“Freedom is acquiredby conquest, not by gift. It must be pursued constantly and responsibly.” — Paulo Freire

[quote] Freedom is acquired by conquest, not by gift.

The oppressed, having internalized the image of the oppressor and adopted his guidelines, are fearful of freedom. Freedom would require them to reject this image and replace it with autonomy and responsibility. Freedom is acquired by conquest, not by gift. It must be pursued constantly and responsibly. Freedom is not an ideal located outside of man; nor is it an idea which becomes myth. It is rather the indispensable condition for the quest of human completion.

— Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed (Amazon, Goodreads)