VI. Freedom

~ Liberty Leading The People by Eugene Delacroix

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The word freedom has no meaning[1].

Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains[2].

Tranquillity is found also in dungeons;

But is that enough to make them desirable places to live in?[3]

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Men are only apparently drawn from the front,

In reality they are pushed from behind[4].

Men are deceived if they think themselves free[5].

God does not play dice with the universe.

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Necessity knows no law.

Necessity is a powerful weapon.

Necessity breaks iron.

Necessity is the mother of invention.

Freedom is a fair thing.

Liberty is more worth than gold.

He loses his liberty loses all.

Yet too much liberty spoils all.


[1] Attributed to Denis Diderot.

[2] Attributed to Rousseau.

[3] Attributed to Rousseau.

[4] Attributed to Schopenhauer.

[5] Attributed to Spinoza.

 

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