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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1525
AUTHOR: Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874–1965)
QUOTATION: Nothing can be more abhorrent to democracy than to imprison a person or keep him in prison because he is unpopular. This is really the test of civilisation.
ATTRIBUTION: Prime Minister WINSTON CHURCHILL, letter to Home Secretary Herbert Morrison, November 21, 1943.—Churchill, Closing the Ring (vol. 5 of The Second World War), p. 679 (1951).