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What good is a Bill of Rights that does not include the right to play, to wander, to explore, the right to stillness and solitude, to discovery and physical freedom? (Edward Abbey)

There was something like a click in my mind -- I realized that being an artist meant having immense freedom to make work from anything, or nothing. If I wanted to create something from dust or rubbish, I could do it. It was an unbelievably liberating feeling, especially for someone coming from a home where there was almost no freedom. (Marina Abramovic)

The freedom now desired by many is not freedom to do and dare but freedom from care and worry. (James Truslow Adams)

-2nd U.S. president...
When people talk of the freedom of writing, speaking or thinking, I cannot choose but laugh. No such thing ever existed. No such thing now exists; but I hope it will exist. But it must be hundreds of years after you and I shall write and speak no more. (John Adams)

Free will is an illusion. People always choose the perceived path of greatest pleasure. (Scott Adams)

Freedom would be not to choose between black and white but to abjure such prescribed choices. (Theodor W. Adorno)

Why is it that so few people are truly free? Because they try to conform to ideas, concepts, and beliefs in their heads. (Adyashanti)

I don't have a Winslow Homer or a Renoir, but I do have the liberty to live as I like. (Rumaan Alam)

The man who has no inner life is a slave to his surroundings. (Henri-Frederic Amiel)

Freedon is a scary thing. Most people don't want it. (Laurie Anderson)

He who has overcome his fears will truly be free. (Aristotle)

Within yourself deliverance must be searched for, because each man makes his own prison. (Edwin Arnold)

Start with a style and you are in chains, start with an idea and you are free. (Richard Avedon)

No one can liberate you, for no one has bound you... The kite is pursued by the crows so long as it carries the fish in its beak; it twists and turns in the sky trying to last and it drops the fish. That moment it is free. (Sathya Sai Baba)

The freedom of all is essential to my freedom. (Mikhail Bakunin)

Painting what I experience, translating what I feel, is like a great liberation. But it is also work, self-examination, consciousness, criticism, struggle... (Balthus)

Complete freedom debilitates art but reveals much about character. (Darby Bannard)

The more freedom artists have to do what they want to do, the more they do what other artists are doing. (Darby Bannard)

In the last analysis, our only freedom is the freedom to discipline ourselves. (Bernard Baruch)

- Molloy, 1951..
All the things you would do gladly, oh without enthusiasm, but gladly, all the things there seems no reason for your not doing, and that you do not do! Can it be we are not free? It might be worth looking into. (Samuel Beckett)

Too many people are living in a prison that they have themselves manufactured. (Dr. Michael Beckwith)

One of the booby traps of freedom - which is bordered on all sides by isolation - is that we think so well of ourselves. I now see that I have helped myself to the best cuts at life's banquet. (Saul Bellow)

I aim at creating my art in the context of a universal idea of freedom. I am unquestionably against all physical and ideological manifestations of tyranny, oppression and imprisonment. I can't imagine a better time to realign our hearts and spirits around a liberating idea of art as a contextual idea for unequivocal liberty. (Philippe Benichou)

We are free when our actions emanate from our total personality, when they express it, when they resemble it in the indefinable way a work of art sometimes does the artist. (Henri Bergson)

Racism is a refuge for the ignorant. It seeks to divide and to destroy. It is the enemy of freedom, and deserves to be met head-on and stamped out. (Pierre Berton)

I am interested in the creativity of the criminal attitude because I recognize in it the existence of a special condition of crazy creativity. A creativity without morals fired only by the energy of freedom and the rejection of all codes and laws. For freedom rejects the dictated roles of the law and of the imposed order and for this reason is isolated. (Joseph Beuys)

Freedom is the by-product of economic surplus. (Aneurin Bevan)

liberty, n. One of Imagination's most precious possessions. (Ambrose Bierce)

Free time is a necessity if you are to exist as an artist. (Eleanor Blair)

Don't quack like a duck... soar like an eagle. (Kenneth Blanchard)

The free man is he who does not fear to go to the end of his thought. (Leon Blum)

Freedom means the opportunity to be what we never thought we would be. (Daniel J. Boorstin)

The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding. (Louis D. Brandeis)

There have been days when I sought respite from my life, only to find myself calling every hour to check on it. (Robert Brault)

