We are reluctant to admit that we owe our liberties to men of a type that today we hate and fear — unruly men, disturbers of the peace, men who resent and denounce what Whitman called ‘the insolence of elected persons’ — in a word, free men.
~ Gerald W. Johnson – (1890-1980) Source: American Freedom and the Press, 1958
And I honor the man who is willing to sink half his present repute for the freedom to think, and, when he has thought, be his cause strong or weak, Will risk t’ other half for the freedom to speak.
~James Russell Lowell: – (1819-1891) Poet and author Source: A Fable for Critics, 1848
This is, in theory, still a free country, but our politically correct, censorious times are such that many of us tremble to give vent to perfectly acceptable views for fear of condemnation. Freedom of speech is thereby imperiled, big questions go undebated, and great lies become accepted, unequivocally as great truths.
~ Simon Heffer Source: Daily Mail, 7 June 2000
An unconditional right to say what one pleases about public affairs is what I consider to be the minimum guarantee of the First Amendment.
~ Justice Hugo L. Black: (1886-1971) US Supreme Court Justice Source: NY Times Company vs. Sullivan, 1964