Don't join the book burners!— Dwight D. Eisenhower
Simplistic Censoring Books quotations
There comes a point in your life when you need to stop reading other people's book and write your own.
He who destroys a good book kills reason itself.
Censorship is telling a man he can't have a steak just because a baby can't chew it.
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.
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.
There is more than one way to burn a book.
Each time you read a book, a tree smiles knowing there's life after death.
If in other lands the press and books and literature of all kinds are censored, we must redouble our efforts here to keep them free
The abuse dies in a day; but the denial slays the life of the people and entombs the hope of the race.
Libraries should be open to all - except the censor.
You dont have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.
When a library expels a book of mine and leaves an unexpurgated Bible lying around where unprotected youth and age can get hold of it, the deep unconscious irony of it delights me and doesn't anger me.
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.
The book to read is not the one that thinks for you but the one which makes you think.
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.
There's more than one way to be a girl
Yes, books are dangerous. They should be dangerous - they contain ideas.
A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.
Censorship is the child of fear and the father of ignorance.
It didn't come from the Government down.
There was no dictum, no declaration, no censorship, to start with, no! Technology, mass exploitation, and minority pressure carried the trick, thank God.
Let us welcome controversial books and controversial authors.
I went away in my head, into a 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.
WIth freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy.
Books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them.
...I know they are as lively and as vigorously productive as those fabulous dragon's teeth and being sown up and down, may chance to spring up armed men.
Those tragic comedians, the Chamber of Commerce red hunters, the Women's Christian Temperance Union smellers, the censors of books, the Klan regulators, the Methodist prowlers, the Baptist guardians of sacred vessels-we have the national mentality of a police lieutenant.
The source of better ideas is wisdom. The surest path to wisdom is a liberal education.
A room without books is like a body without a soul.
A good book is the precious life-blood of a master-spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life, and as such it must surely be a necessary commodity.
The censors don't bother with fantasy books, especially old ones.
They can't understand them. They think it's all kids' stuff. They'd die if they knew what The Chronicles of Narnia were really about.
If the fires of freedom and civil liberties burn low in other lands, they must be made brighter in our own. If in other lands the press and books and literature of all kinds are censored, we must redouble our efforts here to keep them free. If in other lands the eternal truths of the past are threatened by intolerance we must provide a safe place for their perpetuation.
There comes a time when you have to choose between turning the page and closing the book.
Sometimes you have to censor books. When I read 'Peter Rabbit,' I skip the part about Peter's father ending up in one of Mrs. McGregor's pies. I also hid the book of 'Grimm Fairy Tales.' They're just too grim for my grandkids. Reality will come soon enough.
Books wont stay banned. They wont burn. Ideas wont go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. The source of better ideas is wisdom. The surest path to wisdom is a liberal education.
If this nation is to be wise as well as strong, if we are to achieve our destiny, then we need more new ideas for more wise men reading more good books in more public libraries. These libraries should be open to allexcept the censor. We must know all the facts and hear all the alternatives and listen to all the criticisms. Let us welcome controversial books and controversial authors. For the Bill of Rights is the guardian of our security as well as our liberty.
I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.
I never heard of anyone who was really literate or who ever really loved books who wanted to suppress any of them. Censors only read a book with great difficulty, moving their lips as they puzzle out each syllable, when someone tells them that the book is unfit to read.
Children deprived of words become school dropouts; dropouts deprived of hope behave delinquently. Amateur censors blame delinquency on reading immoral books and magazines, when in fact, the inability to read anything is the basic trouble.
There's this quote by a writer, Emil Cioran, he's a Romanian writer.
He says that you should only put things in books that you would never dare to say to people in real life. So there is that feeling of acute embarrassment, or that you've been too revealing. I think it's some kind of survival mechanism where I never think of the reader, ever. Because then I would start censoring myself.
Love your material. Nothing frightens the inner critic more than the writer who loves her work. The writer who is enamored of her material forgets all about censoring herself. She doesn't stop to wonder if her book is any good, or who will publish it, or what people will think. She writes in a trance, losing track of time, hearing only her characters in her head.
If only it were God's will that printed and written materials have as much influence on the people as the princes and their censors fear! Considering the countless good books we have, the world would have changed for the better a long time ago.