Proverb

“No man is free who is not master over himself.”

Epictetus

“Just keep in mind: the more we value things outside our control, the less control we have.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”

Horace

“Who then is free? The wise man who can command himself.”

John Milton

Freedom of Mind

“The mind is its own place, and in itself

  Can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven.”

  • Paradise Lost(1667), Book I 254-255

Servitude

“Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heaven.”

  • Paradise Lost(1667), Book I 263

Natural Rights

“No man who knows aught, can be so stupid to deny that all men naturally were born free.”

Speech

“Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.”

Arthur Schopenhauer

“A man can be himself only so long as he is alone; and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom; for it is only when he is alone that he is really free.”

Virginia Woolf

“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”