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Offensive Speech Quotes


"I find you offensive for finding me offensive" - Eminem

"Nevertheless, I tend to get offensive easily." - Robert Loggia

"All labels are offensive in some way." - J Mascis

"The First Amendment was designed to protect offensive speech, because nobody ever tries to ban the other kind." - Mike Godwin

"I don't support hate speech. I don't want to support a racist football team or bands that are offensive." - Simon Tam

"Darkness promotes speech." - Alberto Manguel

"Silence is also speech." - Proverbs

"I am, I hope, never offensive by accident." - Christopher Hitchens

"The best answer to bad speech is good speech" - Alan Dershowitz

"Speech is external thought, and thought internal speech." - Antoine Rivarol

"Much speech is one thing, well-timed speech is another." - Sophocles

"Speech is better than silence; silence is better than speech." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Clear thought makes clear speech." - Dorothy Richardson

"There is a fine line between free speech and hate speech. Free speech encourages debate whereas hate speech incites violence." - Newton Lee

"We shouldn't have free speech." - Robin Quivers

"I definitely support free speech." - Margaret Cho

"I love freedom of speech." - George W Bush

"A great speech is literature." - Peggy Noonan

"Freedom of speech doesn't protect speech you like; it protects speech you don't like." - Larry Flynt

"Hatemongers like Media Matters take innocent statements like mine, Rush Limbaugh's, John Gibson's, and Bill O'Reilly's and make them offensive by posting them on the Internet, allowing the general public to hear words that were meant for people who already agree with us. Hey, Media Matters, you want to end offensive speech? Then stop recording it for people who would be offended." - Stephen Colbert

"The fountain is my speech. The tulips are my speech. The grass and trees are my speech." - George T. Delacorte, Jr.

"An aspersion upon my parts of speech!" - Richard Brinsley Sheridan

"Attitudes are the real figures of speech." - Edwin H Friedman

"Reason and speech we onely bring." - George Herbert

"The one religion is beyond all speech." - Mahatma Gandhi

"I am speechless: I have no speech" - Jerry Seinfeld

"True silence is the speech of lovers." - Catherine Doherty

"A fool's wild speech confounds the wise." - Walter Scott

"A good indignation makes an excellent speech." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"U.S.A. is the speech of the people" - John Dos Passos

"Literature is the immortality of speech." - August Wilhelm von Schlegel

"Definite speech means clarity of mind." - Mark Twain

"Simple is the speech of truth." - Aeschylus

"Free speech is a bourgeois prejudice." - Vladimir Lenin

"Every writer has to write his speech." - Kurt Vonnegut

"Speech is the mirror of the mind." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

"More have repented speech then silence." - George Herbert

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

"Slurring is the cursive of speech..." - Amor Towles

"Thank you, your Holiness. Awesome speech." - George W Bush

"Speech is the voice of the heart." - Anna Quindlen

"Poetry is nothing but healthy speech." - Henry David Thoreau

"True Silence is really endless speech." - Ramana Maharshi

"Speech happens to not be his language." - Madame De Stael

"I thought 'The King's Speech' was great." - Paul Haggis

"Grace is inexplicable, inappropriate, out of bounds, offensive, excessive, & given to the wrong people." - Michael Spencer

"You can't bring a duffel bag that says 'I Heart Cheese' on it, that's just offensive." - Lauren Barnholdt

"I haven't really addressed those rumors because why defend yourself against something that isn't offensive?" - Johnny Galecki

"What makes the Gospel offensive isn't who it keeps out, but who it lets in." - Rachel Held Evans

"Murder is an offensive act. The term cannot be applied legitimately to any defensive act." - Benjamin Tucker

"I find the speech in this case patently offensive, hateful, and insulting. The Court should not, however, gloss over three decades of jurisprudence and the centrality of First Amendment freedoms in our lives because it is confronted with speech it does not like." - Sonia Sotomayor

"The court has said you are entitled to robust speech on public sidewalks, even insulting speech." - Jay Sekulow

"Good dialogue is not real speech-it's the illusion of real speech." - Ernest Hemingway

"I didn't go off speech on Mexico; I want off speech on virtually everything." - Donald Trump

"The right to free speech is more important than the content of the speech." - Voltaire

"Better a thousandfold abuse of free speech than denial of free speech." - Charles Bradlaugh

"Aesthetic freedom is like free speech; it is, indeed, a form of free speech." - George Edward Woodberry

