— Ai Weiwei Chinese concept artist 1957
„Freedom of speech and freedom of action are meaningless without freedom to think. And there is no freedom of thought without doubt.“
— Bergen Evans American lexicographer 1904 - 1978
The Natural History of Nonsense XIX.
„To say that you care about one group of people more than others is a moral sin in the modern world. It is considered uncivilized- barbaric.“
— Jack Donovan American activist, editor and writer 1974
„A pre-emptive war in 'defense' of freedom would surely destroy freedom, because one simply cannot engage in barbarous action without becoming a barbarian, because one cannot defend human values by calculated and unprovoked violence without doing mortal damage to the values one is trying to defend.“
— J. William Fulbright American politician 1905 - 1995
„It is not proper either to have a blunt sword or to use freedom of speech ineffectually.
Neither is the sun to be taken from the world, nor freedom of speech from erudition.“
— Pythagoras ancient Greek mathematician and philosopher -585 - -500 a.C.
As quoted in the translation of Thomas Taylor (1818)
„Without general elections, without freedom of the press, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, without the free battle of opinions, life in every public institution withers away, becomes a caricature of itself, and bureaucracy rises as the only deciding factor.“
— Rosa Luxemburg Polish Marxist theorist, socialist philosopher, and revolutionary 1871 - 1919
Reported in Paul Froelich, Die Russische Revolution (1940)
„The NARROW-MINDED BIGOTS have given to this country and to the world freedom of speech, freedom of thought and action and religious liberty.“
— William Randolph Hearst American newspaper publisher 1863 - 1951
Communication to the American Crime Study Commission (May 19, 1929)
— Donald J. Trump 45th President of the United States of America 1946
Context: We are losing a lot of people to the Internet. We have to do something. We have to go see Bill Gates and a lot of different people that really understand what’s happening. We have to talk to them [about], maybe in certain areas, closing that Internet up in some way. Some people will say, ‘Freedom of speech, Freedom of speech’. These are foolish people. Google's Eric Schmidt calls for 'spell-checkers for hate and harassment' https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/dec/08/googles-eric-schmidt-spell-checkers-hate-harassment-terrorism, 8 December 2015, by Alex Hern.
„Freedom of speech implies the world isn’t defined. It is meaningful when people are allowed to see the world their way.“
— Ai Weiwei Chinese concept artist 1957
Ai Weiwei Twitter feed: @AiWW (8:16 p.m. December 22, 2011).
„If you're in favor of freedom of speech, that means you're in favor of freedom of speech precisely for views you despise.“
— Noam Chomsky american linguist, philosopher and activist 1928
Context: If you believe in freedom of speech, you believe in freedom of speech for views you don't like. Goebbels was in favor of freedom of speech for views he liked. So was Stalin. If you're in favor of freedom of speech, that means you're in favor of freedom of speech precisely for views you despise.
— Ayaan Hirsi Ali Dutch feminist, author 1969
Speech on Freedom of Expression at the European Parliament, 14 February 2008
— George W. Bush 43rd President of the United States 1946
Said in reference to a protest by Greens member Bob Brown during his address to the Australian Parliament as Brown was ordered to leave the parliament. October 23, 2003 http://theage.com.au/articles/2003/10/23/1066631538204.html?oneclick=true
„Even though we come from different places, we share common dreams: to choose our leaders; to live together in peace; to get an education and make a good living; to love our families and our communities. That’s why freedom is not an abstract idea; freedom is the very thing that makes human progress possible -- not just at the ballot box, but in our daily lives.
One of our greatest Presidents in the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, understood this truth. He defined America’s cause as more than the right to cast a ballot. He understood democracy was not just voting. He called upon the world to embrace four fundamental freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. These four freedoms reinforce one another, and you cannot fully realize one without realizing them all.“
— Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961
— Karel Appel Dutch painter, sculptor, and poet 1921 - 2006
ATV 179; p. 151