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A Quote by Carl Edward Sagan on liberty, opinion, truth, error, opportunity, stale, rote, understanding, and argument

'In his celebrated book, 'On Liberty', the English philosopher John Stuart Mill argued that silencing an opinion is "a peculiar evil." If the opinion is right, we are robbed of the "opportunity of exchanging error for truth"; and if it's wrong, we are deprived of a deeper understanding of the truth in its "collision with error." If we know only our own side of the argument, we hardly know even that: it becomes stale, soon learned by rote, untested, a pallid and lifeless truth.'

Carl Sagan (1934 - 1996)

Source: The Demon Haunted World

Contributed by: bajarbattu

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