Artistic imagination must remain free. It is by definition free from any fidelity to circumstances, especially to the intoxicating circumstances of history. (Andre Breton)

You feel like a prisoner if you don't create. You're jailed up inside of yourself. (Edie Brickell)

Compositional freedom means sometimes breaking the rules. (J. M. Brodrick)

I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will. (Charlotte Bronte)

None who have always been free can understand the terrible fascinating power of the hope of freedom to those who are not free. (Pearl S. Buck)

Personal liberty is the paramount essential to human dignity and human happiness. (Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton)

Liberty, too, must be limited in order to be possessed. (Edmund Burke)

The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts. (Edmund Burke)

If we wish to free ourselves from enslavement, we must choose freedom and the responsibility this entails. (Leo Buscaglia)

A new breeze is blowing, and a world refreshed by freedom seems reborn; for in man's heart, if not in fact, the day of the dictator is over. The totalitarian era is passing, its old ideas blown away like leaves from an ancient, lifeless tree. (George H.W. Bush)

Freedom itself was attacked this morning by a faceless coward, and freedom will be defended. (George W. Bush)

Yet, Freedom! yet thy banner, torn, but flying, streams like the thunderstorm against the wind. (Lord Byron)

We carry our homes within us which enables us to fly. (John Cage)

Freedom is not for the weak. (Tony Calderone)

Writing just for the hell of it is heaven. (Julia Cameron)

Absolute freedom mocks at justice. Absolute justice denies freedom. (Albert Camus)

Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better. (Albert Camus)

Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others. (Albert Camus)

Well, if crime fighters fight crime and fire fighters fight fire, what do freedom fighters fight? They never mention that part to us, do they? (George Carlin)

Everywhere the human soul stands between a hemisphere of light and another of darkness; on the confines of the two everlasting empires, necessity and free will. (Thomas Carlyle)

The freedom is in the paint; one must become the paint, so to speak, feeling it flow through the end of the brush. (Philip J. Carroll)

The principal fact of life is the free mind. (Joyce Cary)

We are not free to walk on our neighbor's toes. (Pablo Casals)

Do not free the camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel. (M. Kathleen Casey)

I am independent! I can live and I love to work. (Mary Cassatt)

Don Juan: the Sorcerer...
To seek freedom is the only driving force I know. Freedom to fly off into that infinity out there. Freedom to dissolve; to lift off; to be like the flame of a candle, which, in spite of being up against the light of a billion stars, remains intact, because it never pretended to be more than what it is: a mere candle. (Carlos Castaneda)

I am not a liberal, not a conservative, not a believer in gradual progress, not a monk. I should like to be a free artist and nothing more. (Anton Chekhov)

We can spend our whole lives escaping from the monsters of our minds. (Pema Chodron)

The work of art is a scream of freedom. (Christo)

Freedom is not the absence of commitments, but the ability to choose - and commit myself to - what is best for me. (Paulo Coelho)

All the Men will be sailors then, until the sea shall free them. (Leonard Cohen)

Perfect freedom is reserved for the man who lives by his own work and in that work does what he wants to do. (R. G. Collingwood)

When I am dead, let it be said of me: 'He belonged to no school, to no church, to no institution, to no academy, least of all to any regime except the regime of liberty.' (Gustave Courbet)

The state is not competent in artistic matters... When the state leaves us free, it will have carried out its duty. (Gustave Courbet)

Imagine, if you will, the author standing on a high rooftop hurling books into the void yelling, 'Fly! Be free!' (Curtis Craddock)

There is no such thing as a little freedom. Either you are all free, or you are not free. (Walter Cronkite)

For what is liberty but the unhampered translation of will into act? (Dante)

If you think you're free, there's no escape possible. (Ram Dass)

Freedom and justice for all are infinitely more to be desired than pedestals for a few. (Honore Daumier)

We learned from Gauguin that every work of art is a transposition, a caricature, a passionate equivalent of a sensation which has been experienced. He freed us from all restraints which the idea of copying naturally placed on our painter's instincts. All artists are now free to express their own personality. (Maurice Denis)

No man has received from nature the right to give orders to others. Freedom is a gift from heaven, and every individual of the same species has the right to enjoy it as soon as he is in enjoyment of his reason. (Denis Diderot)

My freedom consists in my moving about within the narrow frame that I have assigned myself for each one of my undertakings. (Richard Diebenkorn)

