“The only thing crueler than a cage so small that a bird can’t fly is a cage so large that a bird thinks it can fly.”

— Caroline Kepnes, You, Share via Whatsapp

“Generally I find men are a lot more concerned with limiting the freedoms of women than exercising personal freedom for themselves.”

— Sally Rooney, Normal People, Share via Whatsapp

“The state can t give you free speech, and the state can t take it away. You re born with it, like your eyes, like your ears. Freedom is something you assume, then you wait for someone to try to take it away. The degree to which you resist is the degree to which you are free...”

— Utah Phillips, Share via Whatsapp

“Freedom is the possibility of isolation. You are free if you can withdraw from people, not having to seek them out for the sake of money, company, love, glory or curiosity, none of which can thrive in silence and solitude. If you can t live alone, you were born a slave. You may have all the splendours of the mind and the soul, in which case you re a noble slave, or an intelligent servant, but you re not free. And you can t hold this up as your own tragedy, for your birth is a tragedy of Fate alone. Hapless you are, however, if life itself so oppresses you that you re forced to become a slave. Hapless you are if, having been born free, with the capacity to be isolated and self-sufficient, poverty should force you to live with others.”

— Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet, Share via Whatsapp

“This concern with the basic condition of freedom — the absence of physical constraint — is unquestionably necessary, but is not all that is necessary. It is perfectly possible for a man to be out of prison and yet not free — to be under no physical constraint and yet to be a psychological captive, compelled to think, feel and act as the representatives of the national State, or of some private interest within the nation, want him to think, feel and act.”

— Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, Share via Whatsapp

“You only are free when you realize you belong no place — you belong every place — no place at all.”

— Maya Angelou, Conversations with Maya Angelou, Share via Whatsapp

“For the person who has learned to let go and let be, nothing can ever get in the way again.”

— Meister Eckhart, Share via Whatsapp

“Freedom of speech gives us the right to offend others, whereas freedom of thought gives them the choice as to whether or not to be offended.”

— Mokokoma Mokhonoana, Share via Whatsapp

“Why is it,” Jonathan puzzled, “that the hardest thing in the world is to convince a bird that he is free, and that he can prove it for himself if he’d just spend a little time practicing? Why should that be so hard?”

— Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Share via Whatsapp

“The woods are full of poison berries but you don t have to eat them.”

— Marty Rubin, Share via Whatsapp

“there would be no powerful will binding hers in that blind persistence with which men and women believe they have a right to impose a private will upon a fellow creature…And yet she had loved him- sometimes. Often she had not. What did it matter! What could love, the unsolved mystery, count for in the face of this possession of self-assertion which she suddenly recognized as the strongest impulse of her being.”

— Kate Chopin, The Story of an Hour, Share via Whatsapp

“The realm of freedom actually begins only where labour which is determined by necessity and mundane considerations ceases; thus in the very nature of things it lies beyond the sphere of actual material production. Just as the savage must wrestle with Nature to satisfy his wants, to maintain and reproduce life, so must civilised man, and he must do so in all social formations and under all possible modes of production. With his development this realm of physical necessity expands as a result of his wants; but, at the same time, the forces of production which satisfy these wants also increase. Freedom in this field can only consist in socialised man, the associated producers, rationally regulating their interchange with Nature, bringing it under their common control, instead of being ruled by it as by the blind forces of Nature; and achieving this with the least expenditure of energy and under conditions most favourable to, and worthy of, their human nature. But it nonetheless still remains a realm of necessity. Beyond it begins that development of human energy which is an end in itself, the true realm of freedom, which, however, can blossom forth only with this realm of necessity as its basis. The shortening of the working-day is its basic prerequisite.”

— Karl Marx, Share via Whatsapp

“Women’s bodies are so often under the purview of men, whether it’s our reproductive organs, our sexuality, our weight, our manner of dress. There is a freedom found in decomposition, a body rendered messy, chaotic, and wild. I relish this image when visualizing what will become of my future corpse.”

— Caitlin Doughty, From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death, Share via Whatsapp

“If you love something, you must set it free.”

— Julie Berry, Lovely War, Share via Whatsapp

“Your only personal effect that you don’t take with you into marriage is your freedom. ~Nkwachukwu Ogbuagu”

— Nkwachukwu Ogbuagu, Share via Whatsapp

“Live and act within the limit of your knowledge and keep expanding it to the limit of your life. Redeem your mind from the hockshops of authority. Accept the fact that you are not omniscient, but playing a zombie will not give you omniscience—that your mind is fallible, but becoming mindless will not make you infallible—that an error made on your own is safer than ten truths accepted on faith, because the first leaves you the means to correct it, but the second destroys your capacity to distinguish truth from error.”

— Ayn Rand, Share via Whatsapp

“She couldn t live her life as someone s prisoner the way he had lived his, caught up in a dream of the past, with no way forward and no way back, forced to dig down inside oneself.”

— Natsuo Kirino, Out, Share via Whatsapp