The mark of a truly civilized man is confidence in the strength and security derived from the inquiring mind.
more Felix Frankfurter quotes
The last of the human freedoms -- to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.
more Viktor Frankl quotes
Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to chose one’s attitudes in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.
more Viktor Frankl quotes
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.
more Robert Frost quotes
English character and English freedom depend comparatively little on the form which the Constitution assumes at Westminster. A centralised democracy may be as tyrannical as an absolute monarch; and if the vigour of the nation is to continue unimpaired, each individual, each family, each district, must preserve as far as possible its independence, its self-completeness, its powers and its privilege to manage its own affairs and think its own thoughts.
more James Anthony Froude quotes
I know of no inquiry which the impulses of man suggests that is forbidden to the resolution of man to pursue.
more Margaret Fuller quotes
Curiosity is the kernal of forbidden fruit.
more Dr. Thomas Fuller quotes
I do encourage you to question authority, apply logic, and think for yourself. Look at the forest, not the trees. And the centuries, not the months. Or you might risk being lead willingly, as a sheep, to the slaughter.
more Rick Gaber quotes
These are the days when men of all social disciplines and all political faiths seek the comfortable and the accepted; when the man of controversy is looked upon as a disturbing influence; when originality is taken to be a mark of instability; and when, in minor modification of the original parable, the bland lead the bland.
more John Kenneth Galbraith quotes
The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.
more John Kenneth Galbraith quotes
The moment the slave resolves that he will no longer be a slave, his fetters fall. ... Freedom and slavery are mental states. Therefore, the first thing to say to yourself: 'I shall no longer accept the role of a slave. I shall not obey orders as such but shall disobey them when they are in conflict with my conscience'.
more Mahatma Mohandas K. Gandhi quotes
Honest differences are a healthy sign of progress.
more Mahatma Mohandas K. Gandhi quotes
The most fatal blow to progress is slavery of the intellect. The most sacred right of humanity is the right to think, and next to the right to think is the right to express that thought without fear.
more Helen H. Gardner quotes
I love agitation and investigation and glory in defending unpopular truth against popular error.
more James A. Garfield quotes
If it’s a despot you would dethrone, see first that his throne erected within you is destroyed.
more Khalil Gibran quotes
Some who are too scrupulous to steal your possessions nevertheless see no wrong in tampering with your thoughts.
more Khalil Gibran quotes
Humanity's most valuable assets have been the non-conformists. Were it not for the non-conformists, he who refuses to be satisfied to go along with the continuance of things as they are, and insists upon attempting to find new ways of bettering things, the world would have known little progress, indeed.
more Josiah William Gitt quotes
A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone.
more Jo Godwin quotes
Whenever government assumes to deliver us from the trouble of thinking for ourselves, the only consequences it produces are those of torpor and imbecility.
more William Godwin quotes
Lose this day loitering 'Twill be the same old story, Tomorrow and the next, Even more dilatory. Whatever you would do, Or dream of doing, begin it! Boldness has power, genius, and magic in it. Begin it now.
more Johann Wolfgang von Goethe quotes
How can you come to know yourself? Never by thinking; always by doing. Try to do your duty, and you'll know right away what you amount to.
more Johann Wolfgang von Goethe quotes
The unnatural, that too is natural.
more Johann Wolfgang von Goethe quotes
To subject an artist’s work to a litmus test of political probity – and to punish institutions that will not carry out the mandate of the state – is to traffic in the thought control that gave us Stalinism and Nazism…
more Richard Goldstein quotes
Freedom of conscience is a natural right, both antecedent and superior to all human laws and institutions whatever; a right which laws never gave and a right which laws can never take away.
more John Goodwin quotes
You can't make socialists out of individualists.  Children who know how to think for themselves spoil the harmony of the collective society which is coming where everyone is interdependent.
more Rosalie M. Gordon quotes
Heresy is only another word for freedom of thought.
more Graham Greene quotes
If what is best in mankind, and what its progress depends on, manifests itself primarily in the individual and only secondarily in the mass, then our objectives should be to maintain such freedom as allows the individual to think and speak for himself.
