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Ruling On Criticism

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Ruling On Criticism thanks to Voltaire

Known by his nom de plume Voltaire, Francois-Marie Arouet (1694 - 1778) was a French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher famous for his wit, his attacks on the established Catholic Church, and his advocacy of freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and separation of church and state

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Wit is educated insolence. - Aristotle

A pun is the lowest form of wit. - John Dennis

Wit is the lowest form of humor. - Alexander Pope

Speech is the small change of silence. - George Meredith

A proverb is to speech what salt is to food. - Arabic Proverb

Discretion in speech is more than eloquence. - Sir Francis Bacon

The only certain freedom's in departure. - Robert Frost

Tears at times have all the weight of speech. - Ovid

Music is well said to be the speech of angels. - Thomas Carlyle

A story is told as much by silence as by speech. - Susan Griffin

Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better. - Albert Camus

Too much freedom can lead to the soul's decay. - Prince

You have a ready wit. Let me know when it's ready. - Henny Youngman

The adjective is the banana peel of the parts of speech. - Clifton Fadiman

The patriot's blood is the seed of Freedom's tree. - Thomas Campbell

All poetry is a reproduction of the tones of actual speech. - Robert Frost

If society fits you comfortably enough, you call it freedom. - Robert Frost

The world worries about disability more than disabled people do. - Warwick Davis

In critical moments even the very powerful have need of the weakest. - Aesop

In critical moments, men sometimes see exactly what they wish to see. - Leonard Nimoy

Freedom of opinion can only exist when the government thinks itself secure. - Bertrand Russell

In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria. - Ben Franklin

Inner freedom is not guided by our efforts; it comes from seeing what is true. - Buddha

This is your victory! It is the victory of the cause of freedom in every land. - Winston Churchill

If we are a country committed to free speech, then why do we have phone bills? - Steven Wright

In conversation, humor is worth more than wit and easiness more than knowledge. - George Herbert

If you are your worst critic, don't be angry if others try to claim the title. - Faydra D. Fields

Freedom rings when you realize you can become what you never thought you could become. - Richie Norton

My wife has a slight impediment in her speech. Every now and then she stops to breathe. - Jimmy Durante

People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid. - Soren Kierkegaard

Having insurance doesn't guarantee good health outcomes, but it is a critical factor. - Irwin Redlener

At no time is freedom of speech more precious than when a man hits his thumb with a hammer. - Marshall Lumsden

Freedom, privileges, options, must constantly be exercised, even at the risk of inconvenience. - Jack Vance

Freedom is man's capacity to take a hand in his own development. It is our capacity to mold ourselves. - Rollo May

A critic is someone who never actually goes to the battle, yet who afterwards comes out shooting the wounded. - Tyne Daly

Whenever men take the law into their own hands, the loser is the law. And when the law loses, freedom languishes. - Robert Kennedy

Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind. - Virginia Woolf

I don't like to write like God. It is only because you never do it, though, that the critics think you can't do it. - Ernest Hemingway

The greatest advantage I know of being thought a wit by the world is that it gives one the greater freedom of playing the fool. - Jonathan Swift

I've never understood why people consider youth a time of freedom and joy. It's probably because they have forgotten their own. - Margaret Atwood


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