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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

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

You can cage the singer but not the song.

Harry Belafonte

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

Richard King

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

Leonardo da Vinci

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

Thomas Jefferson

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

Samuel Johnson

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

David Cronenberg

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

Joseph Brodsky

Censorship is to art as lynching is to justice.

Henry Louis Gates

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

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

Evelyn Waugh

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

Dick Cavett

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

Censorship is advertising paid by the government.

Federico Fellini

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

Claude Adrien Helvetius

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

Matthew Lesko

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

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

Our censorship has sort of gotten a little too far. Too much censorship is just as bad as having none at all. Children need to be exposed to things, because if they don't see it, eventually, it's not like it's not going to happen, but it's just that there needs to be a balance.

Zoe Saldana

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

The Internet treats censorship as a malfunction and routes around it.

John Perry Barlow

Pontius Pilate was the first great censor and Jesus Christ the first great victim of censorship.

Ben Lindsey

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?

Juvenal

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

Clare Boothe Luce

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

Heinrich Heine

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

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

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

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

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

Bernardo Bertolucci

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

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

Mae West

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

The first condition of progress is the removal of censorship.

George Bernard Shaw

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

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

manuscripts don't burn - (рукописи не горят)

Mikhail Bulgakov

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

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

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

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

Henry Rollins

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

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

Demosthenes

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 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

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