We can never be sure that the opinion we are endeavoring to stifle is a false opinion; and if we were sure, stifling it would be an evil still.
[T]he German censorship forbade or mutilated my every book, which was like sticking pins into my soul…
Imagine a world in which we are all enlightened by objective truths rather than offended by them.
If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.
If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.
I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it.
Assassination is the extreme form of censorship…
That was but a prelude; where they burn books, they will ultimately burn people as well.
We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongue, at our peril, risk and hazard.
What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books.