Cato's letters

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W. Wilkins, 1737

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Page 96 - Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom; and no such thing as publick liberty without freedom of speech: Which is the right of every man, as far as by it he does not hurt and controul the right of another; and this is the only check which it ought to suffer, the only bounds which it ought to know.
Page 247 - ... who are more to be regarded, the Governors or the Governed. They indeed owe one another mutual Duties; but if there be any...
Page 100 - Misrepresentation of publick Measures is easily overthrown, by representing publick Measures truly: when they are honest, they ought to be publickly known, that they may be publickly commended; but if they be knavish or pernicious, they ought to be publickly detested. Freedom of Speech is the great Bulwark of Liberty; they prosper and die together: And it is the Terror of Traytors and Oppressors, and a Barrier against them.
Page 253 - Terms, which were called Laws, and put into the Hands of one or more Men to execute. And thus Men quitted Part of their Natural Liberty to acquire Civil Security.
Page 96 - ... in those wretched countries where a man cannot call his tongue his own, he can scarce call any thing else his own.
Page 97 - Freedom of Speech is ever the Symptom, as well as the Effect, of good Government. In old Rome, all was left to the Judgment and Pleasure of the People, who examined the publick Proceedings with such Discretion, and censured those who administered them with such Equity and Mildness, that in the Space of Three Hundred Years, not Five publick Ministers suffered unjustly.
Page 217 - Manner, that they, and every of them, do " make the moft diligent and careful Enquiry and " Search for the Difcovery of any thing of this " and the like Sort, tending in any wife to the " Corruption of the Principles and Manners of " Men ; and to lay before his Lordfhip fuch Dif...
Page 245 - The exposing therefore of publick wickedness, as it is a duty which every man owes to truth and his country, can never be a libel in the nature of things; and they who call it so, make themselves no compliment.
Page 97 - That Men ought to speak well of their Governors, is true, while their Governors deserve to be well spoken of; but to do publick Mischief, without hearing of it, is only the Prerogative and Felicity of Tyranny: A free People will be shewing that they are so, by their Freedom of Speech. The Administration of Government is nothing else, but the Attendance of the Trustees of the People upon the Interest and Affairs of the People.
Page 250 - As long as there are such Things as Printing and Writing, there will be Libels. It is an Evil arising out of a much greater good. And as to those who are for locking up the Press, because it produces Monsters, they ought to consider that so do the Sun and the Nile, and that it is...

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