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

Edited by Martin Svoboda. Last update June 9, 2021. History
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(1924-1987) writer from the United States 1924 - 1987

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„Be free. Don't just make freedom something you have, make it something you do … something you ARE!“

—  Steve Maraboli 1975

Source: Life, the Truth, and Being Free (2010), p. 156
Context: The best way to celebrate your freedom is to LIVE it! Be you. Be free. Don't just make freedom something you have, make it something you do... something you ARE!

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„With respect to the question of relationships, my general view is that freedom means freedom for everyone. People…ought to be free to enter into any kind of relationship they want to.“

—  Dick Cheney American politician and businessman 1941

Remarks on same same-sex marriage Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A29862-2004Aug24.html (25 August 2004)
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„When people are free to choose, they choose freedom.“

—  Margaret Thatcher British stateswoman and politician 1925 - 2013

Speech to the Industrial League of Orange County (14 March 1991) http://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/108266
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„In a community of free people the freedom of economic activity is an inseparable part of the whole, and only this freedom will ensure a life worth living.“

—  Ludwig Erhard German politician 1897 - 1977

Message to the international industrial development conference in San Francisco, quoted in The Times (16 October 1957), p. 7

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„Freedom is for honest people. No man who is not himself honest can be free — he is in his own trap.“

—  L. Ron Hubbard American science fiction author, philosopher, cult leader, and the founder of the Church of Scientology 1911 - 1986

"Honest People Have Rights, Too" (8 February 1960).
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„The more freedom a people have, the more unlikely the government will murder them. Democratically free governments do not murder their own people.“

—  Rudolph Rummel American academic 1932 - 2014

Source: The Blue Book of Freedom: Ending Famine, Poverty, Democide, and War (2007), p. 14

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