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  • The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the Supreme Being as his father, in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter.

    Thomas Jefferson (1984). “Jefferson: Writings”, p.1970, Library of America
  • And what do Democrats stand for, if they are so ready to defame concerned citizens as the 'mob' - a word betraying a Marie Antoinette delusion of superiority to ordinary mortals. I thought my party was populist, attentive to the needs and wishes of those outside the power structure. And as a product of the 1960s, I thought the Democratic party was passionately committed to freedom of thought and speech.

    Party   Wish   Ordinary  
    "Obama’s Healthcare Horror". Salon Column, August 12, 2009.
  • Rock n' roll to me is all about freedom of thought and to be whatever you want to be.

  • We will not be led like sheep to the slaughter.

    "Freedom fighters" by Andrew Pulver, February 23, 2001.
  • Freedom of speech and freedom of action are meaningless without freedom to think. And there is no freedom of thought without doubt.

    "The Natural History of Nonsense". Book by Bergen Evans, 1946.
  • the fundamental right of freedom of thought and expression is essential. If you curtail what the other fellow says and does, you curtail what you yourself may say and do.

    Eleanor Roosevelt, Allida Mae Black (2013). “Courage in a Dangerous World: The Political Writings of Eleanor Roosevelt”, p.244, Columbia University Press
  • From a comparative perspective, the United States is unusual if not unique in the lack of restraints on freedom of expression. It is also unusual in the range and effectiveness of methods employed to restrain freedom of thought... Where the voice of the people is heard, elite groups must insure their voice says the right things.

    "Though Control in the USA: The Case of the Middle East". "Index on Censorship" Magazine, July/August 1986.
  • None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1853). “Goethe's Opinions on the World, Mankind, Literature, Science, and Art”, p.3
  • For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.

    Nelson Mandela (2011). “Nelson Mandela By Himself: The Authorised Book of Quotations”, p.158, Pan Macmillan
  • First Amendment freedoms are most in danger when the government seeks to control thought or to justify its laws for that impermissible end. The right to think is the beginning of freedom, and speech must be protected from the government because speech is the beginning of thought.

    Ashcroft v. Free Speech Coalition, 535 U.S. 234, 2002.
  • A public-school system, if it means the providing of free education for those who desire it, is a noteworthy and beneficent achievement of modern times; but when once it becomes monopolistic it is the most perfect instrument for tyranny which has yet been devised. Freedom of thought in the middle ages was combated by the Inquisition, but the modern method is far more effective.’ (1923)

    John Gresham Machen (1923). “Christianity and Liberalism”, p.14, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
  • I understand you, and I shall not attempt to make you change your mind. I am too old to want to improve the world. I have told you what I think, and that is all. I shall remain your friend even if you act contrary to my convictions, and I shall help you even if I disagree with you.

    Thinking   Mind   World  
    "Farewell Waltz". Book by Milan Kundera, 1972.
  • I have been raised to believe in freedom of thought and speech. If a minority wishes to accept that position it's their right. What I fear is that this minority may seem to be larger than it truly is. What is strange is that there are still people who believe the world is not a globe.

    Interview, April 11, 1999.
  • Solidarity is a beautiful word because it means that you reach out to those who are different from you and who have to cope with different circumstances because we recognize that we all share the same human needs and same values. It is the values that count most of all. The value of freedom of thought, the value of democratic practices, the value of respect for your fellow human beings.

    Aung San Suu Kyi's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought Acceptance Speech in Strasbourg, October 22, 2013.
  • I had a right to my own political opinions. I am a Southern woman, born with Revolutionary blood in my veins. Freedom of speech and of thought were my birthright, guaranteed, signed and sealed by the blood of our fathers.

    Freedom   Father   War  
  • I'm a big advocate of freedom: freedom of speech, freedom of expression, freedom of thought.

  • I believe in freedom of speech, but I believe we should also have the right to comment on freedom of speech.

    House of Commons Debates, May 3, 2005.
  • The regime had understood that one person leaving her house while asking herself: Are my trousers long enough?' Is my veil in place?' Can my make-up be seen?' Are they going to whip me?' No longer asks herself: Where is my freedom of thought?' Where is my freedom of speech?' My life, is it livable?' What's going on in the political prisons?

    Long   House   Political  
  • Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth, and every other man has a right to knock him down for it. Martyrdom is the test.

    In James Boswell 'The Life of Samuel Johnson' (1791) vol. 4, p. 12 (1780)
  • The freedom of thought and action we Americans enjoy today seems as natural as the air we breathe. But there is a danger we may take this freedom for granted. We must never forget it was bought for us at a great price. The brave and resourceful Americans whose sacrifices gained our Independence and preserved it for more than 200 years against formidable foes have set an example of unflinching loyalty to the ideal of liberty and justice for all.

  • All manners of freedom, including freedom of expression, freedom of conscious, freedom of accepts tolerance. But it is not an atheist society. Religion is the private affair of an present in the public domain, but state has to be clearly separated from religion. When I'm speaking, I'm speaking only for myself. At the same time, I know that these ideas have wide support among the Iranian population.

  • One man's blasphemy doesn't override other people's free-speech rights, their freedom to publish, freedom of thought.

    Men   Rights   People  
  • Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.

    Andrew M. Allison, Willard Cleon Skousen, M. Richard Maxfield, Benjamin Franklin (1982). “The Real Benjamin Franklin”
  • I believe in the complete freedom of thought and speech - alike for the humblest man and the mightiest, and in the utmost freedom of conduct that is consistent with living in organized society.

    Believe   Men   Speech  
    "What I Believe", The Forum 84 (p. 139), September, 1930.
  • We must agree on what matters: kissing in public places, bacon sandwiches, disagreement, cutting-edge fashion, literature, generosity, water, a more equitable distribution of the world's resources, movies, music, freedom of thought, beauty, love.

    "Step Across This Line: Collected Nonfiction 1992-2002". Book by Salman Rushdie, 2003.
  • They [the Pilgrims] believed in freedom of thought for themselves and for all other people who believed exactly as they did.

    Will Cuppy (1950). “The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody”, p.213, David R. Godine Publisher
  • No body of knowledge needs an organizational policy. Organizational policy can only impede the advancement of knowledge. There is a basic incompatibility between any organization and freedom of thought.

    William S. Burroughs (1973). “Ali's smile”, Expanded Media
  • Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom; and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech; which is the right of every man as far as by it he does not hurt or control the right of another; and this is the only check it ought to suffer and the only bounds it ought to know.... Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freedom of speech, a thing terrible to traitors.

    Wisdom   Hurt   Freedom  
    Andrew M. Allison, Willard Cleon Skousen, M. Richard Maxfield, Benjamin Franklin (1982). “The Real Benjamin Franklin”
  • It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.

    Louis Dembitz Brandeis, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law (2006). “Brandeis at 150: the Louisville perspective : a sesquicentennial commemoration”
  • Cultural speciation had been crippling to human moral and spiritual growth. It had hindered freedom of thought, limited our thinking, imprisoned us in the cultures into which we had been born. . . . These cultural mind prisons. . . . Cultural speciation was clearly a barrier to world peace. So long as we continued to attach more importance to our own narrow group membership than to the ‘global village’ we would propagate prejudice and ignorance.

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