Archive for the ‘Freedom’ Category

Quote of the day, Nov. 3

November 3, 2017

William Lloyd Garrison, on freedom

“If the State cannot survive the anti-slavery agitation, then let the State perish. If the Church must be cast down by the strugglings of Humanity to be free, then let the Church fall and its fragments be scattered to the four winds of Heaven, never more to curse the earth.”

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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?”

Quote of the day, Oct. 25

October 25, 2017

George Washington, on freedom of speech (March 15, 1783, at Newburgh, N.Y.)

“There might, Gentlemen, be an impropriety in my taking notice, in this Address to you, of an anonymous production, but the manner in which that performance has been introduced to the army, the effect it was intended to have, together with some other circumstances, will amply justify my observations on the tendency of that Writing. With respect to the advice given by the Author, to suspect the Man, who shall recommend moderate measures and longer forbearance, I spurn it, as every Man, who regards liberty, and reveres that justice for which we contend, undoubtedly must; for if Men are to be precluded from offering their Sentiments on a matter, which may involve the most serious and alarming consequences, that can invite the consideration of Mankind, reason is of no use to us; the freedom of Speech may be taken away, and dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep, to the Slaughter.”

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. 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. 13

October 13, 2017

Nelson Mandela, on freedom

“After one has been in prison, it is the small things that one appreciates: being able to take a walk whenever one wants, going into a shop and buying a newspaper, speaking or choosing to remain silent. The simple act of being able to control one’s person.”

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.”