John Milton

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... the greatest discouragement and affront that can be offered to learning and to learned men .... More than if some enemy at sea should stop up all our havens and ports, it [licensing] hinders and retards importation of our richest Merchandise, Truth. Media, Journalism & The Press
… a permanent Council of the ablest men chosen by the people Democracies & Republics
… should the management of the republic be entrusted to persons to whom no one would willingly entrust the management of his private concerns: and the treasury of the state be left to the care of those who had lavished their own fortunes in an infamous prodigality? Voters, Voting & Elections
… who would vindicate your right of unrestrained suffrage, or of choosing what representatives you liked best, merely that you might elect the creatures of your own faction, whoever they might be, or him, however small might be his worth, who would give you the most lavish feasts and enable you to drink to the greatest excess? Voters, Voting & Elections
And though all the winds of doctrine were let loose to play upon the earth, so Truth be in the field, we do injuriously, by licensing and prohibiting, to misdoubt her strength. Freedom & Liberty
Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven. Power
Brave men, and worthy patriots, dear to God, and famous to all ages. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
But what will not ambition and revenge descend to? Human Nature
Danger will wink on opportunity. Policy & Policy Making
Evil news rides post, while good news baits. Media, Journalism & The Press
Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties. Freedom & Liberty
Here the great art lies, to discern in what the law is to be to restraint and punishment, and in what things persuasion only is to work. Legislating & Legislative Process
If we think we regulate printing thereby to rectify manners, we must regulate all recreations and pastimes ... Freedom & Liberty
It is of greatest concernment in the church and commonwealth, to have a vigilant eye how books demean themselves as well as men; and thereafter to confine, imprison, and do sharpest justice on them as malefactors: for books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Kings scarcely recognize themselves as mortals, scarcely understand that which pertains to man, except on the day they are made king or on the day they die. On the former day they feign humility and gentleness, in the hope of capturing the voice of the people. On the latter, having death before their eyes, they confess what is a fact, namely that they are wretchedly mortal. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Let this stand then as a settled maxim of the law of nature, never to be shaken by any artifices of flatterers, that the senate, or the people, are superior to kings, be they good or bad: which is but what you yourself do in effect confess when you tell us that the authority of kings was derived from the people. For that power which they transferred to princes doth yet naturally, or, as I may say, virtually, reside in themselves notwithstanding. Power
Men of most renowned virtue have by transgressing most truly kept the law. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Necessity, the tyrant's plea. Miscellaneous
Neither man nor angel can discern Hypocrisy, the only evil that walks Invisible, except to God alone. Public Relations & Image
No man who knows aught can be so stupid to deny that all men naturally were born free. Freedom & Liberty
None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom but license. Freedom & Liberty
None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license. Freedom & Liberty
Opinion in good men is but knowledge in the making. Miscellaneous
Peace hath her victories no less renowned than war. War & Peace
Revolutions of ages do not oft recover the loss of a rejected truth, for the want of which whole nations fare the worse. We should be wary therefore what persecution we raise against the living labors of public men Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Safest therefore to me, it seems, and of less hazard and interruptions to affairs, that none of the grand council [of the State] be moved, unless by just conviction of some crime; for what can be expected firm or steadfast from a floating foundation? Miscellaneous
So spake the Fiend [the devil], and with necessitie, The Tyrant's plea, excus'd his devilish deeds. Management & Managing Government
The enjoyment of civil rights, would be best and soonest obtained if every county in the land were made a little Commonwealth and their chief town a city, where the nobility and chief gentry may build houses or palaces, befitting their quality, may bear part in the government, make their own judicial laws and execute them by their elected judicatures without appeal in all things of civil government between man and man. Democracies & Republics
The mountain nymph, sweet Liberty. Freedom & Liberty
The Popes of Rome engrossing what they pleased of political rule into their own hands, extended their dominion over men's eyes, as they had before over their judgments, burning and prohibiting to be read, what they fancied not; Religion & God
The power of Kings and Magistrates is nothing else, but what is only derivative, transferred and committed to them in trust from the People. Power
The right of choosing, yea of changing their own government is by the grant of God himself in the People. Voters, Voting & Elections
They who have put out the people's eyes reproach them for their blindness. Propaganda & Disinformation
Though all the winds of doctrine were let loose to play upon the earth, so Truth be in the field, we do injuriously, by licensing and prohibiting, to misdoubt her strength. Let her and Falsehood grapple; who ever knew Truth put to the worse, in a free and open encounter. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
Where is this godly tower of Commonwealth, which the English boasted they would build to overshadow Kings and be another Rome in the West? Democracies & Republics
Where more is meant than meets the ear. Discrimination & Prejudice
Where no hope is left, is left no fear. Miscellaneous
Who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image; but he who destroys a good book, kills reason itself, kills the image of God, as it were in the eye. Freedom & Liberty
Who overcomes by force hath overcome but half his foe. War & Peace
Will England renounce that free Commonwealth not only held by wisest men in all ages the noblest, the manliest, the equallest, the justest government, the most agreeable to all due liberties and proportionate equality, both humane, civil, and Christian, most cherishing to virtue and true religion, but also (I may say it with greatest probability) plainly commended or rather enjoined by our Saviour Himself to all Christians not without remarkable disallowance and the hand of Providence upon Kingship"? Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
A good book is the precious lifeblood of a master spirit.
Beauty is nature's brag, and must be shown in courts, at feasts, and high solemnities, where most may wonder at the workmanship. Nature
Confusion heard his voice, and wild uproar Stood ruled, stood vast infinitude confined; Till at his second bidding darkness fled, Light shone, and order from disorder sprung.
Death is the golden key that opens the palace of eternity. Death
Deep-versed in books and shallow in himself.
For what can war, but endless war, still breed? War & Peace
Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world. Life
He that has light within his own clear breast May sit in the centre, and enjoy bright day: But he that hides a dark soul and foul thoughts Benighted walks under the mid-day sun; Himself his own dungeon.
He that studieth revenge keepeth his own wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well.
He who reigns within himself and rules passions, desires, and fears is more than a king.
Let not England forget her precedence of teaching nations how to live.
Love-quarrels oft in pleasing concord end.
No man who knows aught, can be so stupid to deny that all men naturally were born free.
None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but licence. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Freedom & Liberty
Nothing profits more than self-esteem, grounded on what is just and right.
The mind is its own place and in itself, can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven.
The stars, that nature hung in heaven, and filled their lamps with everlasting oil, give due light to the misled and lonely traveller. Nature
The superior man acquaints himself with many sayings of antiquity and many deeds of the past, in order to strengthen his character thereby.
They also serve who only stand and wait.
Though we take from a covetous man all his treasure, he has yet one jewel left; you cannot bereave him of his covetousness.
To be blind is not miserable; not to be able to bear blindness, that is miserable.
True it is that covetousness is rich, modesty starves.
Truth never comes into the world but like a bastard, to the ignominy of him that brought her birth. Truth
Virtue could see to do what Virtue would by her own radiant light, though sun and moon where in the flat sea sunk.
When complaints are freely heard, deeply considered and speedily reformed, then is the utmost bound of civil liberty attained that wise men look for.
Who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image, but thee who destroys a good book, kills reason its self. Religion & God
Who overcomes by force, hath overcome but half his foe.

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