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Freedom Of Speech Quotes

A people which is able to say everything becomes able to do everything.

Author: Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

Profession: French General, Emperor

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

Author: Noam Chomsky (1928)

Profession: American Linguist, Political Activist

We who officially value freedom of speech above life itself seem to have nothing to talk about but the weather.

Author: Barbara Ehrenreich (1941)

Profession: American Author, Columnist

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.

Author: Edward M. Forster (1879-1970)

Profession: British Novelist, Essayist

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.

Author: Nadine Gordimer (1923)

Profession: South African Author

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.

Author: Frank Hague


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

Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)

Profession: American Author, Wit, Poet

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.

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author

The freedom of the press works in such a way that there is not much freedom from it.

Author: Grace Patricia Kelly (1929-1982)

Profession: American Actress and Princess of Monaco

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.

Author: Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)

Profession: Danish Philosopher, Writer

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

Author: Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)

Profession: Danish Philosopher, Writer

When one makes a Revolution, one cannot mark time; one must always go forward -- or go back. He who now talks about the ''freedom of the press'' goes backward, and halts our headlong course towards Socialism.

Author: Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924)

Profession: Russian Revolutionary Leader

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

Author: Marshall Lumsden


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

Author: John Milton (1608-1674)

Profession: British Poet

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

Author: Eleanor Holmes Norton