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What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books.

Sigmund Freud

Whenever books are burned men also in the end are burned.

Heinrich Heine

Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter except by your permission.

Arnold Bennett

Adam was but human—this explains it all. He did not want the apple for the apple's sake, he wanted it only because it was forbidden. The mistake was in not forbidding the serpent; then he would have eaten the serpent.

Mark Twain

I think you can leave the arts, superior or inferior, to the conscience of mankind.

William Butler Yeats

Wherever they burn books they will also, in the end, burn human beings.

Heinrich Heine

You can cage the singer but not the song.

Harry Belafonte

Censorship, like charity, should begin at home, but, unlike charity, it should end there.

Clare Boothe Luce

What cannot be said above all must not be silenced but written.

Jacques Derrida

What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.

Salman Rushdie

I find the pain of a little censure, even when it is unfounded, is more acute than the pleasure of much praise.

Thomas Jefferson

Censors tend to do what only psychotics do: they confuse reality with illusion.

David Cronenberg

You do ill if you praise, but worse if you censure, what you do not understand.

Leonardo da Vinci

Everyone has an opinion, and the guy screaming for censorship may be the next guy to have his ideas cut off.

Richard King

No member of society has the right to teach any doctrine contrary to what society holds to be true.

Samuel Johnson

I suppose that writers should, in a way, feel flattered by the censorship laws. They show a primitive fear and dread at the fearful magic of print.

John Mortimer

Few persons have sufficient wisdom to prefer censure, which is useful, to praise which deceives them.

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Censure is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent.

Jonathan Swift

Art made tongue-tied by authority.

William Shakespeare

Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.

George Bernard Shaw

Underground literature only began in the '70s, when technical developments made it possible. Before that, we were involved in a game with the censors. That was our struggle.

Ryszard Kapuscinski

Free societies...are societies in motion, and with motion comes tension, dissent, friction. Free people strike sparks, and those sparks are the best evidence of freedom's existence.

Salman Rushdie

Every burned book or house enlightens the world; every suppressed or expunged word reverberates through the earth from side to side.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Censorship is advertising paid by the government.

Federico Fellini

What is also strange to me is that public libraries have always been in the forefront of opposing censorship.

Matthew Lesko

Censorship feeds the dirty mind more than the four-letter word itself.

Dick Cavett

If we can't stamp out literature in the country, we can at least stop its being brought in from outside.

Evelyn Waugh

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.

Nadine Gordimer

We do not fear censorship for we have no wish to offend with improprieties or obscenities, but we do demand, as a right, the liberty to show the dark side of wrong, that we may illuminate the bright side of virtue

D.W. (David Wark) Griffith

Would you approve of your young sons, young daughters -- because girls can read as well as boys -- reading this book? Is it a book that you would have lying around in your own house? Is it a book that you would even wish your wife or your servants to read?

Mervyn GriffithJones

The whole principle is wrong; it's like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can't eat steak.

Robert A. Heinlein

Censure is willingly indulged, because it always implies some superiority: men please themselves with imagining that they have made a deeper search, or wider survey than others, and detected faults and follies which escape vulgar observation.

Samuel Johnson

The crime of book purging is that it involves a rejection of the word. For the word is never absolute truth, but only man's frail and human effort to approach the truth. To reject the word is to reject the human search.

Max Lerner

We live in oppressive times. We have, as a nation, become our own thought police; but instead of calling the process by which we limit our expression of dissent and wonder censorship, we call it concern for commercial viability.

David Mamet

To forbid us anything is to make us have a mind for it.

Michel de Montaigne

The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.

John Gilmore

As to the evil which results from a censorship, it is impossible to measure it, for it is impossible to tell where it ends.

Jeremy Bentham

It is useless to close the gates against ideas; they overlap them.

Klemens Von Metternich

The upshot was, my paintings must burn that English artists might finally learn.

D. H. Lawrence

If some books are deemed most baneful and their sale forbid, how, then, with deadlier facts, not dreams of doting men? Those whom books will hurt will not be proof against events. Events, not books, should be forbid.

Herman Melville

Instead of asking -- How much damage will the work in question bring about? why not ask -- How much good? How much joy?

Henry Miller

As good almost kill a man as kill a good book; who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image; but he who destroys a good book, kills reason itself, kills the image of God, as it were in the eye.

John Milton

The trouble with censors is that they worry if a girl has a cleavage; they ought to worry if she hasn

Marilyn Monroe

Art is never chaste. It ought to be forbidden to ignorant innocents, never allowed into contact with those not sufficiently prepared. Yes, art is dangerous. Where it is chaste, it is not art.

Pablo Picasso

When truth is no longer free, freedom is no longer real: the truths of the police are the truths of today.

Jacques Prevert

The censure of those who are opposed to us, is the highest commendation that can be given us.

Seigneur De SaintEvremond

He who would acquire fame must not show himself afraid of censure. The dread of censure is the death of genius.

William Gilmore Simms

Woe to that nation whose literature is cut short by the intrusion of force. This is not merely interference with freedom of the press but the sealing up of a nation's heart, the excision of its memory.

Alexandr Solzhenitsyn

Right now I think censorship is necessary; the things they're doing and saying in films right now just shouldn't be allowed. There's no dignity anymore and I think that's very important.

