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salonI have never let my schooling interfere with my education. -- Mark Twain
salonWhere the press is free, and every man able to read, all is safe. -- Thomas Jefferson
salonNecessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. -- William Pitt (1759-1806)
salon*One man with courage is a majority.* -- Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)
salonWe hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. -- Aesop (~550 BC)
salon*When we assumed the Soldier, we did not lay aside the Citizen.*-- General George Washington
salonThe man beholdeth himself in the glass and goeth his way, and straightway both the mirror and the mirrored forget what manner of man he was-Oliver Wendell Holmes
salonI love being married. It's so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life- Rita Rudner
salonIf the world should blow itself up, the last audible voice would be that of an expert saying it can't be done- Peter Ustinov
salonInanimate objects are classified scientifically into three major categories: those that don't work, those that break down and those that get lost- Russell Baker
salonIf you talk to God, you are praying. If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia- Thomas Szasz
salonWe learn from experience that men never learn anything from experience- George Bernard Shaw
salonEducation- the inculcation of the incomprehensible into the indifferent by the incompetent- John Maynard Keynes
salonIn October 1963, Bukowski recounted in a letter to John William Corrington how someone once asked him, What do you do? How do you write, create? To which, he replied: You don*t try. That*s very important: -not- to try, either for Cadillacs, creation or immortality. You wait, and if nothing happens, you wait some more. It*s like a bug high on the wall. You wait for it to come to you. When it gets close enough you reach out, slap out and kill it. Or if you like its looks you make a pet out of it.
salonIt turns out that bliss is a second-by-second joy + gratitude at the gift of being alive, consciousness lies on the other side of crushing, crushing boredom. Pay close attention to the most tedious thing you can find (tax returns, televised golf), and, in waves, a boredom like you've never known will wash over you and just about kill you. Ride these out, and it's like stepping from black and white into color. Like water after days in the desert. Constant bliss in every atom.-The Pale King
salonIf a man’s from Texas, he’ll tell you. If he’s not, why embarrass him by asking?-John Gunther
salonI am not anti-gun. I*m pro-knife. Consider the merits of the knife. In the first place, you have to catch up with someone in order to stab him. A general substitution of knives for guns would promote physical fitness. We*d turn into a whole nation of great runners. Plus, knives don*t ricochet. And people are seldom killed while cleaning their knives.-Molly Ivins
salonIt does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds-Mental Brushfire
salonOne man's rant is another man's celebration of free speech
salonA boy asks his father, *Dad, are bugs good to eat?* *That's disgusting! Don't talk about things like that over dinner,* the dad replies. After dinner the father asks, *Now, son, what did you want to ask me?* *Oh, nothing,* the boy says. *There was a bug in your soup, but now it's gone.*
salonOld man comes into a restaurant, sits at his usual table, and orders the usual Matzoh Ball soup. The waiter sets it down in front of him, and stands back to watch him enjoy it. But the man just sits there. *Is there something wrong?* the waiter asks. *I can't eat this soup,* the man replies. *Is it too hot?* the waiter asks. *No.* *Too cold?* *No.* *Too salty?* *No.* The waiter calls for the maitre d', and for the chef, and each goes through the same routine: *Too hot?* * Too cold?* * No, no no.* Finally the chief, at his wits end, says, *Sir, I will taste the soup myself. Where is the spoon?* Says the old man: *Aha!*
salon"Dad, can you write in the dark?" "I think so. What is it you want me to write?" "Your name on this report card."
