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Freedom of Speech Quotes

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It is easy to believe in freedom of speech for those with whom we agree.
- Leo McKern

If the freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent
we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
- George Washington

We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.
- Edward R. Murrow

Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.
- Thomas Jefferson

 

Freedom of speech, freedom of the press,
and freedom of religion all have a double aspect -
freedom of thought and freedom of action.
- Frank Murphy

The only way to deal with an unfree world
is to become so absolutely free
that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
- Albert Camus

Freedom is never dear at any price.
It is the breath of life.
What would a man not pay for living?
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

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We must be free not because we claim freedom,
but because we practice it.
- William Faulkner

The worst way to defend our freedom is to let our leaders start taking away our freedoms!
It is exactly during times like these that we need more freedom of speech,
a strong and critical press, and a citizenry that is not afraid
to stand up and say that the emperor has no clothes.
- Michael Moore

Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game.
Free speech is life itself.
- Salman Rushdie

I may not agree with you, but I will defend to the death your right to make an ass of yourself.
- Oscar Wilde

We who officially value freedom of speech above life itself
seem to have nothing to talk about but the weather.
- Barbara Ehrenreich

We should silence anyone who opposes the right to freedom of speech.
- Boyle Roche [ironic humor -- we hope]

People hardly ever make use of the freedom which they have,
for example, freedom of thought;
instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Native Americans are the original inhabitants of the
land that now constitutes the United States.
They have helped develop the fundamental principles
of freedom of speech and separation of powers that
form the foundation of the United States Government.
- Joe Baca

There's enormous pressures to harmonize freedom
of speech legislation and transparency legislation around the world -
within the E.U., between China and the United States.
Which way is it going to go? It's hard to see.
- Julian Assange

Criticism of government finds sanctuary in several
portions of the 1st Amendment.
It is part of the right of free speech.
It embraces freedom of the press.
- Hugo Black

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
- John F. Kennedy

The freedom we are looking for
is the freedom to be ourselves,
to express ourselves. But if we look at our lives
we will see that most of the time
we do things just to please others ...
The worst part is that most of us
are not even aware that we are not free.
- Don Miguel Ruiz

Free-Will is the key to the prison of the mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Freedom of speech is always under attack by Fascist mentality,
which exists in all parts of the world, unfortunately.
- Lawrence Ferlinghetti

A nice, easy place for freedom of speech to be eroded is comics,
because comics are a natural target whenever an election comes up.
- Neil Gaiman

The freedom to make a fortune on the stock exchange
has been made to sound more alluring than freedom of speech.
- John Mortimer

I would hope to inspire in my listeners a feeling of freedom -
of speech, thought and political activity.
- John Hall

I think my first album opened a lot of doors for me
to push the freedom of speech to the limit.
- Eminem

How absurd men are!
They never use the liberties they have,
they demand those they do not have.
They have freedom of thought, they demand freedom of speech.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Hundreds of political prisoners still suffer in Tibetan prisons.
Freedom of speech is not allowed in any sense.
It is illegal to possess a photo of the Dalai Lama.
- Joanna Lumley

I believe in freedom of speech, but I believe we should
also have the right to comment on freedom of speech.
- Stockwell Day

One man's blasphemy doesn't override other people's free-speech rights,
their freedom to publish, freedom of thought.
- Dan Savage

We need a free media, not just freedom of speech.
- Tom Scholz

Israel is a country that respects freedom -
freedom of assembly,
freedom of speech and freedom of worship.
- George Pataki

Free speech carries with it some freedom to listen.
- Warren E. Burger

It is clear that not in one thing alone,
but in many ways equality and freedom of speech are a good thing.
- Herodotus

The current total of countries in the world with First Amendments is one.
You have guaranteed freedom of speech.
Other countries don't have that.
- Neil Gaiman

I believe that the freedom of speech should be protected,
but so should a family's right to privacy as they grieve their loss.
There is a time and a place for vigorous debate on the War on Terror,
but during a family's last goodbye is not it.
- Dave Reichert

I begin to feel like most Americans don't understand the First Amendment,
don't understand the idea of freedom of speech,
and don't understand that it's the responsibility of
the citizen to speak out.
- Roger Ebert

It's good that the first half of the speech emphasized freedom,
because George W. Bush has been the global champion for freedom.
As he said, if we don't fight tyranny it will not leave us alone in peace.
- Ernest Istook

Unfortunately, the media, which are not at all reluctant
to act in their own self-interest,
have succeeded in equating reform in the public mind
with further restrictions on just about everyone else's
freedom of political speech.
- James L. Buckley

But please know, whether you believe campaign contributions are speech or property,
that I learned to love very dearly the right of free
expression when I lived without that freedom for a while a long time ago.
- John McCain

