Quote by Thomas W. Higginson
When a thought takes one's breath away, a grammar lesson seems an impertinence.
This quote suggests that when an individual experiences a profound or impactful thought, focusing on trivial matters like grammar lessons is irrelevant and inappropriate. It implies that the significance and awe-inspiring nature of certain thoughts overpower the importance of following grammar rules. In essence, when confronted with breathtaking thoughts, grammar becomes insignificant and unworthy of attention in comparison to the deeper meaning and emotions evoked by the thought itself.
Any test that turns on what is offensive to the communitys standards is too loose, too capricious, too destructive of freedom of expression to be squared with the First Amendment. Under that test, juries can censor, suppress, and punish what they dont like, provided the matter relates to sexual impurity or has a tendency to excite lustful thoughts. This is community censorship in one of its worst forms. It creates a regime where in the battle between the literati and the Philistines, the Philistines are certain to win.