This quote is commonly misattributed to Voltaire.
It came from a line from a book about Voltaire called "The friends of Voltaire" published in 1906, this line was in regards to Voltaire's stance on Claude Adrien Helvetius.
It was the French philosopher Voltaire who said, "I do not agree with what you say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it." Obviously, he believed in "freedom of speech!"
VoltaireVoltaire, Wrong Evelyn Beatrice Hall wrote this quote In her biography on Voltaire
Voltaire said it in french and Payne translated it :)
Patrick Henry said that, just before his famous statement, "Give me liberty or give me death." It was soon after that the United States fought Britain for its independence and won.
Martin Luther King
Je désapprouve ce que vous dites, mais je me battrai jusqu'à la mort pour que vous ayez le droit de le dire. - Francois-Marie Arouet (Voltaire)
Most people credit Voltaire for the quote 'I don't agree with you but I will fight for your right to say it'. This, however, can not be found in his work.
It means," No one has the right to silence another , nor allow another to be silenced because their opinions differ. It is every ones constitutional right to be able to voice their opinion regardless of how unpopular that opinion may be. It's called "FREEDOM OF SPEECH". If anyone disagrees with this answer, I accept that. I only hope they don't get together with others and start burning books again.
Voltaire is credited with saying, "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." In reality, Evelyn Beatrice Hall, a biographer of Voltaire, wrote it to illustrate Voltaire's beliefs about free speech.