glyph 11: Freedom, Liberty of the Press ... written words vs. power ... great quotations ... Chicago Tribune, entry hall, inscriptions


 

Liberty of the Press against Corruption

Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Inscribed in Stone, Chicago Tribune Building

 

GIVE ME BUT THE LIBERTY OF THE PRESS
AND I WILL GIVE TO THE MINISTER A VENAL HOUSE OF PEERS.
I WILL GIVE HIM A CORRUPT AND SERVILE HOUSE OF COMMONS.
I WILL GIVE HIM THE FULL SWING OF THE PATRONAGE OF OFFICE.
I WILL GIVE HIM THE WHOLE HOST OF MINISTERIAL INFLUENCE.
I WILL GIVE HIM ALL THE POWER THAT PLACE CAN CONFER UPON HIM
TO PURCHASE UP SUBMISSION AND OVERAWE RESISTANCE:
AND YET, ARMED WITH THE LIBERTY OF THE PRESS,
I WILL GO FORTH TO MEET HIM UNDISMAYED.
I WILL ATTACK THE MIGHTY FABRIC OF THAT MIGHTIER ENGINE.
I WILL SHAKE DOWN FROM ITS HEIGHT CORRUPTION
AND BURY IT BENEATH THE RUINS OF
THE ABUSES IT WAS MEANT TO SHELTER.
—RICHARD BRINSLEY SHERIDAN
 
 


All inscriptions on the walls of the entry hall to the Chicago Tribune:
http://explorersfoundation.org/glyphery/223.html

http://explorersfoundation.org/glyphery/11.html
entered before July 9, 2006

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