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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, psychologist

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

Heinrich Heine, poet

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

Arnold Bennett, novelist

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, author

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

William Butler Yeats, poet

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

Salman Rushdie, novelist

You can cage the singer but not the song.

Harry Belafonte, musician

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

Clare Boothe Luce, dramatist

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

Heinrich Heine, poet

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

Jacques Derrida, philosopher

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

Thomas Jefferson, president

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

David Cronenberg, director

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

Richard King, director

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

Samuel Johnson, author

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

Leonardo da Vinci, artist

Art made tongue-tied by authority.

William Shakespeare, dramatist

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

Jonathan Swift, writer

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, novelist

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

Dick Cavett, entertainer

There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.

Joseph Brodsky, poet

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet

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

Francois de la Rochefoucauld, writer

Censorship is advertising paid by the government.

Federico Fellini, director

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, novelist

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

Evelyn Waugh, author

Censorship is to art as lynching is to justice.

Henry Louis Gates, critic

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

Matthew Lesko, entertainer

Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.

George Bernard Shaw, dramatist

To prohibit the reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves.

Claude Adrien Helvetius, philosopher

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

Henry Miller, author

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, poet

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

Marilyn Monroe, actress

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, painter

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

Jacques Prevert, poet

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, novelist

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, actress

The internet interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.

John Gilmour, politician

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

Juvenal, poet

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

Clare Boothe Luce, dramatist

Where they have burned books, they will end in burning human beings.

Heinrich Heine, poet

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, writer

Did you ever hear anyone say, 'That work had better be banned because I might read it and it might be very damaging to me'?

Joseph Henry Jackson,

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

Robert H. Jackson,

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.

Peter S. Jennison,

Censorship of anything, at any time, in any place, on whatever pretense, has always been and always will be the last resort of the boob and the bigot.

Eugene O'Neill, dramatist

All of us can think of a book... that we hope none of our children or any other children have taken off the shelf. But if I have the right to remove that book from the shelf - that work I abhor - then you also have exactly the same right and so does everyone else. And then we have no books left on the shelf for any of us.

Katherine Paterson,

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, dramatist

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, author

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

Ray Bradbury, writer

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, author

I am still against any kind of censorship. It's a subject in my life that has been very important.

Bernardo Bertolucci, writer

Stopping leaks is a new form of censorship.

Julian Assange, activist

The ultimate censorship is the flick of the dial.

Tommy Smothers, comedian

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, historian

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

Potter Stewart, judge

I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it.

Mae West, actress

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, judge

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

William Westmoreland, soldier

The first condition of progress is the removal of censorship.

George Bernard Shaw, dramatist

I do not believe in censorship, but I believe we already have censorship in what is called marketing theory, namely the only information we get in mainstream media is for profit.

Sam Sheppard, scientist

I think the best thing in cases of censorship or things like this is to get as much media as possible.

Kathy Acker,

I think what we have in this country is a little more dangerous in a way because it can't be seen fully. It's sorta internal censorship. We censor each other.

Kathy Acker,

We get on the bandwagon in all sorts of ways - you know minor ways and major ways - like what you've just encountered which isn't censorship exactly, it was something sort of uglier in a way.

Kathy Acker,

People must not think that all bad in man which is unleashed, the moment you impose censorship disappears from man.

Milos Forman, director

The worst evil is - and that's the product of censorship - is the self-censorship, because that twists spines, that destroys my character because I have to think something else and say something else, I have to always control myself.

Milos Forman, director

manuscripts don't burn - (рукописи не горят)

Mikhail Bulgakov,

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

William Westmoreland, soldier

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, historian

Don't join the book burners. Don't think you're going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed. Don't be afraid to go in your library and read every book...

Dwight D. Eisenhower, president

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

Henry Rollins, musician

We Negro writers, just by being black, have been on the blacklist all our lives. Censorship for us begins at the color line.

Langston Hughes, poet

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

Demosthenes, statesman

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, author

They can't censor the gleam in my eye.

Charles Laughton, actor

The US constitution's First Amendment rights only cover Americans, but I believe that in a democracy the competition of ideas and free speech should combat beliefs that it does not agree with - more speech and debate, not censorship.

Joichi Ito, businessman

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, journalist

[I]t's not just the books under fire now that worry me. It is the books that will never be written. The books that will never be read. And all due to the fear of censorship. As always, young readers will be the real losers.

Judy Blume,

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, playwright

Censorship of ideas or images or words is wrong.

Richard King, director

You seldom get a censorship attempt from a 14-year-old boy. It's the adults who get upset.

Robert Cormier, author

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, writer

In any event, the proper question isn't what a journalist thinks is relevant but what his or her audience thinks is relevant. Denying people information they would find useful because you think they shouldn't find it useful is censorship, not journalism.

Michael Kinsley, journalist

These censorship people think something is going to promote behavior in people.

Max Cannon, comic strip creator

Let me be clear: I am not an advocate of censorship.

Mike Rogers, politician

I mean, believe me, I'm not for censorship.

Joe Mantegna, actor

I know that many writers have had to write under censorship and yet produced good novels; for instance, Cervantes wrote Don Quixote under Catholic censorship.

Guillermo Cabrera Infante, novelist

I don't believe in censorship in any form.

Kathryn Bigelow, director

Censorship ends in logical completeness when nobody is allowed to read any books except the books that nobody reads.

George Bernard Shaw, dramatist

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, novelist

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, novelist

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, writer

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, writer

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, journalist

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, author

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,

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