We're trapped in our culture, in the being of being human on this planet with the brains we have, and the same two arms and legs everybody has. We're so trapped that any way we could imagine to escape would be just another part of the trap. Anything we want, we're trained to want. (Norman Doidge)

Be thine own palace, or the world's thy jail. (John Donne)

To be what no one ever was, to be what everyone has been: Freedom is the mean of those extremes that fence all effort in. (Mark van Doren)

Civilization is the order and freedom is promoting cultural activity. (Will Durant)

Man became free when he recognized that he was subject to law. (Will Durant)

I imagine, therefore I belong and am free. (Lawrence Durrell)

Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist / Before they're allowed to be free? (Bob Dylan)

Of what use is freedom of speech to those who fear to offend? (Roger Ebert)

He who believes in freedom of the will has never loved and never hated. (Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach)

All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man's life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom. (Albert Einstein)

Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom. (Albert Einstein)

When I discover who I am, I'll be free. (Ralph Ellison)

Only the educated are free. (Epictetus)

No man is free who is not master of himself. (Epictetus)

Freedom, I found, is not only in the running but in the heart, the mind, the hands. (Louise Erdrich)

I am chaos. I am the spirit with which your children and clowns laugh in happy anarchy. I am alive, and I tell you that you are free. (the goddess Eris)

No one is truly free; we are a slave to wealth, fortune, the law, or other people restraining us from acting according to our will. (Euripides)

There are moments that make us free, instances in which there exist no doubt, no question, and all the universe flows through us... And then we bring these moments to a physical plane. May this plane be the surface of a canvas? (Ian Factor)

I don't believe in total freedom for the artist. Left on his own, free to do anything he likes, the artist ends up doing nothing at all. (Federico Fellini)

Until economic freedom is attained for everybody, there can be no real freedom for anybody. (Suzanne La Follette)

We are willing enough to praise freedom when she is safely tucked away in the past and cannot be a nuisance. In the present, amidst dangers whose outcome we cannot foresee, we get nervous about her, and admit censorship. (E. M. Forster)

Freedom is just chaos with better lighting. (Alan Dean Foster)

This is the last of the human freedoms – to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way. (Viktor Frankl)

People who are willing to give up freedom for the sake of short term security, deserve neither freedom nor security. (Benjamin Franklin)

There can be no real freedom without the freedom to fail. (Erich Fromm)

Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes. (Mahatma Gandhi)

All the joys – animal and human – of a free life are mine. I have escaped everything that is artificial, conventional, customary. (Paul Gauguin)

Liberty is not merely a privilege to be conferred; it is a habit to be acquired. (David Lloyd George)

In the end, more than freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all - security, comfort, and freedom... when the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again. (Edward Gibbon)

To know how to free oneself is nothing; the arduous thing is to know what to do with one's freedom. (Andre Gide)

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

Freedom is the luxury of self-discipline. (Susan Good)

Art is on the side of the oppressed. Think before you shudder at the simplistic dictum and its heretical definition of the freedom of art. For if art is freedom of the spirit, how can it exist within the oppressors? (Nadine Gordimer)

Free! The word and the thought alone were worth fifty blankets... (Kenneth Grahame)

- In a Time of Googling, Grow Where You Are Planted...
We are not robots, nor slaves, nor dupes. We grow here. We make our choices here. Part of the beauty of the current scheme is the fact that we are free to reach for other things, to see what ideas abound outside our Region. (Gary John Gresl)

To declaim freedom verses seems like a poem within a poem; freedom requires guns, it requires arms, but no feet. (Franz Grillparzer)

As an artist, one is always trying to be free, especially from oneself. (Andrew Hamilton)

Freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves. It is a daily practice. (Thich Nhat Hanh)

I was a dog on a short chain / and now there's no chain. (Jim Harrison)

The first and most important thing is to remain free, free in each line you undertake, in your ideas and in your political action, in your moral conduct. The artist especially must remain free from all outer restraints. (Hans Hartung)

Tradition is a prison with majority opinion the modern jailer. (Henry S. Haskins)

Paint with freedom. It gives you more mastery of the nature of paint. (Charles Hawthorne)

When you're very young, you suddenly find this marvellous freedom. It's quite exciting, and you're prepared to do anything. (David Hockney)

