Archive for the ‘freedom of expression’ Category

Quote of the day, Oct. 20

October 20, 2017

 Pat Oliphant, on freedom of speech

“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.”

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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, 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. 28

September 28, 2017

 Isaac Asimov, on censorship

“Any book worth banning is a book worth reading.”

Quote of the day, Sept. 27

September 27, 2017

Tommy Smothers, on censorship

“The only valid censorship of ideas is the right of people not to listen.”

Quote of the day, Sept. 26

September 26, 2017

Potter Stewart, on censorship

“Censorship reflects a society’s lack of confidence in itself. “

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, Sept. 1

September 1, 2017

Judge Murray Gurfein, on press freedom (1971)

“A cantankerous press, an obstinate press, a ubiquitous press must be suffered by those in authority in order to preserve the even greater values of freedom of expression and the right of the people to know.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 22

August 22, 2017

Bob Marley, from “Get Up, Stand Up”

So you better:
Get up, stand up! (In the morning! Git it up!)
Stand up for your rights! (Stand up for our rights!)
Get up, stand up!
Don’t give up the fight! (Don’t give it up, don’t give it up!)
Get up, stand up! (Get up, stand up!)
Stand up for your rights! (Get up, stand up!)
Get up, stand up! ( … )
Don’t give up the fight! (Get up, stand up!)
Get up, stand up! ( … )
Stand up for your rights!
Get up, stand up!
Don’t give up the fight!

Quote of the day, Aug. 15

August 15, 2017

John D. Stevens, on freedom of expression (1971)

“Modern freedom, spawned out of the mutual need for toleration enforced by urban living, is a much more positive freedom than old one which was based on elbow room. It is easy to be tolerant of a neighbor is his farm was 15 miles away and over a mountain; it is not so easy to be tolerant of him if the eaves of your house almost touch, if his dog howls at night and keeps you awake, of is his children tromp down your flower beds.”