The sound of tireless voices is the price we pay for the right to hear the music of our own opinions.Stevenson, Adlai E.
The first principle of a free society is an untrammeled flow of words in an open forum.Stevenson, Adlai E.
Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.Albert Einstein
Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.Benjamin Franklin
Free speech is too dangerous to a democracy to be permitted.Henry Louis Mencken
Free speech is intended to protect the controversial and even outrageous word; and not just comforting platitudes too mundane to need protection.Colin Powell
If the fires of freedom and civil liberties burn low in other lands, they must be made brighter in our own. If in other lands the press and books and literature of all kinds are censored, we must redouble our efforts here to keep them free.Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Free speech, exercised both individually and through a free press, is a necessity in any country where people are themselves free.Theodore Roosevelt
The very aim and end of our institutions is just this: that we may think what we like and say what we think.Oliver Wendell Holmes
You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.John Morley
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.Voltaire
Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.William Orville Douglas
People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.Søren Kierkegaard