If I have freedom in my love, And in my soul am free, — Angels alone that soar above, Enjoy such liberty.
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- Stone walls do not a prison make nor iron bars a cage; minds innocent and quiet take that for an hermitage.
- You can protect your liberties in this world only by protecting the other man’s freedom. You can be free only if I am free.
- Free will is not the liberty to do whatever one likes, but the power of doing whatever one sees ought to be done, even in the very face of otherwise overwhelming impulse. There lies freedom, indeed.
- Men are free when they are in a living homeland, not when they are straying and breaking away. Men are free when they are obeying some deep, inward voice of religious belief. Obeying from within. Men are free when they belong to a living, organic, believing community, active in fulfilling some unfulfilled, perhaps unrealized purpose. Not when they are escaping to some wild west. The most unfree souls go west, and shout of freedom. Men are freest when they are most unconscious of freedom. The shout is a rattling of chains, always was.
- How does the Meadow flower its bloom unfold? Because the lovely little flower is free down to its root, and in that freedom bold.
- Freedom Know this, that every man is free To choose his life and what he’ll be. For this eternal truth is given, God will force no man to heaven. He’ll call, persuade, direct aright, Bless with wisdom, love, and light; In nameless ways be good and kind, But never force the human mind.