Here are inspirational freedom quotes about being free and preserving your independence at all costs. Use these quotes for motivation or share them with your loved ones on independence day celebrations.

Freedom is a beautiful concept. It is everyone’s birth right. An individual cannot become happy while being enslaved by anyone or any thing. Fear limits your vision. It does not let you see your true potential. As a results, you fail to achieve success. It hinders you from seeing your abilities and talents. It cripples your mind. It cages you and make you afraid of the unknown. Don’t let it overpower yourself. Let go of fear and embrace freedom. It is the first step towards the journey to success and happy life.


“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.”
Joe Klaas, Twelve Steps to Happiness

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”
Coco Chanel

“Live free or die.”
Lauren Oliver, Requiem

“The true value of a human being can be found in the degree to which he has attained liberation from the self.”
Albert Einstein

“Real freedom is freedom from the opinions of others. Above all, freedom from your opinions about yourself. ”
Brennan Manning, The Wisdom of Tenderness: What Happens When God’s Fierce Mercy Transforms Our Lives

“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”
John Philpot Curran

“A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower

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“Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom. And in freedom, most people find sin.”
John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

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

“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.”
Jim Morrison

“Hypocrites get offended by the truth.”
Jess C. Scott, Bad Romance: Seven Deadly Sins Anthology

“The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.”
James Madison – Freedom Quotes

“Freedom is not the absence of commitments, but the ability to choose – and commit myself to – what is best for me.”
Paulo Coelho, The Zahir

“If you’ve got nothing to dance about, find a reason to sing.”
Melody Carstairs

“I am a lover of truth, a worshiper of freedom, a celebrant at the altar of language and purity and tolerance.”
Stephen Fry

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“When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.”
Nelson Mandela

“When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.”
Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Benjamin Franklin, Memoirs of the life & writings of Benjamin Franklin

“Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.”
Jim Morrison

“Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.”
Daniel Patrick Moynihan – Freedom Quotes

“He who is brave is free.”
Seneca

“Forgetfulness is a form of freedom.”
Kahlil Gibran

“Cowardice is the most terrible of vices.”
Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita

“A Nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but it’s lowest ones.”
Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom

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“You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.”
Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon

“Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life.”
Bob Marley – Freedom Quotes

“Reality doesn’t impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.”
Anaïs Nin, Incest: From a Journal of Love

“Freedom lies in being bold.”
Robert Frost

“Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.”
Denis Diderot

“Happiness is part of who we are. Joy is the feeling.”
Tony DeLiso, Legacy: The Power Within

“Man is nothing else but what he makes of himself.”
Jean-Paul Sartre, Existentialism and Human Emotions

“Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.”
John Milton, Areopagitica

“Freedom is the only worthy goal in life. It is won by disregarding things that lie beyond our control.”
Epictetus

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“The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you.”
David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

“Now that she had nothing to lose, she was free.”
Paulo Coelho

“Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.”
Toni Morrison, Beloved – Freedom Quotes

“The unhappiest people in this world, are those who care the most about what other people think.”
C. JoyBell C.

“We wanted the freedom to love. We wanted the freedom to choose. Now we have to fight for it.”
Lauren Oliver, Requiem

“The only way we’ll get freedom for ourselves is to identify ourselves with every oppressed people in the world. We are blood brothers to the people of Brazil, Venezuela, Haiti, Cuba — yes Cuba too.”
Malcolm X

“The country was in peril; he was jeopardizing his traditional rights of freedom and independence by daring to exercise them.”
Joseph Heller, Catch-22

“If you want total security, go to prison. There you’re fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking… is freedom. ”
Dwight D. Eisenhower
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“A concept is a brick. It can be used to build a courthouse of reason. Or it can be thrown through the window.”
Gilles Deleuze, A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia

“I’m single because I was born that way.”
Mae West

“I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.”
Robert A. Heinlein

“Let children read whatever they want and then talk about it with them. If parents and kids can talk together, we won’t have as much censorship because we won’t have as much fear.”
Judy Blume

“There are so many men, all endlessly attempting to sweep me off my feet. And there is one of you, trying just the opposite. Making sure my feet are firm beneath me, lest I fall.”
Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man’s Fear

“Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

“To belong nowhere is a blessing and a curse, like any kind of freedom.”
Leah Stewart, The Myth of You and Me

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“We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.”
William Faulkner, Essays, Speeches & Public Letters

“I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”
Thomas Jefferson – Freedom Quotes

“If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.”
Noam Chomsky

“True freedom is impossible without a mind made free by discipline.”
Mortimer J. Adler, How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading

“Happiness depends on being free, and freedom depends on being courageous.”
Marie Rutkoski, The Winner’s Curse

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”
Thomas Jefferson

“It is the preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.”
Bertrand Russell

“If all men are born free, how is it that all women are born slaves?”
Mary Astell