What we have is two important values in conflict:
freedom of speech and our desire for healthy campaigns in a healthy democracy.
You can't have both.
- Dick Gephardt

While even pornography is protected as free speech,
the courts have consciously undermined religious speech
and freedom of religion for years.
- Ernest Istook

The First Amendment does not guarantee the press a
constitutional right of special access to information
not available to the general public,
nor does it cloak the inmate with special rights of freedom of speech.
- Pete Wilson

We all have the right of freedom of speech under the First Amendment.
We all don't have to agree with one another on our opinions.
Everyone in my circle, that I run around with,
we all feel the same about God, country,
integrity and character.
- Luke Scott

So the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is out there preserving and fighting for,
and sometimes winning and sometimes losing,
the fight for First Amendment rights in comics and,
more generally, for freedom of speech.
- Neil Gaiman

Laws protecting the United States flag do not cut away
at the freedom of speech guaranteed in the First Amendment...
Congress made this position clear upon passage of the
Flag Protection Act of 1989,
which prohibited desecration of the flag.
- Larry Craig

I keep telling myself to calm down, to take less of
an interest in things and not to get so excited,
but I still care a lot about liberty,
freedom of speech and expression, and fairness in journalism.
- Kate Adie

My desire to curtail undue freedom of speech extends
only to such public areas as restaurants,
airports, streets, hotel lobbies, parks,
and department stores.
Verbal exchanges between consenting adults in private
are as of little interest to me as they probably are to them.
- Fran Lebowitz

The standing orders of the Parliamentary Party,
however, apply to me, apply to every other Member of
the Parliamentary Labour Party and they put into a
context the way in which those rights to freedom of
speech should be exercised.
- Ron Davies

All Americans value the freedom of speech and the freedom of the press,
and I believe this is essential for our continued way of life.
But with this freedom comes responsibility.
That responsibility has been abdicated here by some
in the media and some in the government.
- Steven Hatfill

And why do we, who say we oppose tyranny and demand freedom of speech,
allow people to go to prison and be vilified,
and magazines to be closed down on the spot,
for suggesting another version of history.
- David Icke

So sometimes the facts are good and sometimes the facts are bad,
the important thing from the point of view of a principle
as broad and important as freedom of speech is that
the courts articulate and set forth in a very protective
way what those principles are.
- Floyd Abrams

It should be clear by now that my focus here is not
freedom of speech or the press.
This freedom is all too often an exaggeration.
At the very least, blind references to freedom of speech
or the press serve as a distraction from the critical
examination of other communications policies.
- Mark Lloyd

A state that suppresses all freedom of speech,
and which by imposing the most terrible punishments,
treats each and every attempt at criticism,
however morally justified, and every suggestion for
improvement as plotting to high treason,
is a state that breaks an unwritten law.
- Kurt Huber

And what do Democrats stand for, if they are so ready
to defame concerned citizens as the "mob" -
a word betraying a Marie Antoinette delusion of superiority to ordinary mortals.
I thought my party was populist, attentive to the needs
and wishes of those outside the power structure.
And as a product of the 1960s, I thought the Democratic
party was passionately committed to freedom of thought and speech.
- Camille Paglia

I was born on the prairies where the wind blew free
and there was nothing to break the light of the sun.
I was born where there were no enclosures.
- Geronimo

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

The revelation of thought takes men
out of servitude into freedom.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The man form is higher than the angel form;
of all forms it is the highest.
Man is the highest being in creation,
because he aspires to freedom.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

You cannot build character and courage by
taking away a man's initiative and independence.
- Abraham Lincoln

We are free only if we face the challenge of freedom,
do the work of freedom, fight the fight of freedom
and die the death for freedom.
- Charles G. Adams

Freedom is from within.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains,
but to live in a way that respects
and enhances the freedom of others.
- Nelson Mandela

Freedom is the right to live as we wish.
- Epictetus

Freedom is not worth having if it
does not connote freedom to err.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

To know what you prefer
instead of humbly saying Amen
to what the world tells you you ought to prefer,
is to have kept your soul alive.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being.
With freedom comes responsibility.
For the person who is unwilling to grow up,
the person who does not want to carry is own weight,
this is a frightening prospect.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

No one can give you freedom but you.
- Byron Katie

Ultimately we know deeply that the other side
of every fear is a freedom.
- Marilyn Ferguson

Freedom lies in being bold.
- Robert Frost

Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.
- Soren Kierkegaard

The Divine Plan is one of Freedom.
The inherent nature of man is ever seeking
to express itself in terms of freedom,
because freedom is the birthright of every living soul.
- Ernest Holmes

We are strange beings, we seem
to go free, but we go in chains -
chains of training, custom, convention,
association, environment -
in a word, Circumstance -
and against these bonds
the strongest of us struggle in vain.
- Mark Twain


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