It is true that in demo­cra­cies peo­ple appear to do what they want, but poli­ti­cal free­dom does not consist in doing what you want. In a state, that is to say in a society where there are laws, free­dom can consist only in being able to do what you should want, and in not being for­ced to do what you ought not to want.

We must have clearly in mind what inde­pen­dence is, and what free­dom is. Freedom is the right to do wha­te­ver the laws allow ; and if a citi­zen could do what they for­bid, he would no lon­ger have any free­dom, because others would have that same power.