Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.— Benjamin Franklin
Mouth-watering Freedom To Read quotations
There comes a point in your life when you need to stop reading other people's book and write your own.
It is impossible to enslave, mentally or socially, a bible-reading people.
The principles of the bible are the groundwork of human freedom.
Don't join the book burners!
Reading is dreaming with open eyes.
Books were my pass to personal freedom.
I learned to read at age three, and soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi.
The right to freedom is the gift of God Almighty.
...The rights of the Colonists as Christians may be best understood by reading, and carefully studying the institutes of the great Lawgiver and head of the Christian Church: which are to be found clearly written and promuligated in the New Testament.
If there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment, it is that the government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable.
Don't just teach your children to read. Teach them to question what they read. Teach them to question everything.
The First Amendment's language leaves no room for inference that abridgments of speech and press can be made just because they are slight. That Amendment provides, in simple words, that "Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press." I read "no law . . . abridging" to mean no law abridging.
If I lived in China or even Russia, or any totalitarian country, Maybe I could understand some of these illegal injunctions. ... But somewhere I read of the freedom of assembly. Somewhere I read of the freedom of speech. Somewhere I read of the freedom of the press. Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right to protest for right.
I live in America. I have the right to write whatever I want. And it's equaled by another right just as powerful: the right not to read it. Freedom of speech includes the freedom to offend people.
Better to die fighting for freedom than be a prisoner all the days of your life.
And Marx spoke of the fact that socialism will be the kingdom of freedom, where man realizes himself in a way that humankind has never seen before. This was an inspiring body of literature to read.
I don't want to be shut out from the truth.
If they ban books, they might as well lock us away from the world.
We [Panthers] have not said much about the homosexual at all, but we must relate to the homosexual movement because it is a real thing. And I know through reading, and through my life experience and observations that homosexuals are not given freedom and liberty by anyone in the society. They might be the most oppresed people in the society.
You only live once. You don't want your tombstone to read: Played it safe.
Freedom to differ is not limited to things that do not matter much.
That would be a mere shadow of freedom. The test of its substance is the right to differ as to things that touch the heart of the existing order.
Having the freedom to read and the freedom to choose is one of the best gifts my parents ever gave me.
Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing about.
Reading can be a road to freedom or a key to a secret garden, which, if tended, will transform all of life.
If a writer is so cautious that he never writes anything that cannot be criticized, he will never be able to write anything that can be read. If you want to help other people you have got to make up your mind to write things that some men will condemn.
Freedom from discrimination for women, ensuring that female children can learn to read, these are human needs for half the human race, not western values.
Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free.
Only the suppressed word is dangerous.
Not far from here where we gather today is a symbol of freedom familiar to all Americans -- the Liberty Bell. When the Declaration of Independence was first read in public, the Liberty Bell was sounded in celebration, and a witness said: "It rang as if it meant something."
But libraries are about freedom. Freedom to read, freedom of ideas, freedom of communication. They are about education (which is not a process that finishes the day we leave school or university), about entertainment, about making safe spaces, and about access to information.
Fools take the knife and stab people in the back. The wise take a knife, cut the cord and free themselves from the fools.
Yes, books are dangerous. They should be dangerous - they contain ideas.
From where Winston stood it was just possible to read, picked out on its white face in elegant lettering, the three slogans of the Party: WAR IS PEACE FREEDOM IS SLAVERY IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.
Freedom alone is not enough without light to read at night, without time or access to water to irrigate your farm, without the ability to catch fish to feed your family.
Each time you read a book, a tree smiles knowing there's life after death.
Censorship is the child of fear and the father of ignorance.
Frederick Douglas taught that literacy is the path from slavery to freedom.
There are many kinds of slavery and many kinds of freedom, but reading is still the path.
Books were my pass to personal freedom.
One of the greatest mental freedoms is truly not caring what anyone else thinks of you.
Banning books gives us silence when we need speech.
It closes our ears when we need to listen. It makes us blind when we need sight.
One of the unsung freedoms that go with a free press is the freedom not to read it.
I don't have to tell you how fragile this precious gift of freedom is.
Every time we hear, watch, or read the news, we are reminded that liberty is a rare commodity in this world.
A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.
The free man is not he who defies the rules .
.. but he who, recognizing the compulsions inherent in his being, seeks rather to read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest each day's experience.
Another hero was Tom Swift, in the books.
What he stood for, the freedom, the scientific knowledge and being and engineer gave him the ability to invent solutions to problems. He's always been a hero to me. I buy old Tom Swift books now and read them to my own children.
Left to Tell reminds us that we are all sons and daughters of God;
that with faith, miracles will always appear; and that forgiveness is the key to freedom. A must-read for all of us in these troubled times.
The freedom to be someone else entirely and be different versions of something.
That's what I loved and I loved watching movies and I loved watching television, I loved reading books. That kind of escapism into another world was my favorite thing.
I don't have freedom in the United States to go into a public school and preach the Gospel, nor is a student free in a public school to pray, or a teacher free to read the Bible publicly to the students. At the same time, we have a great degree of freedom for which I am grateful.