"So far as discipline is concerned, freedom means not its absence but the use of higher and more rational forms as contrasted with those that are lower or less rational."
"Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged."Charles Horton Cooley on Ronald Reagan
"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."Charles Horton Cooley on Nelson Mandela
"If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom."Charles Horton Cooley on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do."Charles Horton Cooley on Robert A. Heinlein
"Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err."Charles Horton Cooley on Mahatma Gandhi
"An artist cannot fail it is a success to be one."
"Our individual lives cannot, generally, be works of art unless the social order is also."
"Failure sometimes enlarges the spirit. You have to fall back upon humanity and God."
"Institutions - government, churches, industries, and the like - have properly no other function than to contribute to human freedom and in so far as they fail, on the whole, to perform this function, they are wrong and need reconstruction."
"Every general increase of freedom is accompanied by some degeneracy, attributable to the same causes as the freedom."