salonI dearly love the state of Texas, but I consider that a harmless perversion on my part, and discuss it only with consenting adults.-Molly Ivins
salonEveryone is best served when government doesn't prioritize one religion over another.-AHA
salonWhat troubles me about this case is that here a citizen is going to a local community board, supposed to be the closest, the most responsive institution of government that exists, and is immediately being asked, being forced to identify whether she believes in the things that most of the people in the room believe in, whether she belongs to the same religious team as most of the people in the room do. And it strikes me that that might be inconsistent with this understanding that when we relate to our government, we all do so as Americans, and not as Jews and not as Christians and not as nonbelievers.-Justice Elena Kagan
salonThe heart’s memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good; and thanks to this artifice we manage to endure the burdens of the past.-
salonTo believe in a universe as young as 6- or 7,000 years old, is to extinguish the light of most of the galaxy.-Neil Degrasse Tyson
salonI contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours-Stephen Roberts
salonIs God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?-Epicurus
salonReligion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful-Edward Gibbon
salonPhilosophy is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers that may never be questioned-Unknown
salonExtraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence-Carl Sagan
salonThe way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason - Benjamin Franklin
salonWe must respect the other fellow's religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart - HL Mencken
salonAt the end of the movie " NOAH " there is a very appropriate quote: All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to Real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental -Carlos Mora
salonI love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by-Douglas Adams
salonThe best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.-Barack Obama
salonA quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one's neighbor -such is my idea of happiness-Leo Tolstoy
salonIf you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be 'meetings.-Dave Barry
salonI know that I am mortal by nature and ephemeral, but when I trace at my pleasure the windings to and fro of the heavenly bodies, I no longer touch earth with my feet. I stand in the presence of Zeus himself and take my fill of ambrosia.-Ptolemy
salonThere is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge-Isaac Asimov
salonA democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury. After that, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits with the result the democracy collapses because of the loose fiscal policy ensuing, always to be followed by a dictatorship, then a monarchy-Elmer T Peterson
salonElections belong to the people. It's their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.-Abraham Lincoln
salonI am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer-Abraham Lincoln
salonWe are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people-John F Kennedy
salonI believe in a relatively equal society, supported by institutions that limit extremes of wealth and poverty. I believe in democracy, civil liberties, and the rule of law. That makes me a liberal, and I’m proud of it-Paul Krugman
salonSecrecy begets tyranny-Robert A Heinlein
salonDemocracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. No one in this world, so far as I know—and I have researched the records for years, and employed agents to help me—has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby-H L Mencken
salonI do not know if the people of the United States would vote for superior men if they ran for office, but there can be no doubt that such men do not run.-Alexis de Tocqueville
salonA democracy which makes or even effectively prepares for modern, scientific war must necessarily cease to be democratic. No country can be really well prepared for modern war unless it is governed by a tyrant, at the head of a highly trained and perfectly obedient bureaucracy-Aldous Huxley
salonA democracy which makes or even effectively prepares for modern, scientific war must necessarily cease to be democratic. No country can be really well prepared for modern war unless it is governed by a tyrant, at the head of a highly trained and perfectly obedient bureaucracy-Aldous Huxley
salonTo think that because those who wield power in society wield in the end that of government, therefore it is of no use to attempt to influence the constitution of the government by acting on opinion, is to forget that opinion is itself one of the greatest active social forces. One person with a belief is a social power equal to ninety-nine who have only interests-John Stuart Mill
salonGiving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good-H L Mencken
salonIn a society governed passively by free markets and free elections, organized greed always defeats disorganized democracy.-Matt Taibbi
salonIn a democracy, sometimes your side loses
salonJournalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations-George Orwell
salonThe way to fight a woman is with your hat. Grab it and run.-John Barrymore
salonBecause experience witnesseth that eccelsiastical establishments, instead of maintaining the purity and efficacy of Religion, have had a contrary operation. During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What have been its fruits? More or less in all places, pride and indolence in the Clergy, ignorance and servility in the laity, in both, superstition, bigotry and persecution. Enquire of the Teachers of Christianity for the ages in which it appeared in its greatest lustre; those of every sect, point to the ages prior to its incorporation with Civil policy. Propose a restoration of this primitive State in which its Teachers depended on the voluntary rewards of their flocks, many of them predict its downfall. On which Side ought their testimony to have greatest weight, when for or when against their interest?-James Madison
salonIf liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear -George Orwell
salonI always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.-Margaret Thatcher
salonRumour is a pipe Blown by surmises, jealousies, conjectures And of so easy and so plain a stop That the blunt monster with uncounted heads, The still-discordant wavering multitude, Can play upon it-William Shakespeare- Henry IV part 2
salonArguments cannot be answered by personal abuse; there is no logic in slander, and falsehood, in the long run, defeats itself.-Robert G. Ingersoll, Some Mistakes of Moses
salonBe quiet! Anyone can spit in my face, and call me a criminal and a prostitute. But no one has the right to judge my remorse-Jean -Paul Satre, The Flies
salonSome people are like Slinkies... not really good for anything, but you still can't help but smile when you see one tumble down the stairs.-Author Unknown
salonDustin Farnum: "I've never been better! In the last act yesterday, I had the audience glued to their seats." Oliver Herford: "How clever of you to think of it.
