Quotes on Freedom…
“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.” – Henry David Thoreau.
“What is right is not always popular and what is popular is not always right.” – Albert Einstein.
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they attack you, then you win.” – Mahatma Gandhi.
“Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.” – Franz Kafka.
“Nothing is worth more than this day.” – Goethe.
“Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul… Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people.” – Jawaharal Nehr.
“It wasn’t until I started reading and found books they wouldn’t let us read in school that I discove…red you could be insane and happy and have a good life without being like everybody else.” – John Waters.
“With the first act of cruelty committed in the name of revolution, with the first murder, with the f…irst purge and execution, we have lost the revolution.” – Kate Millett.
“The secret of Buddhism is to remove all ideas, all concepts, in order for the truth to have a chance to penetrate, to reveal itself.” – Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddha Mind, Buddha Body: Walking Toward Enlightenment.
“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” – Albert Einstein.
“I never was aware of any other option but to question everything.” – Noam Chomsky.
“When you look long into an abyss, the abyss looks into you.” – Friedrich Nietzsche.
“You can’t operate a capitalistic system unless you are vulturistic; you have to have someone else’s …blood to suck to be a capitalist. You show me a capitalist, I’ll show you a bloodsucker. He cannot be anything but a bloodsucker if he’s going to be a capitalist. He’s got to get it from somewhere other than himself, and that’s where he gets it- from somewhere or someone other than himself.” – Malcolm X.
“If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man… has closed himself up, till he sees all things through narrow chinks of his cavern.” – Aldous Huxley.
“The first man who, having fenced in a piece of land, said “This is mine,” and found people naïve eno…ugh to believe him, that man was the true founder of civil society. From how many crimes, wars, and murders, from how many horrors and misfortunes might not any one have saved mankind, by pulling up the stakes, or filling up the ditch, and crying to his fellows: Beware of listening to this impostor; you are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody.” – Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
“It is well that the nation does not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did I be…lieve there would be a revolution tomorrow morning.” – Henry Ford.
“As a wave, seething and foaming, is only water… so all creation, streaming out of the Self, is only …the Self. Consider a piece of cloth. It is only threads! So all creation, when you look closely, is only the Self.” – Ashtavakra Gita.
“In truth everything and everyone Is a shadow of the Beloved, And our seeking is His seeking And our …words are His words… We search for Him here and there, while looking right at Him. Sitting by His side, we ask: ‘O Beloved, where is the Beloved?’”– Rumi.
“And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing… in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected.” – John Steinbeck, East of Eden.
“When one sees eternity in things that pass away, then one has pure knowledge.” – Bhagavad Gita.
“We discover in ourselves what others hide from us and we recognize in others what we hide from ourselves …” – Vauvenargues.
“A writer can do nothing for men more necessary, satisfying, than just simply to reveal to them the infinite possibility of their own souls.” – Walt Whitman.
“I searched for God and found only myself… I searched for myself and found only God…” – Sufi Proverb.
“When nothing is for sure we remain alert, perennially on our toes.” – Don Juan Matus.
“Upon learning to ‘see’ a man becomes everything by becoming nothing. He, so to speak, vanishes and yet he’s there.” – Don Juan Matus.
“Three ways we learn wisdom: by reflection – the noblest; by imitation – the easiest; by experience – the bitterest.” – Confucius.