Orrin Woodward LIFE Leadership Team

Winner of the 2011 Independent Association of Business Top Leader Award; Orrin Woodward shares his leadership secrets.

Mel Gibson – William Wallace – Sons of Scotland

Posted by Orrin Woodward on March 7, 2008

This is my all time favorite movie scene!  William Wallace teaching the Scots that life without freedom is no life at all.  Honor is not a subject that is covered in today’s schools, but it should be.  Never take our God given freedoms for granted.  Freedom from tyranny is never free and eternal vigilance is the price to maintain the hard earned freedoms won in Western civilization.  Study the history of your country and study the history of man’s quest for freedom against tyranny.  Do you know the price paid for our freedoms?  Very inspiring stuff!  What is your favorite inspirational moment from the movies?  Remember that our lives are not dress rehearsal and we only have one life to live.  How you live that life will echo throughout eternity.  Live a God honoring life and make a difference in your sphere of influence.  Here are my favorite freedom quotes.  God Bless, Orrin Woodward 

He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach himself. – Thomas Paine

 

History does not teach fatalism.  There are moments when the will of a handful of free men breaks through determinism and opens up new roads. – Charles de Gaulle

 

Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed – else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

 

The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree. – Thomas Campbell

 

Here is my advice as we begin the century that will lead to 2081.  First, guard the freedom of ideas at all costs.  Be alert that dictators have always played on the natural human tendency to blame others and to oversimplify.  And don’t regard yourself as a guardian of freedom unless you respect and preserve the rights of people you disagree with to free, public, unhampered expression. – Gerard K. O’Neill

 

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. – Abraham Lincoln

 

It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you. – Dick Cheney

 

We on this continent should never forget that men first crossed the Atlantic not to find soil for their ploughs but to secure liberty for their souls. – Robert J. McCracken

 

For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail? – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. – Thomas Paine

 

In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

We have to call it “freedom”: who’d want to die for “a lesser tyranny”? – Mignon McLaughlin

 

Freedom is the oxygen of the soul. – Moshe Dayan

 

There are two freedoms – the false, where a man is free to do what he likes; the true, where he is free to do what he ought. – Charles Kingsley

 

No one is free when others are oppressed. – Author Unknown

 

Nations grown corrupt

Love bondage more than liberty;

Bondage with ease than strenuous liberty. – John Milton

 

Most people want security in this world, not liberty. – H.L. Mencken

 

Men fight for freedom, then they begin to accumulate laws to take it away from themselves. – Author Unknown

 

Liberty has never come from the government.  Liberty has always come from the subjects of it.  The history of liberty is a history of resistance. – Woodrow Wilson

 

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. – Benjamin Franklin

 

We have enjoyed so much freedom for so long that we are perhaps in danger of forgetting how much blood it cost to establish the Bill of Rights. – Felix Frankfurter

 

No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck. – Frederick Douglass

 

Let freedom never perish in your hands. – Joseph Addison

 

I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. – James Madison

 

Freedom has a thousand charms to show,

That slaves, howe’er contented, never know. – William Cowper

 

The contest for ages has been to rescue liberty from the grasp of executive power. – Daniel Webster

 

Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks.  Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools.  And their grandchildren are once more slaves. – D.H. Lawrence

 

I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery. – Author Unknown

 

Liberty means responsibility.  That is why most men dread it. – George Bernard Shaw

 

The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion. – Edmund Burke

 

Freedom is never free. – Author Unknown

 

Many politicians are in the habit of laying it down as a self-evident proposition that no people ought to be free till they are fit to use their freedom.  The maxim is worthy of the fool in the old story who resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim. – Thomas Macaulay

 

Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. – Holy Bible

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