In the spirit of our upcoming (US) Independence Day (commonly referred to as the “Fourth of July), I’d like to share some quotes I found on the goodreads site on the many aspects of freedom. I hope they inspire and touch you. As you celebrate this Fourth of July, please remember to be safe, for you and those around you.

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”Nelson Mandela

“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.”Mahatma Gandhi

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.”Jim Morrison

“You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.”Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon

“If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.”Noam Chomsky

“Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last.”Martin Luther King Jr., I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World

“Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.”Napoleon Bonaparte

“I do not wish them [women] to have power over men; but over themselves.”Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

“Instructions for freedom”:

  1. Life’s metaphors are God’s instructions.
  2. You have just climbed up and above the roof, there is nothing between you and the Infinite; now, let go.
  3. The day is ending, it’s time for something that was beautiful to turn into something else that is beautiful. Now, let go.
  4. Your wish for resolution was a prayer. Your being here is God’s response, let go and watch the stars came out, in the inside and in the outside.
  5. With all your heart ask for Grace and let go.
  6. With all your heart forgive him, forgive yourself and let him go.
  7. Let your intention be freedom from useless suffering then, let go.
  8. Watch the heat of day pass into the cold night, let go.
  9. When the Karma of a relationship is done, only Love remains. It’s safe, let go.
  10. When the past has past from you at last, let go.. then, climb down and begin the rest of your life with great joy.”Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

“In politics as in religion, my tenets are few and simple. The leading one of which, and indeed that which embraces most others, is to be honest and just ourselves and to exact it from others, meddling as little as possible in their affairs where our own are not involved. If this maxim was generally adopted, wars would cease and our swords would soon be converted into reap hooks and our harvests be more peaceful, abundant, and happy.”George Washington

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