It is by the goodness of God that we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them.
The very aim and end of our institutions is just this: that we may thing what we like and say what we think.
One of the greatest mental freedoms is truly not caring what anyone else thinks of you.
Marks on paper are free -- free speech -- press -- pictures all go together I suppose.
Freedom of speech is always under attack by Fascist mentality, which exists in all parts of the world, unfortunately.
We must relentlessly and unyieldingly protect freedom of speech and peaceful assembly.
A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.
Freedom is poetry, taking liberties with words, breaking the rules of normal speech, violating common sense. Freedom is violence.
We must bring ourselves to realize that it is necessary to support free speech for the things we hate in order to ensure it for the things in which we believe with all our heart.
We who officially value freedom of speech above life itself seem to have nothing to talk about but the weather.
It is a great thing to know the season for speech and the season for silence.
Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself.
One man's blasphemy doesn't override other people's free-speech rights, their freedom to publish, freedom of thought.
The government being the peoples business, it necessarily follows that its operations should be at all times open to the public view. Publicity is therefore as essential to honest administration as freedom of speech is to representative government. Equal rights to all and special privileges to none is the maxim which should control in all departments of government.
Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free.
Without Freedom of Thought, there can be no such Thing as Wisdom;
and no such Thing as publick Liberty, without Freedom of Speech.
For if Men are to be precluded from offering their Sentiments on a matter, which may involve the most serious and alarming consequences, that can invite the consideration of Mankind, reason is of no use to us; the freedom of Speech may be taken away, and, dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep, to the Slaughter.
We are resolved to protect individual freedom of belief.
This freedom must include the child as well as the parent. The freedom for which we stand is not freedom of belief as we please,... not freedom to evade responsibility, ...but freedom to be honest in speech and action, freedom to respect one's own integrity of thought and feeling, freedom to question, to investigate, to try, to understand life and the universe in which life abounds, freedom to search anywhere and everywhere to find the meaning of Being, freedom to experiment with new ways of living that seem better than the old.
Fools take the knife and stab people in the back. The wise take a knife, cut the cord and free themselves from the fools.
The great advantages of simulation and dissimulation are three.
First to lay asleep opposition and to surprise. For where a man's intentions are published, it is an alarum to call up all that are against them. The second is to reserve a man's self a fair retreat: for if a man engage himself, by a manifest declaration, he must go through, or take a fall. The third is, the better to discover the mind of another. For to him that opens himself, men will hardly show themselves adverse; but will fair let him go on, and turn their freedom of speech to freedom of thought.
The freedom to make a fortune on the stock exchange has been made to sound more alluring than freedom of speech.
When we were told that by freedom we understood free enterprise, we did very little to dispel this monstrous falsehood. Wealth and economic well-being, we have asserted, are the fruits of freedom, while we should have been the first to know that this kind of happiness has been an unmixed blessing only in this country, and it is a minor blessing compared with the truly political freedoms, such as freedom of speech and thought, of assembly and association, even under the best conditions.
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
There is nothing more wonderful than freedom of speech.
It is easy to believe in freedom of speech for those with whom we agree.
We look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.
The first is freedom of speech and expression. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way. The third is freedom from want. The fourth is freedom from fear.
Ever loved someone so much, you would do anything for them? Yeah, well, make that someone yourself and do whatever the hell you want.
Free speech is about as good as cause as the world has ever known.
But, like the poor, it is always with us and gets shoved aside in favour of things which seem at some given moment more vital.
The right to discuss freely and openly, by speech, by the pen, by the press, all political questions, and to examine and animadvert (speak out) upon all political institutions, is a right so clear and certain, so interwoven with our other liberties, so necessary, in fact to their existence, that without it we must fall at once into depression or anarchy. To say that he who holds unpopular opinions must hold them at the peril of his life, and that, if he expresses them in public, he has only himself to blame if they who disagree with him should rise and put him to death, is to strike at all rights, all liberties, all protection of the laws, and to justify and extenuate all crimes.
Free speech carries with it some freedom to listen.
WIth freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy.
The great and invigorating influences in American life have been the unorthodox: the people who challenge an existing institution of way of life, or say and so things that make people think.
We are willing enough to praise freedom when she is safely tucked away in the past and cannot be a nuisance. In the present, amidst dangers whose outcome we cannot foresee, we get nervous about her, and admit censorship.
The primacy of the word, basis of the human psyche, that has in our age been used for mind-bending persuasion and brain-washing pulp, disgraced by Gobbles and debased by advertising copy, remains a force for freedom that flies out between all bars.
Freedom is the right to be wrong, not the right to do wrong.