„I am prepared to waive the privilege against self-incrimination and to tell you everything you wish to know about my views or actions if your committee will agree to refrain from asking me to name other people. If the committee is unwilling to give me this assurance, I will be forced to plead the privilege of the fifth amendment at the hearing.“

—  Lillian Hellman, Letter to HUAC (19 May 1952)
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„I am bound to accord you, in the name of free speech, the full right to shout, lie and write to your heart’s content. But you are bound to grant me, in the name of freedom of association, the right to enter into, or withdraw from, association with people advocating this or that view.“

—  Vladimir Lenin Russian politician, led the October Revolution 1870 - 1924
Context: Everyone is free to write and say whatever he likes, without any restrictions. But every voluntary association (including the party) is also free to expel members who use the name of the party to advocate anti-party views. Freedom of speech and the press must be complete. But then freedom of association must be complete too. I am bound to accord you, in the name of free speech, the full right to shout, lie and write to your heart’s content. But you are bound to grant me, in the name of freedom of association, the right to enter into, or withdraw from, association with people advocating this or that view. The party is a voluntary association, which would inevitably break up, first ideologically and then physically, if it did not cleanse itself of people advocating anti-party views. .

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„About one-fifth of the people are against everything all the time.“

—  Robert F. Kennedy American politician and brother of John F. Kennedy 1925 - 1968
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„Ah! Don't say you agree with me. When people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.“

—  Oscar Wilde Irish writer and poet 1854 - 1900
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„I am not on trial here, Mr. Chairman. This committee is on trial here before the American people. Let us get that straight.“

—  John Howard Lawson American politician 1894 - 1977
(Directed at Committee Chairman, J. Parnell Thomas), testimony before the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) of the US House of Representatives (October 27, 1947).

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„Whether you agree with me, disagree with me, like me or loathe me, don't bind my hands when I am negotiating on behalf of the British people.“

—  John Major Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1943
Michael White, "At war with his party", The Guardian, 17 April 1997, p. 1 Election press conference, 16 April 1997, referring to Conservative MPs who had issued manifestos rejecting British membership of the European single currency.

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