You see many Westerners there who shamelessly, I would say, turn their back on the kind of values which generations of thinkers struggled to fight for, for freedom and democracy, just to make a quick profit, to cash in. It’s really pitiful.
~ Ai Wei Wei / Interview
I must create a system or be enslaved by another man’s.
~ William Blake
Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.
~ Hannah Arendt
For any sensible person, money is two things: a major liberating force and a great convenience. It’s devastating to those who have in mind nothing else.
~ J.K. Galbraith
“Doing what I want, and not being made to do things I don’t want to do, has been one of my main priorities in adulthood, the principle around which I’ve structured my life.”
~ Tim Kreider
“The great thing is to be free in your work. Of course it’s important to print or exhibit, but if that’s not possible you are still left with the most important thing of all—being able to work without asking anybody’s permission.”
~ Andrei Tarkovsky
“Independence is happiness.”
~Susan B. Anthony
“Is freedom anything else than the right to live as we wish? Nothing else”