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
There comes a point in your life when you need to stop reading other people's book and write your own.
God forbid that any book should be banned. The practice is as indefensible as infanticide.
Don't join the book burners!
There comes a day when you realize turning the page is the best feeling in the world, because you realize there is so much more to the book than the page you were stuck on.
Censorship is telling a man he can't have a steak just because a baby can't chew it.
You know what they say: When people start burning books they'll soon burn human beings.
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.
Each time you read a book, a tree smiles knowing there's life after death.
All censorships exist to prevent anyone from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions.
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.
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.
The book to read is not the one that thinks for you but the one which makes you think.
Censorship reflects a society's lack of confidence in itself.
It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime.
There is more than one way to burn a book.
Any book worth banning is a book worth reading.
You dont have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.
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.
I went away in my head, into a book.
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.
Religious fundamentalists in Bangladesh have always argued for a ban on my books.
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.
WIth freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy.
Better a thousandfold abuse of free speech than denial of free speech.
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.
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.
A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.
There's more than one way to be a girl
Yes, books are dangerous. They should be dangerous - they contain ideas.
Censorship is the child of fear and the father of ignorance.
There comes a time when you have to choose between turning the page and closing the book.
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.
Books won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't go to jail.
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.
A room without books is like a body without a soul.
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.
The only people who get paid enough, get paid what they're worth are people who don't follow the instruction book, who create art, who are innovative, who work without a map. That option is now available to everyone to take it.
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.
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.
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.
I hate it that Americans are taught to fear some books and some ideas as though they were diseases.
To vest a few fallible men — prosecutors, judges, jurors — with vast powers of literary or artistic censorship, to convert them into what J. S. Mill called a "moral police," is to make them despotic arbiters of literary products. If one day they ban mediocre books as obscene, another day they may do likewise to a work of genius.