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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

Wit is the epitaph of an emotion. - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Fair speech may hide a foul heart. - JRR Tolkien

The freedom of birds is an insult to me. - Cormac McCarthy

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

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

It's easier to be a critic than an author. - Yiddish proverb

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

I have often regretted my speech, never my silence. - Xenocrates

Freedom of the press is limited to those who own one. - A.J. Liebling

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

Only our individual faith in freedom can keep us free. - Dwight D Eisenhower

How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct. - Benjamin Disraeli

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

The wit knows that his place is at the tail of a procession. - Mark Twain

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

Wit is the rarest quality to be met with among people of education. - William Hazlitt

Freedom (n.): To ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing. - Ayn Rand

Once a man has tasted freedom, he will never be content to be a slave. - Walt Disney

It is often a sign of wit not to show it, and not to see that others want it. - Suzanne Necker

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

Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes. - Mahatma Gandhi

North of the 49th parallel we value equality; south of it, they treasure freedom. - Michael Adams

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

A nation which makes the final sacrifice for life and freedom does not get beaten. - Kemal Ataturk

No dignity, no learning, no force of character, can make any stand against good wit. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity. - Kay R. Jamison

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

Necessity is blind until it becomes conscious. Freedom is the consciousness of necessity. - Karl Marx

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

A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous. - Ingrid Bergman

Wit - the salt with which the American humorist spoils his intellectual cookery by leaving it out. - Ambrose Bierce

Wit is the sudden marriage of ideas which before their union were not perceived to have any relation. - Mark Twain

The trouble with many critics is that they tell you what should be in situations they never have been in themselves. - Unknown

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

Freedom has many difficulties and democracy is not perfect. But we have never had to put a wall up to keep our people in. - John F Kennedy

Charity, good behaviour, amiable speech, unselfishness - these by the chief sage have been declared the elements of popularity. - Burmese Proverb

Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility. - Sigmund Freud

Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it. - John Adams


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