56+ Best Freedom of Speech Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Famous Freedom of Speech Quotes

I am well acquainted with all the arguments against freedom of thought and speech the arguments which claim that it cannot exist, and the arguments which claim that it ought not to. I answer simply that they don’t convince me and that our civilisation over a period of four hundred years has been founded on the opposite notice. George Orwell

Love myself I do. Not everything, but I love the good as well as the bad. I love my crazy lifestyle, and I love my hard discipline. I love my freedom of speech and the way my eyes get dark when I’m tired. I love that I have learned to trust people with my heart, even if it will get broken. I am proud of everything that I am and will become. Johnny Weir

Freedom of speech is a fallacy, it is not absolute. It can be hailed absolute only if the person possessing it, has the conscience to distinguish the right from the wrong, justice from injustice, acceptance from discrimination. Abhijit Naskar

Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom – and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech. Benjamin Franklin

There is freedom of speech, but I cannot guarantee freedom after speech. Idi Amin

Freedom of speech is a human right and the foundation upon which democracy is built. Any restriction of freedom of speech is a restriction upon democracy. Deeyah Khan

Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech. Ben Franklin

That is our first amendment, freedom of speech. But I also believe that we have an obligation to the youth to be somewhat responsible in what we say on records. But I think that comes with age. I think that comes with artists growing up and becoming assured of who they are as people. Ja Rule

Reason and free inquiry are the only effectual agents against error. Thomas Jefferson

It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them. Mark Twain

If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. George Washington

In Iran, there is no freedom of the press, no freedom of speech, no independent judiciary, no free elections. There is no freedom of religion  not even for Shiites, who are forced by Iran’s theocracy to adhere to one narrow set of official rules. Elliott Abrams

Without Freedom of Thought, there can be no such thing as Wisdom; and no such thing as public Liberty, without Freedom of Speech. Ben Franklin

All of us technology companies need to create some tools that help diminish the volume of fake news. We must try to squeeze this without stepping on freedom of speech and of the press, but we must also help the reader. Tim Cook

Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear. Harry Truman

Here’s a nation, one of the founding pillars was freedom of speech and freedom of expression. And yet, we have imposed upon people restrictions on what they can say, on what they can think. And the media is the largest proponent of this, crucifying people who say things really quite innocently. Ben Carson

Proclaim the truth and do not be silent through fear. St. Catherine of Sienna

And why do we, who say we oppose tyranny and demand freedom of speech, allow people to go to prison and be vilified, and magazines to be closed down on the spot, for suggesting another version of history. David Icke

The thing about freedom is that it defines its own borders. Laura Chouette

I live in America. I have the right to write whatever I want. And it’s equaled by another right just as powerful: the right not to read it. Freedom of speech includes the freedom to offend people. Brad Thor

Having a free press doesn’t mean anyone cares. Nell Zink

We don’t have an Official Secrets Act in the United States, as other countries do. Under the First Amendment, freedom of the press, freedom of speech, and freedom of association are more important than protecting secrets. Alan Dershowitz

Cancel culture is a term bounced around by people afraid of accountability. But freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequences. Monisha Rajesh

The Internet and digital technologies can and will boost economic, social, and political development, including by vastly expanding the capacity of individuals to enjoy their right to freedom of speech and expression, which is key to empowering human rights. Alexander De Croo

To view the opposition as dangerous is to misunderstand the basic concepts of democracy. To oppress the opposition is to assault the very foundation of democracy. Aung San Suu Kyi

I absolutely support President Trump 100 percent, and he inspired me to run. I got frustrated throughout his presidency watching Big Tech censor conservatives, so I’ll be fighting back on that, because everyone has the freedom of speech. Marjorie Taylor Greene

The opinion that one cannot express an opinion, however potentially harmful, is the most dangerous of all. Luigina Sgarro

So the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is out there preserving and fighting for, and sometimes winning and sometimes losing, the fight for First Amendment rights in comics and, more generally, for freedom of speech. Neil Gaiman

