Quote of the day—John Milton

None can love freedom but good men; the rest love not freedom but license, which never hath more scope than under tyrants.

John Milton
The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates (1649)
[From the Wikipedia link above: “The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates is a book by John Milton, in which he defends the right of people to execute a guilty sovereign”.

I found the quote in The Great Thoughts (link is to the 2nd Edition, mine is the 1st Edition–1985) compiled by George Seldes.—Joe]


1 thought on “Quote of the day—John Milton

  1. Interesting.

    When I saw “John Milton” in the title, I wondered what the quote would be. (I didn’t remember that he wrote on politics, I just remembered him as the author of Paradise Lost…)

    For all the problems that Puritans have with their reputation, I think it is hard to ignore that their thoughts on individual rights, and the ability of the people to depose a king, heavily influenced American thought about freedoms.

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