John Milton (1608 – 1674) was an English poet, pamphleteer, and historian. At the age of fifteen, Milton translated Psalm 114 from the original Hebrew text, later mastering several more languages through self-study. He obtained his Master of Arts degree from Christ’s College, Cambridge in 1632. Milton’s works revealed him as an advocate for civil liberty and liberty of conscience during a time of political and religious instability. Although he is best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost, his pamphlet Areopagitica is also widely recognized, and is regarded as one of history’s most influential defences of freedom of speech and expression.
Quotes by John Milton…
Prudence is that virtue by which we discern what is proper to be done under the various circumstances of time and place.
Truth is as impossible to be soiled by any outward touch as the sunbeam.
What need a man forestall his date of grief and run to meet what he would most avoid.
None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license.
What I will is fate.
Give me liberty to know.