Archive for the ‘Free speech’ Category

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.”

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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.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 15

December 15, 2016

George Orwell, on free speech

“If large numbers of people believe in freedom of speech, there will be freedom of speech, even if the law forbids it. But if public opinion is sluggish, inconvenient minorities will be persecuted, even if laws exist to protect them.”

Quote of the day, June 29

June 28, 2016

Clark Kerr, on free speech

“The university is not engaged in making ideas safe for students. It is engaged in making students safe for ideas. Thus it permits the freest expression of views before students, trusting to their good sense in passing judgment on these views. Only in this way can it best serve American democracy.”

Quote of the day, Sept. 18

September 18, 2015

Ambrose Bierce, on speech

“Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.”

Quote of the day, July 7

July 7, 2015

John Milton, on liberty

“Truth and understanding are not such wares as to be monopolised and traded in by tickets and statutes and standards. (more…)

Quote of the day, June 28

June 28, 2015

Benjamin Franklin, on freedom

“Who would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freedom of speech.”