Quotation by Adlai Stevenson

The sound of tireless voices is the price we pay for the right to hear the music of our own opinions. But there is also, it seems to me, a moment at which democracy must prove its capacity to act. Every man has a right to be heard; but no man has the right to strangle democracy with a single set of vocal chords.
Adlai Stevenson (1900–1965), U.S. Democratic politician. speech, Aug. 28, 1952, New York City. The Papers of Adlai E. Stevenson, vol. 4 (1974).

In the New York Times, Jan. 19, 1962, Stevenson was reported as saying, "the first principle of a free society is an untrammeled flow of words in an open forum."
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