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A people which is able to say everything becomes able to do everything.
~ Napoleon Bonaparte

 

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At no time is freedom of speech more precious than when a man hits his thumb with a hammer.
~ Marshall Lumsden

 

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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.
~ Samuel Johnson

 

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Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself.
~ Salman Rushdie

 

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

 

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How absurd men are! They never use the liberties they have, they demand those they do not have. They have freedom of thought, they demand freedom of speech.
~ Soren Kierkegaard

 

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I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
~ Voltaire

 

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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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If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.
~ Noam Chomsky

 

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In America the majority raises formidable barriers around the liberty of opinion; within these barriers an author may write what he pleases, but woe to him if he goes beyond them.
~ Alexis De Tocqueville

 

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Marks on paper are free -- free speech -- press -- pictures all go together I suppose.
~ Georgia O'Keeffe

 

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

 

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The first principle of a free society is an untrammeled flow of words in an open forum.
~ Adlai E. Stevenson

 

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The freedom of the press works in such a way that there is not much freedom from it.
~ Grace (Patricia) Kelly

 

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The only way to make sure people you agree with can speak is to support the rights of people you don't agree with.
~ Eleanor Holmes Norton

 

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The primacy of the word, basis of the human psyche, that has in our age been used for mind-bending persuasion and brain-washing pulp, disgraced by Gobbles and debased by advertising copy, remains a force for freedom that flies out between all bars.
~ Nadine Gordimer

 

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The sound of tireless voices is the price we pay for the right to hear the music of our own opinions.
~ Adlai E. Stevenson

 

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The very aim and end of our institutions is just this: that we may thing what we like and say what we think.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

 

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We are willing enough to praise freedom when she is safely tucked away in the past and cannot be a nuisance. In the present, amidst dangers whose outcome we cannot foresee, we get nervous about her, and admit censorship.
~ Edward M. Forster

 

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We hear about constitutional rights, free speech and the free press. Every time I hear those words I say to myself, ''That man is a Red, that man is a Communist.'' You never heard a real American talk in that manner.
~ Frank Hague

 

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