„I'm a liberal, I was born a liberal, and I will be a liberal till the day I die.“

—  Helen Thomas, Thomas's views unsettled W.H. press http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0610/38236.html#ixzz0qJTX4XSu (2006)
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„They say I'm a conservative, but I consider myself a true liberal.“

—  Walt Disney American film producer and businessman 1901 - 1966
As quoted in How to Be Like Walt: Capturing the Disney Magic Every Day of Your Life by Pat Williams, Jim Denney, pg. 371

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„I am not a liberator. Liberators do not exist. It exists when people liberate themselves.“

—  Ernesto Che Guevara Argentine Marxist revolutionary 1928 - 1967
Statement in Mexico (1958); as quoted in Kaplan AP World History 2005 (2004) edited by the Kaplan staff, p. 240

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„Late, I learned that when reason died, then Wisdom was born; before that liberation, I had only knowledge.“

—  Sri Aurobindo Indian nationalist, freedom fighter, philosopher, yogi, guru and poet 1872 - 1950
Thoughts and Aphorisms (1913), Jnana

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„I consider myself to be an old-fashioned liberal. I'm a liberal the way liberals used to be when they were like John F. Kennedy and when they were like Hubert Humphrey. When they were upbeat and enthusiastic and mainstream. I am not a liberal the way liberals are today at least as exemplified by Al Franken and Michael Moore, where they're angry, nasty, closed minded, & not mainstream, but fringe.“

—  Bernard Goldberg American journalist 1945
The Bernard Goldberg Interview http://www.rightwingnews.com/interviews/goldberg.php RightWingNews.com John Hawkins, 2001. Today's 'Liberals': Close-Minded, Nasty and Fringe http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2003/10/15/124248.shtml Newsmax.com. Bernard Goldberg (October 16, 2003)

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„I am a Liberal, yet I am a Liberal tempered by experience, reflexion, and renouncement, and I am, above all, a believer in culture.“

—  Matthew Arnold English poet and cultural critic who worked as an inspector of schools 1822 - 1888
Culture and Anarchy (1869), Introduction

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„I was a little worried that I was going to look like an overgrown fetus … Maybe that’s true. But it’s liberating. It’s very liberating. Everyone here should shave their heads.“

—  Karen Gillan Scottish actress and former model 1987
On shaving her head for her role in Guardians of the Galaxy as Nebula, in "Comic-Con: Marvel’s ‘Age of Ultron,’ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ more" in The Los Angeles Times (20 July 2013) http://herocomplex.latimes.com/movies/comic-con-marvels-age-of-ultron-guardians-of-the-galaxy-more/#/0

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„I didn't realize quite how liberal I was“

—  Stephen Colbert American political satirist, writer, comedian, television host, and actor 1964
Context: I didn't realize quite how liberal I was until I was asked to make passionate comedic choices as opposed to necessarily successful comedic choices. "Fresh Air" NPR interview http://www.npr.org/templates/player/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=4464017&m=4464018 (24 January 2005)

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„Metadata liberates us, liberates knowledge.“

—  David Weinberger American philosopher 1950
"Knowledge at the End of the Information Age," http://tvo.org/video/182213/david-weinbergerknowledge-end-information-age Bertha Bassam lecture, University of Toronto (2008-02-07)

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„Animal Liberation is Human Liberation too.“

—  Peter Singer Australian philosopher 1946
Animal Liberation: A New Ethics for our Treatment of Animals (1975), Preface

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—  G. I. Gurdjieff influential spiritual teacher, Armenian philosopher, composer and writer 1866 - 1949
All and Everything: Views from the Real World (1973), Context: LIBERATION LEADS TO LIBERATION. These are the first words of truth — not truth in quotation marks but truth in the real meaning of the word; truth which is not merely theoretical, not simply a word, but truth that can be realized in practice. The meaning behind these words may be explained as follows: By liberation is meant the liberation which is the aim of all schools, all religions, at all times. This liberation can indeed be very great. All men desire it and strive after it. But it cannot be attained without the first liberation, a lesser liberation. The great liberation is liberation from influences outside us. The lesser liberation is liberation from influences within us. At first, for beginners, this lesser liberation appears to be very great, for a beginner depends very little on external influences. Only a man who has already become free of inner influences falls under external influences. Inner influences prevent a man from falling under external influences. Maybe it is for the best. Inner influences and inner slavery come from many varied sources and many independent factors — independent in that sometimes it is one thing and sometimes another, for we have many enemies. There are so many of these enemies that life would not be long enough to struggle with each of them and free ourselves from each one separately. So we must find a method, a line of work, which will enable us simultaneously to destroy the greatest possible number of enemies within us from which these influences come. I said that we have many independent enemies, but the chief and most active are vanity and self-love. One teaching even calls them representatives and messengers of the devil himself. For some reason they are also called Mrs. Vanity and Mr. Self-Love. As I have said, there are many enemies. I have mentioned only these two as the most fundamental. At the moment it is hard to enumerate them all. It would be difficult to work on each of them directly and specifically, and it would take too much time since there are so many. So we have to deal with them indirectly in order to free ourselves from several at once. These representatives of the devil stand unceasingly at the threshold which separates us from the outside, and prevent not only good but also bad external influences from entering. Thus they have a good side as well as a bad side. For a man who wishes to discriminate among the influences he receives, it is an advantage to have these watchmen. But if a man wishes all influences to enter, no matter what they may be — for it is impossible to select only the good ones — he must liberate himself as much as possible, and finally altogether, from these watchmen, whom some considerable undesirable. For this there are many methods, and a great number of means. Personally I would advise you to try freeing yourselves and to do so without unnecessary theorizing, by simple reasoning, active reasoning, within yourselves.

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„I am that kind of conservative because I am that kind of liberal.“

—  Franklin D. Roosevelt 32nd President of the United States 1882 - 1945
1930s, Address at the Democratic State Convention, Syracuse, New York (1936), Context: The true conservative seeks to protect the system of private property and free enterprise by correcting such injustices and inequalities as arise from it. The most serious threat to our institutions comes from those who refuse to face the need for change. Liberalism becomes the protection for the far-sighted conservative. Never has a Nation made greater strides in the safeguarding of democracy than we have made during the past three years. Wise and prudent men — intelligent conservatives — have long known that in a changing world worthy institutions can be conserved only by adjusting them to the changing time. In the words of the great essayist, "The voice of great events is proclaiming to us. Reform if you would preserve." I am that kind of conservative because I am that kind of liberal. Roosevelt here slightly misquotes Thomas Babington Macaulay, who in a speech on parliamentary reform (2 March 1831) asserted: "The voice of great events is proclaiming to us, Reform, that you may preserve."

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