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Archibald MacLeish Quotes and Sayings

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Freedom is the right to one's dignity as a man.
- Archibald MacLeish

The business of the law is to make sense of the confusion
of what we call human life -
to reduce it to order but at the same time to give it possibility,
scope, even dignity.
- Archibald MacLeish

There are those who will say that the liberation of humanity,
the freedom of man and mind is nothing but a dream.
They are right.
It is the American Dream.
- Archibald MacLeish

What is more important in a library than anything else -
than everything else -
is the fact that it exists.
- Archibald MacLeish

 

Journalism is concerned with events,
poetry with feelings.
Journalism is concerned with the look of the world,
poetry with the feel of the world.
- Archibald MacLeish

There are those, I know, who will reply that the liberation of humanity,
the freedom of man and mind, is nothing but a dream.
They are right.
It is.
It is the American Dream.
- Archibald MacLeish

You burned the city of London in our houses and we felt the flames.
- Archibald MacLeish

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What is freedom? Freedom is the right to choose:
the right to create for oneself the alternatives of choice.
- Archibald MacLeish

A man who lives, not by what he loves but what he hates,
is a sick man.
- Archibald MacLeish

We are as great as our belief in human liberty -
no greater.
And our belief in human liberty is only ours when it
is larger than ourselves.
- Archibald MacLeish

We have no choice but to be guilty.
God is unthinkable if we are innocent.
- Archibald MacLeish

The dissenter is every human being at those moments
of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself.
- Archibald MacLeish

Once you permit those who are convinced of their own
superior rightness to censor and silence and suppress
those who hold contrary opinions,
just at that moment the citadel has been surrendered.
- Archibald MacLeish

Journalism wishes to tell what it is that has happened
everywhere as though the same things had happened for every man.
Poetry wishes to say what it is like for any man to
be himself in the presence of a particular occurrence
as though only he were alone there.
- Archibald MacLeish

Conventional wisdom notwithstanding,
there is no reason either in football or in poetry
why the two should not meet in a man's life if he has
the weight and cares about the words.
- Archibald MacLeish

To see the earth as it truly is, small and blue in
that eternal silence where it floats,
is to see riders on the earth together,
brothers on that bright loveliness in the eternal cold -
brothers who know now they are truly brothers.
- Archibald MacLeish

Spring has many American faces.
There are cities where it will come and go in a day
and counties where it hangs around and never quite gets there.
Summer is drawn blinds in Louisiana,
long winds in Wyoming,
shade of elms and maples in New England.
- Archibald MacLeish

It is not in the world of ideas that life is lived.
Life is lived for better or worse in life,
and to a man in life, his life can be no more absurd
than it can be the opposite of absurd,
whatever that opposite may be.
- Archibald MacLeish

Democracy is never a thing done.
Democracy is always something that a nation must be doing.
What is necessary now is one thing and one thing only
that democracy become again democracy in action,
not democracy accomplished and piled up in goods and gold.
- Archibald MacLeish

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
- John F. Kennedy PHOTO

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen PHOTO

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore PHOTO

Freedom is not worth having if it
does not connote freedom to err.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Freedom is the right to live as we wish.
- Epictetus

Our loved ones -
whether by blood, by marriage, or by choice -
are delicate treasures.
If we hold them too close, they break -
as a butterfly would.
By honoring and enjoying
the freedom of our loved ones,
we gain our own freedom.
Have the courage to trust that
the beautiful butterflies of your life
will return - or not - as life intends.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The only way to deal with an unfree world
is to become so absolutely free
that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
- Albert Camus

To know what you prefer
instead of humbly saying Amen
to what the world tells you you ought to prefer,
is to have kept your soul alive.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

You cannot build character and courage by
taking away a man's initiative and independence.
- Abraham Lincoln

The Divine Plan is one of Freedom.
The inherent nature of man is ever seeking
to express itself in terms of freedom,
because freedom is the birthright of every living soul.
- Ernest Holmes

Freedom lies in being bold.
- Robert Frost

All the great things are simple,
and many can be expressed in a single word:
freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
- Winston Churchill

