— Hubert H. Humphrey Vice-President of the USA under Lyndon B. Johnson 1911 - 1978
„I wish to suggest that ample opportunity does exist for dissent, for protest, and for nonconformity. But I must also say that the right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.“
Address to the National Student Council (1965)
„Interactivity has the virtue of democracy, conferring upon everyone with access to a computer the right and opportunity to be heard, but it's also saddled with democracy's vice — a tendency to assume that everyone who has a right to be heard has something to say that's worth hearing.“
— Wendy Kaminer American lawyer 1949
Sleeping with Extra-Terrestrials: The Rise of Irrationalism and Perils of Piety (2000), p. 233
— Edward Heath Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1970–1974) 1916 - 2005
„We must preserve the right of free speech and the right of free assembly. But the right of free speech does not carry with it, as has been said, the right to holler fire in a crowded theater. We must preserve the right to free assembly, but free assembly does not carry with it the right to block public thoroughfares to traffic. We do have a right to protest, and a right to march under conditions that do not infringe the constitutional rights of our neighbors.“
— Lyndon B. Johnson American politician, 36th president of the United States (in office from 1963 to 1969) 1908 - 1973
1960s, The American Promise (1965)
Contesto: We must preserve the right of free speech and the right of free assembly. But the right of free speech does not carry with it, as has been said, the right to holler fire in a crowded theater. We must preserve the right to free assembly, but free assembly does not carry with it the right to block public thoroughfares to traffic. We do have a right to protest, and a right to march under conditions that do not infringe the constitutional rights of our neighbors. And I intend to protect all those rights as long as I am permitted to serve in this office. We will guard against violence, knowing it strikes from our hands the very weapons which we seek — progress, obedience to law, and belief in American values.
„No Chavez speech I have read or heard approaches the rhetorical brilliance of the Protestant ministers of the black civil rights“
— Richard Rodríguez American journalist and essayist 1944
Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography (2013)
„Both parents’ rights must exist primarily to assist the parents in fulfilling their responsibilities. Primarily does not mean exclusively.“
— Warren Farrell author, spokesperson, expert witness, political candidate 1943
Origine: Father and Child Reunion (2001), p. 126.
„Protest is when I say this does not please me. Resistance is when I ensure what does not please me occurs no more.“
— Ulrike Meinhof German left-wing militant 1934 - 1976
Published in “Vom Protest zum Widerstand” [“From Protest to Resistance” http://germanhistorydocs.ghi-dc.org/docpage.cfm?docpage_id=1628&language=english], konkret http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konkret, no. 5 (May 1968), p. 5.
„And how does the God’s existence emerge from the proof? Does it follow straightway, without any breach of continuity? Or have we not here an analogy to the behavior of the little Cartesian dolls? As soon as I let go of the doll it stands on its head. As soon as I let it go – I must therefore let it go. So also with the proof. As long as I keep my hold on the proof, i. e., continue to demonstrate, the existence does not come out, if for no other reason than that I am engaged in proving it; but when I let the proof go, the existence is there. But this act of letting go is surely also something; it is indeed a contribution of mine. Must not this also be taken into the account, this little moment, brief as it may be – it need not be long, for it is a leap. However brief this moment, if only an instantaneous now, this "now" must be included in the reckoning.“
— Sören Kierkegaard Danish philosopher and theologian, founder of Existentialism 1813 - 1855
Origine: 1840s, Philosophical Fragments (1844), p. 32
„You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.“
— Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900
— R.S. Thomas Welsh poet 1913 - 2000
"A Welsh Testament"
Contesto: All right, I was Welsh. Does it matter?
I spoke a tongue that was passed on
To me in the place I happened to be,
A place huddled between grey walls
Of cloud for at least half the year.
My word for heaven was not yours.
The word for hell had a sharp edge
Put on it by the hand of the wind
Honing, honing with a shrill sound
Day and night. Nothing that Glyn Dwr
Knew was armour against the rain's
Missiles. What was descent from him?
„The Jews are not a nation… The Jewish state is a racist state that does not have a right to exist.“
— Joseph Massad Associate Professor of Arab Studies 1963
Massad, in a lecture at Oxford University, March 2002
Views on Israel and Zionism
„The physical power to get the money does not seem to me a test of the right to tax. Might does not make right even in taxation.“
— Robert H. Jackson American judge 1892 - 1954
International Harvester Co. v. Wisconsin Dept. of Taxation, 322 U.S. 435, 450 (1944)
Contesto: The physical power to get the money does not seem to me a test of the right to tax. Might does not make right even in taxation. To hold that what the use of official authority may get the state may keep, and that if it cannot get hold of a nonresident stockholder it may hold the company as hostage for him, is strange constitutional doctrine to me.
„It is important that America not just stand tall against terrorists, but America must also stand for economic opportunity and democratic freedoms. America must stand for human rights. America must stand for the rights of women. America must stand for environmental protection and energy conservation.
The Administration in which I served looked at the challenges we faced in the world and said we wished to tackle these "With others, if possible; alone, if we must." This Administration sometimes seems inclined to stand that on its head, so that the message is: "With others, if we must; by ourselves, if possible."“
— Al Gore 45th Vice President of the United States 1948
Quotes, Our Larger Tasks (2002)
„Where the voice of the people is heard, elite groups must insure their voice says the right things“
— Noam Chomsky american linguist, philosopher and activist 1928
“Though Control in the USA: The Case of the Middle East,” Index on Censorship, July/August 1986, quoted in John H. George, Be Reasonable: Selected Quotations for Inquiring Minds, Prometheus Books, 1994 p. 64
Quotes 1960s-1980s, 1980s
Contesto: From a comparative perspective, the United States is unusual if not unique in the lack of restraints on freedom of expression. It is also unusual in the range and effectiveness of methods employed to restrain freedom of thought... Where the voice of the people is heard, elite groups must insure their voice says the right things… The less the state is able to employ violence in the defense of the interest of the elite groups that effectively dominate it, the more it becomes necessary to devise techniques of ‘manufacture of consent’… Where obedience is guaranteed by violence, rulers may tend towards a ‘behaviourist’ conception; it is enough that people obey; what they think does not matter too much. Where the state lacks means of coercion, it is important to control what people think.
— Marcus Aurelius, libro Meditations
„What a falsehood it is to say that genius and industry are incompatible! Does one work of genius exist that has not also been a work of labour?“
— Letitia Elizabeth Landon English poet and novelist 1802 - 1838
Heath's book of Beauty, 1833 (1832)
„No democracy can long survive which does not accept as fundamental to its very existence the recognition of the rights of its minorities.“
— Franklin D. Roosevelt 32nd President of the United States 1882 - 1945
Letter http://books.google.com/books?id=MyfeAwAAQBAJ&q=%22No+democracy+can+long+survive+which+does+not+accept+as+fundamental+to+its+very+existence+the+recognition+of+the+rights+of+its+minorities%22&pg=PA401#v=onepage to Walter Francis White, president of the NAACP (25 June 1938)
„Sometimes I think that everything I see does not exist. Because everything I see is what I saw, and everything I saw does not exist.“
— Antonio Porchia Italian Argentinian poet 1885 - 1968
A veces creo que no existe todo lo que veo. Porque todo lo que veo es todo lo que vi. Y todo lo que vi no existe.