John MiltonJohn Milton, (1608-1674) English Poet

John Milton Quote

“There is no truth sure enough to justify persecution.”

John MiltonJohn Milton
~ John Milton

Areopagitica, 1644

Ratings and Comments

Mike, Norwalk

Crime needs be prosecuted for justice to prevail. Thought police, association police, victimless crime police are all symptoms of a tyrannical state. Persecution can not be justified under any circumstance.

J Carlton, Calgary

The key word here is "justify".

jim k, Austin

I go with Mike and J Carlton on this one.

cal, lewisville, tx

There should be evidence besides eyewitness accounts.

Waffler, Smith

Al Gore gets persecuted for truth all of the time.

E Archer, NYC

The problem is that the 'truth' is not always known -- and hence should never justifies persecution. Defending oneself from persecution is not persecution. Exposing untruths is not persecution.

Ken, Allyn, WA

Truth needs no persecution to prove it, only rational thought and repeatable experiment. I'm sure a lot of people wish they were being "persecuted" like Al Gore, what with his 20,000 square foot homes, jet setting lifestyle, and billions of dollars worth of stocks based upon countless dupes' belief in a hoax. Al Gore is much like Jim Jones and if you drink his Kool Aid, will eventually give you the same result.


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