Freedom in America...
is a breath of air,
Pine-scented, or salty like the sea;
Freedom is a field new-plowed...
Furrows of democracy!
is a forest,
Trees tall and straight as men!
Freedom is a printing press...
The power of the pen!
is a country church,
A cathedral's stately spire;
Freedom is a spirit
That can set the soul on fire!
is man's birthright,
A sacred, living rampart;
A pulsebeat of humanity...
The throb of a nation's heart!
Freedom around the World
from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Address
to Congress - January 6, 1941
future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world
founded upon four essential freedoms.
is freedom of speech and expression everywhere in the world.
is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way everywhere
in the world.
is freedom from want, which, translated into world terms, means economic
understanding which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime
life for its inhabitants everywhere in the world.
is freedom from fear which, translated into world terms, means
a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a fashion
that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression
against any neighbor anywhere in the world.