Literary – November 23

“I cannot praise a fugitive and cloistered virtue, unexercised and unbreathed, that never sallies out and sees her adversary, but slinks out of the race where that immortal garland is to be run for, not without dust and heat.”

John Milton in Areopagitica, one of the most influential and impassioned philosophical defenses of the right to freedom of speech and expression, published on this date in 1644 during the English Civil War.

Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist should say something virtuous but does not.

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