salonI am returning this otherwise good typing paper to you because someone has printed gibberish all over it and put your name at the top. ~English professor, Ohio University
salonThat which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence-Christopher Hitchens
salonIsn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?-Douglas Adams
salonThe fact that a believer is happier than a sceptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality of happiness, and by no means a necessity of life.-George Bernard Shaw
salonEvery man to whom salvation is offered has an inalienable natural right to say 'No, thank you: I prefer to retain my full moral responsibility: it is not good for me to be able to load a scapegoat with my sins: I should be less careful how I committed them if I knew they would cost me nothing.-George Bernard Shaw
salonThis world is not a vale of sorrows if you will recognize discriminatingly what is truly excellent in it; and if you will avail yourself of it for mutual happiness and well-being. Therefore, let us explain as often as possible, and particularly at the departure of life, that we base our faith on firm foundations, on Truth for putting into action our ideas which do not depend on fables and ideas which Science has long ago proven to be false.-Kurt Vonnegut
salonReligion is like a blind man looking in a black room for a black cat that isn't there, and finding it.-Oscar Wilde
salon[n regard to Jesus believing himself inspired] This belief carried no more personal imputation than the belief of Socrates that he was under the care and admonition of a guardian demon. And how many of our wisest men still believe in the reality of these inspirations while perfectly sane on all other subjects (Works, Vol. iv, p. 327).-Thomas Jefferson
salonI’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back-Maya Angelou
salonIt’s not your job to like me, it’s mine-Byron Katie
salonAbove all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim. – Nora Ephron
salonThere is a stubbornness about me that can never bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me. – Jane Austen
salonI will not have my life narrowed down. I will not bow down to somebody else’s whim or to someone else’s ignorance. – bell hooks
salonWhen a man gives his opinion, he’s a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she’s a b*****. – Bette Davis
salonResponsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you; it means learning to respect and use your own brains and instincts; hence, grappling with hard work. – Adrienne Rich
salonI decided it is better to scream. Silence is the real crime against humanity. – Nadezhda Mandelstam
salonWhen we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak. – Audre Lord
salonOne life is all we have and we live as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying. – Joan of Arc
salonBlind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth-Albert Einstein
salonThose who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.-Voltaire
salonWho is more humble? The scientist who looks at the universe with an open mind and accepts whatever the universe has to teach us, or somebody who says everything in this book must be considered the literal truth and never mind the fallibility of all the human beings involved?-Carl Saan
salonI like the scientific spirit—the holding off, the being sure but not too sure, the willingness to surrender ideas when the evidence is against them: this is ultimately fine—it always keeps the way beyond open—always gives life, thought, affection, the whole man, a chance to try over again after a mistake—after a wrong guess-Walt Whitman
salonTell people there's an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority will believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure-George Carlin
salonThe essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks.-Christopher Hitchens
salonTell a devout Christian that his wife is cheating on him, or that frozen yogurt can make a man invisible, and he is likely to require as much evidence as anyone else, and to be persuaded only to the extent that you give it. Tell him that the book he keeps by his bed was written by an invisible deity who will punish him with fire for eternity if he fails to accept its every incredible claim about the universe, and he seems to require no evidence what so ever.-Sam Harris
salonDon't you believe in flying saucers, they ask me? Don't you believe in telepathy? — in ancient astronauts? — in the Bermuda triangle? — in life after death? No, I reply. No, no, no, no, and again no. One person recently, goaded into desperation by the litany of unrelieved negation, burst out "Don't you believe in anything?" Yes", I said. "I believe in evidence. I believe in observation, measurement, and reasoning, confirmed by independent observers. I'll believe anything, no matter how wild and ridiculous, if there is evidence for it. The wilder and more ridiculous something is, however, the firmer and more solid the evidence will have to be.-Isaac Asimov
salonOne good schoolmaster is of more use than a hundred priests-Thomas Paine
salonGive me the storm and tempest of thought and action, rather than the dead calm of ignorance and faith! Banish me from Eden when you will; but first let me eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge!-Robert G Ingersoll
salonIt's natural to think that living things must be the handiwork of a designer. But it was also natural to think that the sun went around the earth. Overcoming naive impressions to figure out how things really work is one of humanity's highest callings.-Steven Pinker
salonI have always strenuously supported the right of every man to his own opinion, however different that opinion might be to mine. He who denies to another this right, makes a slave of himself to his present opinion, because he precludes himself the right of changing it-Thomas Paine
salonObservation: I can't see a thing. Conclusion: Dinosaurs-Carl Sagan
salonThe palest ink is better than the best memory
salonLiberty is meaningless where the right to utter one’s thoughts and opinions has ceased to exist. That, of all rights, is the dread of tyrants. … To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker-Frederick Douglas
salonEveryone is in favor of free speech. Hardly a day passes without its being extolled, but some people's idea of it is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone else says anything back, that is an outrage-Winston Churchill
salonIf freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter-George Washington
