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Braveheart Quotes to Help Find Your Freedom

These Braveheart quotes about freedom, life and death, betrayal, and character are sure to help inspire you!

Braveheart is a film from 1995 directed by and starring Mel Gibson.

The movie has all the makings of the best stories: love, loss, rebellion, and a quest for freedom.

Do you think this movie is an epic tale of love and freedom?

I haven’t seen this movie (I know, I know…my husband was incredulous about this as well), but I might have to!

He asked me, “If I had really lived if I hadn’t seen this movie?”

He is a little melodramatic…but not nearly as much as some of these characters!

Released on May 24, 1995, Braveheart was a critical and commercial success.

It grossed over $210.4 million worldwide, making it the thirteenth-highest-grossing film of 1995.

Along with being a box office hit, the film won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for Gibson.

There are many famous lines from Braveheart (included in these 25 braveheart quotes), but none so iconic as the rebel yell when the prisoner “wishes to say a word.” 

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Braveheart quotes about freedom

1. “Your heart is free. Learn to follow it.” – William Wallace

Braveheart Quotes about following your heart

2. “Never in my whole life did I swear allegiance to him.” – William Wallace

Braveheart Quotes about life

3. “Your heart is free. Have the courage to follow it.” – Malcolm Wallace

Braveheart Quotes about heart

4. “Freeeedommm!” – William Wallace

Braveheart Quotes about freedom

5. “It’s all for nothing if you don’t have freedom.” – William Wallace

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inspiring Braveheart Quotes

6. “There’s a difference between us. You think the people of this country exist to provide you with position. I think your position exists to provide those people with freedom. And I go to make sure that they have it.” – William Wallace

Braveheart quotes about freedom

7. “Fight and you may die. Run, and you’ll live… at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin’ to trade all the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take… our freedom!” – William Wallace

Braveheart quotes about fight and freedom

8. “In the year of our Lord thirteen fourteen, patriots of Scotland, starving and outnumbered, charged the fields of Bannockburn. They fought like warrior poets. They fought like Scotsmen. And won their freedom.” – Narrator 

Braveheart quotes about patriots

9. “I AM William Wallace! And I see a whole army of my countrymen, here, in defiance of tyranny. You’ve come to fight as free men, and free men you are. What will you do with that freedom? Will you fight?” – William Wallace

Braveheart quotes about army

10. “I want a wife and children, and grow crops, but it’s all for nothing if you don’t have freedom.”  – William Wallace

Braveheart quotes about family

Braveheart quotes about England and Scotland

11. “The trouble with Scotland is that it’s full of Scots.” – King Edward I

Braveheart quotes about Scotland

12. “Oh, it’s good Scottish weather, madam. The rain is falling straight down. Well, slightly to the side like.” – William Wallace

Braveheart quotes Scottish weather

13. “She was my wife. We married in secret because I would not share her with an English lord. They killed her to get to me. I’ve never spoken of it, I don’t know why I tell you now, except… I see her strength in you. One day, you’ll be a queen. And you must open your eyes. You tell your king that William Wallace will *not* be ruled… and nor will any Scot while I live.” – William Wallace

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Braveheart quotes about English Lord

14. “Go back to England and tell them there that Scotland’s daughters and sons are yours no more. Tell them Scotland is free.” – William Wallace

Braveheart quotes about England

15. “I shall tell you of William Wallace. Historians from England will say I am a liar, but history is written by those who have hanged heroes.” – Robert the Bruce

Braveheart quotes about heroes

16. “Saying goodbye in their own way. Playing outlawed tunes on outlawed pipes.” – Argyle Wallace

Braveheart quotes about saying goodbye

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Braveheart quotes about life and death

17. “We all end up dead, it’s just a question of how and why.” – William Wallace

Braveheart quotes about death

18. “Give me the strength to die well.” – William Wallace

Braveheart quotes about strength to die

19. “Every man dies, not every man really lives.” – William Wallace

Braveheart quotes about life

20. “Lower your flags and march straight back to England, stopping at every home you pass by to beg forgiveness for a hundred years of theft, rape, and murder. Do that and your men shall live. Do it not, and every one of you will die today.” – William Wallace

Braveheart quotes about forgiveness

21. “Not the archers. My scouts tell me their archers are miles away and no threat to us. Arrows cost money. Use up the Irish. The dead cost nothing.”– King Edward I

Braveheart quotes about archers

22. “I’ve lived long enough to live free. And proud to see you become the man that you are. I’m a happy man.” – Campbell

Braveheart quotes about happy life

23. “Bring me, Wallace, alive if possible, dead…just as good.” – King Edward I

Braveheart quotes about death

Braveheart quotes about fighting, betrayal, and hate

24. “What does that mean to be noble? Your title gives you claim to the throne of our country, but men don’t follow titles, they follow courage.” – William Wallace

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Braveheart quotes about fighting

25. “All men betray. All lose heart.” -Robert’s Father

Braveheart quotes about betray

Which of these Braveheart quotes struck a chord with you?

I am not going to lie, I am intrigued by the storyline and my husband has insisted on watching this the whole time I have been typing.

He told me I read “all these Scottish romance novels” and that means I would love Braveheart.

I might just let him convince me to give it a shot! 

Wallace was a hero and we could all take heed of his advice to really live life.

Have a favorite scene or quote from Braveheart that you would like to share?

Drop a comment below and let me know! 

Danielle Dahl, Lead Contributor
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  1. Gill

    February 13, 2022 at 8:08 AM

    You’re an idiot” william wallace to you

  2. Michelle Holland

    November 23, 2021 at 4:35 AM

    Favourite Braveheart line. “If you would just lead the people, they would follow!” William Wallace

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