more Louis J. Halle quotes
In a free government, the security for civil rights must be the same as that for religious rights. It consists in the one case in the multiplicity of interests, and in the other in the multiplicity of sects.
more Alexander Hamilton quotes
The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right; the spirit of liberty is the spirit which seeks to understand the minds of other men and women...
more Judge Learned Hand quotes
Our schools have been scientifically designed to prevent over-education from happening. The average American [should be] content with their humble role in life, because they're not tempted to think about any other role.
more William T. Harris quotes
A society committed to the search for truth must give protection to, and set a high value upon, the independent and original mind, however angular, however rasping, however, socially unpleasant it may be; for it is upon such minds in large measure, that the effective search for truth depends.
more Caryl Parker Haskins quotes
A society that does not recognize that each individual has values of his own which he is entitled to follow can have no respect for the dignity of the individual and cannot really know freedom.
more Friedrich August von Hayek quotes
...the case for individual freedom rests largely on the recognition of the inevitable and universal ignorance of all of us concerning a great many of the factors on which the achievements of our ends and welfare depend.
more Friedrich August von Hayek quotes
Even more significant of the inherent weakness of the collectivist theories is the extraordinary paradox that from the assertion that society is in some sense more than merely the aggregate of all individuals their adherents regularly pass by a sort of intellectual somersault to the thesis that in order that the coherence of this larger entity be safeguarded it must be subjected to conscious control, that is, to the control of what in the last resort must be an individual mind. It thus comes about that in practice it is regularly the theoretical collectivist who extols individual reason and demands that all forces of society be made subject to the direction of a single mastermind, while it is the individualist who recognizes the limitations of the powers of individual reason and consequently advocates freedom as a means for the fullest development of the powers of the interindividual process.
more Friedrich August von Hayek quotes
Any man who has the brains to think and the nerve to act for the benefit of the people of the country is considered a radical by those who are content with stagnation and willing to endure disaster.
more William Randolph Hearst quotes
We hold that the greatest right in the world is the right to be wrong, that in the exercise thereof people have an inviolable right to express their unbridled thoughts on all topics and personalities, being liable only for the use of that right.
more William Randolph Hearst quotes
When individuals and nations have once got in their heads the abstract concept of full-blown liberty, there is nothing like it in its uncontrollable strength.
more Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel quotes
When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, "This you may not read, this you may not see, this you are forbidden to know," the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, not anything -- you can't conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.
more Robert A. Heinlein quotes
I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.
more Robert A. Heinlein quotes
Everyone has his own conscience, and there should be no rules about how a conscience should function.
more Ernest Hemingway quotes
Whosoever wishes to know about the world must learn about it in its particular details. Knowledge is not intelligence. In searching for the truth be ready for the unexpected. Change alone is unchanging. The same road goes both up and down. The beginning of a circle is also its end. Not I, but the world says it: all is one. And yet everything comes in season.
more Heraclitus quotes
Any attempt to replace a personal conscience by a collective conscience does violence to the individual and is the first step toward totalitarianism.
more Herman Hesse quotes
It is thus necessary that the individual should finally come to realize that his own ego is of no importance in comparison with the existence of the nation, that the position of the individual is conditioned solely by the interests of the nation as a whole.
more Adolf Hitler quotes
They that approve a private opinion, call it an opinion; but they that mislike it, heresy: and yet heresy signifies no more than private opinion.
more Thomas Hobbes quotes
Where men cannot freely convey their thoughts to one another, no other liberty is secure.
more William Earnest Hocking quotes
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.
more Eric Hoffer quotes
To prevent inquiry is among the worst of evils.
more Thomas Holcroft quotes
If there is any principle of the Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other it is the principle of free thought -- not free thought for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought that we hate.
more Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. quotes
A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience.
more Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. quotes
I think it not improbable that man, like the grub that prepares a chamber for the winged thing it never has seen but is to be — that man may have cosmic destinies that he does not understand.
more Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. quotes
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