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Man’s free agency is not of the mind, for that is bound. There is no freedom there.

— Swami Vivekananda

Power said to the world, “You are mine.” The world kept it, prisoner, on her throne. Love said to the world, “I am thine.” The world gave it the freedom of her house.

— Rabindranath Tagore

It is always for greater joy that you give up the lesser. This is practical religion-the attainment of freedom, renunciation. Renounce the lower so that you may get the higher. Renounce! Renounce! Sacrifice! Give up! Not for zero. Not for nothing. But to get the higher.

— Swami Vivekananda

PRAYER is divine love alone. When this highest ideal of love is reached, philosophy is thrown away. Who will then care of it ? Freedom, salvation, nirvana- all are thrown away. Who cares to become free while in the enjoyment of divine love?

— Swami Vivekananda

Deliverance is not for me in renunciation. I feel the embrace of freedom in a thousand bonds of delight.

— Rabindranath Tagore

Karma is the eternal assertion of human freedom. . . . Our thoughts, our words, and deeds are the threads of the net which we throw around ourselves.

— Swami Vivekananda

Everything that we perceive around us is struggling towards freedom, from the atom to the man, from the insentient, lifeless particle of matter to the highest existence on earth, the human soul. The whole universe is in fact the result of this struggle for freedom.

— Swami Vivekananda

Real freedom is not merely doing what you like, but also NOT doing what you like.

— Swami Vivekananda

Freedom can never be true of name and form; it is the clay out of which we (the pots) are made; then it is limited and not free, so that freedom can never be true of the related. One pot can never say ‘I am free’ as a pot; only as it loses all ideas of form does it become free.

— Swami Vivekananda

Revolution is an inalienable right of mankind. Freedom is an imperishable birth right of all. Labor is the real sustainer of society, the sovereignty of the ultimate destiny of the workers.

— Bhagat Singh

Someone who does not have any responsibility can feel very detached, ‘Oh, I am doing nothing. I am free.’ But that freedom has no value. If someone who is responsible for the whole of society, the whole kingdom can say, ‘I am not doing anything’ in spite of this responsible job; then that ‘not doing’ something is great. That is enlightenment.

Not merely by rules of conduct and religious observances, nor by much learning either, nor even by attainment of concentration, nor by sleeping alone, do I reach the happiness of freedom, to which no worldlings attain. If you have not put an end to compulsions, nurse your faith

— Gautama Buddha

The Vedas teach that the soul is divine, only held in the bondage of matter; perfection will be reached when this bond will burst, and the word they use for it is, therefore, Mukti – freedom, freedom from the bonds of imperfection, freedom from death and misery.

— Swami Vivekananda

Violent means will give violent freedom. That would be a menace to the world and to India herself.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Freedom is never dear at any price. It is the breath of life. What would a man not pay for living?

— Mahatma Gandhi

This life is a tremendous assertion of freedom

— Swami Vivekananda

…never try to follow another’s path for that is his way, not yours. When that path is found, you have nothing to do but fold your arms and the tide will carry you to freedom.

— Swami Vivekananda

In life we cannot avoid change, we cannot avoid loss. Freedom and happiness are found in the flexibility and ease with which we move through change.

— Gautama Buddha

Activity and rest are two vital aspects of life. To find a balance in them is a skill in itself. Wisdom is knowing when to have rest, when to have activity, and how much of each to have. Finding them in each other – activity in rest and rest in activity – is the ultimate freedom.

— Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Let me not look for allies in life’s battlefield,But to my own strength. Let me not crave in anxious fear to be saved,But for the patience to win my freedom.

— Rabindranath Tagore
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