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

Wit is the lowest form of humor. - Alexander Pope

When the wine is in, the wit is out. - English Proverb

Speech is the small change of silence. - George Meredith

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

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

Heresy is another word for freedom of thought. - Graham Greene

A critic is a legless man who teaches running. - Channing Pollock

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

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

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

American freedom consists largely in talking nonsense. - Ed Howe

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

A sage thing is timely silence, and better than any speech. - Plutarch

I know but one freedom, and that is the freedom of the mind. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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

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

It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech. - Mark Twain

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

Never wear your best trousers when you go out to fight for freedom and truth. - Henrik Ibsen

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

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

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

Drama Critic: A person who surprises the playwright by informing him what he meant. - Wilson Mizner

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

If crime fighters fight crime and fire fighters fight fire, what do freedom fighters fight? - George Carlin

We are driven by five genetic needs: survival, love and belonging, power, freedom, and fun. - William Glasser

Freedom in general may be defined as the absence of obstacles to the realization of desires. - Bertrand Russell

Critics search for ages for the wrong word which, to give them credit, they eventually find. - Peter Ustinov

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

Never pay attention to what critics say. Remember, a statue has never been set up in honor of a critic. - Jean Sibelius

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

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

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

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

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

Ultimately, America's answer to the intolerant man is diversity, the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired. - Robert F. Kennedy


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