Freedom QuotesI cherish quotes about truth and freedom and have collected them since my youth. My farmer dad valued them as well, although I had to read them to him since he had never learned to read and write. We were so poor that even poverty was a step up—but Dad stubbornly guarded his freedom to think and make his own decisions as a free man.

Here are some “Freedom Quotes” I have collected over the years:

1. Justice William O. Douglas: “The right to be left alone is indeed the beginning of all freedom.”

2. Henry Clay: “Of all the properties that belong to honorable men, not one is so highly prized as that of character.”

3. Noel Coward: “It is discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.”

4. Herbert Hoover: “Free speech does not live many hours after free industry and free commerce dies.”

5. Alexander Solzhenitsyn: “In our country, the lie has become not just a moral category but a pillar of the state.”

6, George Washington: “If freedom of speech is taken away, we may be led like sheep to the slaughter.”

7. Harry S. Truman: “Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go. And that is down the path of increasingly oppressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.”

8. Ronald Reagan: “We must always ask: Is government working to liberate and improve the individual, or does it seek to compel, command, and coerce people into submissive obedience?”

9. Will Rogers: “The short memories of the American voters is what keeps politicians in power.”

10. Woodrow Wilson: “Concentration of power precedes the destruction of human liberties.”

11. Clarence Darrow: “When I was a boy, I was told that anybody could become president; I’m beginning to believe it.”

Charles W. Sasser is a professional freelance writer and journalist with over 60 books in publication and thousands of magazine articles. He is author of Crushing the Collective: America’s Last Chance to Remain Free and Self-Governing.