The Koran is a fascist book which incites violence. That is why this book, just like [Adolf Hitler's] Mein Kampf, must be banned.— Geert Wilders
Interesting Banned Books quotations
God forbid that any book should be banned. The practice is as indefensible as infanticide.
Don't join the book burners!
Censorship is telling a man he can't have a steak just because a baby can't chew it.
I don't want to be shut out from the truth.
If they ban books, they might as well lock us away from the world.
You know what they say: When people start burning books they'll soon burn human beings.
All censorships exist to prevent anyone from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions.
Censorship reflects a society's lack of confidence in itself.
It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime.
I always order the banned books from a black market dealer in California, figuring if the State of Mississippi banned them, they must be good.
Although there are those who wish to ban my books because I have used language that is painful, I have chosen to use the language that was spoken during the period, for I refuse to whitewash history. The language was painful and life was painful for many African Americans, including my family. I remember the pain.
There is more than one way to burn a book.
Any book worth banning is a book worth reading.
It hardly matters why a library is destroyed: every banning, curtailment, shredding, plunder or loot gives rise (at least as a ghostly presence) to a louder, clearer, more durable library of the banned, looted, plundered, shredded or curtailed.
In addition, we were unable to meet openly to discuss the progress of the book, for we were both on the list of persons banned from communicating with other banned persons.
The abuse dies in a day; but the denial slays the life of the people and entombs the hope of the race.
Religious fundamentalists in Bangladesh have always argued for a ban on my books.
Possession of books denounced as heretical was made a criminal offense.
Copies of such books were burned and destroyed. But in Upper Egypt, someone, possibly a monk from a nearby monastery of St Pachomius, took the banned books and hid them from destruction - in the jar where they remained buried for almost 1,600 years.
Ideas are only lethal if you suppress and don't discuss them.
Ignorance is not bliss, it's stupid. Banning books shows you don't trust your kids to think and you don't trust yourself to be able to talk to them.
Reading develops cognitive skills. It trains our minds to think critically and to question what you are told. This is why dictators censor or ban books. It's why it was illegal to teach slaves to read. It's why girls in developing countries have acid thrown in their faces when they walk to school.
Censorship is never over for those who have experienced it.
It is a brand on the imagination that affects the individual who has suffered it, forever.
Censorship is the child of fear and the father of ignorance.
There's more than one way to be a girl
Better a thousandfold abuse of free speech than denial of free speech.
Yes, books are dangerous. They should be dangerous - they contain ideas.
Books won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't go to jail.
Banning books is just another form of bullying.
It's all about fear and an assumption of power. The key is to address the fear and deny the power.
Young minds - young brains - need stories and ideas like the ones in those [censored and banned] books in order to grow. They need ideas that you disagree with. They need ideas that I disagree with. Or they'll never be able to figure out what ideas they believe in.
Banning books gives us silence when we need speech.
It closes our ears when we need to listen. It makes us blind when we need sight.
Dollars damn me; and the malicious Devil is forever grinning in upon me, holding the door ajar. ... What I feel most moved to write, that is banned - it will not pay. Yet, altogether, write the other way I cannot. So the product is a final hash, and all my books are botches.
Something will be offensive to someone in every book, so you've got to fight it.
I left Beijing in 1987, shortly before my books were banned there, but have returned continually.
Although my book is banned I am still allowed to go to China and travel.
There is no longer the kind of control that Mao used to have-there have been deep fundamental changes in society.
I would love mainland Chinese to read my book.
There is a Chinese translation which I worked on myself, published in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Many copies have gone into China but it is still banned.
The Local Paper here asked that me books be banned........THE HIGHEST PRAISE for an Irish writer.
I hate it that Americans are taught to fear some books and some ideas as though they were diseases.