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Samuel Johnson – The right to utter truth

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Samuel JohnsonEvery 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.

Samuel Johnson   (1709-1784)

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Blaise Pascal – Some speak well and write badly

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Blaise PascalThere are some who speak well and write badly. For the place and the audience warm them, and draw from their minds more than they think of without that warmth.

Blaise Pascal  

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Aristotle – Endowed with the gift of speech

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AristotleThat man is more of a political animal than bees or any other gregarious animals is evident. Nature, as we often say, makes nothing in vain, and man is the only animal whom she has endowed with the gift of speech.

Aristotle   (384 BC-322 BC)
Politics, Bk. 2

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Louis Brandeis – More speech versus forced silence

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Louis BrandeisThose 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.

Louis Brandeis   (1856-1941)

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David Hume – Eloquence leave little room for reason

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David HumeEloquence, when at its highest pitch, leaves little room for reason or reflection, but addresses itself entirely to the fancy or the affections, captivates the willing hearers, and subdues their understanding. Happily, this pitch it seldom attains.

David Hume   (1711-1776)

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Hannah Arendt – Speech makes politics

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Hannah ArendtWherever the relevance of speech is at stake, matters become political by definition, for speech is what makes man a political being.

Hannah Arendt   (1906-1975)
The Human Condition

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