Unless a man had the talents to make something of himself, freedom is an irksome burden. (Eric Hoffer)

You are the creator; give your art the freedom to choose its path. Pay attention, you will see this path. Pay attention, your art will speak to you. Pay attention, and your art will speak to others. (A. Wayne Hooker)

Painters and poets alike have always had license to dare anything! We know that, and we both claim and allow to others in their turn this indulgence. (Horace)

Not bound to swear allegiance to any master, wherever the wind takes me I travel as a visitor. (Horace)

When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free. (Charles Evans Hughes)

A forest bird never wants a cage. (Henrik Ibsen)

The freedom to be one's self is a precious thing. (Taylor Ikin)

I have only to let myself go! So I have said all my life, yet I have never fully done it. (Henry James)

- b.1887 d.1962...
Long live freedom and damn the ideologies. (Robinson Jeffers)

The absence of conscious control while creating is due to the unemployment of the logical linear, the inability of the ego to proclaim, and a mind released from petty concerns. (Tom Johnsen)

We were born to be free, to expand our horizons by going where we have never gone before, and not to hang out in the relative comfort and safety of the nest, the known. (Dennis Merritt Jones)

You are free and that is why you are lost. (Franz Kafka)

Hiding places there are innumerable, escape is only one, but possibilities of escape, again, are as many as hiding places. (Franz Kafka)

It is often safer to be in chains than to be free. (Franz Kafka)

We all have wings, but they have not been of any avail to us and if we could tear them off, we would do so. (Franz Kafka)

There is no must in art because art is free. (Wassily Kandinsky)

That freedom that Picasso afforded himself, to be an artist in a huge number of ways, seems to be a huge psychological liberation. (Anish Kapoor)

Above all, we are coming to understand that the arts incarnate the creativity of a free people. When the creative impulse cannot flourish, when it cannot freely select its methods and objects, when it is deprived of spontaneity, then society severs the root of art. (John F. Kennedy)

We say - speak, paint, carve, write, express ourselves... as we damn please. And in both the doing of things and the talking about them - which together seem to me to sum up life - we so crave freedom or liberty or whatever one may choose to call it as to justify our Declaration's romantically terming it an inalienable right of Man, bestowed on Man by his Creator. (Rockwell Kent)

Better to sleep in an uncomfortable bed free, than sleep in a comfortable bed unfree. (Jack Kerouac)

To see your drama clearly is to be liberated from it. (Ken S. Keyes Jr.)

People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use. (Soren Kierkegaard)

The paradox of the culture wars is that they have made celebrities out of some artists who would otherwise vanish. Censorship has become a growth industry. This may be the best argument, in the end, for unfettered freedom of expression. (Michael Kimmelman)

An artist is forced by others to paint out of his own free will. (Willem de Kooning)

Freedom and love go together. Love is not a reaction ... To love is not to ask anything in return, not even to feel that you are giving something - and it is only such love that can know freedom. (Jiddu Krishnamurti)

Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose. (Kris Kristofferson)

A filmmaker has almost the same freedom as a novelist has when he buys himself some paper. (Stanley Kubrick)

In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess. (Dalai Lama)

Many terrible things are done in order to restrict the margin of liberty and freedom of our citizens... I love liberty, and loving liberty, I know that the price of it is vigilance. (Laurier Lapierre)

Lifestyle freedom is the ability to do what you want to do, when you want to do it and with whom you want to do it with for as long as you want to do it. (John Di Lemme)

The story is that one of the four trained dolphins deployed in Iraq met a wild dolphin and swam off. (John Leonard, critic)

Of what avail are forty freedoms without a blank space on the map? (Aldo Leopold)

Sketching is the breath of art: it is the most refreshing of all the more impulsive forms of creative self-expression and, as such, it should be as free, and happy, as a song in the bath. (Mervyn Levy)

You shouldn't be a prisoner of your own ideas. (Sol LeWitt)

The public must be put in its place, so that it may exercise its own powers, but no less and perhaps even more, so that each of us may live free of the trampling and the roar of a bewildered herd. (Walter Lippmann)

People demand freedom only when they have no power. (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

Freedom is the only law which genius knows. (James Russell Lowell)

Freedom is always freedom for the one who thinks differently. (Rosa Luxemburg)

