Archive for the ‘freedom of expression’ Category

Quote of the day, Jan. 22

January 22, 2018

Kurt Vonnegut, on censorship

“Who is more to be pitied, a writer bound and gagged by policemen or one living in perfect freedom who has nothing more to say?”

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Quote of the day, Dec. 26

December 26, 2017

Henry Louis Gates Jr., on censorship

“Censorship is to art as lynching is to justice.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 15

December 15, 2017

James Madison, on liberty (1792)

“In Europe, charters of liberty have been granted by power. America has set the example . . . of charters of power granted by liberty. This revolution in the practice of the world, may, with an honest praise, be pronounced the most triumphant epoch of its history, and the most consoling presage of its happiness.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 12

December 12, 2017

Christopher Hitchens, on freedom of expression

“My own opinion is enough for me, and I claim the right to have it defended against any consensus, any majority, anywhere, any place, any time.”

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.”

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. “