People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
If we don't believe in free expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.
To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.
It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them.
Without Freedom of thought there can be no such thing as wisdom;and no such thing as public liberty, without freedom of speech.
We have freedom of speech, but you got to watch what you say.
There's a time and a place for getting a smart mouth.
Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself.
Freedom of speech includes the freedom to offend people.
Freedom of speech means freedom for those who you despise, and freedom to express the most despicable views. It also means that the government cannot pick and choose which expressions to authorize and which to prevent.
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.
Without free speech no search for Truth is possible; without free speech no discovery of Truth is useful.
It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.
We all have the right of freedom of speech under the First Amendment. We all don't have to agree with one another on our opinions. Everyone in my circle, that I run around with, we all feel the same about God, country, integrity and character.
It is easy to believe in freedom of speech for those with whom we agree.
I'm a big advocate of freedom: freedom of speech, freedom of expression, freedom of thought.
I begin to feel like most Americans don't understand the First Amendment, don't understand the idea of freedom of speech, and don't understand that it's the responsibility of the citizen to speak out.
Here's a nation, one of the founding pillars was freedom of speech and freedom of expression. And yet, we have imposed upon people restrictions on what they can say, on what they can think. And the media is the largest proponent of this, crucifying people who say things really quite innocently.
The law is agnostic about truth. It's very skeptical of ultimate truth. That's why freedom of speech permits lies to be told.
The law is agnostic about truth.
We will not be led like sheep to the slaughter.
A state that suppresses all freedom of speech, and which by imposing the most terrible punishments, treats each and every attempt at criticism, however morally justified, and every suggestion for improvement as plotting to high treason, is a state that breaks an unwritten law.
In Iran, there is no freedom of the press, no freedom of speech, no independent judiciary, no free elections. There is no freedom of religion - not even for Shiites, who are forced by Irans theocracy to adhere to one narrow set of official rules.
More and more Chinese intend to embrace freedom of speech and human rights as their birthright, not some imported American privilege.
I believe that the freedom of speech should be protected, but so should a family's right to privacy as they grieve their loss. There is a time and a place for vigorous debate on the War on Terror, but during a family's last goodbye is not it.
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