Archive for the ‘Free speech’ Category

Quote of the day, Oct. 26

October 26, 2017

Salman Rushdie, on freedom of speech (1991)

“[H]as it really been so long since religions persecuted people, burning them as heretics, drowning them as witches, that you can’t recognize religious persecution when you see it?”

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Quote of the day, Oct. 19

October 19, 2017

Louis D. Brandeis, on freedom speech

“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.”

Quote of the day, Oct. 18

October 18, 2017

Teddy Roosevelt, on freedom of speech

“To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”

Quote of the day, Oct. 16

October 17, 2017

Ai Weiwei, on freedom of speech

“Without freedom of speech there is no modern world, just a barbaric one.”

Quote of the day, Sept. 29

September 29, 2017

Langston Hughes, on censorship

“We Negro writers, just by being black, have been on the blacklist all our lives. Censorship for us begins at the color line.”

Quote of the day, Sept. 18

September 18, 2017

Hugo Black, on the First Amendment (1942)

“Freedom to speak and write about public questions is as important to the life of our government as is the heart to the human body.”

Quote of the day, June 18

June 19, 2017

Mark Twain, on freedom 

“It is by the fortune of God that, in this country, we have three benefits: freedom of speech, freedom of thought, and the wisdom never to use either.”

Quote of the day, March 22

March 22, 2017

Martin Luther

“I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand. I can do no other, so help me God.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 9

January 9, 2017

Nat Hentoff, on freedom

“Those who created this country chose freedom. With all of its dangers. And do you know the riskiest part of that choice they made? They actually believed that we could be trusted to make up our own minds in the whirl of differing ideas. That we could be trusted to remain free, even when there were very, very seductive voices—taking advantage of our freedom of speech—who were trying to turn this country into the kind of place where the government could tell you what you can and cannot do.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 26

December 26, 2016

Angela Merkel, on freedom

“To exclude groups of people because of their faith, this isn’t worthy of the free state in which we live. It isn’t compatible with our essential values. And its humanly reprehensible, xenophobia, racism, extremism have no place here. We are fighting to ensure that they don’t have a place elsewhere either.”