"And I honor the man who is willing to sink
Half his present repute for the freedom to think
And, when he has thought, be his cause strong or weak
Will risk t' other half for the freedom to speak."
by:
James Russell Lowell
(1819-1891) American author and diplomatist
Source:
A Fable for Critics, 1848
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Only a 'dissident' or 'radical' knows how controversial the truth is.
 -- E Archer, NYC     
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    I also honor such a man.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    A "dissident" or "radical” is more often a spreader of lies and is an enemy to truth. Rarely are they capable of reason.
     -- warren, olathe     
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    SOOO SELFISH!
     -- bonnie, la la land     
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    Yes bonnie, you do live in la la land.
     -- jim k, austin tx     
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    And for the support of this declaration. with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor. The Declaration of Independence.
    Two things, The truth for war, and the truth for peace. We speak for peace, but when we speak they are for war.
     -- Ron w13, Or     
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