Book Burning Quotes

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Lemony Snicket
“The burning of a book is a sad, sad sight, for even though a book is nothing but ink and paper, it feels as if the ideas contained in the book are disappearing as the pages turn to ashes and the cover and binding--which is the term for the stitching and glue that holds the pages together--blacken and curl as the flames do their wicked work. When someone is burning a book, they are showing utter contempt for all of the thinking that produced its ideas, all of the labor that went into its words and sentences, and all of the trouble that befell the author . . .”
Lemony Snicket, The Penultimate Peril

Franklin D. Roosevelt
“Books can not be killed by fire. People die, but books never die. No man and no force can abolish memory... In this war, we know, books are weapons. And it is a part of your dedication always to make them weapons for man's freedom.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Heinrich Heine
“Das war ein Vorspiel nur; dort wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man auch am Ende Menschen."

Heinrich Heine, Gesammelte Werke

Geraldine Brooks
“Book burnings. Always the forerunners. Heralds of the stake, the ovens, the mass graves.”
Geraldine Brooks, People of the Book

Heinrich Heine
“Where they burn books, at the end they also burn people”
Heinrich Heine

Christopher Marlowe
“I am Envy, begotten of a chimney-sweeper and an oyster-wife. I cannot read, and therefore wish all books were burnt; I am lean with seeing others eat - O that there would come a famine through all the world, that all might die, and I live alone; then thou should'st see how fat I would be! But must thou sit and I stand? Come down, with a vengeance!”
Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus

Alberto Manguel
“It hardly matters why a library is destroyed: every banning, curtailment, shredding, plunder or loot gives rise (at least as a ghostly presence) to a louder, clearer, more durable library of the banned, looted, plundered, shredded or curtailed.”
Alberto Manguel, The Library at Night

Finn Murphy
“Books are completely disappearing. Remember in Fahrenheit 451 where the fireman's wife was addicted to interactive television and they sent fireman crews out to burn books? That mission has been largely accomplished in middle-class America and they didn't need the firemen. The interactive electronics took care of it without the violence,”
Finn Murphy, The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road

“Some read to remember the home they had left behind, others to forget the hell that surrounded them. Books uplifted their weary souls and energized their minds…books had the power to sooth an aching heart, renew hope for the future, and provide a respite when there was no other escape.”
Molly Guptill Manning

“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 sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. The source of better ideas is wisdom. The surest path to wisdom is a liberal education.”
Alfred Whitney Griswold, Essays on Education

Ray Bradbury
“The world rushed in a circle and turned on its axis and time was busy burning the years and the people anyway, without any help from him. So if he burnt things with the firemen and the sun burnt Time, that meant that everything burnt!
One of them had to stop burning. The sun wouldn't, certainly. So it looked as if it had to be Montag and the people he had worked with until a few short hours ago. Somewhere the saving and putting away had to begin again and someone had to do the saving and keeping, one way or another, in books, in records, in people's heads, any way at all so long as it was safe, free from moths, silverfish, rust and dry-rot, and men with matches.”
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury
“Colored people don't like Little Black Sambo. Burn it. White people don't feel good about Uncle Tom's Cabin. Burn it. Someone's written a book on tobacco and cancer of the lungs? The cigarette people are weeping? Burn the book. Serenity, Montag. Peace, Montag. Take your fight outside. Better yet, into the incinerator. Funerals are unhappy and pagan? Eliminate them, too. Five minutes after a person is dead he's on his way to the Big Flue, the Incinerators serviced by helicopters all over the country. Ten minutes after death a man's a speck of black dust. Let's not quibble over individuals with memoriams. Forget them. Burn all, burn everything. Fire is bright and fire is clean.”
Ray Bradbury

Heinrich Heine
“It is there, where they burn books, that eventually they burn people.”
Heinrich Heine

Salman Rushdie
“Where they burn books they will in the end burn people too.”
Salman Rushdie, Joseph Anton: A Memoir

“Whenever a soldier needed an escape, the antidote to anxiety, relief from boredom, a bit of laughter, inspiration, or hope, he cracked open a book and drank in the words that would transport him elsewhere.”
Molly Guptill Manning

Manu Herbstein
“In 1891 the Brazilian Minister of Finance decreed the abolition of history; he ordered the destruction of every document which dealt in any way with slavery or the slave trade; a nation-wide burning of the books.”
Manu Herbstein, AMA

G. Willow Wilson
“No," said Dina. "We don't burn books."

"Who's we?"

