“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
“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.”
“When you think that you are free, do you pay attention to the elements of your thoughts and where have they leaked into your brain from?”
“yeah i've got something to say, and i'll be damned if nobody listens.”
“So long as they don't get violent, I want to let everyone say what they wish, for I myself have always said exactly what pleased me.”
“Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter”
“One should not attempt to buy private loyalty with public money.”
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