"We want to be on the offensive without being offensive." - Greg Koukl

"My lyrics aren't offensive. Some people find everything offensive." - Tyler The Creator

"Advocates of 'free speech' often repeat the mantra that the best response to bad speech is more and better speech, not the suppression of the bad stuff." - Jackson Katz

"?You cannot correct an old person every time they say something offensive. You would never make it through Thanksgiving dinner!" - Stephen Colbert

"Parents should not let kids listen to my music if it's offensive. I wrote these songs for me." - Kesha

"Because of its independence of surface limitations and its superior speed the airplane is the offensive weapon par excellence." - Giulio Douhet

"Congratulations, Congress! 77% disapproval rating! You may be about to become the English language's most offensive C-word." - John Oliver

"You cannot correct an old person every time they say something offensive. You would never make it through Thanksgiving dinner!" - Stephen Colbert

"I don't want to hurt anybody or be offensive. But I don't want to not be me." - Melanie Chisholm

"American products are marvels of production and functionality, but were unnecessarily and unbearably ugly, noisy smelly and offensive." - Raymond Loewy

"I like music that's more offensive. I like it to sound like nails on a blackboard, get me wild." - Iggy Pop

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

"Silence is a form of communication. Speech divides us." - David Malouf

"The basis of democratic freedom is freedom of speech." - Aung San Suu Kyi

"Without freedom of speech, I might be in the swamp" - Bob Dylan

"Freedom of speech is a fundamental human right." - Anthony Horowitz

"Genuine laughter is true eloquence and more effective than speech" - Mahatma Gandhi

"What is the short meaning of the long speech?" - Friedrich Schiller

"Speech devoted to truth should be straightforward and plain" - Seneca the Younger

"As perfume to the flower, so is kindness to speech." - Katherine Francke

"When ever the speech is corrupted so is the mind." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

"Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt." - Bible

"A knavish speech sleeps in a fool's ear." - William Shakespeare

"Be modest in speech, but excel in action." - Horace

"Silence is the speech of the spiritual seeker." - Sathya Sai Baba

"There is nothing more wonderful than freedom of speech." - Ilya Ehrenburg

"The whole end of speech is to be understood." - Confucius

"After speech, silence is the greatest power in the world." - Jean-Baptiste Henri Lacordaire

"Be skillful in speech, that you may be strong." - Merikare

"Conservative pundits have a remarkable amount of free speech." - Michael Parenti

"I have often regretted my speech, never my silence." - Publilius Syrus

"Where the speech is corrupted, the mind is also." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

"Be check'd for silence, but never tax'd for speech." - William Shakespeare

"A proverb is to speech what salt is to food." - Proverbs

"You can't give any exciting speech without misremembering things." - Lena Dunham

"...Understanding being nothing else, but conception caused by Speech." - Thomas Hobbes

"Freedom of speech is useless without freedom of thought." - Spiro T Agnew

"Speech is the best show a man puts on." - Benjamin Lee Whorf

"A word in earnest is as good as a speech." - Charles Dickens

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

"Verse, singing, and speech have a common origin." - Jean Philippe Rameau

"Speech was given to man to disguise his thoughts." - Charles Maurice De Talley

"A master of improvised speech and improvised policies." - A J P Taylor

"Free speech includes the right to not speak." - Jimmy Wales

"I've never made a film using dialogue or speech." - Kenneth Anger

"A presidential speech is always the work of many hands." - David Frum

"Lately I've been believing that music predates speech." - Debbie Harry

"You must stand for free speech in the streets." - Mary Harris Jones

"Storytelling, in print or speech, needs vital energy." - Frank Delaney

"Free speech in Bangladesh can get you killed" - Rachel Martin

"Well, my brother says Hello. So, hooray for speech therapy." - Emo Philips

"No speech can stain what is noble by nature." - Sophocles

"I've never given a speech without being terrified first." - Susan Cain

"English is clipped in speech. Texas is exactly the opposite." - Michael Caine

"Free speech is the cornerstone to every right we have." - Mark Thomas

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

"Free speech carries with it some freedom to listen." - Warren E Burger

"Freedom of speech includes the freedom to offend people." - Brad Thor

"Understanding is nothing else than conception caused by speech." - Thomas Hobbes

"Where there is a great deal of free speech there is always a certain amount of foolish speech." - Winston Churchill

"I indeed had only one scene, one speech, one little speech, but it was with Robin Williams." - Charles Keating

