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    Debate on public issues should be uninhibited, robust and wide-open and that...may well include vehement, caustic, and sometimes unpleasantly sharp attacks on government and public officials.

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    Direct and easy communications — freedom of speech in all forms and in its broadest sense — has become vital to the very survival of a civilized humanity.

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    Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth, and every other man has a right to knock him down for it. Martyrdom is the test.

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    Dissents speak to a future age. It's not simply to say, 'My colleagues are wrong and I would do it this way.' But the greatest dissents do become court opinions and gradually over time their views become the dominant view. So that's the dissenter's hope: that they are writing not for today but for tomorrow.

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    Every legislative limitation upon utterance, however valid, may in a particular case serve as an inroad upon the freedom of speech which the Constitution protects.

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    For the average American, freedom of speech is simply the freedom to repeat what everyone else is saying and no more.

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    Freedom of speech and thought matters, especially when it is speech and thought with which we disagree. The moment the majority decides to destroy people for engaging in thought it dislikes, thought crime becomes a reality.

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    Freedom of expression is actually a way for people to know themselves better, and to understand themselves better. Because without it, you become a stranger to yourself.

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    Freedom of speech doesn't protect speech you like; it protects speech you don't like.

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    Free speech is meant to protect unpopular speech. Popular speech, by definition, needs no protection.

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    Freedom of speech and the press must be complete. But then freedom of association must be complete too.

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    Freedom of speech does not mean freedom of offending culture, religion or traditions.

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    Freedom of speech doesn't mean freedom from judgement.

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    Freedom of speech encompasses precisely the freedom to annoy, to ridicule, and to offend.

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    Freedom of speech is a great thing and we have said nothing that is not allowed.

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    Free speech is the cornerstone to every right we have.

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    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.

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    Freedom of speech does not mean that you have to agree with everything that a comedian says, but that comedian should have the freedom to be able to try to make that funny. It's the attempt that I'm trying to defend so hard, no necessarily the execution.

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    Freedom of speech gives you the right to stay silent.

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    Freedom of speech is always under attack by Fascist mentality, which exists in all parts of the world, unfortunately.

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    Freedom of thought, freedom of speech, freedom of identity. This is my Holy Trinity, each one an intrinsic aspect of my god: Freedom, the Holiest of Holies. Yes it bloody well is. It is absolutely sacred and inviolable, beyond any negotiation or compromise, now and forever. Amen.

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    Freedom of speech doesn't guarantee great literature.

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    Free speech is the bedrock of liberty and a free society. And yes, it includes the right to blaspheme and offend.

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    Freedom of speech implies the world isn’t defined. It is meaningful when people are allowed to see the world their way.

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    Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government; when this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved, and tyranny is erected on its ruins. Republics and limited monarchies derive their strength and vigor from a popular examination into the action of the magistrates.

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    Freedom of speech trumps political correctness. I would say our magazine would publish an anti-Semitic or Holocaust denying cartoon if it meant Jews around the world were rioting because of it and burning embassies because of a cartoon. We would want to show our readers what all the fuss was about.

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    Freedom of thought and freedom of speech in our great institutions are absolutely necessary for the preservation of our country. The moment either is restricted, liberty begins to wither and die.

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    Hundreds of political prisoners still suffer in Tibetan prisons. Freedom of speech is not allowed in any sense. It is illegal to possess a photo of the Dalai Lama.

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    Gorbachev gave us freedom of worship and freedom of speech and freedom to see what was going on and freedom to vote, but that freedom won't last unless it is underpinned by economic freedom.

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    Hamas is a terrorist organization dedicated to annihilating the Jewish state. It runs a theocratic totalitarian state in Gaza, with no individual liberty, and no freedom of speech or press.

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    I am aware that America is and must always be a land of freedom including freedom of speech. But there is a right time and place for everything

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    I am a believer in liberty . That is my religion to give to every other human being every right that I claim for myself, and I grant to every other human being, not the right because it is his right but instead of granting I declare that it is his right, to attack every doctrine that I maintain, to answer every argument that I may urge in other words, he must have absolute freedom of speech.

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    I am a passionate believer in freedom of speech. I would not support anything which would impinge on aggressive robust freedom of the British press, but when things go wrong and there has been outright illegality, there should be proper accountability.

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    I am a victim-oriented person. I like to see that the victims know that they have a voice.

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    If you want to be free, or you want to preserve freedom for people, you both need to have laws that make it so people have freedom of speech and all the freedoms that they need. You also need to have an open governance system where people can vote and people have representation.

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    I begin to feel like most Americans don't understand the First Amendment, don't understand the idea of freedom of speech, and don't understand that it's the responsibility of the citizen to speak out.

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    I am sure that as soon as speech was invented, efforts to suppress and control it began, and that process of suppression continues unabated.

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    I forget, is freedom of speech when it's legal to say what you want or is it when it has no consequences for some reason?

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    I grew up with the concept of freedom of speech. So I'm too old, it's too late for me to adjust to the new world, the new world order.

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    I mean, there's enormous pressures to harmonize freedom of speech legislation and transparency legislation around the world - within the E.U., between China and the United States. Which way is it going to go? It's hard to see.

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    I keep telling myself to calm down, to take less of an interest in things and not to get so excited, but I still care a lot about liberty, freedom of speech and expression, and fairness in journalism.

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    I lived long enough in a society where freedom of speech was nonexistent, and I know what kind of misery that creates - starting with the fact that life becomes very boring for people who just try to survive, and are quiet, and try not to buck the system. And, of course, it can be devastating for people who try to speak against it.

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    I'll defend child pornography, how about that? What's wrong with seeing some child pornography? What if you watch child pornography because you find it hilarious? Then should it not a protected freedom of speech?

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    I'm for the freedom of expression, given that it will be under strict control.

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    In Iran, there is no freedom of the press, no freedom of speech, no independent judiciary, no free elections. There is no freedom of religion - not even for Shiites, who are forced by Irans theocracy to adhere to one narrow set of official rules.

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    In a free state there should be freedom of speech and thought.

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    In fact, it's the greatest threat to liberty of all kinds, whether it is freedom of religion, whether it is freedom of speech, whether it is freedom of the press, whether it is freedom of association, all of the rights that are enshrined in the First Amendment are threatened by the active, aggressive homosexual lobby and the homosexual agenda.

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    In many respects, the United States is a great country. Freedom of speech is protected more than in any other country. It is also a very free society.

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    I no longer believe in freedom of speech.

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    In order for the State in the person of school officials to justify prohibition of a particular expression of opinion, it must be able to show that its action was caused by something more than a mere desire to avoid the discomfort and unpleasantness that always accompany an unpopular viewpoint.