A Question of Opinion

“I do not claim to know but at least I know when I do not know.  Such men as I — you may call us philosophers or stargazers as you like — are a civic treasure, not a menace, guides to a better way of life.

“Your freedom of speech is based on the assumption that every man’s opinion is of value, and that the many are better guides than the few.  But how can you boast of your free speech if you suppress mine? How can you listen to the shoemaker’s or the tanner’s view when you debate justice in the assembly, but shut me up when I express mine, though my life has been devoted to the search for truth while you have tended your own private affairs?”

The Trial of Socrates by I. F. Stone, pp. 212-213

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Reflection, University, Words & Music and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s