11 Compelling Quotes from Freedom Writers

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In celebration of Independence Day, here are some reminders of the progress we’ve made, the freedom we honor and the steps we still have to take. So before you bust open the fireworks, crack open the beer and wave those festive flags around, take a look at some powerful authors who penned their thoughts about freedom and independence.

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“Independence is a heady draught, and if you drink it in your youth, it can have the same effect on the brain as young wine does. It does not matter that its taste is not always appealing. It is addictive and with each drink you want more.”

~ Maya Angelou

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“I think the girl who is able to earn her own living and pay her own way should be as happy as anybody on earth. The sense of independence and security is very sweet.”

~ Susan B. Anthony

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“We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.”

~ William Faulkner

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“Liberty is the breath of life to nations.”

~ George Bernard Shaw

Robert Frost

“Freedom lies in being bold.”

~ Robert Frost

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“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”

~ Virginia Woolf

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“Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry his own weight, this is a frightening prospect.”

~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”

~ George Orwell

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“It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them.”

~ Mark Twain

George Eliot

“The intense happiness of our union is derived in a high degree from the perfect freedom with which we each follow and declare our own impressions.”

~ George Eliot

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“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will.”

~ Charlotte Brontë

Let’s celebrate America’s independence and progress but keep in mind that when the founding fathers wrote “all men are created equal,” they only meant straight white males. America continues to evolve and build from the structure of the Declaration of Independence, and for that, let’s crank out those fireworks and heat up the grill. Happy Fourth, feminist friends! 

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