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1 "In the prison One shall come; and the chains which are stronger than iron, the fetters harder than steel, shall dissolve – you shall go free forever." Edward Carpenter, 'Towards Democracy' Cosmic Consciousness (Richard M Bucke)

2 "We shall not allow ourselves to think of our fellow human beings in any way that is incompatible with the profound respect due their dignity and freedom." How To Know Higher Worlds: A Modern Path of Initiation (Rudolf Steiner)

3 "The image of God is the process of divinity itself, and that is a process of growth, of nourishment, of wisdom, light and love. It is the process of life unfolding itself into greater levels of freedom and knowing and expression." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

4 "It is only in love that freedom is perfect." Covenant of the Heart, Meditations of a Christian Hermeticist on the Mysteries of Tradition (Valentin Tomberg)

5 "The essence of love is freedom. Anyone who says they love you, and that they are looking out for you, will grant you freedom. It is as simple as that." Communion with God (Neale Donald Walsch)

6 "The creation of the world is not only a process which moves from God to humanity. God demands newness from humanity; God awaits the works of human freedom." Nicolas Berdyaev The Coming of the Cosmic Christ (Matthew Fox)

7 "Evolution, by the very mechanism of its syntheses, is constantly acquiring greater freedom." Building the Earth (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

8 "Integrity in love is the only true guide to the wisdom that leads to freedom." Dancing in the Flames, The Dark Goddess in the Transformation of Consciousness (Marion Woodman and Elinor Dickson)

9 "You are…a world in yourself, a microcosm, who has the image and likeness of God in your very being because you have a mind to know and a will to do. You're free." Theodore M. Hesburgh, priest, author, social activist, 'Making a Difference' A Parliament of Souls, In Search of Global Spirituality (Michael Tobias, Jane Morrison, Bettina Gray, editors)

10 "You may, as the free shaper of your own being, fashion yourself in the form you may prefer. It will be in your power to descend to the lower, brutish forms of life; you will be able, through your own decision, to rise again to the superior orders whose life is divine." Pico della Mirandola, 'Oration on the Dignity of Man' The Case for Reincarnation (Joe Fisher)

11 "Man is free. He is not the helpless slave of biology, or psychology, or sociology." My Way of Life, The Summa Simplified for Everyone (Walter Farrell and Martin J. Healy)

12 "For nearly the first four hundred years of our era, Christians regarded freedom as the primary message of Genesis 1-3 – freedom in its many forms, including free will, freedom from demonic powers, freedom from social and sexual obligations, freedom from tyrannical government and from fate; and self-mastery as the source of such freedom." Adam, Eve, and the Serpent (Elaine Pagels)

13 "Freedom is not absence of restraint and limitation but a particular, imaginative way of responding to these limitations, or using them to discover and invent." Return of the Goddess (Edward C. Whitmont, MD)

14 "As the Catholic Church declares in the strongest terms the simplicity, spirituality, and immortality of the soul, so with constancy she ever asserts its freedom also." Pope Leo XIII, 'Libertas Praestantissimum', June 20, 1888 The Book of Catholic Quotations (John Chapin, Editor)

15 "The principle of freedom is a leavening energy which can permeate substance in a unique manner;….This principle of freedom is one of the attributes of Deity (like will, love and mind)." The Rays and The Initiations (Alice A. Bailey)

16 "There IS order, but within this order there is freedom – the freedom of creativity, that characteristic of All That Is, that guarantees Its infinite becoming." Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul (Jane Roberts)

17 "Freewill resides in Manas [Mind], being the representative of Mahat, the Universal Mind." The Astral Body (Arthur E. Powell)

18 "Since the beginning of time,…the vast mass of beings of which we form a part has been tenaciously and tirelessly climbing towards a fuller measure of freedom, of sensibility, of inner vision." Toward the Future (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

19 "People need to accept the spiritual freedom, life, and peace that they already possess because their true nature is rooted in the Good." The Gospel of Mary of Magdala: Jesus and the First Woman Apostle (Karen L. King)

20 "There is the freedom to understand your own reality, to develop your abilities further, and to feel more deeply the nature of your own existence as a part of All That Is." Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul (Jane Roberts)

21 "To be free, we have only to discover our true nature." Revelations: The Wisdom of the Ages (Paul Roland)

22 "In 'Man's Search for Meaning', Victor Frankl tells of his experience in a Nazi concentration camp. He reflects on the irony that he never felt so free as he did during that dreadful period. How could that be true? Even though all obvious freedoms had been taken away from him and he was living in constant threat of sickness, torture, and death, he discovered a depth of freedom inside of himself that he had never before experienced. We are free spirits, and our minds are not bound to anything unless we think we are." Worldwide Laws of Life: 200 Eternal Spiritual Principles (John Marks Templeton)

23 "Free? Understand that well, it is the deep commandment, dimmer or clearer, of our whole being, to be free." Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), Scottish historian The Great Thoughts (George Seldes, compiler)

24 "That our will is free is self-evident." Rene Descartes, 'Principles of Philosophy' (17th century) The Book of Catholic Quotations (John Chapin, Editor)

25 "Our freedom is so much greater than we have comprehended. We can learn to shift from reality to reality, choosing the one that is most relevant to our needs and purposes at the moment and use our new approach…to nourish our being, love, cherish, and garden ourselves and each other, be at home in our universes, and help save ourselves and the planet." Dr. Lawrence LeShan, 'Alternate Realities' Shamanism: An Expanded View of Reality (Shirley Nicholson, Compiler)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite