Famous Quotes & Quotations About Censorship:
A free press can be good or bad, but, most certainly, without freedom a press will never be anything but bad.
~ Albert Camus.
Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.
~ Abbott Joseph Liebling Quotes, New Yorker, 4 May 1960.
God forbid that any book should be banned. The practice is as indefensible as infanticide.
~ Rebecca West.
Books won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only weapon against bad ideas is better ideas.
~ Alfred Whitney Griswold Quotes, New York Times, 24 February 1959.
Censorship feeds the dirty mind more than the four-letter word itself.
~ Dick Cavett.
Censorship offends me.
~ Author Unknown.
Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.
~ George Bernard Shaw, The Rejected Statement, Part I, The Shewing-Up of Blanco Posnet, 1911.
Censorship reflects society's lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime.
~ Potter Stewart.
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.
Every burned book enlightens the world.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Every human being has a right to hear what other wise human beings have spoken to him. It is one of the Rights of Men; a very cruel injustice if you deny it to a man!
~ Thomas Carlyle.
If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.
~ John Stuart Mill Quotes, On Liberty, 1859.
If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.
~ Noam Chomsky.
Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too.
To choose a good book, look in an inquisitor’s prohibited list.
~ John Aikin.
If you don't have this freedom of the press, then all these little fellows are weaseling around and doing their monkey business and they never get caught.
~ Harold R. Medina.
Obscenity is not a quality inherent in a book or picture, but is solely and exclusively a contribution of the reading mind, and hence cannot be defined in terms of the qualities of a book or picture.
~ Theodore Schroeder.
Take away the right to say "fuck" and you take away the right to say "fuck the government."
~ Lenny Bruce.
The dirtiest book of all is the expurgated book.
~ Walt Whitman.
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 Quotes.
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