Eleanor Roosevelt quote on freedom of thought

Eleanor Roosevelt quote:

“What is going on in the Un-American Activities Committee worries me primarily because little people have become frightened and we find ourselves living in the atmosphere of a police state, where people close doors before they state what they think or look over their shoulders apprehensively before they express an opinion.

I have been one of those who have carried the fight for complete freedom of information in the United Nations. And while accepting the fact that some of our press, our radio commentators, our prominent citizens and our movies may at times be blamed legitimately for things they have said and done, still I feel that the fundamental right of freedom of thought and expression is essential. If you curtail what the other fellow says and does, you curtail what you yourself may say and do.

In our country we must trust the people to hear and see both the good and the bad and to choose the good. The Un-American Activities Committee seems to me to be better for a police state than for the USA.”

Eleanor Roosevelt portrait
Eleanor Roosevelt


Quote: Eleanor Roosevelt Daily Column, 29 October 1947 / Eleanor Roosevelt Wikiquote

Portrait: Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884 – 1962. Photograph taken circa 1932. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2004670795/> / Wikimedia Commons


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