— Maumoon Abdul Gayoom Maldivian politician, 3rd president of the Maldives 1937
„Unpopular minority religions are especially dependent upon a constitutional guarantee of free exercise of religion. We are fortunate to have such a guarantee in the United States, but many nations do not. The importance of that guarantee should make us ever diligent to defend it.“
„Let the guarantee of free speech be in every man's determination to use it, and we shall have no need of paper declarations.“
— Voltairine de Cleyre American anarchist writer and feminist 1866 - 1912
Context: What has Anarchism to say to all this, this bankruptcy of republicanism, this modern empire that has grown up on the ruins of our early freedom? We say this, that the sin our fathers sinned was that they did not trust liberty wholly. They thought it possible to compromise between liberty and government, believing the latter to be "a necessary evil," and the moment the compromise was made, the whole misbegotten monster of our present tyranny began to grow. Instruments which are set up to safeguard rights become the very whip with which the free are struck. Anarchism says, Make no laws whatever concerning speech, and speech will be free; so soon as you make a declaration on paper that speech shall be free, you will have a hundred lawyers proving that "freedom does not mean abuse, nor liberty license"; and they will define and define freedom out of existence. Let the guarantee of free speech be in every man's determination to use it, and we shall have no need of paper declarations. On the other hand, so long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men.
„Let us labor to add all needful guarantees for the more perfect security of free thought, free speech, and free press, pure morals, unfettered religious sentiments, and of equal rights and privileges to all men, irrespective of nationality, color, or religion.“
— Ulysses S. Grant 18th President of the United States 1822 - 1885
„There is one major country that does not guarantee health care to all people. There is one major country--the United States--which ends up spending almost three times per capita what they do in the U. K. guaranteeing health care to all people, 50 percent more than they do in France guaranteeing health care to all people, far more than our Canadian neighbors, who guarantee health care to all people.“
— Bernie Sanders American politician, senator for Vermont 1941
„In a democracy, the search for the truth and the right to peaceably assembly and petition government for redress of grievances should co-exist. These rights are not mutually exclusive and both should be simultaneously pursued, guaranteed and defended in accordance with the Constitution.“
— Francis Escudero Filipino politician 1969
Francis Escudero Twitter feed: @SayChiz (11:26 p.m. 2015 September 1).
„Tragic paradox of freedom: the mediocre men who alone make its exercise possible cannot guarantee its duration.“
— Emil M. Cioran Romanian philosopher and essayist 1911 - 1995
— Andrew Zimbalist American economist 1947
Chapter 3, Franchise Finances, p. 69.
— P. J. O'Rourke American journalist 1947
— Irving Kristol American columnist, journalist, and writer 1920 - 2009
„Marriage partners, not government, should define the terms and spiritual orientation of their union in accordance with our nation's guarantee of religious freedom.“
— Michael Badnarik American software engineer 1954
Source: Gay Rights http://badnarik.org/plans_gayrights.php
„Next to the right of liberty, the right of property is the most important individual right guaranteed by the Constitution and the one which, united with that of personal liberty, has contributed more to the growth of civilization than any other institution established by the human race.“
— William Howard Taft American politician, 27th President of the United States (in office from 1909 to 1913) 1857 - 1930
Popular Government: Its Essence, Its Permanence and Its Perils, chapter 4, p.90 (1913).
„The First Amendment expresses our Nation’s fundamental commitment to religious liberty by means of two provisions–one protecting the free exercise of religion, the other barring establishment of religion. They were written by the descendents of people who had come to this land precisely so that they could practice their religion freely. Together with the other First Amendment guarantees–of free speech, a free press, and the rights to assemble and petition–the Religion Clauses were designed to safeguard the freedom of conscience and belief that those immigrants had sought. They embody an idea that was once considered radical: Free people are entitled to free and diverse thoughts, which government ought neither to constrain nor to direct.“
— Sandra Day O'Connor Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States 1930
McCreary County v. American Civil Liberties Union, 545 U.S. 844 (2005) (concurring).
„Without free, self-respecting, and autonomous citizens there can be no free and independent nations. Without internal peace, that is, peace among citizens and between the citizens and the state, there can be no guarantee of external peace.“
— Václav Havel playwright, essayist, poet, dissident and 1st President of the Czech Republic 1936 - 2011
„If we continue to pardon or excuse the wrongdoers who commit acts of criminality in unsettling an elected government, we don't have any guarantee, do we, that this kind of exercise won't be repeated in the future.“
— Graeme Leung Fijian lawyer
14 June 2005 letter to Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase
„There is no such thing as free lunch, and even if there were, there’d be no guarantee against indigestion.“
— John Allen Paulos American mathematician 1945
Chapter 5, “Statistics, Trade-Offs, and Society” (p. 147)
„One who belongs to the most vilified and persecuted minority in history is not likely to be insensible to the freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution... But as judges we are neither Jew nor Gentile, neither Catholic nor agnostic.“
— Felix Frankfurter American judge 1882 - 1965
Dissenting, West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnett, 319 U.S. 624 (1943).