtuous people who believe in democracy be safeguarded if those who seek to destroy it abuse rights and freedoms to achieve their goals?“
— Kenan Evren Turkish general 1917 - 2015
An Uneasy Honeymoon, Time. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,952783-2,00.html (Sep. 29, 1980) Said Evren in defense of the decision to take power after the 1980 military coup.