Banned Books

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Many of the works in the Online Library of Liberty have been banned or censored at various times by governments, established churches, and pubic schools for their content. This list has been compiled from the following sources:

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Areopagitica (1644) (Jebb ed.)

John Milton (author)

An edition based upon Sir Richard Jebb’s lectures at Cambridge in 1872, with extensive notes and commentaries on this famous work: Milton’s famous defense of freedom of speech. It was a protest against Parliament’s ordinance to…

Banned Books

Many of the works in the Online Library of Liberty have been banned or censored at various times by governments, established churches, and pubic schools for their content. Among these are:

a number of translations of the Bible the…

Quotes

Philosophy

Thomas Hobbes sings a hymn of praise for Reason as “the pace”, scientific knowledge is “the way”, and the benefit of mankind is “the end” (1651)

Thomas Hobbes

Literature & Music

Voltaire in Candide says that “tending one’s own garden” is not only a private activity but also productive (1759)

Voltaire

Philosophy

Voltaire lampooned the excessively optimistic Leibnitzian philosophers in his philosophic tale Candide by exposing his characters to one disaster after another, like a tsunami in Lisbon, to show that this was not “the best of all possible worlds”

Voltaire