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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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Silence is safer than speech. - Epictetus

Impropriety is the soul of wit. - W Somerset Maugham

When the age is in, the wit is out. - William Shakespeare

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

Children need models rather than critics. - Joseph Joubert

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

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

Speech is the vestibule to the palace of love. - Jami of Persia

The best road to progress is freedom's road. - John F Kennedy

Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech. - Martin Fraquhar Tupper

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 ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit. - W Somerset Maugham

The greatest threat to freedom is the absence of criticism. - Wole Soyinka

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

The imagination imitates. It is the critical spirit that creates. - Oscar Wilde

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

Laughter is, after speech, the chief thing that holds society together. - Max Eastman

Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently. - Rosa Luxemburg

Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better. - Thomas Carlyle

Common sense is just as good a critic of the lottery as any statistical breakdown. - Hunter Baker

Wit ought to be a glorious treat like caviar; never spread it about like marmalade. - Noel Coward

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

The trouble with her is that she lacks the power of conversation but not the power of speech. - George Bernard Shaw

If we do not believe in freedom of speech for those we despise, we do not believe in it at all. - Noam Chomsky

The more decisions that you are forced to make alone, the more you are aware of your freedom to choose. - Thornton Wilder

Loving someone is a loss of freedom - but one doesn't think of it as loss because one gains so much else. - Erica Jong

A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch, and an optimistic believer in the will's freedom after it. - Aldous Huxley

Perfect freedom is as necessary to the health and vigor of commerce as it is to the health and vigor of citizenship. - Patrick Henry

Freedom is a personal and lonely battle; and one faces down the fears of today so that those of tomorrow might be engaged. - Alice Walker

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

Two may talk together under the same roof for many years, yet never really meet; and two others at first speech are old friends. - Mary Catherwood

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

Praise or blame has but a momentary effect on the man whose love of beauty in the abstract makes him a severe critic on his own works. - John Keats

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

A mere 40 years ago, beach volleyball was just beginning. No bureaucrat would have invented it, and that's what freedom is all about. - Newt Gingrich

When my time on Earth is gone and my activities here are past, I want that they should bury me upside down so my critics can kiss my ass. - Bobby Knight

I come bearing an olive branch in one hand, and the freedom fighter's gun in the other. Do not let the olive branch fall from my hand. - Yasser Arafat

We have believed - and we do believe now - that freedom is indivisible, that peace is indivisible, that economic prosperity is indivisible. - Indira Gandhi

Doing and saying the right thing are not sufficient. Doing the right thing in the right way and with the person's comfort in mind is critical. - Ravi Zacharias


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