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.

SPIRO AGNEW

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

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

The public interest is best served by the free exchange of ideas.

Judge John Kane

People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.

Søren Kierkegaard

To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.

G.K. Chesterton

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.

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT

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.

HENRY WARD BEECHER

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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