The American’s conviction that he must be able to look any man in the eye and tell him to go to hell is the very essence of the free man’s way of life.
Never apologize when you’ve done nothing wrong.
The public good is in nothing more essentially interested, than in the protection of every individual’s private rights.
Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.
The justification and the purpose of freedom of speech is not to indulge those who want to speak their minds. It is to prevent error and discover truth. There may be other ways of detecting error and discovering truth than that of free discussion, but so far we have not found them.
Men are never so likely to settle a question rightly as when they discuss it freely.
If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
Honest difference of views and honest debate are not disunity. They are the vital process of policy among free men.
Isn’t it strange that we talk least about the things we think about most?
The struggle is always between the individual and his sacred right to express himself and … the power structure that seeks conformity, suppression, and obedience.