John Morley Quote

“[L]iberty, or the absence of coercion, or the leaving people to think, speak, and act as they please, is in itself a good thing. It is the object of a favourable presumption. The burden of proving it inexpedient always lies, and wholly lies, on those who wish to abridge it by coercion, whether direct or indirect.”

~ John Morley

John Morley, ON COMPROMISE, London: Macmillan and Co., 1888, pp. 253-254.

Ratings and Comments

Mike, Norwalk

In context, said well.

E Archer, NYC

"The burden of proving that the absence of coercion is inexpedient always lies completely on those who wish to abridge the Liberty of others by coercion." 

Pretty much!


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