Everyone is in favor of free speech. Hardly a day passes without its being extolled, but some people's idea of it is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone else says anything back, that is an outrage.— Winston Churchill
Exciting Free Speech quotations
Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.
We live in a country that talks about being the home of the brave and the land of the free, and we have the highest incarceration rate in the world.
Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.
I believe America went wrong in terms of respecting the First Amendment, the state of free speech on American college campuses and on the media and in academia.
Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government;
when this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved, and tyranny is erected on its ruins. Republics and limited monarchies derive their strength and vigor from a popular examination into the action of the magistrates.
Without general elections, without freedom of the press, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, without the free battle of opinions, life in every public institution withers away, becomes a caricature of itself, and bureaucracy rises as the only deciding factor.
Americans' right to free speech should not be proportionate to their bank accounts.
Free expression is the base of human rights, the root of human nature and the mother of truth. To kill free speech is to insult human rights, to stifle human nature and to suppress truth.
The Government's power to censor the press was abolished so that the press would remain forever free to censure the Government. The press was protected so that it could bare the secrets of government and inform the people. Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government.
Goebbels was in favor of free speech for views he liked.
So was Stalin. If you’re really in favor of free speech, then you’re in favor of freedom of speech for precisely the views you despise. Otherwise, you’re not in favor of free speech.
I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it.
If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence.
The Press was protected so that it could bare the secrets of the government and inform the people. Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government. And paramount among the responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the people.
It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.
All I care about is free speech and free expression;
I want people to be able to be, do, and say anything.
It is a paradox that every dictator has climbed to power on the ladder of free speech. Immediately on attaining power each dictator has suppressed all free speech except his own.
Laws are like spider's webs: If some poor weak creature comes up against them, it is caught; but a big one can break through and get away.
The greatest menace to freedom is an inert people.
For I conclude that the enemy is not lipstick, but guilt itself;
that we deserve lipstick, if we want it, AND free speech; we deserve to be sexual AND serious--or whatever we please; we are entitled to wear cowboy boots to our own revolution.
All Citizens United did was to level the playing field for corporate speech.
We now have, I think, the most free and open system we've had in modern times.
Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.
Arguing that you don't care about privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don't care about free speech because you have nothing to say.
Free speech is meaningless if the commercial cacophony has risen to the point where no one can hear you.
Manchester is a city which has witnessed a great many stirring episodes, especially of a political character. Generally speaking, its citizens have been liberal in their sentiments, defenders of free speech and liberty of opinion.
No one understands that the First Amendment is only important if you are going to offend somebody. If you're not going to offend somebody, you don't need protection of the First Amendment.
I wrote a song about dental floss but did anyone's teeth get cleaner?
Free speech is a bourgeois prejudice.
Censorship is telling a man he can't have a steak just because a baby can't chew it.
Start doing the things you think should be done, and start being what you think society should become. Do you believe in free speech? Then speak freely. Do you love the truth? Then tell it. Do you believe in an open society? Then act in the open. Do you believe in a decent and humane society? Then behave decently and humanely.
Free speech is my right to say what you don't want to hear.
The virtue of a democratic system with a [constitutionally guaranteed right to free speech] is that it readily enables the people, over time, to be persuaded that what they took for granted is not so, and to change their laws accordingly.
I think free speech is probably the coolest thing we have in this country, and again, you can label it hate speech and dismiss it, and then you're allowed to censor it.
I like the free-speech stuff, the political-correctness stuff.
Use the word 'cybernetics', Norbert, because nobody knows what it means.
This will always put you at an advantage in arguments.