People hardly ever make use of the freedom which they have,
for example, freedom of thought;
instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Lend your voices only to sounds of freedom,
no longer lend your strength to that
which you wish to be free from.
Fill your life with love and bravery,
and you shall live a life uncommon.
- Jewel

We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.
- Edward R. Murrow

The freedom we are looking for
is the freedom to be ourselves,
to express ourselves. But if we look at our lives
we will see that most of the time
we do things just to please others ...
The worst part is that most of us
are not even aware that we are not free.
-Don Miguel Ruiz

Freedom from desire leads to inner peace.
- Lao-Tzu

Is freedom anything else than the right
to live as we wish? Nothing else.
- Epictetus

No one can give you freedom but you.
- Byron Katie

Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.
- Soren Kierkegaard

I was born on the prairies where the wind blew free
and there was nothing to break the light of the sun.
I was born where there were no enclosures.
- Geronimo

Ultimately we know deeply that the other side
of every fear is a freedom.
- Marilyn Ferguson

To know how to free oneself is nothing;
the arduous thing is to know what to do with one's freedom.
- Andre Gide

Free-Will is the key to the prison of the mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The best road to progress is freedom's road.
- John F. Kennedy

We must be free not because we claim freedom,
but because we practice it.
- William Faulkner

The revelation of thought takes men
out of servitude into freedom.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The price of freedom for a nation is lives and money.
Often, the price of freedom for an individual
is challenging the closed minds of family and friend.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains,
but to live in a way that respects
and enhances the freedom of others.
- Nelson Mandela

Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life
in which chance has placed us,
but is always the result of a good conscience,
good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.
- Thomas Jefferson

When you become centered, suddenly there is great freedom
because you know you are not the mind and you are not the body.
- Osho

Love allows your beloved the freedom to be unlike you.
Attachment asks for conformity to your needs and desires.
Love imposes no demands.
Attachment expresses an overwhelming demand - "Make me feel whole."
Love expands beyond the limits of two people.
Attachment tries to exclude everything but two people.
- Deepak Chopra in The Path to Love

We are free only if we face the challenge of freedom,
do the work of freedom, fight the fight of freedom
and die the death for freedom.
- Charles G. Adams

Your life is the sum result of all the choices you make,
both consciously and unconsciously. If you can control
the process of choosing, you can take control
of all aspects of your life. You can find the freedom
that comes from being in charge of yourself.
- Robert Foster Bennett

Every human has four endowments- self awareness, conscience,
independent will and creative imagination.
These give us the ultimate human freedom...
The power to choose, to respond, to change.
- Stephen Covey

Freedom is never dear at any price.
It is the breath of life.
What would a man not pay for living?
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The man form is higher than the angel form;
of all forms it is the highest.
Man is the highest being in creation,
because he aspires to freedom.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

Freedom is from within.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

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

We are strange beings, we seem
to go free, but we go in chains -
chains of training, custom, convention,
association, environment -
in a word, Circumstance -
and against these bonds
the strongest of us struggle in vain.
- Mark Twain

Independence of nation begins with independence of self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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 is own weight,
this is a frightening prospect.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

You can chain me, you can torture me,
you can even destroy this body,
but you will never imprison my mind.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Freedom is not procured by a full
enjoyment of what is desired,
but by controlling the desire.
- Epictetus

There is no such thing as part freedom.
- Nelson Mandela

The problem in defense is
how far you can go without destroying from within
what you are trying to defend from without.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.
- George Washington Carver

I stand for freedom of expression, doing what you believe in,
and going after your dreams.
- Madonna Ciccone

Everything that is really great and inspiring
is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.
- Albert Einstein

Whenever men take the law into their own hands,
the loser is the law.
And when the law loses, freedom languishes.
- Robert Kennedy

We don't appreciate what we have until it's gone.
Freedom is like that. It's like air.
When you have it, you don't notice it.
- Boris Yeltsin

Grace is the beauty of form under the influence of freedom.
- Friedrich Schiller


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