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Quotations on Listening and Freedom

February 5, 2008

Free speech carries with it some freedom to listen. — Warren Burger

What this country needs is more free speech worth listening to. — Hansell B. Duckett

The only valid censorship of ideas is the right of people not to listen. — Tommy Smothers

While the right to talk may be the beginning of freedom, the necessity of listening is what makes that right important. — Walter Lippmann

And, if we care to listen, we can always hear them. Men are not innocent as beasts and never can be. Man can improve himself but never will himself be perfect, Only the free have disposition to be truthful, Only the truthful have the interest to be just, Only the just possess the will power to be free. — W.H. Auden

The truth which makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear. — James Bishop

Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears. — Julius Caesar

The grace of listening is lost if the listener’s attention is demanded, not as a favour, but as a right. — Pliny the Younger

A politician’s willingness to listen to good advice rises in inverse proportion to how badly he thinks he is doing. — Pat Caddell

I’ll defend to the death your right to say that, but I never said I’d listen to it! — Tom Galloway

The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously. — Hubert Humphrey