salonOnce 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
salonTo announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public-Theodore Roosevelt
salonMy own opinion is enough for me, and I claim the right to have it defended against any consensus, any majority, anywhere, any place, any time. And anyone who disagrees with this can pick a number, get in line, and kiss my ass-Christopher Hitchens
salonGive me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties-John Milton, Areopagitica
salonWhoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech-Benjamin Franklin
salonIt was a shocking thing to say and I knew it was a shocking thing to say. But no one has the right to live without being shocked. No one has the right to spend their life without being offended. Nobody has to read this book. Nobody has to pick it up. Nobody has to open it. And if you open it and read it, you don't have to like it. And if you read it and you dislike it, you don't have to remain silent about it. You can write to me, you can complain about it, you can write to the publisher, you can write to the papers, you can write your own book. You can do all those things, but there your rights stop. No one has the right to stop me writing this book. No one has the right to stop it being published, or sold, or bought, or read.-Phillip Pullman
salonThis is slavery, not to speak one's thought-Euripides, The Phoenician Women
salonTo 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
salonIf there's one American belief I hold above all others, it's that those who would set themselves up in judgment on matters of what is "right" and what is "best" should be given no rest; that they should have to defend their behavior most stringently. ... As a nation, we've been through too many fights to preserve our rights of free thought to let them go just because some prude with a highlighter doesn't approve of them-Stephen King
salonIf you're not going to use your free speech to criticize your own government, then what the hell is the point of having it?-Michel Templet
salonRestriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.-William O Douglas
salonUntil every soul is freely permitted to investigate every book, and creed, and dogma for itself, the world cannot be free. Mankind will be enslaved until there is mental grandeur enough to allow each man to have his thought and say. This earth will be a paradise when men can, upon all these questions differ, and yet grasp each other's hands as friends. It is amazing to me that a difference of opinion upon subjects that we know nothing with certainty about, should make us hate, persecute, and despise each other. Why a difference of opinion upon predestination, or the trinity, should make people imprison and burn each other seems beyond the comprehension of man; and yet in all countries where Christians have existed, they have destroyed each other to the exact extent of their power. Why should a believer in God hate an atheist? Surely the atheist has not injured God, and surely he is human, capable of joy and pain, and entitled to all the rights of man. Would it not be far better to treat this atheist, at least, as well as he treats us?-Robert Ingersoll
salonGovernment has no right to hurt a hair on the head of an Atheist for his Opinions. Let him have a care of his Practices.-John Adams
salonThe fact is that censorship always defeats its own purpose, for it creates, in the end, the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion. In the long run it will create a generation incapable of appreciating the difference between independence of thought and subservience-Henry Steele Commager
salonHypocrites get offended by the truth.-Jess C Scott
salonIt is the rare fortune of these days that one may think what one likes and say what one thinks-Tacitus
salonIt*s not unpatriotic to denounce an injustice committed on our behalf, perhaps it*s the most patriotic thing we can do-E A Bucchianeri
salonFreedom is fundamentally the possibility of standing on a street corner and shouting “There is no freedom here!-Yoani Sanchez
salonA desire for privacy does not imply shameful secrets; Moglen argues, again and again, that without anonymity in discourse, free speech is impossible, and hence also democracy. The right to speak the truth to power does not shield the speaker from the consequences of doing so; only comparable power or anonymity can do that-Nick Harkaway
salonThe framers of the constitution knew human nature as well as we do. They too had lived in dangerous days; they too knew the suffocating influence of orthodoxy and standardized thought. They weighed the compulsions for restrained speech and thought against the abuses of liberty. They chose liberty-William O Douglas
salonGenuine bravery for a writer.... It is about calmly speaking the truth when everyone else is silenced, when the truth cannot be expressed. It is about speaking out with a different voice, risking the wrath of the state and offending everyone, for the sake of the truth, and the writer’s conscience-Murong Xuecun
salonThe moment you say that any idea system is sacred, whether it’s a religious belief system or a secular ideology, the moment you declare a set of ideas to be immune from criticism, satire, derision, or contempt, freedom of thought becomes impossible.-Salmon Rushdie
salonA constitution, as important as it is, will mean nothing unless the people are yearning for liberty and freedom-Ruth Ginsberg
salonIf there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence-Louis D Brandeis
salonThe problem with today’s world is that everyone believes they have the right to express their opinion AND have others listen to it. The correct statement of individual rights is that everyone has the right to an opinion, but crucially, that opinion can be roundly ignored and even made fun of, particularly if it is demonstrably nonsense!-Brian Cox
salonI believe that no discovery of fact, however trivial, can be wholly useless to the race, and that no trumpeting of falsehood, however virtuous in intent, can be anything but vicious.-H L Mencken
salonA central lesson of science is that to understand complex issues (or even simple ones), we must try to free our minds of dogma and to guarantee the freedom to publish, to contradict, and to experiment. Arguments from authority are unacceptable-Carl Sagan
salonEveryone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers-United Nations, Universal Declaration of Human Rights
