„Freedom must be gained step by step, slowly. Freedom is a food which must be carefully administered when people are too hungry for it.“
— Lech Wałęsa Polish politician, Nobel Peace Prize winner, former President of Poland 1943
Interview http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1946&dat=19810316&id=mjkyAAAAIBAJ&sjid=vaQFAAAAIBAJ&pg=866,2677867&q=%22Freedom+must+be+gained+step+by+step+slowly+Freedom+is+a+food+which+must+be+carefully+administered+when+people+are+too+hungry+for+it%22 with Oriana Fallaci (22 & 23 February 1981)
„Loving someone is a loss of freedom -- but one doesn't think of it as loss because one gains so much else.“
— Erica Jong Novelist, poet, memoirist, critic 1942
How to Save Your Own Life (1977)
„Not every defeat of authority is a gain for individual freedom, nor every judicial rescue of a convict a victory for liberty.“
— Robert H. Jackson American judge 1892 - 1954
"The Task of Maintaining Our Liberties: The Role of the Judiciary" (1953), P. 964
„Like a beast in a pen, I’m cut off
From my friends, freedom, the Sun.
But the hunters are gaining ground;
I’ve nowhere else to run.“
— Borís Pasternak Russian writer 1890 - 1960
Selected Poems (1983), Nobel Prize
— Bruce Lee, libro Tao of Jeet Kune Do
Tao of Jeet Kune Do (1975), Context: When there is freedom from mechanical conditioning, there is simplicity. The classical man is just a bundle of routine, ideas and tradition. If you follow the classical pattern, you are understanding the routine, the tradition, the shadow — you are not understanding yourself.
„The shrine is vowed to freedom, but, my friend,
Freedom is but a means to gain an end.
Freedom should build the temple, but the shrine
Be consecrate to thought still more divine.
The human bliss which angel hopes foresaw
Is liberty to comprehend the law.
Give, then, thy book a larger scope and frame,
Comprising means and end in Truth's great name.“
— Margaret Fuller American feminist, poet, author, and activist 1810 - 1850
Life Without and Life Within (1859), Freedom and Truth
„Liberation Army at this time is to create good examples, to struggle for Black freedom, and to prepare for the future. We must defend ourselves and let no one disrespect us. We must gain our liberation by any means necessary.“
— Assata Shakur American activist who was a member of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army 1947
To My People (July 4, 1973)
„And we call upon others to join us on the right side of history -- for while small gains can be won at the barrel of a gun, they will ultimately be turned back if enough voices support the freedom of nations and peoples to make their own decisions.“
— Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961
2014, Address to the United Nations (September 2014)
„Justification, in terms of the broadening of freedom, for any particular form of institution of property must be argued in terms of whether the losses caused by the restrictions imposed are greater or less than the gains derived from the elimination of costly conflict.“
— Kenneth E. Boulding British-American economist 1910 - 1993
1950s, Principles of economic policy, 1958, p. 119 cited in: Warren J. Samuels, James M. Buchanan (2007) The Legal-Economic Nexus. p. 54
„Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever. The yearning for freedom eventually manifests itself, and that is what has happened to the American Negro. Something within has reminded him of his birthright of freedom, and something without has reminded him that it can be gained.“
— Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968
„The elemental simplicities of wilderness travel were thrills not only because of their novelty, but because they represented complete freedom to make mistakes. … Perhaps every youth needs an occasional wilderness trip, in order to learn the meaning of this particular freedom.“
— Aldo Leopold, libro A Sand County Almanac
A Sand County Almanac, 1949, "Wisconsin: Marshland Elegy," "Wisconsin: The Sand Counties" "Wisconsin: On a Monument to the Pigeon," and "Wisconsin: Flambeau", “Wisconsin: Flambeau”, p. 113.
„I loved you, so I drew these tides of men into my hands
and wrote my will across the sky in stars
To gain you Freedom, the seven-pillared worthy house,
that your eyes might be shining for me
When I came.“
— T. E. Lawrence, libro Seven Pillars of Wisdom
Seven Pillars of Wisdom (1922), Dedicatory poem, to "S. A.", as written in the 1922 "Oxford text"; variant : "When we came" for "When I came" in the 1926 edition, and others.
„Socialism gains its true form only through a total fighting brotherhood with the forward-striving energies of a newly awakened nationalism. Without nationalism it is nothing, a phantom, a mere theory, a castle in the sky, a book. With it it is everything, the future, freedom, the fatherland!“
— Joseph Goebbels Nazi politician and Propaganda Minister 1897 - 1945
1930s, Die verfluchten Hakenkreuzler. Etwas zum Nachdenken (1932)
„If by setting one's heart right every morning and evening, one is able to live as though his body were already dead, he gains freedom in the Way. His whole life will be without blame, and he will succeed in his calling.“
— Tsunetomo Yamamoto, libro Hagakure
Hagakure (c. 1716), Context: The Way of the Samurai is found in death. When it comes to either/or, there is only the quick choice of death. It is not particularly difficult. Be determined and advance. To say that dying without reaching one's aim is to die a dog's death is the frivolous way of sophisticates. When pressed with the choice of life or death, it is not necessary to gain one's aim. We all want to live. And in large part we make our logic according to what we like. But not having attained our aim and continuing to live is cowardice. This is a thin dangerous line. To die without gaining one's aim is a dog's death and fanaticism. But there is no shame in this. This is the substance of the Way of the Samurai. If by setting one's heart right every morning and evening, one is able to live as though his body were already dead, he gains freedom in the Way. His whole life will be without blame, and he will succeed in his calling. As translated by William Scott Wilson. This first sentence of this passage was used as a military slogan during the early 20th century to encourage soldiers to throw themselves into battle. Variant translations: Bushido is realised in the presence of death. In the case of having to choose between life and death you should choose death. There is no other reasoning. Move on with determination. To say dying without attaining ones aim is a foolish sacrifice of life is the flippant attitude of the sophisticates in the Kamigata area. In such a case it is difficult to make the right judgement. No one longs for death. We can speculate on whatever we like. But if we live without having attaining that aim, we are cowards. This is an important point and the correct path of the Samurai. When we calmly think of death morning and evening and are in despair, We are able to gain freedom in the way of the Samurai. Only then can we fulfil our duty without making mistakes in life. By the Way of the warrior is meant death. The Way of the warrior is death. This means choosing death whenever there is a choice between life and death. It means nothing more than this. It means to see things through, being resolved. I have found that the Way of the samurai is death. This means that when you are compelled to choose between life and death, you must quickly choose death. The way of the Samurai is in death. I have found the essence of Bushido: to die!
„The mindless ferocity of this man, and all those like him, their real loathing born of nothing more solid than insecurity and fear…It was a channel. Will knew that he had been gazing into the channel down which the powers of the Dark, if they gained their freedom, could ride in an instant to complete control of the earth.“
— Susan Cooper English fantasy writer 1935
The Dark Is Rising (1965-1977), Silver on the Tree (1977), Chapter 4 “Midsummer Day” (p. 54)