Better were it that such literature did not exist. I consider it pernicious and hurtful to the immature but at the same time I hold that, in certain circumstances, its study is necessary, if not beneficial  

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"Better were it that such literature did not exist" is a dictum by Henry Spencer Ashbee recorded in Catena Librorum Tacendorum.

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"Better were it that such literature [erotic literature] did not exist. I consider it pernicious and hurtful to the immature but at the same time I hold that, in certain circumstances, its study is necessary, if not beneficial."




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