quotes: Kurt Vonnegut

“All these people talk so eloquently about getting back to good old-fashioned values. Well, as an old poop I can remember back to when we had those old-fashioned values, and I say let’s get back to the good old-fashioned First Amendment of the good old-fashioned Constitution of the United States — and to hell with the censors! Give me knowledge or give me death!”
— Kurt Vonnegut

Quote: Mildred D. Taylor

bookCover_TheLand“Although there are those who wish to ban my books because I have used language that is painful, I have chosen to use the language that was spoken during the period, for I refuse to whitewash history. The language was painful and life was painful for many African Americans, including my family.  I remember the pain.” ~Mildred D. Taylor, The Land

Quotes: U.S. Supreme Court Justices

– “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.” ~U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stanley F. Reed

– “If there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment it is that the Government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable.” ~U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Brennan, in Texas v. Johnson,

“Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.” ~U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas

-“One man’s vulgarity is another’s lyric.” ~U.S. Supreme Court justice John Marshall Harlan, 1971

-“Men feared witches and burnt women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.” ~U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis (1856–1941), Whitney v. California, 274 U. S. 357 (1927)