A Few Things to Think About Before
They Take Your Right to Think Away,
All in the Name of "Freedom"
Assembled by:  Alex Sandell
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It is very dangerous to write the truth in war, and the truth is also very dangerous to come by.
-Ernest Hemingway

Without free speech no search for truth is possible . . . no discovery of truth is useful . . . Better a thousandfold abuse of free speech than denial of free speech.  The abuse dies in a day, but the denial slays the life of the people, and entombs the hope of the race.
-Charles Bradlaugh

The First Amendment must allow protests even against the moral code that the standard of the day sets for the community.
-William O. Douglas

The right to think the unthinkable, discuss the unmentionable, and challenge the unchallengeable.  To curtail free expression strikes twice at intellectual freedom, for whoever deprives another of the right to state unpopular views necessarily deprives others of the right to listen to those views.
-C. Vann Woodward

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
-S.G. Tallentyre

I detest what you write, but I would give my life to make it possible for you to continue to write.
-Voltaire

Without freedom of the press there can be no representative government.
-Charles Maurice De Talleyrand-Perigord

Those who won our independence . . . valued liberty both as an end and as a means.  They believed that the greatest menace to freedom is an inert people; that public discussion is a political duty; and that this should be a fundamental principle of the American government.
-Louis D. Brandeis

To hold a pen is to be at war.
-Voltaire

The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their Democratic State itself. That, in its essence, is fascism-ownership of a government by an individual, by a group, or any controlling private power.
-Franklin Delano Roosevelt

The ignorant classes are the dangerous classes.  Ignorance is the womb of monsters.
-Henry Ward Beecher

The dissenting opinion is as true to the character of our democracy as of speech itself.
-William O. Douglas

Liberty man ought to preserve at the hazard of his life, for without it life is insupportable.
-Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra

Liberty will not descend to a people; a people must raise themselves to liberty; it is a blessing that must be earned before it can be enjoyed.
-Charles Caleb Colton

A conservative government is an organized hypocrisy.
-Benjamin Disraeli

Fear of serious injury cannot alone justify oppression of free speech and assembly.  Those who won our independence by revolution were not cowards.  They did not exalt order at the cost of liberty.
-Louis D. Brandeis

The struggle is always between the individual and his sacred right to express himself, and the power structure that seeks conformity and obedience.
-William O. Douglas

Law represents the effort of men to organize society; governments, the efforts of selfishness to overthrow liberty.
-Henry Ward Beecher

The Bill of Rights is a born rebel.  It reeks with sedition.  In every clause it shakes its fist in the face of constituted authority . . . it is the one guarantee of human freedom to the American people.
-Frank I. Cobb

The function of the press is very high.  It is almost holy.  To misstate or suppress the news is a breach of trust.
-Louis D. Brandeis

Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions.  It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.
-William O. Douglas

The most beautiful thing in the world is freedom of speech.
-Diogenes

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