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21 life changing lessons to learn from the world’s most influential freedom advocates

“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

To celebrate 4th of July, I thought it would be
best to share with you, a few of the many valuable
life lessons we can all learn from many great men
and women who campaigned for human and civil
rights and promoted freedom.


People like Thomas Jefferson, the author of the

Declaration of Independence.


Abraham Lincoln who issued the Emancipation

Proclamation that declared forever free those slaves

within the Confederacy.


Martin Luther King who inspired the American civil

rights movement and organized the 1963 March on

Washington, where he gave his famous “I have a

dream” speech.


Eleanor Roosevelt who devoted her life to gaining

freedom rights for others.


Rosa Parks, who refused to give up her seat on a bus
and sparked a boycott that changed America.



many others.


1. Every great dream begins with a dreamer.
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always
remember, you have within you the strength, the
patience, and the passion to reach for the stars
to change the world.” ~ Harriet Tubman

“The future belongs to those who believe in the
beauty of their dreams.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever
achieve greatly.” ~ Robert Kennedy

2. Faith is to believe what you do not see.
“Faith is taking the first step even when you
don’t see the whole staircase.” ~ Martin Luther
King, Jr.

“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is
an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty,
the ocean does not become dirty.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

3. One man with courage is a majority.
“One man with courage is a majority.” ~ Thomas

4. If you don’t stand for something you’ll fall
for anything. 

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak;
courage is also what it takes to sit down and
listen.” ~ Winston Churchill

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent
about things that matter.” ~ Martin Luther King,

“A man who stands for nothing will fall for
anything.” ~Malcolm X

“In matters of style, swim with the current; in
matters of principle, stand like a rock.” ~ Thomas

5. Freedom must be demanded by the oppressed
“I freed a thousand slaves I could have freed a
thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.”
~ Harriet Tubman

“I would like to be remembered as a person who
wanted to be free… so other people would be also
free.” ~ Rosa Parks

“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the
oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

6. Every experience, either good or bad, comes
with a valuable lesson.

“There is no better than adversity. Every defeat,
every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own
seed, its own lesson on how to improve your
performance the next time.” ~ Malcolm X

7. Be true at all times.
“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true.
I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live
by the light that I have. I must stand with
anybody that stands right, and stand with him
while he is right, and part with him when he goes
wrong.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

“You can fool all the people some of the time, and
some of the people all the time, but you cannot
fool all the people all the time.” ~ Abraham

“I have more respect for a man who lets me know
where he stands, even if he’s wrong. Than the one
who comes up like an angel and is nothing but a
devil.” ~ Malcolm X

8. Love is the only thing that’s real. Fear is
just an illusion. 

“I have learned over the years that when one’s
mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing
what must be done does away with fear.” ~ Rosa

“Where there is love there is life.” ~ Mahatma

“We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by
each experience in which we really stop to look
fear in the face… we must do that which we think
we cannot.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

9. Give up complaining.
“You don’t make progress by standing on the
sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make
progress by implementing ideas.” ~ Shirley

10. Service is the rent that you pay for room on
this earth.

“Service is the rent that you pay for room on this
earth.” ~ Shirley Chisholm

“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others.
And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt
them.” ~ Dalai Lama

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a
life by what we give.” ~ Winston Churchill

11. Forgiveness is a gift you give to yourself.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light
can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love
can do that.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the
attribute of the strong.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole
world blind.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“We must develop and maintain the capacity to
forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive
is devoid of the power to love. There is some good
in the worst of us and some evil in the best of
us. When we discover this, we are less prone to
hate our enemies.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too
great a burden to bear.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

12. Be the change you want to see in the world.
“You must be the change you wish to see in the
world.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to
change often.” ~ Winston Churchill

13. Be kind whenever possible. It is always

“There is no need for temples, no need for
complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart
are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.” ~
Dalai Lama

“Love and compassion are necessities, not
luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” ~
Dalai Lama

14. Self-love is not a luxury, it’s a necessity.
“Friendship with ones self is all important,
because without it one cannot be friends with
anyone else in the world.” ` Eleanor Roosevelt

15. If you realize that you have enough, you are
truly rich.

“When you are discontent, you always want more,
more, more. Your desire can never be satisfied.
But when you practice contentment, you can say to
yourself, ‘Oh yes – I already have everything that
I really need.” ~ Dalai Lama

16. Physical relationship divorced from spiritual
is body without soul.

“Spiritual relationship is far more precious than
physical. Physical relationship divorced from
spiritual is body without soul.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

17. Health is your real wealth. 
“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces
of gold and silver. Mahatma Gandhi

18. God is always right.
“Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our
side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side,
for God is always right.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

19. Happiness is an inside job.
“Most folks are as happy as they make up their
minds to be.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

“Our greatest happiness does not depend on the
condition of life in which chance has placed us,
but is always the result of a good conscience,
good health, occupation, and freedom in all just
pursuits.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

20. Character is more important than reputation.
“Character is like a tree and reputation like a
shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the
tree is the real thing.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

21. Attitude is a little thing that makes a big

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental
attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth
can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”
~ Thomas Jefferson

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big
difference.” ~ Winston Churchill

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every
opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in
every difficulty.” ~ Winston Churchill

Margaret Hirsch
Margaret Hirsch
Hirsch COO runs South Africa’s top independence appliance company that specialises in all appliances, electronics, furniture and bedding. They give the best deals and the best prices and everything is guaranteed.