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Here are some influential quotes from classic songs of the 60's and 70's, as well as some cool literary quotes from various time periods that continue to inspire us. Links are provided to buy the music or books.

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"Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. "
Abraham Lincoln
"Those who would sacrifice essential liberties for a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
Benjamin Franklin
"The man who trades freedom for security does not deserve nor will he ever receive either. "
Benjamin Franklin
"It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly. "
Bertrand Russell
"Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, Thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought is great and swift and free "
Bertrand Russell
"How many years can a people exist before they're allowed to be free?"
Bob Dylan
Source: Blowin' in the Wind
"Your sons and your daughters are beyond your command. "
Bob Dylan
Source: The Times they are a-changin'
"Paranoia strikes deep Into your life it will creep It starts when you're always afraid. You step out of line, the man come and take you away."
Buffalo Springfield
Source: For What it's Worth
"If you want to be free, be free, because there's a million things to be."
Cat Stevens
Source: If You Want to Sing Out
"We must bear in mind that imperialism is a world system, the last stage of capitalism-and it must be defeated in a world confrontation. The strategic end of this struggle should be the destruction of imperialism. Our share, the responsibility of the exploited and underdeveloped of the world, is to eliminate the foundations of imperialism: our oppressed nations, from where they extract capital, raw materials, technicians, and cheap labor, and to which they export new capital-instruments of domination-arms and all kinds of articles, thus submerging us in an absolute dependence."
Che Guevara
"We can change the world, rearrange the world. It's dying - if you believe in justice. It's Dying - if you believe in freedom. It's Dying - let a man live his own life. It's Dying - rules and regulations, who needs them! Open up the door."
Crosby, Stills & Nash
Source: Chicago
"Cannot believe what I see. All I have wished for will be. All our race proud and free."
Donovan
Source: Wear Your Love Like Heaven
"We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home. "
Edward R. Murrow
"I like ideas about the breaking away or overthrowing of established order. I am interested in anything about revolt, disorder, chaos, especially activity that seems to have no meaning. It seems to me to be the road towards freedom - external freedom is a way to bring about internal freedom."
Jim Morrison
"A friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself. "
Jim Morrison
"Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free."
Jim Morrison
"The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. ...You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask."
Jim Morrison
"Whoever controls the media, controls the mind."
Jim Morrison
"Some people surrender their freedom willingly but others are forced to surrender it. Imprisonment begins with birth. Society, parents they refuse to allow you to keep the freedom you were born with. There are subtle ways to punish a person for daring to feel. You see that everyone around you has destroyed his true feeling nature. You imitate what you see. "
Jim Morrison
"White collar conservative flashin down the street, pointing that plastic finger at me, they all assume my kind will drop and die, but I'm gonna wave my freak flag high."
Jimi Hendrix
Source: If Six Was Nine
"One thing I can tell you is you've got to be FREE!"
John Lennon
Source: Come Together
"Our programme is cultural revolution thorugh a total assault on culture, which makes use of every tool, every energy and every media we can get our collective hands on... our culture, our art, our music, our books, our posters, our clothing, the way our hair grows long, the way we smoke dope and fuck and eat and sleep-it's all one message-the message is freedom."
John Sinclair (1969)
"Got to get back to the land and set my soul free."
Joni Mitchell/CS&N
Source: Woodstock
"There's a feeling I get, when I look to the west, and my spirit is longing for leaving."
Led Zeppelin
Source: Led Zeppelin IV
"Like a bird on the wire
Like a drunk in a midnight choir
I have tried in my way to be free..."

Leonard Cohen
Source: Bird On The Wire (Songs From A Room, 1969)
"I stand for freedom of expression, doing what you believe in, and going after your dreams. "
Madonna Ciccone
"You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom. "
Malcolm X
"I think that an objective analysis of events that are taking place on this earth today points towards some type of ultimate showdown. You can call it political showdown, or even a showdown between the economic systems that exist on this earth which almost boil down along racial lines. I do believe that there will be a clash between East and West. I believe that there will ultimately be a clash between the oppressed and those that do the oppressing. I believe that there will be a clash between those who want freedom, justice and equality for everyone and those who want to continue the systems of exploitation."
Malcolm X
"White man and black man, jew and gentile, protestant and catholic, will be able to hold hands and sing in the words of the ancient negro spiritual, "Free at last, free at last. Thank God almighty! We are free at last!""
Martin Luther King Jr.
"Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. "
Martin Luther King, Jr.
"If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all."
Noam Chomsky
"In Germany, they first came for the communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Catholic. Then they came for me -- and by that time there was nobody left to speak up."
Pastor Martin Niemoller, 1945
"Don't ask her why she needs to be so free. She'll tell you it's the only way to be."
Rolling Stones
Source: Ruby Tuesday
"Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility. "
Sigmund Freud
"How many of us realize we live our lives in a prison? It may be velvet lined with all the amenities, but it's a prison nevertheless. We are the slave labor used to perpetuate this system by enriching those with power (our jail keepers). If you try to escape from this velvet lined jail, they put you in another higher-security jail without all the amenities, and even less freedom. Face it we're all prisoners!

FREE THE PRISONERS! FREE YOUR MIND! "
Skip Stone

"A time for love, a time for hate, a time for peace, I swear it's not too late. "
The Byrds
Source: Turn! Turn! Turn!
"Every brother should have what he needs to do his thing."
The Diggers
Source: The Digger Papers
"I've miles and miles of pretty files of your forefathers' fruit. And now to suit our great computer, you're magnetic ink! ...It riles them to believe that you perceive the web they weave, and keep on thinking free..."
The Moody Blues
Source: In The Beginning
"If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom, and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too. "
William Somerset Maugham
"Nobody living can ever stop me. As I go walking my freedom highway. Nobody living can make me turn back. This land was made for you and me."
Woody Guthrie
Source: This Land Was Made For You and Me (1940)
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