The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.[Le seul moyen d’affronter un monde sans liberté est de devenir si absolument libre qu’on fasse de sa propre existence un acte de révolte.]
It is a free press – a press that is more than free – a press which is licensed to say any infamous thing it chooses about a private or a public man, or advocate any outrageous doctrine it pleases. It is tied in no way. The public opinion which should hold it in bounds it has itself degraded to its own level. There are laws to protect the freedom of the press’s speech, but none that are worth anything to protect the people from the press.
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others.[Sans liberté, point d’art (l’art ne vit que des contraintes qu’il se donne à lui-même, il meurt des autres).]
Without Freedom of Thought, there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such Thing as publick Liberty, without Freedom of Speech.