Quotations on Speech

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It just seems to be a human trait to want to protect the speech of people with whom we agree. For the First Amendment, that is not good enough. So it is really important that we protect First Amendment rights of people no matter what side of the line they are on.
- Floyd Abrams
(Keywords: People, First, Rights, Speech, Want)

As we saw in the Queen's Speech, anti-social behaviour - a phenomenon that I believe to be a genuine worry that is also being fed by a lot of scare stories - is the political theme of the moment.
- Kamal Ahmed
(Keywords: Being, Queen, Speech, Worry)

In making a speech one must study three points: first, the means of producing persuasion; second, the language; third the proper arrangement of the various parts of the speech.
- Aristotle
(Keywords: First, Language, Persuasion, Speech, Study)

That said, the question remains: how to strike the balance between free speech and mutual respect in this mixed-up world, both blessed and cursed with instant communication? We should not fight fire with fire, threats with threats.
- Timothy Garton Ash
(Keywords: Balance, Communication, Fight, Fire, Free speech, Question, Respect, World)

I mean there's enormous pressures to harmonize freedom of speech legislation and transparency legislation 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.
- Julian Assange
(Keywords: Freedom, Legislation, Speech, states, United, World)

A voice is a human gift; it should be cherished and used, to utter fully human speech as possible. Powerlessness and silence go together.
- Margaret Atwood
(Keywords: Silence, Speech, Voice)

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
(Keywords: Government, Americans, Freedom, Land, Native Americans, Now, Principles, Separation, Speech, states, United)

Discretion of speech is more than eloquence, and to speak agreeably to him with whom we deal is more than to speak in good words, or in good order.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Discretion, Eloquence, Order, Speech, Words)

A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.
- Ingrid Bergman
(Keywords: Nature, Kiss, Speech, Words)

Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.
- Ambrose Bierce
(Keywords: Regret, Speech, Will)

Criticism of government finds sanctuary in several portions of the 1st Amendment. It is part of the right of free speech. It embraces freedom of the press.
- Hugo Black
(Keywords: Government, Criticism, Free speech, Freedom, Press, Right)

The Framers of the Constitution knew that free speech is the friend of change and revolution. But they also knew that it is always the deadliest enemy of tyranny.
- Hugo Black
(Keywords: Change, Friend, Constitution, Enemy, Free speech, Revolution, Tyranny)

Free speech is meant to protect unpopular speech. Popular speech, by definition, needs no protection.
- Neal Boortz
(Keywords: Free speech, Needs, Popular, Protection)

Fear of serious injury alone cannot justify oppression of free speech and assembly. Men feared witches and burnt women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.
- Louis D. Brandeis
(Keywords: Men, Women, Fear, Free speech, Injury, Oppression, Witches)

Everybody favours free speech in the slack moments when no axes are being ground.
- Heywood Broun
(Keywords: Being, Free speech, Moments)

Freedom is poetry, taking liberties with words, breaking the rules of normal speech, violating common sense. Freedom is violence.
- Norman O. Brown
(Keywords: Poetry, Common sense, Freedom, Rules, Speech, Violence, Words)

In speech after speech on his health care plan, the President has tried to convince us that what he is proposing will be good for America. But, how can it be good for America if it raises taxes by a half trillion dollars and costs a trillion dollars or more to implement?
- Scott Brown
(Keywords: Health, America, Care, President, Speech, Taxes, Will)

Body language is a very powerful tool. We had body language before we had speech, and apparently, 80% of what you understand in a conversation is read through the body, not the words.
- Deborah Bull
(Keywords: Body, Conversation, Language, Speech, Words)

Free speech carries with it some freedom to listen.
- Warren E. Burger
(Keywords: Free speech, Freedom)

Whether it's people walking off 'The View' when Bill O'Reilly makes a statement about radical Islam or Juan Williams being fired for expressing his opinion, over-reaching political correctness is chipping away at the fundamental American freedoms of speech and expression.
- Eric Cantor
(Keywords: People, Islam, American, Being, Expression, Opinion, Radical, Speech, Walking)

I like all things grammatical, and I had already written several books about parts of speech, and even the alphabet, so everything that makes up a sentence and even a word was covered except for punctuation.
- Brian P. Cleary
(Keywords: Books, Speech, Word)

Into this, for good or ill, is woven every belief of every man who has speech of his fellows. A awful privilege, and an awful responsibility, that we should help to create the world in which posterity will live.
- William Kingdon Clifford
(Keywords: Belief, Help, Man, Posterity, Privilege, Responsibility, Speech, Will, World)

I am a technological activist. I have a political agenda. I am in favor of basic human rights: to free speech, to use any information and technology, to purchase and use recreational drugs, to enjoy and purchase so-called 'vices', to be free of intruders, and to privacy.
- Bram Cohen
(Keywords: Technology, Drugs, Free speech, Information, Privacy)

I wrote the script of Patton. I had this very bizarre opening where he stands up in front of an American flag and gives this speech. Ultimately, I was fired. When the script was done, they hired another writer and that script was forgotten.
- Francis Ford Coppola
(Keywords: American, Bizarre, Speech, Writer)

The New York Times editorial page is like a Ouija board that has only three answers, no matter what the question. The answers are: higher taxes, more restrictions on political speech and stricter gun control.
- Ann Coulter
(Keywords: Control, Answers, Question, Speech, Taxes)

