I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too.
What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books.
- Sigmund Freud
Free speech is life itself.
- Salman Rushdie
Free speech not only lives, it rocks!
- Oprah Winfrey
Every burned book enlightens the world.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
The paper burns, but the words fly away.
- Akiba ben Joseph
You can cage the singer but not the song.
- Harry Belafonte
The test of democracy is freedom of criticism.
- David Ben
Nature knows no indecencies; man invents them.
- Mark Twain
Books won’t stay banned Ideas won’t go to jail.
- Alfred Whitney
The dirtiest book of all is the expurgated book.
- Walt Whitman
Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.
- George Bernard Shaw
The ultimate form of censorship is assassination.
- George Bernard Shaw
To reject the word is to reject the human search.
- Max Lerner
I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it.
- Mae West
I am opposed to any form of tyranny over the mind of man.
- Thomas Jefferson
Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.
- Abbott Joseph
To choose a good book, look in an inquisitor’s prohibited list.
- John Aikin
To hear one voice clearly, we must have freedom to hear them all.
- Kerry Brock
Censorship feeds the dirty mind more than the four letter word itself.
- Dick Cavett
The only valid censorship of ideas is the right of people not to listen.
- Tommy Smothers
Freedom of the press is not just important to democracy, it is democracy.
- Walter Cronkite
If you can’t annoy somebody with what you write, I think there’s little point in writing.
- Kingsley Amis
God forbid that any book should be banned. The practice is as indefensible as infanticide.
- Rebecca West
If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.
- Noam Chomsky
We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongue, at our peril, risk and hazard.
Censorship reflects society’s lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime.
- Potter Stewart
A free press can be good or bad, but, most certainly, without freedom a press will never be anything but bad.
- Albert Camus
I am thankful for all the complaining I hear about our government because it means we have freedom of speech.
- Nancie J. Carmody
Our whole constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men’s minds.
- Thurgood Marshall
Did you ever hear anyone say That work had better be banned because I might read it and it might be very damaging to me?
- Joseph Henry Jackson
To limit the press is to insult a nation; to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves.
We can never be sure that the opinion we are endeavoring to stifle is a false opinion; and if we were sure, stifling it would be an evil still.
- John Stuart
It is called the First Amendment. …Simple words marching in seried ranks. Compact, concise. To the point. Clear and pure. It’s freedom’s music.
- Jack Valenti
Freedom of speech means that you shall not do something to people either for the views they have, or the views they express, or the words they speak or write.
- Hugo L. Black
If you don’t have this freedom of the press, then all these little fellows are weaseling around and doing their monkey business and they never get caught.
- Harold R. Medina
The fact is that censorship always defeats its own purpose, for it creates, in the end, the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion.
- Henry Steele
Every human being has a right to hear what other wise human beings have spoken to him. It is one of the Rights of Men; a very cruel injustice if you deny it to a man!
- Thomas Carlyle