The right to freedom of expression is justified first of all as the right of an individual purely in his capacity as an individual. It derives from the widely accepted premise of Western thought that the proper end of man is the realization of his character and potentialities as a human being.
more Thomas I. Emerson quotes
I think that prohibition of drugs is the most immoral program that the United States has ever engaged in. It's destroyed civil rights at home and it is responsible for thousands of deaths abroad.
more Milton Friedman quotes
Under the privilege of the First Amendment many, many ridiculous things are said.
more John Kenneth Galbraith quotes
The whole of the Bill [of Rights] is a declaration of the right of the people at large or considered as individuals... It establishes some rights of the individual as unalienable and which consequently, no majority has a right to deprive them of.
more Albert Gallatin quotes
The things that will destroy us are: politics without principle; pleasure without conscience; wealth without work; knowledge without character; business without morality; science without humanity; and worship without sacrifice.
more Mahatma Mohandas K. Gandhi quotes
Truth resides in every human heart, and one has to search for it there, and to be guided by truth as one sees it. But no one has a right to coerce others to act according to his own view of truth.
more Mahatma Mohandas K. Gandhi quotes
Power may be at the end of a gun, but sometimes it's also at the end of the shadow or the image of a gun.
more Jean Genet quotes
Who ordained that a few should have the land of Britain as a perquisite; who made ten thousand people owners of the soil and the rest of us trespassers in the land of our birth?
more David Lloyd George quotes
Make men wise, and by that very operation you make them free. Civil liberty follows as a consequence of this; no usurped power can stand against the artillery of opinion.
more William Godwin quotes
Why of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don't want war neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.
more Hermann Goering quotes
Tolerance comes of age. I see no fault committed that I myself could not have committed at some time or other.
more Johann Wolfgang von Goethe quotes
I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample underfoot.
more Horace Greeley quotes
With every civil right there has to be a corresponding civil obligation.
more Edison Haines quotes
In a free government, the security for civil rights must be the same as that for religious rights. It consists in the one case in the multiplicity of interests, and in the other in the multiplicity of sects.
more Alexander Hamilton quotes
[The prison guards are] capable of committing daily atrocities and obscenities, smiling the smile of the angels all the while.
more Jean Harris quotes
The evils of tyranny are rarely seen but by him who resists it.
more John Hay quotes
The system of private property is the most important guaranty of freedom, not only for those who own property, but scarcely less for those who do not.
more Friedrich August von Hayek quotes
It is always from a minority acting in ways different from what the majority would prescribe that the majority in the end learns to do better.
more Friedrich August von Hayek quotes
Of all the so-called natural human rights that have ever been invented, liberty is least likely to be cheap and is never free of cost.
more Robert A. Heinlein quotes
This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilised nation has full gun registration! Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future!
more Adolf Hitler quotes
Absolute power corrupts even when exercised for humane purposes. The benevolent despot who sees himself as a shepherd of the people still demands from others the submissiveness of sheep. The taint inherent in absolute power is not its inhumanity but its anti-humanity.
more Eric Hoffer quotes
I never hurt nobody but myself and that's nobody's business but my own.
more Billie Holiday quotes
You can be up to your boobies in white satin, with gardenias in your hair and no sugar cane for miles, but you can still be working on a plantation.
more Billie Holiday quotes
The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theater and causing a panic.
more Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. quotes
Honest difference of views and honest debate are not disunity. They are the vital process of policy among free men.
more Herbert Hoover quotes
The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.
more Hubert H. Humphrey quotes
Certainly one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of citizens to keep and bear arms. This is not to say that firearms should not be very carefully used and that definite safety rules of precaution should not be taught and enforced. But the right of citizens to bear arms is just one more guarantee against arbitrary government, and one more safeguard against tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible.
more Hubert H. Humphrey quotes
None of us would trade freedom of expression for the narrowness of the public censor. America is a free market for people who have something to say, and need not fear to say it.
more Hubert H. Humphrey quotes
If [anyone] can find in Title VII ... any language which provides that an employer will have to hire on the basis of percentage or quota related to color, race, religion, or national origin, I will start eating the pages one after another, because it is not in there.
more Hubert H. Humphrey quotes
I believe the State exists for the development of individual lives, not individuals for the development of the state.
more Julian Huxley quotes
Civil government cannot let any group ride roughshod over others simply because their consciences tell them to do so.
more Justice Robert H. Jackson quotes
The first thing to learn in intercourse with others is non-interference with their own particular ways of being happy, provided those ways do not assume to interfere by violence with ours.
more William James quotes
No freeman shall be debarred the use of arms [within his own lands].
more Thomas Jefferson quotes
Our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions, any more than our opinions in physics or geometry.
more Thomas Jefferson quotes
Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.
more Thomas Jefferson quotes
By a declaration of rights, I mean one which shall stipulate freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom of commerce against monopolies, trial by juries in all cases, no suspensions of the habeas corpus, no standing armies. These are fetters against doing evil which no honest government should decline.
more Thomas Jefferson quotes
We shall have our follies without doubt. Some one or more of them will always be afloat. But ours will be the follies of enthusiasm, not of bigotry, not of Jesuitism. Bigotry is the disease of ignorance, of morbid minds; enthusiasm of the free and buoyant. Education and free discussion are the antidotes of both.
more Thomas Jefferson quotes
It had become an universal and almost uncontroverted position in the several States, that the purposes of society do not require a surrender of all our rights to our ordinary governors; that there are certain portions of right not necessary to enable them to carry on an effective government, and which experience has nevertheless proved they will be constantly encroaching on, if submitted to them; that there are also certain fences which experience has proved peculiarly efficacious against wrong, and rarely obstructive of right, which yet the governing powers have ever shown a disposition to weaken and remove. Of the first kind, for instance, is freedom of religion; of the second, trial by jury, habeas corpus laws, free presses.
more Thomas Jefferson quotes
God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure if we have removed their only firm basis: a conviction in the minds of men that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.
more Thomas Jefferson quotes
I am really mortified to be told that, in the United States of America, a fact like this can become a subject of inquiry, and of criminal inquiry too, as an offence against religion; that a question about the sale of a book can be carried before the civil magistrate. Is this then our freedom of religion? and are we to have a censor whose imprimatur shall say what books may be sold, and what we may buy? And who is thus to dogmatize religious opinions for our citizens? Whose foot is to be the measure to which ours are all to be cut or stretched? Is a priest to be our inquisitor, or shall a layman, simple as ourselves, set up his reason as the rule for what we are to read, and what we must believe? It is an insult to our citizens to question whether they are rational beings or not, and blasphemy against religion to suppose it cannot stand the test of truth and reason.
more Thomas Jefferson quotes
The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.
more Thomas Jefferson quotes
A bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular, and what no just government should to rest on inference.
more Thomas Jefferson quotes
The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts as are only injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.
more Thomas Jefferson quotes
Bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.
more Thomas Jefferson quotes
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.
more Thomas Jefferson quotes
No free man shall ever be de-barred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain their right to keep and bear arms is as a last resort to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
more Thomas Jefferson quotes
The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.
more Thomas Jefferson quotes
The basis of our government being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate for a moment to prefer the latter.
more Thomas Jefferson quotes
Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment.
more Jesus of Nazareth quotes
Outside of the Constitution we have no legal authority more than private citizens, and within it we have only so much as that instrument gives us. This broad principle limits all our functions and applies to all subjects.
more Andrew Johnson quotes
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