— Nikos Kazantzakis Greek writer 1883 - 1957
Context: What is the essence of our God? The struggle for freedom. In the indestructible darkness a flaming line ascends and emblazons the march of the Invisible. What is our duty? To ascend with this blood-drenched line. Whatever rushes upward and helps God to ascend is good. Whatever drags downward and impedes God from ascending is evil. All virtues and all evils take on a new value. They are freed from the moment and from earth, they exist completely within man, before and after man, eternally. For the essence of our ethic is not the salvation of man, who varies within time and space, but the salvation of God, who within a wide variety of flowing human forms and adventures is always the same, the indestructible rhythm which battles for freedom. We, as human beings, are all miserable persons, heartless, small, insignificant. But within us a superior essence drives us ruthlessly upward. From within this human mire divine songs have welled up, great ideas, violent loves, an unsleeping assault full of mystery, without beginning or end, without purpose, beyond every purpose.
„What is the essence of America? The essence of America is finding and maintaining that perfect, delicate balance between freedom "to" and freedom "from."“
— Nikos Kazantzakis Greek writer 1883 - 1957
„I came to America because of the great, great freedom which I heard existed in this country. I made a mistake in selecting America as a land of freedom, a mistake I cannot repair in the balance of my lifetime.“
— Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955
Context: In December, 1947, he made the following statement: "I came to America because of the great, great freedom which I heard existed in this country. I made a mistake in selecting America as a land of freedom, a mistake I cannot repair in the balance of my life." Attributed in FBI Memo, February 13, 1950 (item 61-4099-25 in Einstein's FBI file—viewable online as p. 72 of "Albert Einstein Part 1 of 14" here http://vault.fbi.gov/Albert%20Einstein, as well as p. 72 of the pdf file which can be downloaded here http://vault.fbi.gov/Albert%20Einstein/Albert%20Einstein%20Part%201%20of%2014/at_download/file). There is no other information in the FBI's released files as to what source attributed this statement to Einstein, and the files are full of falsehoods, including the accusation that Einstein was secretly pro-communist, when in fact he was openly so Albert Einstein#Vierick Interview (1929)
— Georg Cantor mathematician, inventor of set theory 1845 - 1918
Variant translation: The essence of mathematics is in its freedom.
„The essential freedom, the ultimate and final freedom that cannot be taken from a man, is to say No. This is the basic premise in Sartre's view of human freedom: freedom is in its very essence negative, though the negativity is also creative.“
— William Barrett (philosopher) American academic 1913 - 1992
Chapter Ten, Sartre, p. 215
„The engineering of consent is the very essence of the democratic process, the freedom to persuade and suggest.“
— Edward Bernays American public relations consultant, marketing pioneer 1891 - 1995
"The Engineering of Consent", Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science No. 250 (March 1947), p. 113; Reprinted in Edward L. Bernays, Howard Walden Cutler, The Engineering of Consent, University of Oklahoma Press, 1955
„In America, through pressure of conformity, there is freedom of choice, but nothing to choose from.“
— Peter Ustinov English actor, writer, and dramatist 1921 - 2004
As quoted in Morrow's International Dictionary of Contemporary Quotations (1982) by Jonathon Green
„The move from Africa to America was a vast increase of freedom for the Negro, materially and spiritually.“
— Rousas John Rushdoony American theologian 1916 - 2001
„The guarantees of civil liberty are but guarantees of freedom of the human mind and spirit and of reasonable freedom and opportunity to express them...The very essence of the liberty which they guarantee is the freedom of the individual from compulsion as to what he shall think and what he shall say...“
— Harlan F. Stone United States federal judge 1872 - 1946
Context: The guarantees of civil liberty are but guarantees of freedom of the human mind and spirit and of reasonable freedom and opportunity to express them... The very essence of the liberty which they guarantee is the freedom of the individual from compulsion as to what he shall think and what he shall say... Minersville School District v. Gobitis, 310 U.S. 586, 604 (1940).
„Generally speaking, America is not keen on independent countries. America is not keen on people's freedom. America is keen on countries that completely surrender themselves and act according to America's demands.“
— Hassan Rouhani 7th President of Islamic Republic of Iran 1948
"Exclusive Interview with Iranian Adviser" http://abcnews.go.com/Primetime/story?id=132082&page=1&singlePage=true, ABC News, (September 12, 2002)
„The peace we seek in the world is not the flimsy peace which is merely an interlude between wars, but a peace which can endure for generations to come.
It is important that we understand both the necessity and the limitations of America's role in maintaining that peace.
Unless we in America work to preserve the peace, there will be no peace.
Unless we in America work to preserve freedom, there will be no freedom.“
— Richard Nixon 37th President of the United States of America 1913 - 1994
„I am sure of the fact that Fidel and Chávez are commanders of the forces of freedom in America, to liberate America and the world.“
— Evo Morales Bolivian politician 1959
Press conference during his first visit to Cuba, December 2005. Terra (Colombia) http://eltiempo.terra.com.co/inte/latin/noticias/ARTICULO-WEB-_NOTA_INTERIOR-2676419.html, as quoted by Spanish Wikiquote.
„Life is whole only when it isn’t subordinate to a specific object that exceeds it. In this way, the essence of entirety is freedom.“
— Georges Bataille French intellectual and literary figure 1897 - 1962
„I'm tired of the ayatollahs of the right wing. We're fighting for freedom in Iraq. We're going to fight for freedom in America.“
— Howard Dean American political activist 1948
Fundraiser for the Maine Democratic Party at the Lewiston Armory http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/news/state/051023dean.shtml, October 22, 2005