I wish I were a girl again, half savage and hardy, and free; and laughing at injuries, not maddening under them!
~ Wuthering Heights
by Emily Bronte
Men must want to do things of their own innermost drives. People, not commercial organizations or chains of command, are what make great civilizations work. Every civilization depends upon the quality of the individuals it produces. If you over-organize humans, over-legalize them, suppress their urge to greatness — they cannot work and their civilization collapses.
~ Children of Dune
by Frank Herbert
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. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual.
~ East of Eden
by John Steinbeck
"Until you've lost your reputation, you never realize what a burden it was or what freedom really is."
~ Gone With The Wind
by Margaret Mitchell
That the choice for mankind lay between freedom and happiness, and that, for the great bulk of mankind, happiness was better.
~ Nineteen Eighty-Four
by George Orwell
It may be that mortal free-will can conquer mortal fate; and that going, as we all do, inevitably to death, we go inevitably to nothing that is before death.
by Wilkie Collins
"The liberty to live for self alone becomes in time a weary bondage."
~ The Rosary
by Florence L. Barclay
Peril, loneliness, an uncertain future, are not oppressive evils, so long as the frame is healthy and the faculties are employed; so long, especially, as Liberty lends us her wings, and Hope guides us by her star.
by Charlotte Bronte
She better liked to see him free and happy, even than to have him near her, because she loved him better than herself.
~ Barnaby Rudge
by Charles Dickens
Liberty is often a heavy burden on a man. It involves that necessity for perpetual choice which is the kind of labor men have always dreaded.
~ Elsie Venner
by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.