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  • #1
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “All these people talk so eloquently about getting back to good old-fashioned values. Well, as an old poop I can remember back to when we had those old-fashioned values, and I say let's get back to the good old-fashioned First Amendment of the good old-fashioned Constitution of the United States -- and to hell with the censors! Give me knowledge or give me death!”
    Kurt Vonnegut

  • #2
    Winston S. Churchill
    “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

  • #3
    George Bernard Shaw
    “All censorships exist to prevent anyone from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions. All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions. Consequently, the first condition of progress is the removal of censorship.”
    George Bernard Shaw, Mrs. Warren's Profession

  • #4
    Daniel Patrick Moynihan
    “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.”
    Daniel Patrick Moynihan

  • #5
    George Orwell
    “The ruling power is always faced with the question, ‘In such and such circumstances, what would you do?’, whereas the opposition is not obliged to take responsibility or make any real decisions.”
    George Orwell

  • #6
    Philip Sharp
    “The right to free speech and the unrealistic expectation to never be offended can not coexist.”
    Philip Sharp

  • #7
    E.A. Bucchianeri
    “It’s not unpatriotic to denounce an injustice committed on our behalf, perhaps it’s the most patriotic thing we can do.”
    E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

  • #8
    Thomas Jefferson
    “I have observed, indeed, generally, that while in protestant countries the defections from the Platonic Christianity of the priests is to Deism, in catholic countries they are to Atheism. Diderot, D'Alembert, D’Holbach, Condorcet, are known to have been among the most virtuous of men. Their virtue, then, must have had some other foundation than the love of God.

    [Letter to Thomas Law, 13 June 1814]”
    Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

  • #9
    George Orwell
    “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”
    George Orwell

  • #10
    Oscar Wilde
    “I may not agree with you, but I will defend to the death your right to make an ass of yourself.”
    Oscar Wilde

  • #11
    George Washington
    “If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”
    George Washington

  • #12
    Theodore Roosevelt
    “To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”
    Theodore Roosevelt

  • #13
    Jim C. Hines
    “Freedom of speech does not protect you from the consequences of saying stupid shit.

    [Blog post, March 12, 2012]”
    Jim C. Hines

  • #14
    Abbie Hoffman
    “Free speech means the right to shout 'theatre' in a crowded fire.”
    Abbie Hoffman

  • #15
    Christopher Hitchens
    “My own opinion is enough for me, and I claim the right to have it defended against any consensus, any majority, anywhere, any place, any time. And anyone who disagrees with this can pick a number, get in line, and kiss my ass.”
    Christopher Hitchens

  • #16
    Jess C. Scott
    “Hypocrites get offended by the truth.”
    Jess C. Scott, Bad Romance: Seven Deadly Sins Anthology

  • #17
    Aung San Suu Kyi
    “To view the opposition as dangerous is to misunderstand the basic concepts of democracy. To oppress the opposition is to assault the very foundation of democracy.”
    Aung San Suu Kyi, Letters from Burma

  • #18
    Noam Chomsky
    “In many respects, the United States is a great country. Freedom of speech is protected more than in any other country. It is also a very free society. In America, the professor talks to the mechanic. They are in the same category.”
    Noam Chomsky

  • #19
    “Too many adults wish to 'protect' teenagers when they should be stimulating them to read of life as it is lived.”
    Margaret A. Edwards

  • #20
    Stephen King
    “If there's one American belief I hold above all others, it's that those who would set themselves up in judgment on matters of what is "right" and what is "best" should be given no rest; that they should have to defend their behavior most stringently. ... As a nation, we've been through too many fights to preserve our rights of free thought to let them go just because some prude with a highlighter doesn't approve of them."

    [Bangor Daily News, Guest Column of March 20, 1992]”
    Stephen King

  • #21
    Michel Templet
    “If you're not going to use your free speech to criticize your own government, then what the hell is the point of having it?”
    Michel Templet

  • #22
    Philip Pullman
    “Religion grants its adherents malign, intoxicating and morally corrosive sensations. Destroying intellectual freedom is always evil, but only religion makes doing evil feel quite so good.”
    Philip Pullman



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