"People with an ounce of brain.”
G. Willow Wilson, Alif the Unseen

Libba Bray
“A bonfire billowed up. Some in the crowd tossed copies of Ladybird's book into the fire while a librarian pleaded with them not to do that and grabbed a fire extinguisher.*

*Really, being a librarian is a much more dangerous job than you realize.”
Libba Bray, Beauty Queens

“I'm sure the only act that sells more books than a good banning is a good burning.”
Pansy Schneider-Horst

“No, I am not imagining a book-burning, warmongering, anti-intellectual fascist regime – in my plan, there is no place for re ghters who light up the Homers and Lady Murasakis and Cao Xueqins stashed under your bed – because, for starters, I’m not banning literature per se. I’m banning the reading of literature. Purchasing and collecting books and other forms of literature remains perfectly legitimate as long as you don’t peruse the literature at hand.”
Kyoko Yoshida

Marcus Sedgwick
“...people burn books, and that they ban books is, in a way, a good sign. It's a good sign because it means books have power. When people burn books, it's because they're afraid of what's inside them...”
Marcus Sedgwick, The Monsters We Deserve

Stewart Stafford
“Someone tweeted a quote of mine yesterday, and got abused so much for posting it they deleted it. Any doubts free speech is under attack everywhere now vanished for me right there. The crushing of my words in another's mouth left me speechless. Words, and the freedom to express them, are getting torched on a bonfire of inanities. Then the chilling hand of déjà vu claps us on the back and tells us not to concern ourselves with independent thought.”
Stewart Stafford

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“I am not a supporter of burning books; but like poison, some books should be kept away from simple minds who can't take in the strong content they provide”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“Better watch her. She burns other people's books.”
Tsukumizu, Girls' Last Tour, Vol. 1

Sara Lewis Holmes
“Oh my dear, you don't think burning a book destroys a story, do you?”
Sara Lewis Holmes, The Wolf Hour

James Hannam
“In traditional histories, the rise of humanism is usually portrayed as “a good thing,” but the truth is that the humanists almost managed to destroy 300 years of progress in natural philosophy. By discarding the advances made by medieval scholars together with so many of the manuscripts that contained them, they could have set back the advance of science by centuries. Einstein might have had to do the work of Newton. The reason that progress in science was not so held back (although it arguably didn’t move forward as quickly as it might have done) was that the invention of printing had guaranteed that, if nothing else, the old books were preserved. Most people forgot about them, but a few, like Galileo, used the knowledge found within.”
James Hannam, God's Philosophers: How the Medieval World Laid the Foundations of Modern Science

Susan Orlean
“German poet Heinrich Heine [warned], 'There where one burns books, one in the end burns men.”
Susan Orlean, The Library Book

Catherine Nixey
“The very memory that there was any opposition at all to Christianity faded. The idea that philosophers might have fought fiercely, with all they had, against Christianity was – is – passed over. The memory that many were alarmed at the spread of this violently intolerant religion fades from view. The idea that many were not delighted but instead disgusted by the sight of burning and demolished temples was – is – brushed aside. The idea that intellectuals were appalled – and scared – by the sight of books burning in pyres, is forgotten.
Christianity told the generations that followed that their victory over the old world was celebrated by all, and the generations that followed believed it.”
Catherine Nixey, The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World

Shokoofeh Azar
“And so, with a slow sweep of the arm that remained forever etched in my memory, he took out a match, lit it, and tossed it onto the pile of books. With a quiet huff...ff...ff the flames rippled over the pages, catching first the old books with the brown paper whose smell I loved so much. I vividly remember how Danko's Burning Heart was engulfed in flames that then licked at Luce's skirt who, desperately trying to protect herself from the fire in pages of Romain Rolland's book, held Pierre tightly to her breast. I watched as the fire spread to the intertwined lovers Pierre and Natasha, Heathcliff and Cathrine Earnshaw, Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, abelard and Heloise, Tristan and Isolde, Salaman and Absal, Vis and Ramin, Vamegh and Azra, Zohreh and Manuchehr, shirin and Farhad, Leyli and Majnun, Arthur and Gemma, the Rose and the Little Prince, before they had the chance to smell or kiss each other again, or whisper. "I love you" one last time.”
Shokoofeh Azar, The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree

Criss Jami
“A once-high society lowers itself when having little to no respect for even a decent honesty, and it's at its lowest when, at last, truth is frowned upon.”
Criss Jami

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