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On Freedom of Speech

If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
George Washington
First President of the USA

The first principle of a free society is an untrammeled flow of words in an open forum.
Adlai E. Stevenson
American Lawyer, Politician

On Writing

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.
Albert Einstein
German-born American Physicist

All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality -- the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape.
Arthur Christopher Benson
British Author

The reason that fiction is more interesting than any other form of literature, to those who really like to study people, is that in fiction the author can really tell the truth without humiliating himself.
Eleanor Roosevelt
American First Lady, Columnist

The writer who neglects punctuation, or mispunctuates, is liable to be misunderstood for the want of merely a comma, it often occurs that an axiom appears a paradox, or that a sarcasm is converted into a sermonoid.
Edgar Allan
American Writer

On Homosexuality

There is no such thing as a HOMOSEXUAL or a heterosexual person. There are only homo -- or heterosexual acts. Most people are a mixture of impulses if not practices.
Gore Vidal
American Novelist, Critic

All men are HOMOSEXUAL, some turn straight. It must be very odd to be a straight man because your sexuality is hopelessly defensive. It's like an ideal of racial purity.
Derek Jarman
British Filmmaker, Artist, Author

On Censorship

One of the curious things about CENSORSHIP is that no one seems to want it for himself. We want CENSORSHIP to protect someone else: the young, the unstable, the suggestible, the stupid. I have never heard of anyone who wanted a film banned because otherwise he might see it and be harmed.
Edgar Dale

On People

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent full of doubt.
Bertrand Russell
British Philosopher, Mathematician, Essayist

A large section of the intelligentsia seems wholly devoid of intelligence.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
British Author


To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Elbert Hubbard
American philosopher and writer

In Germany, they first came for the communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Catholic. Then they came for me - and by that time there was nobody left to speak up
Martin Niemöller

I belonged to a new underclass. No longer determined by social status or the color of your skin. No... We now had discrimination down to a science.
Ethan Hawke as Vincent in Gattaca

For the gentecially superior sucess is easier to obtain but is by no means Guaranteed. After all, there is no gene for fait.
Ethan Hawke as Vincent in Gattaca