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Extracts from Literature
The Source of Civilisation
Diplomat William Eton warns his fellow Englishmen that shutting down debate
does not make for a more united society.
by William Eton 1798
John Stuart Mill
Three Aspects of Liberty
John Stuart Mill set out three kinds of liberty essential to a
truly free society: freedom of conscience, of tastes, and of association.
by John Stuart Mill 1806-1873
Free Speech and Conscience
Truth By Statute?
John Milton reminded Parliament that the Truth wasn’t what they
and their fact-checkers in Stationers’ Hall made it.
by John Milton 1632-1704
Poets and Poetry
‘Westward, Look, the Land Is Bright!’
Though Arthur Clough had discovered that to be your own man was
a long and toilsome path, it was not a path without hope.
by Arthur Hugh Clough 1819-1861
Who Can Refute a Sneer?
Clever people have realised that it is easier to get people on your side by mockery than by persuasion.
by William Paley 1743-1805
The Second World War
In a Christmas broadcast in 1940, actor Leslie Howard explained why British sovereignty was worth fighting for.
by Leslie Howard 1893-1943
The Copy Book
Think and Speak