In preparation for Passover, my friend just sent me some quotes about Freedom. I should make this its own post, I guess. I don't agree with all of these, but they add dimension to the discussion.
1. “The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” ― Gloria Steinem
2. “I had crossed the line. I was free; but there was no one to welcome me to the land of freedom. I was a stranger in a strange land.” - Harriet Tubman
3. “The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.” ― David Foster Wallace, "This Is Water"
4. “For any human being, freedom is essential, crucial, to our dignity and our ability to be fully human.” ― Izzeldin Abuelaish, I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor's Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity
5. “Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.” – Sigmund Freud
6. “We gain freedom when we have paid the full price.” – Rabindranath Tagore
7. “When a truth is not given complete freedom, freedom is not complete.” – Vaclav Havel
8. “The true value of a human being can be found in the degree to which he has attained liberation from the self.” ― Albert Einstein
9. “Jazz stands for freedom. It's supposed to be the voice of freedom: Get out there and improvise, and take chances, and don't be a perfectionist - leave that to the classical musicians.” – Dave Brubeck
10. “Slaves are generally expected to sing as well as to work.” ― Frederick Douglass
11. “If my mind cannot be tied down, if my dreams cannot be diminished, then no amount of restraints can really guarantee my quiet submission.” ― Deborah Feldman, Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots
12. “Literature was the passport to enter a larger life…Literature was freedom. Especially in a time in which the values of reading and inwardness are so strenuously challenged, literature is freedom.” ― Susan Sontag
13. “The thing is this: You got to have fun while you're fightin' for freedom, 'cause you don't always win.” – Molly Ivins
14. “Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.” ― Rosa Luxemburg
15. “Freedom for the wolves has often meant death to the sheep.” ― Isaiah Berlin
16. “Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.
17. “Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.” – Hannah Arendt
18. “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” -- Martin Luther King, Jr.
19. “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
20. "The special virtue of freedom is not that it makes you richer and more powerful but that it gives you more time to understand what it means to be alive.” ― Adam Gopnik
21. "Anything outside marriage seems like freedom and excitement." – Jeanette Winterson
22. "Freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves. It is a daily practice... No one can prevent you from being aware of each step you take or each breath in and breath out." – Thich Nhat Hanh
23. "Freedom means the opportunity to be what we never thought we would be." – Daniel J. Boorstin