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“I have found both freedom and safety in my madness; the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us.”
Kahlil Gibran, The Madman

“No one loses anyone, because no one owns anyone. That is the true experience of freedom: having the most important thing in the world without owning it.”
Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes

“Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.”
Abraham Lincoln

“The secret of happiness is freedom, the secret of freedom is courage.”
Carrie Jones, Need

“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”
Patrick Henry

“She would be half a planet away, floating in a turquoise sea, dancing by moonlight to flamenco guitar.”
Janet Fitch, White Oleander

“Freedom is not something that anybody can be given. Freedom is something people take, and people are as free as they want to be.”
James Baldwin

“Secrecy begets tyranny.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

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“You see, freedom has a way of destroying things.”
Scott Westerfeld, Extras

“Marriage is a fine institution, but I’m not ready for an institution.”
Mae West, The 2,548 Best Things Anybody Ever Said

“Freedom is what we do with what is done to us.”
Jean-Paul Sartre

“Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.”
Sigmund Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents

“He offered her the world. She said she had her own.”
Monique Duval – Freedom Quotes

“To die hating them, that was freedom.”
George Orwell, 1984

“Those people, who hate you, envy your freedom.”
Santosh Kalwar, Quote Me Everyday

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“Keep your best wishes, close to your heart and watch what happens.”
Tony DeLiso, Legacy: The Power Within

“A man can be himself only so long as he is alone; and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom; for it is only when he is alone that he is really free.”
Arthur Schopenhauer, Essays and Aphorisms

“He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.”
Aristotle

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
Nelson Mandela

“Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.”
Napoléon Bonaparte – Freedom Quotes

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.”
Thomas Paine

“I think it only makes sense to seek out and identify structures of authority, hierarchy, and domination in every aspect of life, and to challenge them; unless a justification for them can be given, they are illegitimate, and should be dismantled, to increase the scope of human freedom.”
Noam Chomsky

“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

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“We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.”
Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale

“If you want to rebel, rebel from inside the system.That’s much more powerful than rebelling outside the system.”
Marie Lu, Legend

“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”
Henry David Thoreau – Freedom Quotes

“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.

“The Revolution introduced me to art, and in turn, art introduced me to the Revolution!”
Albert Einstein

“The end may justify the means as long as there is something that justifies the end.”
Leon Trotsky, Their Morals and Ours

“Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.”
John F. Kennedy

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“You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don’t ever count on having both at once.”
Robert A. Heinlein

“A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.”
Jim Morrison

“Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.”
Benjamin Franklin

“The things you own end up owning you. It’s only after you lose everything that you’re free to do anything.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

“She had not known the weight until she felt the freedom.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter

“I am an American; free born and free bred, where I acknowledge no man as my superior, except for his own worth, or as my inferior, except for his own demerit.”
Theodore Roosevelt – Freedom Quotes

“Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his views without penalty there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.”
Albert Einstein

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“If you truly want to be respected by people you love, you must prove to them that you can survive without them.”
Michael Bassey Johnson, The Infinity Sign

“Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.”
James Bovard, Lost Rights: The Destruction of American Liberty

“The human race is a monotonous affair. Most people spend the greatest part of their time working in order to live, and what little freedom remains so fills them with fear that they seek out any and every means to be rid of it.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther

“I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow, than a man swear he loves me.”
William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

“Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners.”
Vladimir Lenin

“Frederick Douglass taught that literacy is the path from slavery to freedom. There are many kinds of slavery and many kinds of freedom, but reading is still the path.”
Carl Sagan – Freedom Quotes

“I prefer liberty with danger than peace with slavery.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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“You show me a capitalist, and I’ll show you a bloodsucker.”
Malcolm X

“There’s no freedom quite like the freedom of being constantly underestimated.”
Scott Lynch, The Lies of Locke Lamora

“To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.”
Alan W. Watts

“We cannot think of being acceptable to others until we have first proven acceptable to ourselves.”
Malcolm X

“No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.”
Ansel Adams

“There was beauty in the idea of freedom, but it was an illusion. Every human heart was chained by love.”
Cassandra Clare, Lady Midnight

“My mother said I broke her heart…but it was my integrity that was important. Is that so selfish? It sells for so little, but it’s all we have left in this place. It is the very last inch of us…but within that inch we are free.”
Alan Moore, V for Vendetta

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“If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”
George Washington

“Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.”
Rosa Luxemburg

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
Ronald Reagan

“Adventures are all very well in their place, but there’s a lot to be said for regular meals and freedom from pain.”
Neil Gaiman, Stardust

“The most loving parents and relatives commit murder with smiles on their faces. They force us to destroy the person we really are: a subtle kind of murder.”
Jim Morrison

“Those who will not reason, are bigots, those who cannot, are fools, and those who dare not, are slaves.”
George Gordon Byron

“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.”
Audre Lorde – Freedom Quotes

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