Freedom of speech means practically, in our modern civilisation, that we must only talk about unimportant things. We must not talk about religion, for that is illiberal; we must not talk about bread and cheese, for that is talking shop; we must not talk about death, for that is depressing; we must not talk about birth, for that is indelicate.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton
And Right and Left, said Syme with a simple eagerness, I hope you will abolish them too. They are much more troublesome to me.
And pray where in earth or heaven are there prudent marriages? Might as well talk about prudent suicides.
The priest looked puzzled also, as if at his own thoughts; he sat with knotted brow and then said abruptly: ‘You see, it's so easy to be misunderstood. All men matter. You matter. I matter. It's the hardest thing in theology to believe.
They stoned the false prophets, it is said; but they could have stoned true prophets with a greater and juster enjoyment.
He is ready to ruin even that primary ethic by which all things live, for his strange and eternal vengeance upon some one who never lived at all.