„How absurd men are! They never use the liberties they have, they demand those they do not have. They have freedom of thought, they demand freedom of speech.“
— Sören Kierkegaard Danish philosopher and theologian, founder of Existentialism 1813 - 1855
— 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 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.
— Tiberius 2nd Emperor of Ancient Rome, member of the Julio-Claudian dynasty -42 - 37 a.C.
Variant translation: In a free state, both the tongue and the mind ought to be free. From Suetonius, The Twelves Caesars, ch. 28
„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)
„First Amendment freedoms are most in danger when the government seeks to control thought or to justify its laws for that impermissible end. The right to think is the beginning of freedom, and speech must be protected from the government because speech is the beginning of thought.“
— Anthony Kennedy Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States 1936
Ashcroft v. Free Speech Coalition, 535 U.S. 234 (2002) (Opinion of the Court).
„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)
— Adolf Hitler Führer and Reich Chancellor of Germany, Leader of the Nazi Party 1889 - 1945
„I believe in the complete freedom of thought and speech — alike for the humblest man and the mightiest, and in the utmost freedom of conduct that is consistent with living in organized society.“
— H.L. Mencken American journalist and writer 1880 - 1956
Context: I believe that religion, generally speaking, has been a curse to mankind — that its modest and greatly overestimated services on the ethical side have been more than overcome by the damage it has done to clear and honest thinking. I believe that no discovery of fact, however trivial, can be wholly useless to the race, and that no trumpeting of falsehood, however virtuous in intent, can be anything but vicious. I believe that all government is evil, in that all government must necessarily make war upon liberty and the democratic form is as bad as any of the other forms. I believe that the evidence for immortality is no better than the evidence of witches, and deserves no more respect. I believe in the complete freedom of thought and speech — alike for the humblest man and the mightiest, and in the utmost freedom of conduct that is consistent with living in organized society. I believe in the capacity of man to conquer his world, and to find out what it is made of, and how it is run. I believe in the reality of progress. I —But the whole thing, after all, may be put very simply. I believe that it is better to tell the truth than to lie. I believe that it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe that it is better to know than be ignorant. "What I Believe" in The Forum 84 (September 1930), p. 139; some of these expressions were also used separately in other Mencken essays.
— Roger Ebert American film critic, author, journalist, and TV presenter 1942 - 2013
Roger Ebert's Movie Home Companion (1990 Edition), p. 735
„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.
„If we commit ourselves to one person for life this is not, as many people think, a rejection of freedom; rather, it demands the courage to move into all the risks of freedom, and the risk of love which is permanent; into that love which is not possession but participation.“
— Madeleine L'Engle American writer 1918 - 2007
— 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