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Free Speech Quotes

I hope you find value in these encouraging quotes about Free Speech.

Free speech is not to be regulated like diseased cattle and impure butter.
The audience that hissed yesterday may applaud today,
even for the same performance.
- William O. Douglas

Related topics: Politics

Ignorant free speech often works against the speaker.
That is one of several reasons why it must be given
rein instead of suppressed.
- Anna Quindlen

If Thomas Jefferson had heard us, he probably would have said,
'We shouldn't have free speech.'
- Robin Quivers

Nor was it only from the millions of slaves that chains had been removed;
the whole nation had been in bondage;
free speech had been suppressed.
- Matthew Simpson

 

By placing discretion in the hands of an official to grant or deny a license,
such a statute creates a threat of censorship that
by its very existence chills free speech.
- Harry A. Blackmun

The Framers of the Constitution knew that free speech
is the friend of change and revolution.
But they also knew that it is always the deadliest enemy of tyranny.
- Hugo Black

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.
- Herbert Hoover

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Worrying that banning flag desecration would inhibit
free speech reveals a misunderstanding of the flag's fundamental nature.
- Adrian Cronauer

To suppress free speech is a double wrong.
It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.
- Frederick Douglass

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.
- Christopher Dodd

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

I think, with never-ending gratitude,
that the young women of today do not and can never
know at what price their right to free speech and to
speak at all in public has been earned.
- Lucy Stone

Marks on paper are free - free speech -
press -
pictures all go together I suppose.
- Georgia O'Keeffe

These are all voluntary resources which help parents
sort out the choices without infringing on the artists' rights to free speech,
which is something that we respect.
- Tipper Gore

I don't think we should be deprived of the privilege of free speech.
- Loretta Swit

The goal is to give people a free encyclopedia to every person in the world,
in their own language.
Not just in a 'free beer' kind of way,
but also in the free speech kind of way.
- Jimmy Wales

Everybody favours free speech in the slack moments
when no axes are being ground.
- Heywood Broun

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

Free speech is meant to protect unpopular speech.
Popular speech, by definition, needs no protection.
- Neal Boortz

In our period, they say there is free speech.
They say there is no penalty for poets,
There is no penalty for writing poems.
They say this.
This is the penalty.
- Muriel Rukeyser

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

You must stand for free speech in the streets.
- Mary Harris Jones

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

There are so many exceptions to free speech:
child pornography,
cross burning, libel, fighting words.
- Cliff Stearns

Today it is becoming harder to speak out,
with the inception of the Patriot Act,
the president has legislated free speech to be a crime.
- Frank Serpico

Better a thousandfold abuse of free speech than denial of free speech.
- Charles Bradlaugh

Free speech means the right to shout 'theatre' in a crowded fire.
- Abbie Hoffman

Fear of serious injury alone cannot justify oppression
of free speech and assembly.
Men feared witches and burnt women.
It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.
- Louis D. Brandeis

All the big powers they've silenced me.
So much for free speech and choice on this fundamental human right.
- Jack Kevorkian

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

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

Without free speech no search for truth is possible...
no discovery of truth is useful.
- Charles Bradlaugh

The fact that we're protected under that Constitution
in exercising the right of free speech,
it's a wonderful thing.
You've got to come from somewhere else to realize how valuable it is.
- Pat Oliphant

That said, the question remains: how to strike the
balance between free speech and mutual respect in this mixed-up world,
both blessed and cursed with instant communication?
We should not fight fire with fire,
threats with threats.
- Timothy Garton Ash

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

I am a technological activist.
I have a political agenda.
I am in favor of basic human rights:
to free speech,
to use any information and technology,
to purchase and use recreational drugs,
to enjoy and purchase so-called 'vices',
to be free of intruders, and to privacy.
- Bram Cohen

The US constitution's First Amendment rights only cover Americans,
but I believe that in a democracy the competition of
ideas and free speech should combat beliefs that it does not agree with -
more speech and debate,
not censorship.
- Joichi Ito

Both free speech rights and property rights belong legally to individuals,
but their real function is social, to benefit vast
numbers of people who do not themselves exercise these rights.
- Thomas Sowell

You hear about constitutional rights,
free speech and the free press.
Every time I hear these words I say to myself,
'That man is a Red, that man is a Communist!' You never
hear a real American talk like that.
- Frank Hague

And, I hope now that everybody understands that the Labour Party -
as it always has done -
stands for free speech and individual Members of the
Labour Party are entitled to exercise that free speech.
- Ron Davies

Now is the time to draw a clean, clear,
bright line and say if you are engaging in speech over
the Internet you do not have to check with your lawyer or your accountant.
You are a free American, and you have the opportunity
to engage in free speech over the Internet.
- John Doolittle

Fly Life on Free Wings, and Sing to its Glory.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Give me your tired, your poor,
your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
- written on the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor

Forgiveness is unlocking the door to set someone free
and realizing you were the prisoner!
- Max Lucado

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

Today is your day to Spread Wing and Soar.
Fly Life on Free Wings, and Sing to its Glory.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you love something, set it free;
if it comes back it's yours,
if it doesn't, it never was.
- Richard Bach

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

Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.
- The Buddha

We have to let go of all blame, all attacking, all judging,
to free our inner selves to attract what we say we want.
- Joe Vitale

He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.
- Aristotle

Know the power of choice.
Fly life on free wings,
and sing to its glory.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Exercise free-will.
CHOOSE each and every action you make,
every thought you think,
and every emotion you feel.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Lend your voices only to sounds of freedom,
no longer lend your strength to that
which you wish to be free from.
Fill your life with love and bravery,
and you shall live a life uncommon.
- Jewel

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

I believe that it is better to tell the truth than a lie.
I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave.
And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant.
- H.L. Mencken

I Make Free-Will Choices.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I celebrate my free-will.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We are not afraid to follow truth
wherever it may lead,
nor to tolerate any error
so long as reason is left free to combat it.
- Thomas Jefferson

No man is free who is not master of himself.
- Epictetus

To know how to free oneself is nothing;
the arduous thing is to know what to do with one's freedom.
- Andre Gide

I am a being of free-will,
and I CHOOSE each and every action I make,
every thought I think, and every emotion I feel.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Live wild, life free, live as master of your own fate.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Happiness cannot thrive within the prison of obligation.
Live wild, life free, live as master of your own fate.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We must free ourselves of the hope
that the sea will ever rest.
We must learn to sail in high winds.
- Aristotle Onassis

I choose to enjoy people as I enjoy a rainbow or a butterfly -
they are most beautiful when they are free.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I celebrate my free-will,
and choose my life-path.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

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

We disrespect ourselves and our free-will
whenever we say that we NEED to do something.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Make a conscious choice to live
a serene and stress-free life.
Stress is always waiting just outside your door
like a vicious wild-dog.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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