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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Benjamin Franklin (1706–90)
QUOTATION: Without Freedom of Thought, there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such Thing as publick Liberty, without Freedom of Speech.
ATTRIBUTION: BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, letter from “Silence Dogood,” no. 8, printed in The New-England Courant, Boston, Massachusetts, July 9, 1722. Franklin, writing under the pseudonym Silence Dogood, was quoting the London Journal, no. 80, February 4, 1720/1.—The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, ed. Leonard W. Labaree, vol. 1, p. 27 (1959).

This sentence is one of many quotations inscribed on Cox Corridor II, a first floor House corridor, U.S. Capitol.
SUBJECTS: Freedom of speech