Best Quote Challenge—On Freedom (June 29, 2008)

Patrick Henry said, “Give me liberty, or give me death.” This Friday is Independence Day. The Best Quote Challenge for this week—June 29 to July 5—is “On Freedom.”

Here are the rules:

  1. Submit your quotation no later than July 5, 2008.
  2. Submit no more than one quotation for this challenge.
  3. Identify the source for the quotation you submit.
  4. Feel free to quote yourself; that is, you’re welcome to submit a quote of your own invention.
  5. Use the “Leave a Comment” link below this post to enter your submission.
  6. All submissions will be screened and must be consistent with the general guidelines for posting comments at this blog. (See the “Comments Policy” page.)

On Sunday, July 6, a new Best Quote Challenge will be set at this blog. During the week of July 6-12, votes will be taken for the “Best Quote on Freedom” submitted this week. So be sure to come back to this post then to cast your vote using the “Leave a Comment” link below.


About Doug Geivett
University Professor; PhD in philosophy; author; conference speaker. Hobbies include motorcycling, travel, kayaking, sailing.

3 Responses to Best Quote Challenge—On Freedom (June 29, 2008)

  1. Timothy says:

    My vote for “Best Quote Challenge–On Freedom (June 29, 2008)” is for that of Lewis.


  2. Timothy says:

    In the book The Pilgrim’s Regress: An Allegorical Apology for Christianity[,] Reason[,] and Romanticism (I am unable to italicize or underline the title of the book), author C. S. Lewis has the Guide, an angel, sing the lyrics of the following:

    ‘Nearly they stood who fall;
    Themselves as they look back
    See always in the track
    The one false step, where all
    Even yet, by lightest swerve
    Of foot not yet enslaved,
    By smallest tremor of the smallest nerve,
    Might have been saved.

    ‘Nearly they fell who stand,
    And with cold after fear
    Look back to mark how near
    They grazed the Sirens’ land,
    Wondering that subtle fate,
    By threads so spidery fine,
    The choice of ways so small, the event so great,
    Should thus entwine.

    ‘Therefore oh, man, have fear
    Lest oldest fears be true,
    Lest thou too far pursue
    The road that seems so clear,
    And step, secure, a hair’s
    Breadth past the hair-breadth bourne,
    Which, being once crossed forever unawares,
    Denies return.’


  3. paul says:

    “For the effectiveness of God’s mercy cannot be in the power of man to frustrate, if he will have none of it. If God wills to have mercy on men, he can call them in a way that is suited to them, so that they will be moved to understand and to follow . . . it is false to say that “it is not of God who hath mercy but of man who willeth and runneth,” because God has mercy on no man in vain. He calls the man on whom he has mercy in the way he knows will suit him, so that he will not refuse the call.”

    from “The Simplican,” The Second Question, 13. Augustine: Later Works, (Philadelphia: Westminster), p. 395.


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