Friday, July 31, 2009

a few free speech quotes

Nature knows no indecencies; man invents them. —Mark Twain, Notebook, 1935

In America the majority raises formidable barriers around the liberty of opinion; within these barriers an author may write what he pleases, but woe to him if he goes beyond them. —Alexis De Tocqueville

When decorum is repression, the only dignity free men have is to speak out. —Abbie Hoffman

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. —Voltaire


  1. Here is another Abby Hoffman saying that is one of my all time favorites Will -

    "Don't tell me what you believe in. Tell me what you do, and I'll tell what you what you believe in."

    Alex Trebek may have improved on it though. . .

    "Don't tell me what you believe in. I'll observe how you behave and I will make my own determination."

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

    From John Milton's 'Areopagitica' 1644

    by way of this U*U tract which quite evidently plagiarizes those words of John Milton.