Freedom Quotes

If the deaf are to hear

“If the deaf are to hear, the sound has to be very loud. When we dropped the bomb, it was not our intention to kill anybody. We have bombed the British Government. The British must quit India and make her free.” – As quoted in Awakening Indians to India (2008), p. 82

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I emphasize that I am full of ambition

“I emphasize that I am full of ambition and hope and of full charm of life. But I can renounce all at the time of need, and that is the real sacrifice. These things can never be hinderance in the way of man, provided he be a man. You will have the practical proof in the near future.” – Selected writings of Shaheed Bhagat Singh (1986), p. 65

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Any man who stands for progress has to criticize

“Any man who stands for progress has to criticize, disbelieve and challenge every item of the old faith. Item by item he has to reason out every nook and corner of the prevailing faith. If after considerable reasoning one is led to believe in any theory or philosophy, his faith is welcomed. His reasoning can be mistaken, wrong, misled and sometimes fallacious. But he is liable to correction because reason is the guiding star of his life. But mere faith and blind faith is dangerous: it dulls the brain, and makes a man reactionary.” – Why I am an atheist? (1930)

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One should not interpret the word ‘Revolution’

“One should not interpret the word ‘Revolution’ in its literal sense. Various meanings and significances are attributed to this word, according to the interests of those who use or misuse it. For the established agencies of exploitation it conjures up a feeling of blood stained horror. To the revolutionaries it is a sacred phrase.” – Letter published in The Tribune (25 December 1929)

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Patriotism does not oblige us to acquiesce in the destruction of liberty. Patriotism obliges us to question it, at least.
– Wendy Kaminer

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There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One is roots; the other, wings.
– Hodding Carter

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Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is a freedom.
– Marilyn Ferguson

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