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Quotation by Samuel Johnson
It seems not more reasonable to leave the right of printing unrestrained, because writers may be afterwards censured, than it would be to sleep with doors unbolted, because by our laws we can hang a thief.
Samuel Johnson (1709–1784), British author, lexicographer. "Milton," Lives of the English Poets (1779-1781).
Discussing Milton's Areopagitica.
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