Self Censorship Quotes

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Neil Gaiman
“It's harder to pick and choose when you're dead. It's like a photograph, you know. It doesn't matter as much.”
Neil Gaiman, American Gods

Lisa See
“Our words had to be circumspect. We could not write anything too negative about our circumstances. This was tricky, since the very form of a married woman's letter needed to include the usual complaints -- that we were pathetic, powerless, worked to the bone, homesick, and sad. We were supposed to speak directly about our feelings without appearing ungrateful, no-account, or unfilial.”
Lisa See, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Stefan Molyneux
“It is really exhausting to live in a dictatorship of 'Me', which is basically a tyranny of others.”
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Craig Ferguson
“At CBS, I’m in your house. I’m mindful of that. When I do standup, you’re in my home and I can say what I want to.”
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Craig Ferguson
“I know the fashion is that everything is fair game [for comedy material] but I don't believe that.”
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Martha Wells
“I really needed to get around to setting that one-second delay on my mouth.”
Martha Wells, Exit Strategy

“We'll beat you yet, you cold-blooded, censored son of a bowdlerized, unprintably expurgated deletion!”
David R. Palmer, Emergence

“Self-censorship is the most insidious form of censorship.”
Marty Rubin

John Banville
“Where did this absurd rule come from, and why did we so meekly obey it? Under a tyrannical regime--and the Ireland of those days was a spiritual tyranny--the populace becomes so cowed that it does the state's work for it voluntarily. And as every tyrant knows, a people's own self-censorship is the kind that works best. In the 1990s, when revelations of clerical sexual abuse and the Catholic Church's cover-ups put an end to its hegemony almost overnight, my generation scratched its head and asked, in voices trembling with incredulity, 'How could we let them get away with it for so long?' But the question, of course, contained its own answer: We let them get away with it. Power is more often surrendered than seized.”
John Banville, Time Pieces: A Dublin Memoir

John Stuart Mill
“In general, opinions contrary to those commonly received can only obtain a hearing by studied moderation of language, and the most cautious avoidance of unnecessary offence, from which they hardly ever deviate even in a slight degree without losing ground: while unmeasured vituperation employed on the side of the prevailing opinion, really does deter people from professing contrary opinions, and from listening to those who profess them.”
John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

“People don't often say what they think but rather what they think is permissible.”
Michael Rectenwald, Springtime for Snowflakes: Social Justice and Its Postmodern Parentage

Kiran Nagarkar
“But to censor it would be tantamount to a kind of doctoring. I would be just as guilty of a normative version of the past as the charans and their ilk. And not to write at all would mean that i, too, believes that truth was a good slogan but not to be confronted in the corridors of real life.”
Kiran Nagarkar, Cuckold

Jean Baudrillard
“There are things one can no longer talk about or cannot yet talk about again. Their ghosts have not yet been stabilized. Marxism?
There are others we cannot talk about yet, or can no longer talk about, because their ghosts are already running around the streets; they are already preceded by their shades. Information, communication?
One only speaks well of what is disappearing. The class struggle, the dialectic in Marx, power and sexuality in Foucault. Analysis itself contributes to hastening their end.”
Jean Baudrillard, Cool Memories

Mark Twain
“Writers of all kinds are manacled servants of the public. We write frankly and fearlessly, but then we 'modify' before we print.”
Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi