7 Inspiring Quotes about Freedom and Independence

In celebration of the Fourth of July!

Jul 2, 2013

Image from Flickr user Xavier Donat

Freedom and independence can sound like lofty concepts, but how do they break down for the individual? In the spirit of the Fourth of July, we have compiled a list of seven quotes culled from a diverse group of important figures  - from Coco Chanel to Socrates - whose statements reflect the broad spectrum of meaning of the notions of freedom and independence.  What quote do you most identify with?

1.
The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”
- Coco Chanel (French fashion designer and businesswoman)

2.
“To find yourself, think for yourself.”
- Socrates (Classic Greek philosopher)

3.
Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to
choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
- Vicktor Emil Frankl (Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist)

4.
My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.”
- Adlai Stevenson (31st Governor of Illinois and United Nations ambassador 1961
1965)

5.
“Freedom cannot be bestowed — it must be achieved.”
Elbert Hubbard (American writer, publisher and artist)

6.
“The great revolution in the history of man, past, present and future, is the revolution
of those determined to be free.”
- John F. Kennedy (35th President of the United States)

7.
Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.”
-Albert Camus (French author, journalist and philosopher)

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