"To some, freedom means the opportunity to do what they want to do;
to most it means not to do what they do not want to do.
It is perhaps true that those who can grow
will feel free under any condition."
Eric Hoffer
(1902-1983) American author, philosopher, awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom
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To those that experience liberty as a tangible aggregate of the soul, freedom is known under all conditions. To those that are limited to the "do" freedom is as described above. True freedom is defined by the God of Nature's laws and it is left to man to find and make his statutes according to such.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    It seems these quotes on freedom seem to be missing the element of responsibility that needs to accompany freedom. Freedom is the opportunity to choose to do the right thing, or face the consequences of your actions. Freedom is self-regulation.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
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    Business growth is becoming more difficult in our country. The government adds regulations to anything that sells well or costs a lot, because they want there share in taxes.
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US      
     -- warren, olathe     
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    Ken,Allyn, you said it well.
     -- jim k, Austin     
  • 2
    "Freedom is self-regulation." Ken nails it!
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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