salonTo criticize a person for their race is manifestly irrational and ridiculous, but to criticize their religion, that is a right. That is a freedom. The freedom to criticize ideas, any ideas - even if they are sincerely held beliefs - is one of the fundamental freedoms of society. A law which attempts to say you can criticize and ridicule ideas as long as they are not religious ideas is a very peculiar law indeed-Rowan Atkinson
salonIt all points to the promotion of the idea that there should be a right not to be offended. But in my view the right to offend is far more important than any right not to be offended. The right to ridicule is far more important to society than any right not to be ridiculed because one in my view represents openness - and the other represents oppression-Rowan Atkinson
salonIf large numbers of people believe in freedom of speech, there will be freedom of speech, even if the law forbids it. But if public opinion is sluggish, inconvenient minorities will be persecuted, even if laws exist to protect them-George Orwell
salonEvery man — in the development of his own personality — has the right to form his own beliefs and opinions. Hence, suppression of belief, opinion and expression is an affront to the dignity of man, a negation of man’s essential nature.-Thomas J Emerson
salonAs for me, my literary theory, like my politics, is based chiefly upon one main idea, to wit, the idea of freedom. I am, in brief, a libertarian of the most extreme variety, and know of no human right that is one-tenth as valuable as the simple right to utter what seems (at the moment) to be the truth-H L Mencken
salonIf, to expose the fraud and imposition of monarchy ... to promote universal peace, civilization, and commerce, and to break the chains of political superstition, and raise degraded man to his proper rank; if these things be libellous ... let the name of libeller be engraved on my tomb-Thomas Paine
salonWe must not overlook the role that extremists play. They are the gadflies that keep society from being too complacent or self-satisfied; they are, if sound, the spearhead of progress. If they are fundamentally wrong, free discussion will in time put an end to them.-Abraham Flexner
salonWe should ridicule the ridiculous. This is sometimes more effective than arguments because believers often substitute emotion for argument, which is why they are so resistant to evidence-Doug Krueger
salonDo you not know I am a woman? When I think, I must speak.(As You Like It, act 3, sc. 2)
salonWe have awakened a sleeping giant and have instilled in him a terrible resolve -Trena
salonA Lie Can Travel Halfway Around the World While the Truth Is Putting On Its Shoes
salonTruth can be sifted out from falsehood only if the government is vigorously and consistently cross-examined, so that the fundamental issues of the struggle may be clearly defined- Zechariah Chafee
salonI disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it - Voltaire
salonIf all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person than he.. would be justified in silencing mankind- John Stuart Mill
salonWithout freedom of thought there can be no such thing as wisdom and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech- Benjamin Franklin
salonFree 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
salonFreedom of speech includes the freedom to offend people- Brad Thor
salonAnd this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am and what I am about- John Steinbeck- East of Eden
salonOur lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter-Martin Luther King Jr
salonTo learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize- Voltaire
salonOnce upon a time, people identified the god Neptune as the source of storms at sea. Today we call these storms hurricanes... the only people who still call hurricanes acts of God are the people who write insurance forms - Neil deGrasse Tyson
salonIf people are good only because they fear punishment and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed-Albert Einstein
salonYou can't just say there is a god because the world is beautiful. You have to account for bone cancer in children- Stephen Fry
salonBy simple common sense I don't believe in God, in none-Charlie Chaplin
salonChristianity, above all, consoles; but there are naturally happy souls who do not need consolation. Consequently, Christianity starts by making such souls unhappy, for otherwise it would have no power over them -Andre Gide
salonCourage is simply the willingness to be afraid, and act anyway- Dr Robert Anthony
salonCourage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway-John Wayne
salonThree things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon and the truth- Buddha
salonThe truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is- Winston Churchill
salonIn a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act- George Orwell
salonI believe it is better to tell the truth than a lie. I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant- H L Mencken
salonTruth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light- George Washington
salonAnyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either - Albert Einstein
salonThe liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution, are worth defending against all hazards. And it is our duty to defend them against all attacks- Samuel Adam
salonIf we must die, we die defending our rights- Sitting Bull
salonOne of the problems with defending free speech is you often have to defend people that you find to be outrageous and unpleasant and disgusting- Salman Rushdie
salonI have a very personal feeling about how special America is and I know how precious freedom is. It is a sacred gift, sanctified by those who have lived it and those who have died defending it. My right to speak my mind, to have a voice, to be what some have called *opinionated* is a right I deeply and profoundly cherish- Teresa Heinz
salonAs a cartoonist, I am not interested in defending the dominant, the powerful, the well-resourced, and the well-armed because such groups are usually not in need of advocacy, moral support of sympathetic understanding; they have already organized sufficient publicity for themselves and prosecute their points of view with great efficiency- Michael Leunig
salonI myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is. I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a door mat or a prostitute- Rebecca West
salonThe emotional, sexual and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says *It's a girl* - Shirley Chisholm
salonThe question isn't- Who is going to let me- it's who is going to stop me- Ayn Rand
