"A free man is he that,
in those things which by his strength and wit he is able to do,
is not hindered to do what he has a will to."
by:
Thomas Hobbes
(1588-1679) English philosopher, political theorist
Source:
Leviathan, 1651
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Very nicely put.Very encouraging.
 -- KS     
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    I am free, and our government is my hinderance.
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
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    Freedom is a state of spiritual, moral, mental and emotional being such as can be realized only under the aegis and tutelage of Virtue.

    "Freedom" experienced in the absence of Virtue is a delusion.
     -- Patrick Henry, Red Hill     
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     -- jim k, Austin      
    A good start at describing freedom. Freedom is an inherent state of being; the expression thereof can be hindered as Joe said above. A legal measurement of liberty realized will illuminate proportionally the free beings expression.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    As good as it gets.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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