"If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter."
- George Washington
"To understand Occupy Wall Street, you have to understand artists. Art is freedom - freedom of expression - and its message has resonated through society for centuries."
- Peter M. Brant
"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Being offended by freedom of speech should never be regarded as justification for violence."
- Alan Dershowitz
Edward Kinsella III
"To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker."
" I can't make decisions out of fear. I have to make decisions based on the evidence I have and based on what I think is right..."
" The media's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the mind of the masses. "
- Malcom X
Mark T Smith
"True speech is a feature of a free soul."
Maria Corte Maidagan
"Some people still believe you should just fall in line with what's going on - and that's scary. It makes a mockery of freedom of speech."
- Emily Robison
"Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less."
- Susan B Anthony
" The idea of freedom is seen as 'inherent' ... Everybody wants to be free because it is part of the human condition. That's nonesense. Freedom as a value, as a cherished part of one's culture, as something to strive for, is unusual in human history. You can't take it for granted. So the question turns into, how did freedom become important? My explanation is that freedom emerged as the antithesis to the social death of slavery."
- Orlando Patterson
"To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity."
- Nelson Mandela
"...there's enormous pressure to harmonize freedom of speech legislation and transparency legistlation around the world - within the E.U., between China and the United States. Which way is it going to go? It's hard to see."
" We need a free media, not just freedom of speech."
"Freedom of speech and thought matters, especially when it is speech and thought with which we disagree. The moment the majority decides to destroy people for engaging in thought it dislikes, thought crime becomes a reality."