Archive for November, 2010

Quote of the day, Nov. 21

November 20, 2010

Edmund Burke, on the press

“There are three estates in Parliament but in the Reporters’ Gallery yonder there sits a Fourth Estate more important far than they all. It is not a figure of speech or witty saying; it is a literal fact, very momentous to us in these times.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 20

November 20, 2010

Abraham Lincoln, on liberty (1858)

“Our reliance is in the love of liberty which God has planted in us. Our defense is in the spirit which prizes liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands everywhere. (more…)

Quote of the day, Nov. 19

November 19, 2010

Abraham Lincoln, the Gettysburg Address (1863)

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. (more…)

Quote of the day, Nov. 18

November 18, 2010

Woodrow Wilson, on freedom of speech

“I have always been among those who believed that the greatest freedom of speech was the greatest safety, because if a man is a fool, the best thing to do is to encourage him to advertise the fact by speaking.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 17

November 17, 2010

Aristotle, on liberty and democracy

“The basis of a democratic state is liberty.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 16

November 16, 2010

Gene Policinski, director of the First Amendment Center

“A great harm is being done to a generation of young adults by withholding the full access of their constitutional rights while in high school, then expecting them to be full participants in a democratic society when they are older.”


Quote of the day, Nov. 15

November 15, 2010

Robert M. McCormick, on the function of the press

“The newspaper is an institution developed by modern civilization to present the news of the day, to foster commerce and industry through widely circulated advertisements and to furnish that check upon government which no constitution has ever been able to provide.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 14

November 15, 2010

Noam Chomsky, on freedom of speech

“If you believe in freedom of speech, you believe in freedom of speech for views you don’t like.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 13

November 13, 2010

Thomas Jefferson, on the price of liberty

“The Tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. (more…)

Quote of the day, Nov. 12

November 12, 2010

Tracy Kidder, on writing

“I know that to write you have to have stories you want to tell. (more…)