“None but the dead have free speech. None but the dead are permitted to speak truth.”
“Free speech means the right to shout 'theatre' in a crowded fire.”
“Satire dramatizes better than any other use of it, the inherent contradiction of free speech that it functions best when what is being said is at its most outrageous”
“Some people's idea of [free speech] is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone says anything back, that is an outrage.”
“It is a paradox that every dictator has climbed to power on the ladder of free speech. Immediately on attaining power each dictator has suppressed all free speech except his own.”
“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.”
“There is tonic in the things that men do not love to hear. Free speech is to a great people what the winds are to oceans ... and where free speech is stopped miasma is bred, and death comes fast.”
Henry Ward Beecher
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