Censors never go after books unless kids already like them. I don’t even think they know to go after books until they know that children are interested in reading this book, therefore there must be something in it that’s wrong. Judy Blume

Remember, governance is a big word that includes human rights, freedom of speech, economic transactions on a worldwide basis it touches everything. It’s everywhere, and that’s why Internet governance is Topic A in many corners. Vint Cerf

I know what it’s like to live in a place where people have no choices. What happens in a world like that, when you’re unable to speak out against something you think is wrong? Mary Lu

A state that suppresses all freedom of speech, and which by imposing the most terrible punishments, treats each and every attempt at criticism, however morally justified, and every suggestion for improvement as plotting to high treason, is a state that breaks an unwritten law. Kurt Huber

The more you talk about something or someone or prevent them from expressing themselves, the more you give them strength, even and perhaps above all when you talk about them badly. Luigina Sgarro

Freedom of speech means freedom for those who you despise, and freedom to express the most despicable views. It also means that the government cannot pick and choose which expressions to authorize and which to prevent. Alan Dershowitz

When my brothers try to draw a circle to exclude me, I shall draw a larger circle to include them. Where they speak out for the privileges of a puny group, I shall shout for the rights of all mankind. Pauli Murrag

Our Constitution provides the fundamental right to freedom of speech and expression and it also enjoins upon citizens the duty to safeguard public property and to abjure violence. Ram Nath Kovind

What else do we have to expose and investigate corruption and maintain informed citizenry? When all levels of government and justice system are abusing power, where can people go with claims of that abuse? Only the press. JoeAnn Hart

The First Amendment does not guarantee the press a constitutional right of special access to information not available to the general public, nor does it cloak the inmate with special rights of freedom of speech. Pete Wilson

The right to have the freedom of speech is a high Good, which is there to express ones thoughts and emotions to others in any manner without having to fear to be punished for. Vivian Schey

We all have the right of freedom of speech under the First Amendment. We all don’t have to agree with one another on our opinions. Everyone in my circle, that I run around with, we all feel the same about God, country, integrity and character. Luke Scott

The only effective way that I know of to fight an idea that we believe to be potentially damaging to our values, principles, ideals, is to try to support the validity of alternative points of view. Luigina Sgarro

In our Constitution, it is said that we have freedom of speech and freedom of expression. In my mind, unless that freedom is total, it is no freedom at all. Akshaye Khanna

Education is the way to move mountains, to build bridges, to change the world. Education is the path to the future. I believe that education is indeed freedom. Oprah Winfrey

So sometimes the facts are good and sometimes the facts are bad, the important thing from the point of view of a principle as broad and important as freedom of speech is that the courts articulate and set forth in a very protective way what those principles are. Floyd Abrams

Children must be taught how to think, not what to think. Margaret Mead

If you look at one of the basic underlying tenets of liberty, it’s freedom of speech, freedom of expression, freedom to access of information. If we start sequestering that and blocking it off, you’re going to have pockets around the world that are going to become more and more isolated. Ted Yoho

There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children. Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa

It is open for anyone to have freedom of speech, and I guess we can all play a role in trying to make a difference in the world. Particularly if your leader is not helping in that area. Lewis Hamilton

Children must be taught how to think, not what to think. Margaret Mead

I understand what justice is, and I understand what freedom is, and all of my friends do. It’s always been that way. I love freedom of speech. I love freedom of religion. I want my neighbor to be totally fine, for him to be a completely flaming gay guy with his new husband. Tim Kennedy

Children are not things to be molded, but are people to be unfolded. Jess Lair

Native Americans are the original inhabitants of the land that now constitutes the United States. They have helped develop the fundamental principles of freedom of speech and separation of powers that form the foundation of the United States Government. Joe Baca

If I wait for someone else to validate my existence, it will mean that I’m shortchanging myself. Zanele Muholi

What you mean by freedom of speech? Democracy doesn’t mean you abuse your country. Sedition has a law in the constitution. You can’t give speeches against your country. Alok Nath

It is absolutely imperative that every human being’s freedom and human rights are respected, all over the world. Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir