20 Inspirational Quotes About Freedom and Independence

Let freedom ring, y’all! It is the time of year at which we kick off summertime by remembering those who fought for our nation –and these quotations about freedom in addition to those Memorial Day Instagram captions for your entire sparkler and fireworks photographs will get you into the mood to honor the courageous people who have fought and continue to fight for our liberty.

“Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.”

— George Washington
“Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.”
— Kahlil Gibran
“Freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity.”
— Herbert Hoover
“For everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labour in freedom.”
— Albert Einstein
“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
“Is freedom anything else than the right to live as we wish? Nothing else.”
— Epictetus
“Freedom lies in being bold.”
— Robert Frost
“Independence is a heady draft, and if you drink it in your youth, it can have the same effect on the brain as young wine does. It does not matter that its taste is not always appealing. It is addictive and with each drink you want more.”
— Maya Angelou
“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will.”
— Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
“We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.”
— William Faulkner
“We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edge of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.”
— Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale
“The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.”
— Aung San Suu Kyi
“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
“No one outside ourselves can rule us inwardly. When we know this, we become free.”
— Buddha
“I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind”
— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail?”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
“What do you suppose will satisfy the Soul, except to walk free, and own no superior?”
— Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman
“No person is your friend (or kin) who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.”
— Alice Walker
“As soon as we left the ground, I knew I myself had to fly.”
— Amelia Earhart
“Tame birds sing of freedom. Wild birds fly.”
— attributed to John Lennon

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