Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.— Benjamin Franklin
Mouth-watering Liberty Of Speech quotations
Don't waste words on people who deserve your silence. Sometimes the most powerful thing you can say is nothing at all.
Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.
The greatest menace to freedom is an inert people.
It is a great thing to know the season for speech and the season for silence.
Just as the strength of the Internet is chaos, so the strength of our liberty depends upon the chaos and cacophony of the unfettered speech the First Amendment protects.
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.
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.
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
The American constitutions were to liberty, what a grammar is to language: they define its parts of speech, and practically construct them into syntax
Hamas is a terrorist organization dedicated to annihilating the Jewish state.
It runs a theocratic totalitarian state in Gaza, with no individual liberty, and no freedom of speech or press.
Freedom of thought and freedom of speech in our great institutions are absolutely necessary for the preservation of our country. The moment either is restricted, liberty begins to wither and die.
Don't exercise your freedom of speech until you have exercises your freedom of thought.
Freedom of speech means that you shall not do something to people either for the views they have, or the views they express, or the words they speak or write.
When a legislature undertakes to proscribe the exercise of a citizen's constitutional right to free speech, it acts lawlessly; and the citizen can take matters into his own hands and proceed on the basis that such a law is no law at all.
I feel the best way to ensure Americans' freedom is to tighten restrictions on that freedom in any way possible. Only through wiretaps, illegal searches and seizures, unfettered government intrusion, a controlled media and a complete crackdown on free speech can we ensure the liberties of all people.
I have often regretted my speech, but never my silence.
The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theater and causing a panic.
The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy. One's right to life, liberty and property, to free speech, a free press, freedom of worship and assembly may not be submitted to vote; they depend on no elections.
The framers of the constitution knew human nature as well as we do.
They too had lived in dangerous days; they too knew the suffocating influence of orthodoxy and standardized thought. They weighed the compulsions for restrained speech and thought against the abuses of liberty. They chose liberty.
Those who would give up essential liverty ti purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
For the average American, freedom of speech is simply the freedom to repeat what everyone else is saying and no more.
Without either the first or second amendment, we would have no liberty;
the first allows us to find out what's happening, the second allows us to do something about it! The second will be taken away first, followed by the first and then the rest of our freedoms.
Immigrants used to come to America seeking freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom from government. Now they come looking for free health care, free education, and a free lunch.
Civilization began the first time an angry person cast a word instead of a rock.
One's right to life, liberty, and property depends on the outcome of no election.
Wherever despotism abounds, the sources of public information are the first to be brought under its control. Where ever the cause of liberty is making its way, one of its highest accomplishments is the guarantee of the freedom of the press.
Freedom is poetry, taking liberties with words, breaking the rules of normal speech, violating common sense. Freedom is violence.
Liberty is about our rights to question everything
Freedom of speech is the great bulwark of liberty;
they prosper and die together: And it is the terror of traitors and oppressors, and a barrier against them. It produces excellent writers, and encourages men of fine genius.
Censorship reflects a society's lack of confidence in itself.
It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime.
We will not be led like sheep to the slaughter.
Do not hurt anyone with your speech, for the divine dwells in every heart.
The dimension of cultural equity needs to be added to the humane continuum of liberty, freedom of speech and religion, and social justice.
As liberty of thought is absolute, so is liberty of speech, which is 'inseparable' from the liberty of thought. Liberty of speech, moreover, is essential not only for its own sake but for the sake of truth, which requires absolute liberty for the utterance of unpopular and even demonstrably false opinions.
The price of liberty is, in addition to eternal vigilance, eternal patience with the vacuous blather occasionally expressed from behind the shield of free speech.
Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.
The justification and the purpose of freedom of speech is not to indulge those who want to speak their minds. It is to prevent error and discover truth. There may be other ways of detecting error and discovering truth than that of free discussion, but so far we have not found them.
Those who won our independence by revolution were not cowards.
They did not fear political change. They did not exalt order at the cost of liberty.
Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty! [.
..] You, the people, have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure.
It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.
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.
Since Humanism as a functioning credo is so closely bound up with the methods of reason and science, plainly free speech and democracy are its very lifeblood. For reason and scientific method can flourish only in an atmosphere of civil liberties.
Every time I criticize what I consider to be excesses or faults in the news business, I am accused of repression; and the leaders of the various media professional groups wave the First Amendment as they denounce me. That happens to be my amendment too. It guarantees my free speech as much as it does their freedom of the press.
When the public's right to know is threatened, and when the rights of free speech and free press are at risk, all of the other liberties we hold dear are endangered.
In fact, it's the greatest threat to liberty of all kinds, whether it is freedom of religion, whether it is freedom of speech, whether it is freedom of the press, whether it is freedom of association, all of the rights that are enshrined in the First Amendment are threatened by the active, aggressive homosexual lobby and the homosexual agenda.