What is freedom? Freedom is the right to choose: the right to create for oneself the alternatives of choice. (Archibald MacLeish)

To be happy is only to have freed one's soul from the unrest of unhappiness. (Maurice Maeterlinck)

The very fact that we wish for liberation shows that freedom from all bondage is our real nature. It is not to be freshly acquired. All that is necessary is to get rid of the false notion that we are bound. (Ramana Maharshi)

I certainly do have this feeling of affection for the absolute sense of intellectual freedom that exists as a live nerve, a live wire, right through the center of American life. (Norman Mailer)

You shouldn't be free so you can feel free inside. (Ashgan Makarem)

-misattributed to inaugural speech, 1994 - quote by Marianne Williamson, Return to Love, 1992...
As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. (Nelson Mandela)

My freedom is not and cannot be something that I observe as I observe an outward fact; rather it must be something that I decide, moreover, without appeal. It is beyond the power of anyone to reject the decision by which I assert my freedom and this assertion is ultimately bound up with the consciousness that I have of myself. (Gabriel Marcel)

When you're not smoking anymore, you don't have to carry around a pack of cigarettes, a lighter - all this paraphernalia. So you're liberated in a certain sense. It's the same with drinking. (Brice Marden)

Emancipate yourself from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our mind. (Bob Marley)

An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, a prisoner of manner, a prisoner of reputation, or a prisoner of success. (Henri Matisse)

When I started to paint I felt transported into a kind of paradise... In everyday life I was usually bored and vexed... Starting to paint I felt gloriously free... (Henri Matisse)

Freedom is man's capacity to take a hand in his own development. It is our capacity to mold ourselves. (Rollo May)

Freedom always deals with 'the possible'; this gives freedom its great flexibility, its fascination, and its dangers. (Rollo May)

It would be easier to follow paths that have been walked by others... But this is freedom – to seek the expression of inner truth, explore new ways of doing things, and creatively share the discovery. (Heidi McCurdy)

There is such incredible freedom just to say, 'This is who I am, this is what I have. In all my strengths and weaknesses, this is who I am.' (Jamie McHugh)

I've been able to maintain this life of independence and freedom because it was instilled in me a long time ago. I think out of sheer hardheadedness and willingness to endure and maintain the lifestyle that I've known has kept me as kind of a free spirit. (Wyman Meinzer)

We must be willing to pay a price for freedom. (H. L. Mencken)

The liberty of the individual must be thus far limited; he must not make himself a nuisance to other people. (John Stuart Mill)

Freedom requires no trail of breadcrumbs. (Michelle Miller)

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but licence. (John Milton)

Jazz is freedom. You think about that. (Thelonius Monk)

Freedom is to be free of attachments, and the main attachment is to the 'I'-self. (Mooji)

The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are... It's got to happen inside first. (Jim Morrison)

The function of freedom is to free someone else. (Toni Morrison)

Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer. Camp out among the grasses and gentians of glacial meadows, in craggy garden nooks full of nature's darlings. (John Muir)

The place where I had freedom most was when I painted. I was completely and utterly myself. (Alice Neel)

Freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves. (Thich Nhat Hanh)

For as long as you can remember, you have been a pleaser, depending on others to give you an identity. You need not look at that only in a negative way. You wanted to give your heart to others, and you did so quickly and easily. But now you are being asked to let go of all these self-made props and trust that God is enough for you. You must stop being a pleaser and reclaim your identity as a free self. (Henri Nouwen)

Painting is the one area to which you can really give your body. It's the ability to get a re-creation of oneself through painting that gives people the feeling that they are not trapped within their skins. (Hugh O'Donnell)

It was all so far away... there was quiet and an untouched feel to the country and I could work as I pleased. (Georgia O'Keeffe)

I have already settled it for myself so flattery and criticism go down the same drain and I am quite free. (Georgia O'Keeffe)

That is the true genius of America, a faith in the simple dreams of its people, the insistence on small miracles. That we can say what we think, write what we think, without hearing a sudden knock on the door. That we can have an idea and start our own business without paying a bribe or hearing a sudden knock on the door... (Barack Obama)

Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. (George Orwell)

Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows. (George Orwell)

Apertures, passages from one world to another. Man's escape hatches. (P. K. Page)

Liberty is the secret to creativity. (Pierre Parisien)

