IFRT Report

Intellectual Freedom Round Table No. 61, Summer 2006


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Intellectual Freedom Quotations

Submitted by Lauren Christos

Give me liberty to know, to utter and to argue freely according to conscience, above all other liberties. - John Milton, “Areopagitica”in Milton’s Prose Writings (London: J.M. Dent & Sons, Ltd., 1958), p. 189.

The struggle for freedom of speech has marched hand in hand in the advance of civilization with the struggle for other great human liberties. History teaches that human liberty cannot be secured unless there is freedom to express grievances. - Inscribed near the entrance to the Chicago Tribune building, Chicago, IL. Mr. Chief Justice Thompson writing for the Court in Tthe City of Chicago, Appellant, Vs. The Tribune Company, Appellee, No. 15202, Supreme Court of Illinois, 307 Ill. 595; 139 N.E. 86; 1923 Ill. LEXIS 829; 28 A.L.R. 1368, April 18, 1923 (Lexis/Nexis, June 14, 2006))

In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression — everywhere in the world. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way — everywhere in the world. The third is freedom from want — which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants — everywhere in the world. The fourth is freedom from fear — which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor — anywhere in the world. - President FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT, State of the Union message to the Congress, January 6, 1941.—The Public Papers and Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1940, p. 672 (1941)

A plaque in the stairwell of the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty is inscribed: “Liberty is the air America breathes… In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential freedoms … freedom of speech and expression … freedom of worship … freedom from want … freedom from fear.” - Respectfully Quoted, a Dictionary of Quotations Requested from the Congresssional Research Service, Suzy Platt, ed., (Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 1989), p. 128, #655.