A forbidden writing is thought to be a certain spark of truth, that flies up in the face of them who seek to tread it out.
The dominant purpose of the First Amendment was to prohibit the widespread practice of government suppression of embarrassing information.
Would that our borders were policed as well as our speech.
I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct. I’ve been challenged by so many people, and I don’t frankly have time for total political correctness. And to be honest with you, this country doesn’t have time, either. This country is in big trouble. We don’t win anymore. We lose to China. We lose to Mexico, both in trade and at the border. We lose to everybody.
The attempt to silence a man is the greatest honour you can bestow on him. It means that you recognise his superiority to yourself.
An unconditional right to say what one pleases about public affairs is what I consider to be the minimum guarantee of the First Amendment.
Thought that is silenced is always rebellious. Majorities, of course, are often mistaken. This is why the silencing of minorities is necessarily dangerous. Criticism and dissent are the indispensable antidote to major delusions.
Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views.
Threats to freedom of speech, writing, and action, though often trivial in isolation, are cumulative in their effect and, unless checked, lead to a general disrespect for the rights of the citizen.
Freedom includes the right to say what others may object to and resent … The essence of citizenship is to be tolerant of strong and provocative words.