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Thought for the day: Using our freedom

“To know how to free oneself is nothing; the arduous thing is to know what to do with one’s freedom.” — Andre Gide

Wouldn’t exactly say freeing ourselves is “nothing.” But I suspect Gide meant simply that it’s easier to break free than it is to know how to make the best use of the freedom we win. Seems to me that if we envision first how we want to use our freedom, we’ll be more inspired to figure out how to begin.


  1. Winston
    Winston January 22, 2010 1:36 pm

    Yes, I am a freqent sufferer of “now what?” syndrome…I’m getting better about it though now that I have more projects and hobbies.

    Glad to see that my favorite freedomista writer is blogging again! I look forward to reading and leaving strange comments.

    (p.s. I almost wrote “authority on freedom” instead of freedomistsa lol…wouldn’t THAT be irony?)

  2. Claire
    Claire January 22, 2010 3:19 pm

    Greetings and thanks, Winston. 🙂

    Yes, if I ever imagine that I’m an “authority” on freedom … shoot me and put me out of my (and everybody else’s) misery.

    Anyhow, good to see you here.

  3. A.G.
    A.G. January 27, 2010 7:39 pm

    Somehow I overlooked this post.
    The last line is very timely for me. Thank you.

  4. Claire
    Claire January 27, 2010 8:15 pm

    A.G. No, thank you. You indirectly inspired this post, and very directly inspired one other. By recommending “As a Man Thinketh” to me, it’s your doing that I was rambling along these lines. 🙂

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