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Censorship quotes (18)

I am what I am and I have the need to be.
Proverb   Category: Censorship

Pontius Pilate was the first great censor and Jesus Christ the first great victim of censorship.
Benjamin Barr Lindsey   Category: Censorship

The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.
Oscar Wilde   Category: Censorship

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   Category: Censorship

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   Category: Censorship

Censor: A self-appointed snoophound who sticks his nose in other peoples business.
Bennett Cerf   Category: Censorship

Literature should not be suppressed merely because it offends the moral code of the censor.
William Orville Douglas   Category: Censorship

Censorship reflects a society's lack of confidence in itself.
Potter Stewart   Category: Censorship

We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongues at our peril risk and hazard.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Censorship

Only the suppressed word is dangerous.
Ludwig Börne   Category: Censorship

As long as I don't write about the government religion politics and other institutions I am free to print anything.
Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais   Category: Censorship

A censor is a man who knows more than he thinks you ought to.
Granville Hicks   Category: Censorship

An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.
General Dwight David Eisenhower   Category: Censorship

Censorship is almost systematically the weapon of first resort for governments in uncertain political situations. So not only are the famous writers and bold journalists in danger; at every level of public and private life the freedoms to think read or write are denied. In the absence of a free press other human rights abuses flourish unabated. Nothing is reported criticized questioned. The example of imprisonment torture or execution imposes a further silence. A blindly obedient mob mentality is encouraged driven by extremist religious or ethnic loyalties. The citizens do not know what is happening. Fear and ignorance permeate discussion.
Marian Botsford Fraser   Category: Censorship

Censorship ends in logical completeness when nobody is allowed to read any books except the books that nobody can read.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Censorship

I never knew a girl who was ruined by a book.
James Walker   Category: Censorship

Oh yes. Id do it all again; the spirit is willing yet; I feel the same desire to do the work but the flesh is weak. Its too bad that our bodies wear out while our interests are just as strong as ever.
Susan Brownell Anthony   Category: Censorship

The Internet treats censorship as a malfunction and routes around it.
John Perry Barlow   Category: Censorship