glyph 223: free speech, free press . newspapers . freedom of the press ... building inscriptions ... work of a Glyphon? ... first amendment to U.S. Constitution


 

Chicago Tribune Building, Entry Hall, Chicago

inscriptions in stone on freedom of speech, freedom of the press

THIS IS TRUE LIBERTY, WHEN FREE-BORN MEN,
HAVING TO ADVISE THE PUBLIC, MAY SPEAK FREE
WHICH HE WHO CAN, AND WILL, DESERVES HIGH PRAISE,
WHO NEITHER CAN, NOR WILL, MAY HOLD HIS PEACE.
WHAT CAN BE JUSTER IN A STATE THAN THIS?
—EURIPIDES


GIVE ME BUT THE LIBERTY OF THE PRESS
AND I WILL GIVE TO THE MINISTER A VENAL HOUSE OF PEERS.
I WILL GIVE HIM A CORRUPT AND SERVILE HOUSE OF COMMONS.
I WILL GIVE HIM THE FULL SWING OF THE PATRONAGE OF OFFICE.
I WILL GIVE HIM THE WHOLE HOST OF MINISTERIAL INFLUENCE.
I WILL GIVE HIM ALL THE POWER THAT PLACE CAN CONFER UPON HIM
TO PURCHASE UP SUBMISSION AND OVERAWE RESISTANCE:
AND YET, ARMED WITH THE LIBERTY OF THE PRESS,
I WILL GO FORTH TO MEET HIM UNDISMAYED.
I WILL ATTACK THE MIGHTY FABRIC OF THAT MIGHTIER ENGINE.
I WILL SHAKE DOWN FROM ITS HEIGHT CORRUPTION
AND BURY IT BENEATH THE RUINS OF
THE ABUSES IT WAS MEANT TO SHELTER.
—RICHARD BRINSLEY SHERIDAN


NO MISSION TOO DIFFICULT
NO SACRIFICE TOO GREAT.
—FIRST DIVISION MOTTO


TAKE HER DOWN!
—HOWARD GILMORE


I WANT THE TRIBUNE
TO CONTINUE TO BE AFTER I AM GONE
AS IT HAS BEEN UNDER MY DIRECTIONS:
AN ADVOCATE OF
POLITICAL AND MORAL PROGRESS,
AND IN ALL THINGS TO FOLLOW THE LINE OF COMMON SENSE.
—JOSEPH MEDILL


THE MASS OF EVERY PEOPLE
MUST BE BARBAROUS
WHERE THERE IS NO PRINTING,
AND CONSEQUENTLY KNOWLEDGE
IS NOT GENERALLY DIFFUSED.
KNOWLEDGE IS DIFFUSED
AMONG OUT PEOPLE BY NEWSPAPERS.
—SAMUEL JOHNSON


THE STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM OF SPEECH
HAS MARCHED HAND IN HAND
IN THE ADVANCE OF CIVILIZATION WITH
WITH THE STRUGGLE
FOR OTHER GREAT HUMAN LIBERTIES.
HISTORY TEACHES THAT
HUMAN LIBERTY CANNOT BE SECURED
UNLESS THERE IS FREEDOM
TO EXPRESS GREIVANCES.
—CHIEF JUSTICE
FLOYD E. THOMPSON


THE ENTIRE AND ABSOLUTE FREEDOM OF THE PRESS
IS ESSENTIAL TO THE PRESERVATION OF GOVERNMENT
ON THE BASIS OF A FREE CONSTITUTION.
—DANIEL WEBSTER


THE NEARER YOU ARE TO THE ENEMY
THE NEARER YOU ARE TO GOD.
—ROBERT R. McCORMICK


GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH!
—PATRICK HENRY


NEWSPAPERS ARE THE SENTINALS
OF THE LIBERTIES OF OUR COUNTRY.
—BENJAMIN RUSH


LET IT BE IMPRESSED UPON YOUR MINDS,
LET IT BE INSTILLED IN YOUR CHILDREN,
THAT THE LIBERTY OF THE PRESS IS THE
PALLADIUM OF ALL CIVIL, POLITICAL AND
RELIGIOUS RIGHTS OF THE FREEMAN.
—JUNIUS


A FREE PRESS STANDS AS ONE OF
THE GREAT INTERPRETERS BETWEEN
THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PEOPLE.
TO ALLOW IT TO BE FETTERED
IS TO FETTER OURSELVES.
—GEORGE SUTHERLAND
ASSOCIATE JUSTICE
UNITED STATES


A NEWSPAPER IS AN INSTITUTION
DEVELOPED BY MODERN CIVILIZATION
TO PRESENT THE NEWS OF THE DAY,
TO FOSTER COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY,
TO INFORM AND LEAD PUBLIC OPINION,
AND TO FURNISH
THAT CHECK UPON GOVERNMENT
WHICH NO CONSTITUTION
HAS EVER BEEN ABLE TO PROVIDE.
—ROBERT R. McCORMICK


AND YE SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH,
AND THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE.
—ST. JOHN 8:32


OUR LIBERTY DEPENDS
ON THE FREEDOM OF THE PRESS
AND THAT CAN NOT BE LIMITED
WITHOUT BEING LOST.
—THOMAS JEFFERSON


TO THE PRESS ALONE
CHECKERED THOUGH IT IS WITH ABUSES
THE WORLD IS INDEBTED
FOR ALL THE TRIUMPHS
WHICH HAVE BEEN GAINED
BY REASON AND HUMANITY
OVER ERRORS AND OPPRESSION.
—JAMES MADISON


CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW RESPECTING
AN ESTABLISHMENT OF RELIGION OR PROHIBITING
THE FREE EXERCISE THEREOF, OR ABRIDGING
THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH OR OF THE PRESS,
OR THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE PEACEABLY
TO ASSEMBLE AND TO PETITION THE GOVERNMENT
FOR A REDRESS OF GREIVANCES.
—FIRST AMDENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION


THE ADMINISTRATION OF GOVERMENT HAS BECOME MORE COMPLEX,
THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR MALFEASANCE AND CORRUPTION HAVE MULTIPLIED,
CRIME HAS GROWN TO MOST SERIOUS PROPORTIONS,
AND THE DANGER OF ITS PROTECTION BY UNFAITHFUL OFFICIALS AND OF
THE IMPAIRMENT OF THE FUNDAMENTAL SECURITY OF LIFE AND PROPERTY
BY CRIMINAL ALLIANCES AND OFFICIAL NEGLECT
EMPHASIZES THE PRIMARY NEED OF
A VIGILANT AND COURAGEOUS PRESS ESPECIALLY IN GREAT CITIES.
THE FACT THAT THE LIBERTY OF THE PRESS
MAY BE ABUSED BY MISCREANT PURVEYORS OF SCANDAL
DOES NOT MAKE ANY THE LESS NECESSARY THE IMMUNITY OF THE PRESS
FROM PREVIOUS RESTRAINT IN DEALING WITH OFFICIAL MISCONDUCT.
—CHARLES EVANS HUGHES
CHIEF JUSTICE UNITED STATES

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entered before July 9, 2006; edited/updated February 20, 2010