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A Dictionary of New Epigrams

FREEDOM

Without free speech there is not even the possibility of any of the other rights.

“I have sworn on the altar of God eternal enmity against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.” – Thomas Jefferson

It is human to avoid pain and freedom is a source of pain.

Our freedom was born and died when we learned the effect of the words yes and no.

Our free will exists only when we know we have the power to choose.

Freedom is for the tranquil, but not for the timid.

Freedom always means the ability to think for oneself and make one’s own decisions.

When you realize you are in error you may change your behavior, if you are free.

Self-imposed restrictions are the greatest threats to your personal freedom of choice.

You are always free to choose how you feel about something, be it good, bad or indifferent.

Our greatest challenge is the freedom to change an existing habit.

You are not free if you need drugs, religion, money or anything else before you can be tranquil.

To be totally free is to be totally responsible for all of your actions.

Limitations on actions give greater freedom to act within the limitations.

Only the dead are totally free.

The past is fixed, and the inertia of the past is fixed in the present moment. Our freedom lies in our future actions, and those are controlled by our habits of observation and reaction to our observations, and those were created by us in our personal past.

In the long run of the Universe we are absolutely controlled by the forces of nature, but in the short run of our lives we are in control of most of what is important to us.

We are more controlled by the billions of conformists than by the rare rulers, and who are the most influential rulers, but the creators of new ideas?

 

 

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