Quotes About Censorship

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Robert A. Heinlein
“A society that gets rid of all its troublemakers goes downhill.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

Frank Zappa
“There is no such thing as a dirty word. Nor is there a word so powerful, that it's going to send the listener to the lake of fire upon hearing it.”
Frank Zappa

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

[As quoted in Literary Censorship in England (in Current Opinion, Vol. 55, No. 5, November 1913)]”
George Bernard Shaw

Ellen Hopkins
“A word to the unwise.
Torch every book.
Char every page.
Burn every word to ash.
Ideas are incombustible.
And therein lies your real fear.”
Ellen Hopkins

Bruce Coville
“The real heroes are the librarians and teachers who at no small risk to themselves refuse to lie down and play dead for censors.”
Bruce Coville

George Bernard Shaw
“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, Mrs. Warren's Profession

Michel de Montaigne
“To forbid us anything is to make us have a mind for it.”
Michel de Montaigne, Montaigne: Essays

John F. Kennedy
“We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people."

[Remarks on the 20th Anniversary of the Voice of America; Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, February 26, 1962]”
John F. Kennedy

John Scalzi
“1. Everyone is entitled to their opinion about the things they read (or watch, or listen to, or taste, or whatever). They’re also entitled to express them online.

2. Sometimes those opinions will be ones you don’t like.

3. Sometimes those opinions won’t be very nice.

4. The people expressing those may be (but are not always) assholes.

5. However, if your solution to this “problem” is to vex, annoy, threaten or harrass them, you are almost certainly a bigger asshole.

6. You may also be twelve.

7. You are not responsible for anyone else’s actions or karma, but you are responsible for your own.

8. So leave them alone and go about your own life."

[Bad Reviews: I Can Handle Them, and So Should You (Blog post, July 17, 2012)]”
John Scalzi

Ray Bradbury
“It was a pleasure to burn.
It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed. With the brass nozzle in his fists, with this great python spitting its venomous kerosene upon the world, the blood pounded in his head, and his hands were the hands of some amazing conductor playing all the symphonies of blazing and burning to bring down the tatters and charcoal ruins of history. With his symbolic helmet numbered 451 on his stolid head, and his eyes all orange flame with the thought of what came next, he flicked the igniter and the house jumped up in a gorging fire that burned the evening sky red and yellow and black. He strode in a swarm of fireflies. He wanted above all, like the old joke, to shove a marshmallow on a stick in the furnace, while the flapping pigeon-winged books died on the porch and lawn of the house. While the books went up in sparkling whirls and blew away on a wind turned dark with burning.”
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

United Nations
“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”
United Nations, Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Chris Hedges
“If we really saw war, what war does to young minds and bodies, it would be impossible to embrace the myth of war. If we had to stand over the mangled corpses of schoolchildren killed in Afghanistan and listen to the wails of their parents, we would not be able to repeat clichés we use to justify war. This is why war is carefully sanitized. This is why we are given war's perverse and dark thrill but are spared from seeing war's consequences. The mythic visions of war keep it heroic and entertaining…

The wounded, the crippled, and the dead are, in this great charade, swiftly carted offstage. They are war's refuse. We do not see them. We do not hear them. They are doomed, like wandering spirits, to float around the edges of our consciousness, ignored, even reviled. The message they tell is too painful for us to hear. We prefer to celebrate ourselves and our nation by imbibing the myths of glory, honor, patriotism, and heroism, words that in combat become empty and meaningless.”
Chris Hedges, Death of the Liberal Class

Rosa Luxemburg
“Freiheit ist immer die Freiheit des Andersdenkenden

Freedom is always, and exclusively, freedom for the one who thinks differently.”
Rosa Luxemburg

Richard Peck
“Only the nonreader fears books. ”
Richard Peck

John Morley
“You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.”
John Morley, On Compromise

Frank Zappa
“I wrote a song about dental floss but did anyone's teeth get cleaner?”
Frank Zappa

Jay-Z
“We change people through conversation, not through censorship.”
Jay-Z, Decoded

Christopher Hitchens
“The struggle for a free intelligence has always been a struggle between the ironic and the literal mind.”
Christopher Hitchens

Eugene O'Neill
“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

Katherine Paterson
“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

Claude Adrien Helvétius
“To prohibit the reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves.”
Claude Adrien Helvétius

Juvenal
“Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? - Who will watch the watchers?”
Juvenal, The Sixteen Satires

Stephen King
“If there's one American belief I hold above all others, it's that those who would set themselves up in judgment on matters of what is "right" and what is "best" should be given no rest; that they should have to defend their behavior most stringently. ... As a nation, we've been through too many fights to preserve our rights of free thought to let them go just because some prude with a highlighter doesn't approve of them."

[Bangor Daily News, Guest Column of March 20, 1992]”
Stephen King

Anaïs Nin
“The important task of literature is to free man, not to censor him, and that is why Puritanism was the most destructive and evil force which ever oppressed people and their literature: it created hypocrisy, perversion, fears, sterility.”
Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 4: 1944-1947

Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Every burned book or house enlightens the world; every suppressed or expunged word reverberates through the earth from side to side.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays: First Series

Kathy Griffin
“So yes, I say things I regret constantly, and I just can't help it.”
Kathy Griffin

“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

Laurence J. Peter
“A censor is an expert in cutting remarks. A censor is a man who knows more than he thinks you ought to.”
Laurence J. Peter

Isaac Asimov
“Any book worth banning is a book worth reading.”
Isaac Asimov

Mikhail Bulgakov
“To struggle against censorship, whatever its nature, and whatever the power under which it exists, is my duty as a writer, as are calls for freedom of the press. I am a passionate supporter of that freedom, and I consider that if any writer were to imagine that he could prove he didn't need that freedom, then he would be like a fish affirming in public that it didn't need water.”
Mikhail Bulgakov, Manuscripts Don't Burn: Mikhail Bulgakov A Life in Letters and Diaries

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