From the standpoint of freedom of speech and the press, it is enough to point out that the state has no legitimate interest in protecting any or all religions from views distasteful to them... It is not the business of government to suppress real or imagined attacks upon a particular religious doctrine.
more Justice Tom C. Clark quotes
Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories.
more Arthur C. Clarke quotes
It is wrong always, everywhere and for everyone to believe anything upon insufficient evidence.
more W. K. Clifford quotes
Tolerance implies a respect for another person, not because he is wrong or even because he is right, but because he is human.
more John Cogley quotes
I have seen gross intolerance show in support of tolerance.
more Samuel Taylor Coleridge quotes
Censorship always defeats its own purpose, for it creates, in the end, the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion... In the long run it will create a generation incapable of appreciating the difference between independence of thought and subservience.
more Henry Steele Commager quotes
America was born of revolt, flourished on dissent, became great through experimentation.
more Henry Steele Commager quotes
Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Let me do and I understand.
more Confucius quotes
If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself.
more Confucius quotes
If it was necessary to tolerate in other people everything that one permits oneself, life would be unbearable.
more Georges Courteline quotes
I cannot affirm God if I fail to affirm man. Therefore, I affirm both. Without a belief in human unity I am hungry and incomplete. Human unity is the fulfillment of diversity. It is the harmony of opposites. It is a many-stranded texture, with color and depth.
more Norman Cousins quotes
The holier-than-thou activists who blame the population for not spending more money on their personal crusades are worse than aggravating. They encourage the repudiation of personal responsibility by spreading the lie that support of a government program fulfills individual moral duty.
more Patrick Cox quotes
The big thieves hang the little ones.
more Czech Proverb quotes
There is no such crime as a crime of thought; there are only crimes of action.
more Clarence S. Darrow quotes
The best that we can do is to be kindly and helpful toward our friends and fellow passengers who are clinging to the same speck of dirt while we are drifting side by side to our common doom.
more Clarence S. Darrow 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
A man must keep a little back shop where he can be himself without reserve. In solitude alone can he know true freedom.
more Michel De Montaigne quotes
In order to enjoy the inestimable benefits that the liberty of the press ensures, it is necessary to submit to the inevitable evils it creates…
more Alexis de Tocqueville quotes
If we move away from the American tradition of lawyers defending those with whom they vehemently disagree -- as we temporarily did during the McCarthy period -- we weaken our commitment to the rule of law... So beware of an approach which limits advocacy to that which is approved by the standards of political correctness.
more Alan Dershowitz quotes
If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.
more Rene Descartes 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
Demagogues and agitators are very unpleasant, they are incidental to a free and constitutional country, and you must put up with these inconveniences or do without many important advantages.
more Benjamin Disraeli quotes
The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedom.
more Justice William O. Douglas quotes
The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.
more Frederick Douglass quotes
The most may err as grossly as the few.
more John Dryden quotes
The freedom of each individual can only be the freedom of all.
more Friedrich Durrenmatt quotes
History teaches us that men and nations only behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.
more Abba Eban quotes
Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.
more Albert Einstein quotes
A human being is a part of the whole, called by us, "Universe," a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest -- a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.
more Albert Einstein quotes
Laws alone cannot secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his views without penalty there must be a spirit of tolerance in the entire population.
more Albert Einstein quotes
To be sure, the doctrine of a personal God interfering with natural events could never be refuted, in the real sense, by science, for this doctrine can always take refuge in those domains in which scientific knowledge has not yet been able to set foot. But I am persuaded that such behavior on the part of the representatives of religion would not only be unworthy but also fatal. For a doctrine which is able to maintain itself not in clear light, but only in the dark, will of necessity lose its effect on mankind, with incalculable harm to human progress.
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
Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.
more Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes
The beginning of philosophy is the recognition of the conflict between opinions.
more Epictetus quotes
In a civilized society, all crimes are likely to be sins, but most sins are not and ought not to be treated as crimes.
more Geoffrey Fisher quotes
If the human body's obscene, complain to the manufacturer, not me.
more Larry Flynt quotes
Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
more Malcolm S. Forbes quotes
Dissent and dissenters have no monopoly on freedom. They must tolerate opposition. They must accept dissent from their dissent. And they must give it the respect and the latitude which they claim for themselves.
more Abe Fortas quotes
Procedure is the bone structure of a democratic society. Our scheme of law affords great latitude for dissent and opposition. It compels wide tolerance not only for their expression but also for the organization of people and forces to bring about the acceptance of the dissenter’s claim….We have alternatives to violence.
more Abe Fortas quotes
Being tolerant does not mean that I share another one’s belief. But it does mean that I acknowledge another one’s right to believe, and obey, his own conscience.
more Viktor Frankl quotes
In all countries, in all centuries, the primary reason for government to set up schools is to undermine the politically weak by convincing their children that the leaders are good and their policies are wise. The core is religious intolerance. The sides simply change between the Atheists, Catholics, Protestants, Unitarians, etc., depending whether you are talking about the Soviet Union, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, America, etc. A common second reason is to prepare the boys to go to war and the girls to cheer them on.
more Marshall Fritz quotes
If I said, "The live-and-let-live people I've met are generally warm and generous, although often reserved and respectful, while the control freaks I've met are generally cynical, mean and aggressively obnoxious," would that seem likely to be true? Of course it does. It IS true, and it's obviously logically consistent and what you'd expect. BUT, if I said, "I've found the intellectual defenders of private property and laissez-faire capitalism whom I've met to be generally warm and generous, while the so-called "liberal" defenders of the welfare state I've found to be often cynical, mean and tight-fisted in their personal lives," would THAT seem likely to be true? Think about it. Well, it's also true ... it's a matter of semantics, or word choice. BECAUSE BOTH SENTENCES SAY EXACTLY THE SAME THING.
more Rick Gaber 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
Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err.
more Mahatma Mohandas K. Gandhi quotes
Freedom is not worth living if it does not connote freedom to err. It passes my comprehension how human beings, be they ever so experienced and able, can delight in depriving other human beings of that previous right.
more Mahatma Mohandas K. Gandhi quotes
You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
more Mahatma Mohandas K. Gandhi quotes
It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.
more Mahatma Mohandas K. Gandhi quotes
Once one assumes an attitude of intolerance, there is no knowing where it will take one. Intolerance, someone has said, is violence to the intellect and hatred is violence to the heart.
more Mahatma Mohandas K. Gandhi quotes
Courtesy towards opponents and eagerness to understand their view-point is the ABC of non-violence.
more Mahatma Mohandas K. Gandhi quotes
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