There's such a freedom about being an artist... You're not accountable – you're this renegade thing. (Cornelia Parker)

Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it. (Pericles)

Not pleasure, not glory, not power: freedom, only freedom. (Fernando Pessoa)

I found out that total creativity involves a certain intellectual rebellion - not to become a criminal, but... you have to do things that are a little bit forbidden. You have to feel free, and we know freedom is a hard thing to get. (Philippe Petit)

The ultimate freedom for creative groups is the freedom to experiment with new ideas. (Daniel H. Pink)

Freedom is not of use to those who do not know how to employ it. (Sylvia Plath)

Now: heaven knows, anything goes. (Cole Porter)

A slave is one who waits for someone to come and free him. (Ezra Pound)

No one is free who has not obtained the empire of himself. (Pythagoras)

Bondage and Liberation are of the mind alone. (Ramakrishna)

Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage's whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men. (Ayn Rand)

In an atmosphere of liberty, artists and patrons are free to think the unthinkable and create the audacious; they are free to make both horrendous mistakes and glorious celebrations. (Ronald Reagan)

If 'freedom' means, first of all, the responsibility of every individual for the rational determination of his own personal, professional and social existence, then there is no greater fear than that of the establishment of general freedom. (Wilhelm Reich)

It is for each of us freely to choose whom we shall serve, and find in that obedience our freedom. (M. C. Richards)

But if you can create an honorable livelihood, where you take your skills and use them and you earn a living from it, it gives you a sense of freedom and allows you to balance your life the way you want. (Anita Roddick)

Painting depends on freedom. When you're feeling completely free, you can create, and this power to create is, in turn, the greatest freedom of all. (George Rodrigue)

Beware of those who seek to take care of you lest your caretakers become your jailers. (Jim Rohn)

The words spoken by the leader of the free world can expand the frontiers of freedom or shrink them. (Mitt Romney)

Man was born free and everywhere he is in chains. (Jean-Jacques Rousseau)

All alive beings will eventually choose freedom. (Yaroslaw Rozputnyak)

The freedom we are looking for is the freedom to be ourselves, to express ourselves. But if we look at our lives we will see that most of the time we do things just to please others... The worst part is that most of us are not even aware that we are not free. (Don Miguel Ruiz)

I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think. (Rumi)

Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open? Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking. Live in silence. (Rumi)

What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist. (Salman Rushdie)

No human being, however great, or powerful, was ever so free as a fish. (John Ruskin)

There is no liberation without labor... and there is no freedom which is free. (The Siri Singh Sahib)

I know but one freedom, and that is the freedom of the mind. (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)

Poetry is the journal of a sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air. (Carl Sandburg)

Man is condemned to be free. (Jean-Paul Sartre)

What is the essence of America? Finding and maintaining that perfect, delicate balance between freedom 'to' and freedom 'from.' (Marilyn vos Savant)

-title of his earliest self-portrait...
To Confine the Artist is a Crime, It Means Murdering Unborn Life. (Egon Schiele)

Freedom exists only with power. (Johann Friedrich von Schiller)

If you want to be free, there is but one way. It is to guarantee an equally full measure of liberty to all your neighbors. There is no other. (Carl Schurz)

I feel constricted if I become too much aware of the act of making. Liberty is lost and instead of an instinctual lyrical expression the whole thing becomes arid. (William Scott)

We're not prisoners of the past. (Martin Seligman)

True freedom is escaping the prison of the mind. (Ian Semple)

We are all prisoners of our own reality. Only art can make us step out of it. (Paol Serret)

Liberty is the breath of life to nations. (George Bernard Shaw)

Liberty is the possibility of doubting, the possibility of making a mistake, the possibility of searching and experimenting, the possibility of saying No to any authority – literary, artistic, philosophic, religious, social, and even political. (Ignazio Silone)

I'll tell you what freedom is to me. No fear. (Nina Simone)

You took my freedom away a long time ago and you can't give it back because you haven't go it yourself. (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn)

What is ominous is the ease with which some people go from saying that they don't like something to saying that the government should forbid it. When you go down that road, don't expect freedom to survive very long. (Thomas Sowell)

The greatest threat to freedom is the absence of criticism. (Wole Soyinka)

Freedom is absolutely necessary for the progress in science and the liberal arts. (Baruch Spinoza)

This I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. (John Steinbeck)

