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" 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. Let her and Falsehood grapple; who ever knew truth put to the worse, in a free... "
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The Progress of Religious Ideas: Through Successive Ages, Volume 1

Lydia Maria Francis Child - Religions - 1855
...subject. Milton has expressed this conviction with rare eloquence : " Though all the winds of doctrine be let loose to play upon the earth, so Truth be in the field, we do injuriously to doubt her strength. Let her and falsehood grapple. Who ever knew Truth put to the worse by a free...
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Miscellaneous Essays and Reviews, Volume 2

Albert Barnes - Christianity - 1855
...ultimate triumph, has nothing to fear. How forcible, on this point, are the words of Milton: "And though all the winds of doctrine were let loose to play upon the earth, so truth bo in the field, we do injuriously by licensing and prohibiting to misdoubt her strength. Let her and...
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A Question of Trust: The BBC Reith Lectures 2002

Onora O'Neill - Business & Economics - 2002 - 100 pages
...credible claim increases, it is simply harder to place trust reasonably. Milton asked rhetorically 'Who ever knew truth put to the worse in a free and open encounter?' Today the very prospect of a 'free and open encounter' is drowning in the supposedly transparent world...
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Eternally Vigilant: Free Speech in the Modern Era

Lee C. Bollinger, Geoffrey R. Stone - Law - 2002 - 330 pages
...the long run. I do not detect in Brandeis's language the echo of Milton's famous rhetorical question: "Who ever knew truth put to the worse in a free and open encounter?"77 From personal experience, Brandeis 77. See MILTON, supra nole 2, at 746. knew plenty...
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The American Theory of Church and State

Loren P. Beth - Political Science - 1958 - 183 pages
...therefore not forbid nor hinder the continuing search for it.34 He welcomed freedom as the test of truth; "who ever knew truth put to the worse, in a free and open encounter?"35 and saw that in such an encounter diversity of belief was necessary and desirable. "If...
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Byron and Shakespeare

G. Wilson Knight - Literary Collections - 2002 - 408 pages
...new birth is necessarily accompanied by dirt (iv, 73). 'Who ever', wrote Milton in the Areopagitica, 'knew Truth put to the worse in a free and open encounter?' True: but the encounter is rarely free and open; all the forces of society combine, like Pharoah, to...
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From Yahweh to Yahoo!: The Religious Roots of the Secular Press

Doug Underwood - Language Arts & Disciplines - 2002 - 346 pages
...religious connotations that went with it, and when he wrote, "Let [Truth] and Falsehood grapple; whoever knew Truth put to the worse in a free and open encounter?" he was speaking as a Puritan confident that God would guide people through their religious conscience...
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The Major Works

John Milton - Literary Criticism - 2003 - 966 pages
...controversal faces, might now not unsignincantly be set open. And though all the winds of doctrine0 were let loose to play upon the earth, so truth be...the best and surest suppressing. He who hears what pray1ng there is for light and clearer knowledge to be sent down among us would think of other matters...
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Globalizing Rights: The Oxford Amnesty Lectures 1999

Matthew J. Gibney - Political Science - 2003 - 271 pages
...1967} and The System of Freedom of Expression (New York: Vintage Books, i970), for a survey. t4. 'And though all the winds of doctrine were let loose to...Truth put to the worse, in a free and open encounter?' Milton's argument was later echoed by Jefferson in his t779 Virginia 'Bill for Establishing Religious...
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Law, Ideas and Ideology in Politics: Perspectives of an Activist

Ashwani Kumar - India - 2003 - 224 pages
...rightly faulted for frustrating the quest for truth and the citizens' right to know. Indeed, "And through all the winds of doctrine were let loose to play upon...truth put to the worse, in a free and open encounter?" Areopagitica (1644) Finally, it is upon us to ensure that even if strained in war, our democratic processes...
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