Freedom Of Thought Quotes

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“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”
S.G. Tallentyre, The Friends of Voltaire

Ayn Rand
“The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.”
Ayn Rand

Bob Marley
“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery.
None but ourselves can free our minds.”
Bob Marley

Albert Einstein
“Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth.”
Albert Einstein

George Carlin
“I do this real moron thing, and it's called thinking. And apparently I'm not a very good American because I like to form my own opinions.”
George Carlin

Henry Louis Gates Jr.
“Censorship is to art as lynching is to justice.”
Henry Louis Gates Jr

Voltaire
“Dare to think for yourself.”
Voltaire

Voltaire
“It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.”
Voltaire, The Age of Louis XIV

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Niemand ist mehr Sklave, als der sich für frei hält, ohne es zu sein.

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Elective Affinities

Voltaire
“Think for yourself and let others enjoy the privilege of doing so too.”
Voltaire, Traité sur la tolérance, à l'occasion de la mort de Jean Calas

Bertrand Russell
“Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth -- more than ruin, more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habits; thought is anarchic and lawless, indifferent to authority, careless of the well-tried wisdom of the ages. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid ... Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.”
Bertrand Russell, Why Men Fight

James Baldwin
“It is very nearly impossible to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind.”
James Baldwin

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

Joseph Heller
“The country was in peril; he was jeopardizing his traditional rights of freedom and independence by daring to exercise them.”
Joseph Heller, Catch-22

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

Anaïs Nin
“When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons.”
Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 4: 1944-1947

John F. Kennedy
“[Public] libraries should be open to all—except the censor.

[Response to questionnaire in Saturday Review, October 29 1960]
John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy
“If this nation is to be wise as well as strong, if we are to achieve our destiny, then we need more new ideas for more wise men reading more good books in more public libraries. These libraries should be open to all—except the censor. We must know all the facts and hear all the alternatives and listen to all the criticisms. Let us welcome controversial books and controversial authors. For the Bill of Rights is the guardian of our security as well as our liberty.

[Response to questionnaire in Saturday Review, October 29 1960]
John F. Kennedy

James Madison
“There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.”
James Madison

Thomas Jefferson
“And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter. But we may hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought in these United States will do away all this artificial scaffolding...

{Letter to John Adams, April 11, 1823}”
Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

John Milton
“Thou canst not touch the freedom of my mind.”
John Milton, Comus

Joseph Stalin
“Ideas are far more powerful than guns. We don't let our people have guns. Why should we let them have ideas?”
Joseph Stalin

United Nations
“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”
United Nations, Universal Declaration of Human Rights

John F. Kennedy
“We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people."

[Remarks on the 20th Anniversary of the Voice of America; Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, February 26, 1962]”
John F. Kennedy

William Shakespeare
“Thought is free.”
William Shakespeare, The Tempest

Milan Kundera
“I understand you, and I shall not attempt to make you change your mind. I am too old to want to improve the world. I have told you what I think, and that is all. I shall remain your friend even if you act contrary to my convictions, and I shall help you even if I disagree with you.”
Milan Kundera

نزار قباني
“متهمون نحن بالإرهاب
أذا كتبنا عن بقايا وطن ...
مخلع ... مفكك مهترئ
أشلاؤه تناثرت أشلاء ...
عن وطن يبحث عن عنوانه ...
وأمة ليس لها سماء !!
***
عن وطن ... يمنعنا ان نشتري
الجريدة
أو نسمع الأنباء ...
عن وطن ... كل العصافير به
ممنوعة دوما من الغناء ...
عن وطن ...
كتابه تعودوا أن يكتبوا
من شدة الرعب ...
على الهواء !!”
نزار قباني

George Orwell
“To the future or to the past, to a time when thought is free, when men are different from one another and do not live alone— to a time when truth exists and what is done cannot be undone: From the age of uniformity, from the age of solitude, from the age of Big Brother, from the age of doublethink — greetings!”
George Orwell, 1984

“COMING FORTH INTO THE LIGHT

I was born the day
I thought:
What is?
What was?
And
What if?

I was transformed the day
My ego shattered,
And all the superficial, material
Things that mattered
To me before,
Suddenly ceased
To matter.

I really came into being
The day I no longer cared about
What the world thought of me,
Only on my thoughts for
Changing the world.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

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