Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Quote

To allow opposition by speech seems to indicate that you think the speech impotent, as when a man says that he has squared the circle, or that you do not care whole-heartedly for the result, or that you doubt either your power or your premises. But when men have realized that time has upset many fighting faiths, they may come to believe even more than they believe the very foundations of their own conduct that the ultimate good desired is better reached by free trade in ideas —that the best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market, and that truth is the only ground upon which their wishes safely can be carried out. That at any rate is the theory of our Constitution.


250 U.S. at 630 - Abrams v. United States, 250 U.S. 616 (1919)

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To allow opposition by speech seems to indicate that you think the speech impotent, as when a man says that he has squared the circle, or that you do ...

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To allow opposition by speech seems to indicate that you think the speech impotent, as when a man says that he has squared the circle, or that you do ...

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To allow opposition by speech seems to indicate that you think the speech impotent, as when a man says that he has squared the circle, or that you do ...