Mae West

The internet interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.

John Gilmour

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? - Who will watch the watchers?


Censorship, like charity, should begin at home; but unlike charity, it should end there.

Clare Boothe Luce

The sooner we all learn to make a decision between disapproval and censorship, the better off society will be....Censorship cannot get at the real evil, and it is an evil in itself.

Granville Hicks

Fear of corrupting the mind of the younger generation is the loftiest form of cowardice.

Holbrook Jackson

Civil government cannot let any group ride roughshod over others simply because their consciences tell them to do so.

Robert H. Jackson

All censorships exist to prevent anyone from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions. All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions. Consequently, the first condition of progress is the removal of censorship.

George Bernard Shaw

All these people talk so eloquently about getting back to good old-fashioned values. Well, as an old poop I can remember back to when we had those old-fashioned values, and I say let's get back to the good old-fashioned First Amendment of the good old-fashioned Constitution of the United States -- and to hell with the censors! Give me knowledge or give me death!

Kurt Vonnegut

There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches.

Ray Bradbury

I have a problem with censorship by the lawyer - by legal people by the publishing firm, and I may be changing publishers. They don't seem to want to take too many risks with living people.

Kenneth Anger

The worst censors are those prohibiting criticism of the theory of evolution in the classroom.

Phyllis Schlafly

As I speak to you today, government censors somewhere are working furiously to erase my words from the records of history. But history itself has already condemned these tactics.

Hillary Clinton

Stopping leaks is a new form of censorship.

Julian Assange

The ultimate censorship is the flick of the dial.

Tommy Smothers

The fact is that censorship always defeats its own purpose, for it creates, in the end, the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion.

Henry Steele Commager

Censorship reflects a society's lack of confidence in itself.

Potter Stewart

By placing discretion in the hands of an official to grant or deny a license, such a statute creates a threat of censorship that by its very existence chills free speech.

Harry A. Blackmun

Vietnam was the first war ever fought without any censorship. Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind.

William Westmoreland

manuscripts don't burn - (рукописи не горят)

Mikhail Bulgakov

The first condition of progress is the removal of censorship.

George Bernard Shaw

Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind.

William Westmoreland

Censorship always defeats it own purpose, for it creates in the end the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion.

Henry Steele Commager

I'm not interested in censorship. I like the First Amendment very much.

Henry Rollins

The readiest and surest way to get rid of censure, is to correct ourselves.


It seems not more reasonable to leave the right of printing unrestrained, because writers may be afterwards censured, than it would be to sleep with doors unbolted, because by our laws we can hang a thief.

Samuel Johnson

They can't censor the gleam in my eye.

Charles Laughton

The only thing that is obscene is censorship.

Craig Bruce

The censorship is such on television in the U.S. that films like mine don't stand a chance.

John Pilger

Here we have bishops, priests, and deacons, a Censorship Board, vigilant librarians, confraternities and sodalities, Duce Maria, Legions of Mary, Knights of this Christian order and Knights of that one, all surrounding the sinner's free will in an embattled circle.

Sean O'Casey

Censorship of ideas or images or words is wrong.

Richard King

I used to think feminism was a liberating force - now I see many of those people are just censors under a different name.

Lydia Lunch

It was all men, and there I was prancing around in gowns that barely got past the censors.

Karen Morley

I got a cable from New York saying that what I'd written about the growth of Soviet agricultural production didn't make sense because the same levels were reached under the czars. I wanted to confirm it, but by then the censors were on to me.

Harrison Salisbury

I'm opposed to censorship of any kind, especially by government. But it's plain common sense that producers should target their product with some kind of sensitivity.

Lee Child

Censors are energetic and righteous people but they just couldn't work a room like Abbe Lane.

Audrey Meadows

The danger of censorship in cultural media increases in proportion to the degree to which one approaches the winning of a mass audience.

James T. Farrell

No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free, no one ever will. Chance is the pseudonym of God when he did not want to sign.

Anatole France

It is folly for an eminent man to think of escaping censure, and a weakness to be affected with it. All the illustrious persons of ;antiquity, and indeed of every age in the world, have passed through this fiery persecution.

Joseph Addison

A man's first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart, and his next to escape the censures of the world.

Joseph Addison

Censor, n. An officer of certain governments, employed to supress the works of genius. Among the Romans the censor was an inspector of public morals, but the public morals of modern nations will not bear inspection.

Ambrose Bierce

Those expressions are omitted which can not with propriety be read aloud in the family.

Thomas Bowdler

The condition every art requires is, not so much freedom from restriction, as freedom from adulteration and from the intrusion of foreign matter.

Willa Cather

One of the curious things about censorship is that no one seems to want it for himself. We want censorship to protect someone else; the young, the unstable, the suggestible, the stupid. I have never heard of anyone who wanted a film banned because otherwise he might see it and be harmed.

Edgar Dale

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.

Robertson Davies

It is our attitude toward free thought and free expression that will determine our fate. There must be no limit on the range of temperate discussion, no limits on thought. No subject must be taboo. No censor must preside at our assemblies.

William O. Douglas

I quit watching the debates after they excluded Ron Paul and censored supposedly live interviews with him from the tv.

James Dye

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