Wendell PhillipsWendell Phillips, (1811-1884) American abolitionist, advocate for Native Americans, orator, lawyer

Wendell Phillips Quote

“No matter whose lips that would speak, they must be free and ungagged. The community which dares not protect its humblest and most hated member in the free utterance of his opinions, no matter how false or hateful, is only a gang of slaves. If there is anything in the universe that can’t stand discussion, let it crack.”

Wendell PhillipsWendell Phillips
~ Wendell Phillips

Speech, 1863

Ratings and Comments

jim k, Austin

Every opinion is equal but some are more equal than others.

E Archer, NYC

Without rational argument and logical debate, arrogance and ignorance will have no bounds.  Whatever happened to 'sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.'  Is that not spoken any more in Kindergarten?


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