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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: William Allen White (1868–1944)
QUOTATION: So, dear friend, put fear out of your heart. This nation will survive, this state will prosper, the orderly business of life will go forward if only men can speak in whatever way given them to utter what their hearts hold—by voice, by posted card, by letter or by press. Reason never has failed men. Only force and repression have made the wrecks in the world.
ATTRIBUTION: WILLIAM ALLEN WHITE, “To an Anxious Friend,” editorial, The Emporia (Kansas) Gazette, July 27, 1922.—White, Forty Years on Main Street, comp. Russell H. Fitzgibbon, p. 285 (1937).
SUBJECTS: Freedom of speech