Archive for the ‘Freedom’ 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, Jan. 21

January 21, 2018

The late Matt Duffy at the Federal National Council election symposium he held at Zayed University in the fall of 2011. (Photo by Zajel staff)

Matt J. Duffy, on a free press

“The benefits of a free press have been widely documented. By accurately reporting the news, citizens gain an understanding of their local, national and international issues, while journalists can also serve as an independent monitor to those in positions of power. The Nobel Prize-winning economist, Dr. Amartya Sen, famously notes that no country with a free press has ever endured mass starvation such as the 1943 Bengal famine suffered under repressive British censorship.” (more…)

Quote of the day, Jan. 20

January 20, 2018

Horace Mann, on education

“Teachers teach because they care. Teaching young people is what they do best. It requires long hours, patience, and care.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 17

January 18, 2018

Noam Chomsky, on freedom and survival

“In this possibly terminal phase of human existence, democracy and freedom are more than just ideals to be valued – they may be essential to survival.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 16

January 18, 2018

 Harriet Tubman, on freedom

“I had crossed the line. I was free; but there was no one to welcome me to the land of freedom. I was a stranger in a strange land.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 3

January 3, 2018

Joseph Pulitzer, on prosperity

“We all want prosperity, but not at the expense of liberty. Poverty is not as great a danger to liberty as is wealth, with its corrupting, demoralizing influences. Let us never have a Government at Washington owing its retention to the power of the millionaires rather than to the will of millions.

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. 18

December 18, 2017

Thomas Paine, from Rights of Man

“When it can be said by any country in the world, my poor are happy, neither ignorance nor distress is to be found among them, my jails are empty of prisoners, my streets of beggars, the aged are not in want, the taxes are not oppressive, the rational world is my friend because I am the friend of happiness. When these things can be said, then may that country boast its constitution and government. Independence is my happiness, the world is my country and my religion is to do good.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 17

December 17, 2017

Patrick Henry, on transparency

“The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.”

 

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.”