I suppose it is because nearly all children go to school nowadays and have things arranged for them that they seem so forlornly unable to produce their own ideas.
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You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police. Yet in their hearts there is unspoken – unspeakable! – fear. They are afraid of words and thoughts! Words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home, all the more powerful because they are forbidden. These terrify them. A little mouse – a little tiny mouse! – of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic.
more Sir Winston Churchill quotes
The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.
more Winston Churchill quotes
Think! It ain't illegal 'yet.'
more George Clinton quotes
Diversity of opinion within the framework of loyalty to our free society is not only basic to a university but to the entire nation.
more James Bryant Conant quotes
Every politician, every member of the clerical profession, ought to incur the reasonable suspicion of being an interested supporter of false doctrines, who becomes angry at opposition, and endeavors to cast an odium on free inquiry. Fraud and falsehood only dread examination. Truth invites it.
more Thomas Cooper quotes
But slaves that once conceive the glowing thought
Of freedom, in that hope itself possess
All that the contest calls for; spirit, strength,
The scorn of danger, and united hearts,
The surest presage of the good they seek.

more William Cowper quotes
Absence of occupation is not rest,
A mind quite vacant is a mind distress'd.

more William Cowper quotes
To be nobody but yourself -- in a world which is doing it's best, night and day, to make you like everybody else -- means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting.
more e. e. cummings quotes
It is up to you to decide whether or not you’re ready to be free, really free. This pertains to your relationship as well as your activities in the world. You are limitless, if you choose that! Your freedom comes from letting go. Freedom means empowerment to be, do, go, feel, whatever your heart tells you. Only you have kept yourself from having this freedom out of some misunderstanding of what your responsibilities really are. Your responsibilities are to your Self. Serve that truly, fully, and you serve All.
more Alma Daniel quotes
The Constitution is a delusion and a snare if the weakest and humblest man in the land cannot be defended in his right to speak and his right to think as much as the strongest in the land.
more Clarence S. Darrow quotes
He is free who knows how to keep in his own hand the power to decide, at each step, the course of his life, and who lives in a society which does not block the exercise of that power.
more Salvador de Madariaga quotes
He is free who knows how to keep in his own hands the power to decide at each step, the course of his life, and who lives in a society which does not block the exercise of that power.
more Salvador De Madariaga quotes
I know of but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind.
more Antoine De Saint-Exupery quotes
I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America.
more Alexis de Tocqueville quotes
Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open.
more Sir James Dewar quotes
Children who know how to think for themselves spoil the harmony of the collective society which is coming where everyone is interdependent.
more John Dewey quotes
The only freedom that is of enduring importance is the freedom of intelligence, that is to say, freedom of observation and of judgment, exercised in behalf of purposes that are intrinsically worth while. The commonest mistake made about freedom is, I think, to identify it with freedom of movement, or, with the external or physical side of activity.
more John Dewey quotes
Freedom includes the right to say what others may object to and resent…The essence of citizenship is to be tolerant of strong and provocative words.
more John G. Diefenbaker quotes
I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.
more John G. Diefenbaker quotes
Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.
more Benjamin Disraeli quotes
It has been discovered that the best way to insure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery.
more Benjamin Disraeli quotes
[Tyranny is] to compel men not to think as they do, to compel men to express thoughts that are not their own.
more Milovan Djilas quotes
Individuality is freedom lived.
more John Dos Passos quotes
The right to revolt has sources deep in our history.
more William O. Douglas quotes
Among the liberties of citizens that are guaranteed are ... the right to believe what one chooses, the right to differ from his neighbor, the right to pick and choose the political philosophy he likes best, the right to associate with whomever he chooses, the right to join groups he prefers ...
more William O. Douglas quotes
The great and invigorating influences in American life have been the unorthodox: the people who challenge an existing institution or way of life, or say and do things that make people think.
more William O. Douglas quotes
The great and invigorating influences in American life have been the unorthodox: the people who challenge an existing institution or way of life, or say and do things that make people think.
more William O. Douglas quotes
What is possible for me is possible for you.
more Frederick Douglass quotes
All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man's life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom.
more Albert Einstein quotes
We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.
more Albert Einstein quotes
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
more Albert Einstein quotes
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.
more Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
more Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes
Who shall forbid a wise skepticism, seeing that there is no practical question on which anything more than an approximate solution can be had?
more Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes
Every man – in the development of his own personality – has the right to form his own beliefs and opinions. Hence, suppression of belief, opinion and expression is an affront to the dignity of man, a negation of man’s essential nature.
more Thomas I. Emerson quotes
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
What occurs to me in reading their book is that the new American approach to social control is so much more sophisticated and pervasive that it really deserves a new name.  It isn't just propaganda any more, it's 'prop-agenda'.  It's not so much the control of what we think, but the control of what we think about.  When our governments want to sell us a course of action, they do it by making sure it's the only thing on the agenda, the only thing everyone's talking about.  And they pre-load the ensuing discussion with highly selected images, devious and prejudicial language, dubious linkages, weak or false 'intelligence' and selected 'leaks'. 
more Brian Eno quotes
But this is slavery, not to speak one’s thought.
more Euripides quotes
The civilized man has a moral obligation to be skeptical, to demand the credentials of all statements that claim to be facts.
more Bergan Evans quotes
Censorship is a dangerous tool that is primarily used to suppress from those who would challenge oppression by the society and that state, and particularly victimizes minorities. [It] can never eliminate evil ideas, and so the best answer to bad speech is more speech.
more Feminists Against Censorship quotes
You thus have no rights at all over our freedom of thought, you princes; no jurisdiction over that which is true or false; no right to determine the objects of our inquiry or to set limits to it; no right to hinder us from communicating the results, whether they be true or false, to whomever or however we wish.
more Johann Gottlieb Fichte quotes
Either you think – or else others have to think for you and take power from you, pervert and discipline your natural tastes, civilize and sterilize you.
more F. Scott Fitzgerald quotes
We must not overlook the role that extremists play. They are the gadflies that keep society from being too complacent.
more Abraham Flexner quotes
Every attempt to gag the free expression of thought is an unsocial act against society. That is why judges and juries who try to enforce such laws make themselves ridiculous.
more Jay Fox quotes
The mark of a truly civilized man is confidence in the strength and security derived from the inquiring mind.
more Felix Frankfurter quotes
The last of the human freedoms -- to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.
more Viktor Frankl quotes
Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to chose one’s attitudes in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.
more Viktor Frankl quotes
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.
more Robert Frost quotes
English character and English freedom depend comparatively little on the form which the Constitution assumes at Westminster. A centralised democracy may be as tyrannical as an absolute monarch; and if the vigour of the nation is to continue unimpaired, each individual, each family, each district, must preserve as far as possible its independence, its self-completeness, its powers and its privilege to manage its own affairs and think its own thoughts.
more James Anthony Froude quotes
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