Free Speech Quotes

Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth, and every other man has a right to knock him down for it. Martyrdom is the test.

Johnson, Samuel

Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.

Milton, John

People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid.

Kierkegaard, Soren

The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.

Hubert H. Humphrey

Freedom of speech is useless without freedom of thought.


Without Freedom of thought, there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such thing as public Liberty, without Freedom of speech

Benjamin Franklin

Freedom of speech and freedom of action are meaningless without freedom to think. And there is no freedom of thought without doubt.

Bergen Evans

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

Benjamin Franklin

A people which is able to say everything becomes able to do everything.

Bonaparte, Napoleon

Everyone is in favor of free speech. Hardly a day passes without its being extolled, but some people's idea of it is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone else says anything back, that is an outrage.

Winston S. Churchill

The struggle for a free intelligence has always been a struggle between the ironic and the literal mind.

Christopher Hitchens

Freedom of speech is of no use to a man who has nothing to say and freedom of worship is of no use to a man who has lost his God.


Free speech is to a great people what winds are to oceans and malarial regions, which waft away the germs of disease, and bring new elements of health.


It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either.

Mark Twain

If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.

George Washington

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Updated On : January 05, 2011
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