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(other peoples) Thoughts on censorship

Saturday, October 04, 2008

"Everyone is in favor of free speech. Hardly a day passes without its being extolled, but some people's idea of it is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone else says anything back, that is an outrage." -- Winston Churchill

"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 Steel Commager

"Don't join the book burners. Don't think you are going to conceal thoughts by concealing evidence that they ever existed." -- Dwight D. Eisenhower, speech at Dartmouth College, June 14, 1953

"This is slavery, not to speak one's thought." -- Euripides, Greek tragic poet (480 or 485 B.C. - 406 B.C)

"Where they have burned books, they will end in burning human beings." -- Heinrich Heine

"Fear of corrupting the mind of the younger generation is the loftiest form of cowardice." -- Holbrook Jackson

"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

"Books and ideas are the most effective weapons against intolerance and ignorance." -- Lyndon Baines Johnson, February 11, 1964

"One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present." -- Golda Meir, Israeli political leader (1898-1978)

"You have not converted a man because you have silenced him." -- John Morley

"Censorship of anything, at any time, in any place, on whatever pretense, has always been and always be the last resort of the boob and the bigot." -- Eugene Gladstone O'Neill, American playwright (1888-1953)

"Censorship reflects a society's lack of confidence in itself. It is the hallmark of an authoritarian regime..." -- Justice Potter Stewart, dissenting Ginzberg v. United States, 383 U.S. 463 (1966)

"All these people talk so eloquently about getting back to good old-fashioned values. Well, as an old poop I can remember back to when we had those old-fashioned values, and I say let's get back to the good old-fashioned First Amendment of the good old-fashioned Constitution of the United States -- and to hell with the censors! Give me knowledge or give me death!" -- Kurt Vonnegut, author

"The dirtiest book of all is the expurgated book." -- Walt Whitman

For more quotes, check out the Forbidden Library.

1 comment(s):

Care said...

This is the 3rd time this week, I've seen the word 'expurgated'. Maybe one of these days, I'll be able to use it in a sentence all by myself.

GREAT QUOTES!

In a real sense, people who have read good literature have lived more than people who cannot or will not read. It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish. ~S.I. Hayakawa

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
~St. Augustine

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.
~Mark Twain

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