Freedom Of Speech Quotes

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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.
It's no trick to support the free speech of somebody you agree with or to whose opinion you are indifferent. The defense of free speech begins at the point when people say something you can't stand.

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In a free state, tongues too should be free.

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What is freedom of expression?  Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.

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Money is not free speech.  Money is the volume control on the speech that is not free.

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It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.
It is also the function of free speech to allow people to say foolish things so that, through a process of questioning, challenge and revision, they may in time come to say smarter things.
The censor's sword pierces deeply into the heart of free expression.

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

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Private religious speech can't be discriminated against. It has to be treated equally with secular speech.
If you don't believe in a person's right to say things that you might find "grossly offensive", then you don't believe in Freedom of Speech.
Gossip is one of the great luxuries of a democracy.  It is the tawdry jewel in the crown of free speech and free expression. You don't read gossip columns in dictatorships.

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It's funny that we think of libraries as quiet demure places where we are shushed by dusty, bun-balancing, bespectacled women.  The truth is libraries are raucous clubhouses for free speech, controversy, and community.

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When people talk of the freedom of writing, speaking or thinking I cannot choose but laugh. No such thing ever existed. No such thing now exists; but I hope it will exist. But it must be hundreds of years after you and I shall write and speak no more.