salonI don't know why people are so reluctant to say they're feminists. Could it be any more obvious that we still live in a patriarchal world when feminism is a bad word?- Ellen Page
salonFeminazi-because wanting your gender to be treated like human beings is just like invading Poland
salonThe only security of all is in a free press. The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed. The agitation it produces must be submitted to. It is necessary, to keep the waters pure.-Thomas Jefferson
salonWe cannot have a society in which some dictator some place can start imposing censorship here in the United States," Mr. Obama said at a year-end White House news conference. "If somebody is able to intimidate folks out of releasing a satirical movie, imagine what's going to happen when they see a documentary they don't like or news reports they don't like." - president obama
salonWhen people show you who they are, believe them the first time. ~Maya Angelou
salonA wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart-Jonathan Swift
salonWe have enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another-Jonathan Swift
salonA lie does not consist in the indirect position of words, but in the desire and intention, by false speaking, to deceive and injure your neighbors- Jonathan Swift
salonFor in reason, all government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery-Jonathan Swift
salonA man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying... that he is wider today than yesterday- Jonathan Swift
salonI never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them not ashamed - Jonathan Swift
salonNothing is so great an example of bad manners as flattery. If you flatter all the company, you please none; if you flatter only one or two, you offend the rest - Jonathan Swift
salonPower is no blessing in itself, except when it used to protect the innocent- Jonathan Swift
salonThe latter part of a wise person's life is occupied with curing the follies, prejudices, and false opinions they contracted earlier- Jonathan Swift
salonIt is a maxim among these lawyers, that whatever hath been done before, may legally be done again: and therefore they take special care to record all the decisions formerly made against common justice and the general reason of mankind -Jonathan Swift
salonLoving this country requires more than singing its praises or avoiding uncomfortable truths. It requires the occasional disruption, the willingness to speak out for what's right, and shake up the status quo. - President Barack Obama, in Selma, AL
salonTo argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead- Thomas Paine
salonEveryone's future is, in reality, an urn full of unknown treasures from which all may draw unguessed prizes.
salonThe number, the industry, and the morality of the Priesthood, and the devotion of the people have been manifestly increased by the total separation of the Church from the State.” Father of the Constitution James Madison
salonBelieving with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature would make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state-Thomas Jefferson
salonIt is easy to respect secular Americans who hold fast to the Constitution and to American values generally. And any one of us who believes in God can understand why some people, given all the unjust suffering in the world, just cannot believe that there is a Providential Being. -Dennis Prager
salonFlawed as they may be, science and the secular Enlightenment values expressed in Western democracies are our best hope for survival. Michael Shermer
salonPatriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government (only) when it deserves it.~Mark Twain
salonFor the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. They may allow us temporarily to beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change-Audre Lorde
salonIf a doctor, lawyer, or dentist had 40 people in his office at one time, all of whom had different needs, and some of whom didn't want to be there and were causing trouble, and the doctor, lawyer, or dentist, without assistance, had to treat them all with professional excellence for nine months, then he might have some conception of the classroom teacher's job.” - Donald Quinn
salonThose religions that are oppressive to women are also against democracy, human rights and freedom of expression- Taslima Nasrin
salonReligion is against women's rights and women's freedom. In all societies women are oppressed by all religions - Taslima Nasrin
salonCourts ... stand as havens of refuge for those who might otherwise suffer because they are helpless, weak, outnumbered, or ... non-conforming victims of prejudice and public excitement.-SCOTUS Hugo Black
salonMoral cowardice requires choice and action. It demands that its adherents repeatedly look away, that they favor the fanciful over the plain, myth over history, the dream over the real- TA-NEHISI COATES
salonWe hold as undeniable truths that the governments of the various States, and of the confederacy itself, were established exclusively by the white race, for themselves and their posterity; that the African race had no agency in their establishment; that they were rightfully held and regarded as an inferior and dependent race, and in that condition only could their existence in this country be rendered beneficial or tolerable- Texas Secession Convention (February 1861), “A Declaration of the Causes which Impel the State of Texas to Secede from the Federal Union
salonI do not wish to think, or speak, or write, with moderation. . . . I am in earnest -- I will not equivocate -- I will not excuse -- I will not retreat a single inch -- AND I WILL BE HEARD.-William Lloyd Garrison
salonThere are about a million things I’d like to say to Christians, but here’s the first few that come to mind: Please respect my right to be the person I’ve chosen to become. Worship, pray and praise your God all you want–but please leave me, and my laws, and my city, and my school alone. Stop trying to make me, or my children, worship your god. Why do we all have to be Christians? Respect my beliefs; I guarantee they’re every bit as strong as yours. Mostly, please respect my free will. Let me choose if I want to marry someone of my own sex. Let me choose if I want to have an abortion or not. Let me choose to go to hell if that’s where you believe I’m going. I can honestly say that I’d rather go to hell than live the hypocritical life I see so many Christians living.-D B (Seattle)
salonI am often distressed at the way some Christians take as a given that Christians and Christianity define goodness. Many of we non-Christians make a practice of doing good; we, too, have a well-developed ethical system, and are devoted to making the world a better place. Christians hardly have a monopoly on what’s right, or good, or just-C R Seattle
