by Langston Hughes
Democracy Freedom and Confinement Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Line)
Democracy will not come
Today, this year
Through compromise and fear. (1-4)
Folks can't be truly free if they're constantly bargaining with one another and fearing one another. The ultimate aim, according to the speaker, should be freedom for all, not just a good deal.
I do not need my freedom when I'm dead.
I cannot live on tomorrow's bread. (13-14)
Sounds simple enough. Freedom is no good to anyone if you're dead. So the speaker says we need to think about today and what we can do right now to help exercise freedom for all.