A pedestal is as much a prison as any small space. (Gloria Steinem)

My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular. (Adlai Stevenson)

I am not interested in illustrating my time. A man's 'time' limits him; it does not truly liberate him. (Clyfford Still)

The wide open nature of any truly creative artistic endeavor is one of its most important virtues, and one of its harshest realities. Only the most determined, hardest working, capable and creative will make their way to earning a good living by their art. (Mike Svob)

Emancipation from the bondage of the soil is no freedom for the tree. (Rabindranath Tagore)

- from I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free...
I wish you could know / What it means to be me / Then you'd see and agree / Everyone should be free. (Billy Taylor)

The shell must break before the bird can fly... (Alfred, Lord Tennyson)

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home. (Twyla Tharp)

Our houses are such unwieldy property that we are often imprisoned rather than housed in them. (Henry David Thoreau)

When even one American - who has done nothing wrong - is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth - then all Americans are in peril. (Harry S. Truman)

Letting a hundred flowers blossom and a hundred schools of thought contend is the policy for promoting the progress of the arts and the sciences. (Mao Tse-Tung)

It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them. (Mark Twain)

Irreverence is the champion of liberty and its one sure defense. (Mark Twain)

Discriminating irreverence is the creator and protector of human liberty. (Mark Twain)

Freedom is the luxury of having self-discipline. (Author unknown)

Freedom, that he always thought was outward motion, turns out to be this inward dwindling. (John Updike)

Liberty is the hardest test that one can inflict on a people. To know how to be free is not given equally to all men and all nations. (Paul Valery)

Man is free at the moment he wishes to be. (Voltaire)

-referring to Helvetius' De L'Esprit which was publicly burned in 1758...
I never approved either the errors of his book, or the trivial truths he so vigorously laid down. I have, however, stoutly taken his side when absurd men have condemned him for these same truths. (Voltaire)

Who is more to be pitied, a writer bound and gagged by policemen or one living in perfect freedom who has nothing more to say? (Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.)

I heard 'and what does this represent to you?' and I said, 'Listen, that is the artistic freedom.' (Milos Vujasinovic)

I'm a big advocate of freedom: freedom of speech, freedom of expression, freedom of thought. (Jimmy Wales)

For in the end, freedom is a personal and lonely battle; and one faces down fears of today so that those of tomorrow might be engaged. (Alice Walker)

I crave the freedom of knowing that if I want to do something, I can do it. It's important that I live in such a way that I can maintain a direct response to ideas. (Errollyn Wallen)

Dont retreat. Retweet! (Ai Weiwei)

The greatest enemy of art is the absence of limitations. (Orson Welles)

If you make a living, if you earn your own money, you're free – however free one can be on this planet. (Theodore White)

To be free is to have achieved your life. (Tennessee Williams)

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. (Marianne Williamson)

- The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth...
We need freedom to roam across land owned by no one but protected by all, whose unchanging horizon is the same that bounded the world of our millennial ancestors. (Edward O. Wilson)

A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that's unlocked and opens inwards; as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push. (Ludwig Wittgenstein)

To enjoy freedom we have to control ourselves. (Virginia Woolf)

Me this unchartered freedom tires; / I feel the weight of chance-desires: / My hopes no more must change their name, / I long for a repose that ever is the same. (William Wordsworth)

How does the Meadow flower its bloom unfold? Because the lovely little flower is free down to its root, and in that freedom bold. (William Wordsworth)

My aim is to escape from the medium with which I work; to leave no residue of technical mannerisms to stand between my expression and the observer. To seek freedom through significant form and design rather than through the diversion of so-called free and accidental brush handling. (Andrew Wyeth)

If liberty has any meaning it means freedom to improve. (Philip Wylie)

- artist/writer imprisoned during the Cultural Revolution in China...
By day I was a slave; by night, I was a prince. (Mu Xin)

The man form is higher than the angel form; of all forms it is the highest. Man is the highest being in creation, because he aspires to freedom. (Paramahansa Yogananda)

All freedom to man, but freedom is useful when we know what life is, when we know what past is, what present is, when we know how to go about things, not that every man should be left to experiment by himself. (Maharishi Mahesh Yogi)

Transfer from external validation to internal self-validation. Freedom means knowing who you are. (Miles Patrick Yohnke)