„Freedom of choice is more to be treasured than any possession earth can give.“

—  David O. McKay, Context: Freedom of choice is more to be treasured than any possession earth can give. It is inherent in the spirit of man. It is a divine gift to every normal being... Everyone has this most precious of all life’s endowments--the gift of free agency--man’s inherited and inalienable right. Context: Next to the bestowal of life itself, the right to direct that life is God’s greatest gift to man.... Freedom of choice is more to be treasured than any possession earth can give. It is inherent in the spirit of man. It is a divine gift to every normal being... Everyone has this most precious of all life’s endowments--the gift of free agency--man’s inherited and inalienable right. Improvement Era (February 1962) p. 86 LDS General Conference Report (April 1950) page 32
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Context: If we look to the answer as to why for so many years we achieved so much, prospered as no other people on earth, it was because here in this land we unleashed the energy and individual genius of man to a greater extent than has ever been done before. Freedom and the dignity of the individual have been more available and assured here than in any other place on earth. The price for this freedom at times has been high, but we have never been unwilling to pay the price.

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—  Phillip Guston American artist 1913 - 1980
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„The most we can say of democracy or freedom is that they give our personal abilities a little more influence on our well-being.“

—  Karl Popper Austrian-British philosopher of science 1902 - 1994
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—  William O. Douglas Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States 1898 - 1980
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„Hungary conquered and in chains has done more for freedom and justice than any people for twenty years.“

—  Albert Camus French author and journalist 1913 - 1960
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„As a liberal I would hesitate to propose a blanket ban on any style of dress because of the implications for individual liberty and freedom of choice.“

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