During this time of Independence celebration, I am convicted in my soul to reflect on what freedom genuinely means. In doing so, I pored over many historical quotes. The ones I have chosen below are a few thought provoking words, based on an understanding of the right to freedom.

  Regardless of where these people stood with their place in history...their words strengthen my spirit to what I believe freedom is…“Let Freedom Reign!”

  “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” 
-Thomas Jefferson-

 “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.”       

  “Freedom consist not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.”
-Pope John Paul II-

  “I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.”
 -Andre Lorde-

  “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it is demanded by the oppressed.”
 -Martin Luther King Jr. II-

  “The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”                               
-Albert Camus-

  “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”      
-George Washington-  

  “We look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression - everywhere in the world. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way - everywhere in the world. The third is freedom from want - which, translated into world terms, means economic understanding which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime for its inhabitants - everywhere in the world. The fourth is the freedom from fear - which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor - anywhere in the world.”
-Franklin Roosevelt-