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Sentence Sermons (Christian Inspiration) #12 --- Freedom

Updated on March 8, 2011

Quotations on Freedom

Religious liberty is the nursing mother of all liberty. Without it all other forms of liberty must soon wither and die.

—George W. Truett, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., July 24, 1939.

Religious freedom is the mothering source of all freedom. ... The soul of all freedom is the freedom of the soul. ... Unless freedom of religion is maintained all other freedoms–civic, political, economic, even freedom of thought–will go down with it.

—M.E. Dodd, The Baptist Message, Shreveport, La., Oct. 22, 1942.

Freedom and democracy are but the application of the philosophy of Jesus to the area of government. That is why the citizens of a republic like ours must maintain a high standard of intellectual, moral, and spiritual conduct. It is necessary for national survival and the preservation of our liberties.

—J.A. Hill, Canyon News, Canyon, Texas, July 11, 1963.

True liberty is the full power of self-mastery that does not degrade self, on the one hand, nor on the other hand does not advance self at cost to others. The free spirit neither enslaves self in sensuality, nor does it tyrannize other lives.

—Howland Hanson, The Register and Leader, Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 8, 1909.

Liberty is, in its broadest sense, the absence of restraint; in its best sense, the absence of all but necessary and reasonable restraint. Personal liberty is the essence of free government; its tendency is to make men self-reliant and indomitable. It is a priceless legacy left by our fathers. Duty as well as an enlightened self-interest demands its preservation.

—David Bennett Hill, Milwaukee Journal, Milwaukee, Wis., Nov. 27, 1895.

Discipline is the training of thought, feeling and emotions, so as to apprehend and appreciate all things correctly; and habits of self-control so as to hold one's self within the limits which enable free men in a free society to live in harmony and pursue their ends successfully without encroaching on each other.

—W.G. Sumner, The Independent, New York, N.Y., Jan. 16, 1890.

Liberty has a pretender to her throne; she has a counterpart, “fathered in iniquity and born in perdition,” and the name of that counterpart is license. Only those whose eyes are touched by the divinely inspired hand of a pure and unselfish patriotism can distinguish between them. That power of discernment must be ours. We must understand that what we take from others we must give; we must learn to rule and to be ruled. We must love and reverence those twin sisters, Authority and Submission.

—J. Reuben Clark, Jr., Salt Lake Herald, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 16, 1898.

We must win our way to freedom. It is not something that merely happens. It is a quality, a nature, a state to be acquired. It is a great fallacy to believe you are free simply because you are an American, or live in a free country or associate with free people. Environment helps, but the higher freedom is what each man gains for himself. No State can give you such freedom. You are yourself slave, or free, according to whether you are in thraldom to prejudice and fear and materialism, or in the service of truth and virtue.

—Kenneth C.M. Sills, Lewiston Daily Sun, Lewiston, Me., June 11, 1925.

No man ever had a right that a duty didn't accompany it. You can't have the right of being a free citizen without having the duty of exercising that citizenship with a sense of sober responsibility to the people as a whole.

—Theodore Roosevelt, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, March 14, 1911.

Freedom is a process; liberty is a discipline.

—R.E. Smith, The Shreveport Times, Shreveport, La., Feb. 8, 1932.

Liberty is founded in the preservation of individual accountability and independence.

—Moses Thatcher, The Southern Star, Chattanooga, Tenn., April 22, 1899.

Here is true meaning of democracy. It is a great school. The people are trained to rule themselves. Its government must know no other power, and have no other source of strength, save "the consent of the governed." In a democracy, lawlessness is self-destructive and disobedience is political suicide. The law is the intelligent consent of the people. Mobs are composed of maniacs, violating the decision of their own minds to the mode in which they shall govern themselves, then seek to tear down their own laws, are like the demoniacs of old, who fled to the tombs of the dead and tore their own flesh in meaningless fury. The meaning of the Fourth of July is "self-government." The test of the triumph, of the defeat of our democracy, is whether we can govern ourselves.

—M. Ashby Jones, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., July 12, 1931.

Liberty of thought is the prime base of the temple of freedom.

—Edward Harris, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, May 5, 1905.

We need to be reminded that there is a freedom without the existence of which all other freedoms are either nonexistent or inoperative. Our first freedom is spiritual freedom.

—Leon Merle Flanders, New York Times, New York, N.Y., Nov. 9, 1942.

Irresponsible freedom isn't really freedom. When the individual insists upon irresponsible freedom, he becomes either a rebel or a tyrant. Democracy never works unless it works under discipline. To be sure, the discipline is self-imposed. But that is what we mean by liberty under law. ... The key to opportunity and the key to freedom are one--self-discipline. There is no other way.

—Lynn W. Landrum, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, July 4, 1947.

Liberty does not mean freedom from the restraints of moral law, but freedom from personal constraint on the part of others. ... True freedom consists in doing unto others as we would have them do unto us.

—J.W. Lowber, Galveston Daily News, Galveston, Texas, Aug. 3, 1896.

Freedom is the right to choose the right.

—Henry F. Cope, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., Oct. 16, 1910.

Personal liberty is not personal license.

—Billy Sunday, Nashville Banner, Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 17, 1924.

True freedom is from within; it can come only by the knowledge of truth.

—S. Stephen McKenney, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, May 9, 1929.

Liberty is not license. Liberty is opportunity for service. Religious liberty is the prime condition for every kind of human progress.

—E.Y. Mullins, Christian Index, Atlanta, Ga., Aug. 16, 1923.

That which makes a man a good Christian will also make him a good citizen.

—James DeForest Murch, Christian Standard, Cincinnati, Ohio, Feb. 3, 1940.

Real liberty lies in obedience to law and loving service of one's brothers.

—J.E. Nunn, Amarillo Daily News, Amarillo, Texas, Nov. 2, 1929.

Freedom means the right to do what you ought, and ought implies law, and law implies justice, and justice implies God. ... Whenever there is justice there is freedom, but when there is freedom there is not always justice. There can be freedom without justice--and that is the basic reason why there is war; men wanting to be free from discipline and particularly from dependence on the Justice of God. ... Since the God of Justice is the God of Charity, it follows that although a way may be justified, one may not enter it in a spirit of hate. We too often identify what is really a sin against charity with a love of justice. ... Justice may demand in history, physical resistance to an aggressor's physical assault; but charity demands that we pray for his conversion from his onslaught against the morality and justice of God.

—Fulton J. Sheen, The Catholic Tribune, St. Joseph, Mo., Jan. 11, 1941.

Liberty and discipline, properly defined, are much the same thing. Discipline is the preparatory stage of the control of life of which liberty is the result.

Autumn Leaves, Independence, Mo., June 1928.

True freedom always involves a moral issue, because it involves self-discipline. An individual or a society can enjoy freedom only when the limitations imposed by law, either civil or moral, are recognized and obeyed. Self-discipline enables each person to live freely within the limitations imposed by law for the good of all, and is essential for the defense of liberty in a free society.

Hill Top Times, Ogden, Utah, July 29, 1966.


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    BobMonger 5 years ago from Carlin, Nevada USA

    Wow! I can tell you've certainly done your homework on the subject. I wish I'd seen your hub before I started writing "The 3 Faces of Freedom" because of the great references you've listed, I could have used a few of them in my sermon. It looks like you've got a fan!