If a university official's letter accusing a speaker of having a proclivity to commit speech crimes before she's given the speech - which then leads to Facebook postings demanding that Ann Coulter be hurt, a massive riot and a police-ordered cancellation of the speech - is not hate speech, then there is no such thing as hate speech.
- Ann Coulter
(Keywords: Hate, Hurt, Police, Riot, Speech, University)

Laws protecting the United States flag do not cut away at the freedom of speech guaranteed in the First Amendment... Congress made this position clear upon passage of the Flag Protection Act of 1989, which prohibited desecration of the flag.
- Larry Craig
(Keywords: Act, Congress, First, Freedom, Laws, Protection, Speech, states, United)

And, I hope now that everybody understands that the Labour Party - as it always has done - stands for free speech and individual Members of the Labour Party are entitled to exercise that free speech.
- Ron Davies
(Keywords: Hope, Exercise, Free speech, Now, Party)

When the public's right to know is threatened, and when the rights of free speech and free press are at risk, all of the other liberties we hold dear are endangered.
- Christopher Dodd
(Keywords: Free speech, Rights, Press, Public, Risk)

The color of the mountains is Buddha's body; the sound of running water is his great speech.
- Dogen
(Keywords: Body, Mountains, Running, Sound, Speech, Water)

Now is the time to draw a clean, clear, bright line and say if you are engaging in speech over the Internet you do not have to check with your lawyer or your accountant. You are a free American, and you have the opportunity to engage in free speech over the Internet.
- John Doolittle
(Keywords: Time, Opportunity, American, Free speech, Internet, Now)

Free speech is not to be regulated like diseased cattle and impure butter. The audience that hissed yesterday may applaud today, even for the same performance.
- William O. Douglas
(Keywords: Performance, Free speech, May, Today, Yesterday)

To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.
- Frederick Douglass
(Keywords: Free speech, Rights, Wrong)

We who officially value freedom of speech above life itself seem to have nothing to talk about but the weather.
- Barbara Ehrenreich
(Keywords: Life, Freedom, Nothing, Speech, Talk, Value, Weather)

I don't care who you are. When you sit down to write the first page of your screenplay, in your head, you're also writing your Oscar acceptance speech.
- Nora Ephron
(Keywords: Acceptance, Care, First, Speech, Writing)

I think television has betrayed the meaning of democratic speech, adding visual chaos to the confusion of voices. What role does silence have in all this noise?
- Federico Fellini
(Keywords: Chaos, Confusion, Meaning, Silence, Speech, Television)

Freedom of speech is always under attack by Fascist mentality, which exists in all parts of the world, unfortunately.
- Lawrence Ferlinghetti
(Keywords: Freedom, Speech, World)

Human speech is like a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to, while we long to make music that will melt the stars.
- Gustave Flaubert
(Keywords: Music, Dance, Speech, Stars, Will)

The current total of countries in the world with First Amendments is one. You have guaranteed freedom of speech. Other countries don't have that.
- Neil Gaiman
(Keywords: Countries, First, Freedom, Speech, World)

We do not need to proselytise either by our speech or by our writing. We can only do so really with our lives. Let our lives be open books for all to study.
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Keywords: Books, Open, Speech, Study, Writing)

On the other side, I do believe that the rhetoric we are seeing from the Democrats today is unprecedented, is a new low in presidential politics and goes beyond political discourse and amounts to political hate speech.
- Ed Gillespie
(Keywords: Politics, Democrats, Hate, Rhetoric, Speech, Today)

These are all voluntary resources which help parents sort out the choices without infringing on the artists' rights to free speech, which is something that we respect.
- Tipper Gore
(Keywords: Artists, Choices, Free speech, Rights, Help, Parents, Respect)

You hear about constitutional rights, free speech and the free press. Every time I hear these words I say to myself, 'That man is a Red, that man is a Communist!' You never hear a real American talk like that.
- Frank Hague
(Keywords: Time, American, Free speech, Rights, Man, Press, Talk, Words)

Unfortunately, opponents of online speech have decided to punish our changing technological world.
- Dennis Hastert
(Keywords: Opponents, Speech, World)

All Americans value the freedom of speech and the freedom of the press, and I believe this is essential for our continued way of life. But with this freedom comes responsibility. That responsibility has been abdicated here by some in the media and some in the government.
- Steven Hatfill
(Keywords: Government, Life, Americans, Freedom, Media, Press, Responsibility, Speech, Value)

So the people will pay the penalty for their kings' presumption, who, by devising evil, turn justice from her path with tortuous speech.
- Hesiod
(Keywords: People, Evil, Justice, Kings, Speech, Will)

It's hard to believe President George Bush gave a speech in New Orleans about disaster recovery and failed to mention the word 'farm' or the word 'rural.'
- Jim Hightower
(Keywords: Disaster, President, Speech, Word)

Understanding is nothing else than conception caused by speech.
- Thomas Hobbes
(Keywords: Nothing, Speech, Understanding)

Free speech means the right to shout 'theatre' in a crowded fire.
- Abbie Hoffman
(Keywords: Fire, Free speech, Right)

The political core of any movement for freedom in the society has to have the political imperative to protect free speech.
- bell hooks
(Keywords: Society, Free speech, Freedom)



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