"All fear of 'offensive' speech is bourgeois and reactionary. Historically, profane or bawdy language was common in both the upper and the lower classes, who lived together in rural areas amid the untidy facts of nature. Notions of propriety and decorum come to the fore in urbanized periods ruled by an expanding middle class, which is obsessed with cleanliness, respectability, and conformism." - Camille Paglia

"If a university official's letter accusing a speaker of having a proclivity to commit speech crimes before she's given the speech - which then leads to Facebook postings demanding that Ann Coulter be hurt, a massive riot and a police-ordered cancellation of the speech - is not hate speech, then there is no such thing as hate speech." - Ann Coulter

"The piety of the Hebrew prophets purges their grossness. The circumcision is an example of the power of poetry to raise the low and offensive." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Men feel like they can be a professional and a father. For women it's "or." That's offensive to me. The concept that it's not possible is crazy." - Sheryl Sandberg

"Success consecrates the most offensive crimes." - Seneca the Younger

"As the aeroplane is the most mobile weapon we possess, it is destined to become the dominant offensive arm of the future." - J F C Fuller

"This merriment of parsons is mighty offensive." - Samuel Johnson

"Success consecrates the most offensive crimes." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

"Obviously Madonna reinforces everything absurd and offensive." - Steven Patrick Morrissey

"I didn't just invent saying offensive things." - Eminem

"What really irks me is the snide victimizing suggestion from some that I have tried to be lighthearted and funny... Oh my God - this is so offensive." - Michael Leunig

"All language begins with speech, and the speech of common men at that, but when it develops to the point of becoming a literary medium it only looks like speech." - Raymond Chandler

"Language is legislation, speech is its code. We do not see the power which is in speech because we forget that all speech is a classification, and that all classifications are oppressive." - Roland Barthes

"It seems to me it's perfectly possible to vehemently disagree with a piece of work and to say that it's offensive and insulting and so on and so on. And you're absolutely entitled to do that and to speak back, if you like, against that piece of speech with all the vehemence at your disposal. I mean, that's legitimate. Even other things. People have a right to demonstrate." - Salman Rushdie

"A speech is poetry: cadence, rhythm, imagery, sweep! A speech reminds us that words, like children, have the power to make dance the dullest beanbag of a heart." - Peggy Noonan

"I believe in freedom of speech. And I believe that spending on political campaigns is a form of political speech that is protected under the constitution." - Marco Rubio

"It is poverty's speech that seeks us out the most. It is older than the oldest speech of Rome. This is the tragic accent of the scene." - Wallace Stevens

"Music has been called the speech of the angels; I will go farther and call it the speech of God Himself." - Charles Kingsley

"When we speak freely, let us speak plainly, for plain speech is wholesome; especially, plain speech about public affairs and public men." - Albert J Nock

"Under all speech that is good for anything three lies a silence that is better. Silence is deep as Eternity; speech is shallow as Time." - Thomas Carlyle

"It was a profound saying of Wilhelm Humboldt, that 'Man is man only by means of speech, but in order to invent speech he must be already man.'" - Charles Lyell

"While even pornography is protected as free speech, the courts have consciously undermined religious speech and freedom of religion for years." - Ernest Istook

"Ted Sorrenson, JFK's presidential speech writer, when asked how it came about that he wrote the "ask not what you can do..." speech, he would answer 'ask not.'" - Peggy Noonan

"The solution when you don't like someone's speech is not to silence that person, or that corporation. It's more and louder speech of your own." - Michael Kinsley

"If you only stand up for speech you approve of, you're a hack. If you only stand up for speech that everyone approves of, you're a coward." - Glenn Reynolds

"We civilians defend our own right to free speech. The military in Iraq does not defend our right to free speech." - Medea Benjamin

"When we speak freely, let us speak plainly, for plain speech is wholesome; especially, plain speech about public affairs and public men." - Albert Jay Nock

"Sexual speech, not MacKinnon's speech, is the most repressed and disdained kind of expression in our world, and MacKinnon is no rebel or radical to attack it." - Susie Bright

"Wherever the relevance of speech is at stake, matters become political by definition, for speech is what makes man a political being." - Hannah Arendt

"Events don't happen because I write a speech. I am allowed to write a speech because events are going to happen." - David Frum

"No man can make a speech alone. It is the great human power that strikes up from a thousand minds that acts upon him, and makes the speech." - James A Garfield

"True and False are attributes of speech, not of things. And where speech is not, there is neither Truth nor Falsehood." - Thomas Hobbes



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