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Freedom is not the right to live as we please, but the right to find how we ought to live in order to fulfill our potential. Options
Daemon
Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 12:00:00 AM
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Freedom is not the right to live as we please, but the right to find how we ought to live in order to fulfill our potential.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Kevin Faircloth
Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 12:33:16 AM

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Well said Mr. Emerson. Now if i only had the time to read (the 22,856,374) books that shows the paths to fullfilling my potential. Never mind, I'll exercise my Freedom not to read all of them. Hehehe!
sandeep patra
Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 1:04:25 AM

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Living a life filled with fulfilment and satisfaction needs to be the sole aim
RoadRunner
Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 2:38:16 AM

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Freedom is not a single item; it is a package - it also comes with 'responsibility'.
Vit Babenco
Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 3:52:29 AM

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"Freedom is the recognition of necessity"
Friedrich Engels "Anti-Duhring"
Mehrdad77
Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 4:07:43 AM

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Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it.
Malcolm X
Nisar Akhtar
Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 4:08:21 AM

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Freedom of action is the mother of all vices.
Mehrdad77
Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 4:09:02 AM

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There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.
Nelson Mandela
Nisar Akhtar
Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 4:10:18 AM

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Freedom of action is the mother of all vices.
Mehrdad77
Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 4:11:02 AM

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We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Thomas Jefferson
Mehrdad77
Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 4:11:45 AM

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If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
George Washington
Mehrdad77
Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 4:12:44 AM

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Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.
Ronald Reagan
Sri Harsha
Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 5:14:09 AM

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Freedom is a kind of double edged sword. The who uses it right is benefitted by it.
Bully_rus
Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 5:27:12 AM
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Freedom from and freedom to, even though close relatives just ain't the same…
KSPavan
Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 6:24:41 AM

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''Those who have ruled human destinies, like planets, for thousands of years, were not handsome men.''

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Beauty," The Conduct of Life (1860).
mudbudda669
Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 8:42:29 AM

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which for some entails quite a lot
Omar Mariani
Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 8:48:23 AM

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Freedom has got nothing to do with sinful indulgence, debauchery or licentiousness; freedom has to do with being fully aware of our own limits, of our own territory in society, never trespassing on our neighbours' while, at the same time, seeing to it that our neighbours do not trespass on ours. In this context of due regard, thoughtfulness and deference, human beings are able to develop their talents and their topmost potentials are bound to come to full fruition
karunadas
Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 8:49:45 AM

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Responsibility is the price of freedom.-Elbert Hubbard
socratoad
Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 10:19:06 AM

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freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose Boo hoo!
Gary98
Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 10:24:42 AM

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Daemon wrote:
Freedom is not the right to live as we please, but the right to find how we ought to live in order to fulfill our potential.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)


Freedom is the the right to choose, carefully, without limiting other's freedom. Without limiting other's freedom one should have the right to live as one please.

Emerson's definition of freedom is troubling to me. It is not really freedom. Even authoritarian and fascist regime can claim everyone have their freedom according to this definition.
striker
Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 11:08:23 AM
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and for the prosperity of freedom
io4yiu
Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 12:30:00 PM

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Damn, just when I thought the past couple of quotes are the tops,
this one top the rest of them Applause :)
Meowzamox
Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 5:20:58 PM

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Mai Thanh Hien 1
Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 5:39:39 PM

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Applause i agreeeeee
kaori
Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 8:28:18 PM
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We can choose to live as we please if one wants a momentary happiness. It's all up to us whether we choose easy and fun things/ways or something tough to "fulfill our potential". I definitely believe that we should use our free will wisely to achieve lasting satisfaction and happiness, not transient ones.
I admit it's not always easy to make a right decision, though.
And, yes, sometimes it's also necessary to please ourselves as far as it does not hurt others or impinge on their life, right, freedom, etc.

"Do whatever you want, but remember that God will judge you for everything you do."
Fredric-frank Myers
Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 10:39:58 PM

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Excellent thought, and I totally agree.
Bobby Angell
Posted: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 12:52:52 PM

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I usually hate quoting somebody else when discussing a quote but I couldn't help it. This was always one of my favorite movie speaches.

"You want free speech? Let's see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who's standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours. You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country can't just be a flag; the symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms. Then, you can stand up and sing about the "land of the free".

Michael Douglas - The American President
ithink140
Posted: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 1:19:37 PM
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Freedom, by definition, can only succeed within the frame work of law.
Verbatim
Posted: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 5:32:55 PM
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Daemon wrote:
Freedom is not the right to live as we please, but the right to find how we ought to live in order to fulfill our potential.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)


"The right to find how we ought to live in order to fulfill our potential" is a nice sentiment, but only in the presence of common sense, good faith,
and respect for the identical right of the next person.
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