Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Woodrow Wilson (18561924)
I can imagine no greater disservice to the country than to establish a system of censorship that would deny to the people of a free republic like our own their indisputable right to criticise their own public officials. While exercising the great powers of the office I hold, I would regret in a crisis like the one through which we are now passing to lose the benefit of patriotic and intelligent criticism.
President WOODROW WILSON, letter to Arthur Brisbane, April 25, 1917.Ray Stannard Baker, Woodrow Wilson, Life and Letters, vol. 6, p. 36 (1946).