salonThose of us who don’t want to worship an invisible being or spend our days fretting about punishment in Hades do want to be able to share what we hold dear with our families and the broader world, and we want to be understood and appreciated for who we are.- Greg Epstein- Good Without God
salonThere is no life after death, so offer kindness to all, not in the next life but now-Greg Epstein- Good Without God
salonIf you ever meet anyone who tells you his or her religion can offer all the answers, run for the hills. Or at least hide your wallet.-Greg Epstein- Good Without God
salonThis is not a book about whether one can be good without God, because that question does not need to be answered --it needs to be rejected outright. To suggest that one can't be good without belief in God is not just an opinion, a mere curious musing -- it is a prejudice.-Greg Epstein- Good Without God
salonA preeminent purpose of the First Amendment is to guarantee free and unfettered political discussion within government and among the citizenry. Consequently, those who enter the political arena are fair game for sharp attacks inflicted by both the electorate and the elected. The hurly-burly world of courthouse politics is an arena where robust debate, often accompanied by blunt, caustic and even intemperate and vituperative language, is the by-product of public officials clashing over divisive issues. However, as long as the means are peaceful and their actions lawful, the boundaries of their political debate cannot be measured for constitutional protection by conventional standards of acceptability. -The Volokh Conspiracy
salonFreedom of speech must encompass the liberty of elected officials to discuss matters of public concern without prior restraint or fear of punishment. A vague statute that potentially could punish protected political debate violates due process because of its chilling effect on the exercise of that essential right. - The Volokh Conspiracy
salonI swear never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.Elie Wiesel
salonThoughts and prayers don't help. You know what does help? Help
salonThere is nothing in the US Constitution that protects you from being offended by the truth.-Neil degrasse Tyson
salonCitizen activism does matter, and it’s the only known antidote to organized political corruption and political money.— Tom *Smitty* Smith, Public Citizen Texas
salonUnless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It's not- Dr Seuss- The Lorax
salonThis is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.-Walt Whitman
salonIt had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things-Leonardo da Vinci
salonWe must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented-Elie Wiesel
salonA change is brought about because ordinary people do extraordinary things-Barack Obama
salonIt's the action, not the fruit of the action, that's important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there'll be any fruit. But that doesn't mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.-Mahatma Gandhi
salonDripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence-Ovid
salonTo sin by silence, when they should protest, makes cowards of men-Ella Wheeler Wilcox
salonSilence becomes cowardice when occasion demands speaking out the whole truth and acting accordingly-Mahatma Gandhi
salonWe are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.-Dietrich Bonhoeffer
salonThose who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.-Frederick Douglass
salonIt does not take a majority to prevail ... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men-Samuel Adams
salonI will act now. I will act now. I will act now. Henceforth, I will repeat these words each hour, each day, everyday, until the words become as much a habit as my breathing, and the action which follows becomes as instinctive as the blinking of my eyelids. With these words I can condition my mind to perform every action necessary for my success. I will act now. I will repeat these words again and again and again. I will walk where failures fear to walk. I will work when failures seek rest. I will act now for now is all I have. Tomorrow is the day reserved for the labor of the lazy. I am not lazy. Tomorrow is the day when the failure will succeed. I am not a failure. I will act now. Success will not wait. If I delay, success will become wed to another and lost to me forever. This is the time. This is the place. I am the person-Og Mandino
salonHe who dares not offend cannot be honest-Thomas Paine
salonNew and stirring things are belittled because if they are not belittled the humiliating question arises 'Why then are you not taking part in them?-H G Wells
salonWhen asked if I am pessimistic or optimistic about the future, my answer is always the same: if you look at the science about what is happening on earth and aren't pessimistic, you don't understand the data. But if you meet the people who are working to restore this earth and the lives of the poor, and you aren't optimistic, you haven't got a pulse-Martin Keogh
salonNever explain, never retract, never apologize. Just get the thing done and let them howl.-Nellie McClung
salonThe tide of history only advances when people make themselves fully visible-Anderson Cooper
salonWhat, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July? I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants, brass-fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy-a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages.-Frederick Douglass
salonyou can't protect anyone from the pain of being human but you can stand with them and be human too
salonA democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years. These nations have progressed through this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; From spiritual faith to great courage; From courage to liberty; From liberty to abundance; From abundance to selfishness; From selfishness to apathy; From apathy to dependence; From dependence back into bondage-Alexander Fraser Tytler
salonSo it turns out *confirmation bias* means exactly what I expected it to mean -Unknown
salonFear of serious injury cannot alone justify suppression 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.-Brandeis
