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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

You can cage the singer but not the song. Harry Belafonte, musician

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

Censorship, like charity, should begin at home, but, unlike charity, it should end there. Clare Boothe Luce, dramatist

Censorship ends in logical completeness when nobody is allowed to read any books except the books nobody reads. George Bernard Shaw, dramatist

What cannot be said above all must not be silenced but written. Jacques Derrida, philosopher

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

Censors tend to do what only psychotics do: they confuse reality with illusion. David Cronenberg, director

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

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

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

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

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

Censorship is advertising paid by the government. Federico Fellini, director

Few persons have sufficient wisdom to prefer censure, which is useful, to praise which deceives them. Francois de la Rochefoucauld, writer

Art made tongue-tied by authority. William Shakespeare, dramatist

Assassination is the extreme form of censorship. George Bernard Shaw, dramatist

Censure is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent. Jonathan Swift, writer

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 feeds the dirty mind more than the four-letter word itself. Dick Cavett, entertainer

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 is to art as lynching is to justice. Henry Louis Gates, critic

There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them. Joseph Brodsky, poet

To prohibit the reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves. Claude Adrien Helvetius, philosopher

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

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

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

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

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, judge

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

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

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, novelist

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, writer

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

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, author

They can't censor the gleam in my eye. Charles Laughton, actor

The upshot was, my paintings must burn that English artists might finally learn. D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence, novelist

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, journalist

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, dramatist

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, novelist

It is useless to close the gates against ideas; they overlap them. Klemens Von Metternich,

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

Stopping leaks is a new form of censorship. Julian Assange, activist

The ultimate censorship is the flick of the dial. Tommy Smothers, comedian

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

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

Censorship ends in logical completeness when nobody is allowed to read any books except the books that nobody reads. George Bernard Shaw, dramatist

The first condition of progress is the removal of censorship. George Bernard Shaw, dramatist

The Internet treats censorship as a malfunction and routes around it. John Perry Barlow, writer

The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it. John Gilmore, activist

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

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, philosopher

The only thing that is obscene is censorship. Craig Bruce,

The internet interprets censorship as damage and routes around it. John Gilmour, politician

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

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

manuscripts don't burn - (рукописи не горят) Mikhail Bulgakov,

[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,

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,

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

To forbid us anything is to make us have a mind for it. Michel de Montaigne, philosopher

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

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

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

Pontius Pilate was the first great censor and Jesus Christ the first great victim of censorship. Ben Lindsey, judge

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 don't believe in censorship in any form. Kathryn Bigelow, director

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

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