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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:2571
AUTHOR:John Milton (1608–1674)
QUOTATION:And with necessity,
The tyrant’s plea, 1 excus’d his devilish deeds.
ATTRIBUTION:Paradise Lost. Book iv. Line 393.
 
Note 1.
Necessity is the argument of tyrants, it is the creed of slaves.—William Pitt, Earl of Chatham: Speech on the India Bill, November, 1783. [back]
 

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