“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.”
“Free speech means the right to shout 'theatre' in a crowded fire.”
“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.”
“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
“Free speech is too dangerous to a democracy to be permitted”
Henry Louis Mencken
“Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself.”
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