salonThose who won our independence by revolution were not cowards. They did not fear political change. They did not exalt order at the cost of liberty. To courageous, self-reliant men, with confidence in the power of free and fearless reasoning applied through the processes of popular government, no danger flowing from speech can be deemed clear and present, unless the incidence of the evil apprehended is so imminent that it may befall before there is opportunity for full discussion. If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence.-Brandeis
salonExperience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.-Brandeis
salonIn the end it is worse to suppress dissent than to run the risk of heresy - Learned Hand
salonIf we are to keep democracy, there must be a commandment. Thou shalt not ration justice- Learned Hand
salonEducation is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.? William Butler Yeats
salonAn independent judiciary "is an excellent barrier to the despotism of the prince; in a republic it is a no less excellent barrier to the encroachments and oppressions of the representative body. And it is the best expedient which can be devised in any government, to secure a steady, upright, and impartial administration of the laws... all possible care is requisite to enable it to defend itself against " attacks from the Executive and Legislative branches-Hamilton
salonSec. 552.001. POLICY; CONSTRUCTION. (a) Under the fundamental philosophy of the American constitutional form of representative government that adheres to the principle that government is the servant and not the master of the people, it is the policy of this state that each person is entitled, unless otherwise expressly provided by law, at all times to complete information about the affairs of government and the official acts of public officials and employees. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed so that they may retain control over the instruments they have created. The provisions of this chapter shall be liberally construed to implement this policy. (b) This chapter shall be liberally construed in favor of granting a request for information.-Texas Public Information Act
salonThe very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy. One's right to life, liberty and property, to free speech, a free press, freedom of worship and assembly may not be submitted to vote, they depend on no elections- Robert H Jackson
salonFreedom of speech is unnecessary if the people to whom it is granted do not think for themselves- Mokokoma Mokhonoana
salonBe passionate about what you write, believe in your ability to convey timeless ideas, and let no one tell you what you're capable of- Christina Westover
salonUnpopular ideas can be silenced, and inconvenient facts kept dark, without the need for any official ban. Anyone who has lived long in a foreign country will know of instances of sensational items of news — things which on their own merits would get the big headlines-being kept right out of the British press, not because the Government intervened but because of a general tacit agreement that ‘it wouldn’t do’ to mention that particular fact. So far as the daily newspapers go, this is easy to understand. The British press is extremely centralised, and most of it is owned by wealthy men who have every motive to be dishonest on certain important topics. But the same kind of veiled censorship also operates in books and periodicals, as well as in plays, films and radio. At any given moment there is an orthodoxy, a body of ideas which it is assumed that all right-thinking people will accept without question. It is not exactly forbidden to say this, that or the other, but it is ‘not done’ to say it, just as in mid-Victorian times it was ‘not done’ to mention trousers in the presence of a lady. Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with surprising effectiveness. A genuinely unfashionable opinion is almost never given a fair hearing, either in the popular press or in the highbrow periodicals.-George Orwell, Animal Farm
salonGroup headquarters was alarmed, for there is no telling what people might find out once they felt felt free to ask whatever questions they wanted to. Colonel Cathcart sent Colonel Korn to stop it, and Colonel Korn succeeded with a rule governing the asking of questions. Colonel Korn's rule was a stroke of genius, Colonel Korn explained in his report to Colonel Cathcart. Under Colonel Corn's rule the only people permitted to ask questions were those who never did. Soon the only people attending [sessions] were those who never asked questions, and the sessions were discontinued altogether, since Clevinger, the corporal and Colonel Korn agreed that it was neither possible nor necessary to educate people who never questioned anything.-Joseph Heller, Catch-22
salonPatrick Henry said ‘give me liberty or give me death.’ I think his famous quote makes it crystal clear that the Constitutional framework of this country values liberty as an essential element of life, worth dying for. If something is worth such a sacrifice, how can the loss of it be justified for the argument that it will make us safer to give up our liberty and our civil rights? Are we to tell the mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers of all the soldiers lost in foreign wars that it was all a big lie? That they died for nothing?-Kenneth Eade
salonOur democracy depends on an informed citizenry to survive, Your Honor. Besides the advancement of truth, science and morality in general, the freedom of the press is a backbone of democracy. It exists to keep the government transparent, and the human instruments of government honest.-Kenneth Eade
salonI am... for freedom of the press, and against all violations of the Constitution to silence by force and not by reason the complaints or criticisms, just or unjust, of our citizens against the conduct of their agents-Thomas Jefferson
salonPolitical satire became obsolete when they awarded Henry Kissinger the Nobel Peace Prize- Tom Lehrer
salonDon't be afraid to be controversial.. you put yourself in a better position to be on the right side of history... Eileen Carey
salonEverything gets you labeled diffcult. If you want to do it the right way, it gets you labeled diffcult. If you want to hew more closely to your style as opposed to somebody else's, it gets you labeled difficult. But sometimes you just have to protect yourself-Harry Shearer
salonThrough every generation of the human race there has been a constant war, a war with fear. Those who have the courage to conquer it are made free and those who are conquered by it are made to suffer until they have the courage to defeat it, or death takes them.-Alexander II of Macedon


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