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The Best Quotes About Censorship

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A list of the best censorship quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous censorship quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic censorship quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational censorship quotes from that same writer.

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    Censorship is never over for those who have experienced it. It is a brand on the imagination that affects the individual who has suffered it, forever.

    Nadine Gordimer
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    Whenever books are burned men also in the end are burned.

    Heinrich Heine
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    Right now I think censorship is necessary; the things they're doing and saying in films right now just shouldn't be allowed. There's no dignity anymore and I think that's very important.

    Mae West
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    Art made tongue-tied by authority.

    William Shakespeare
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    Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter except by your permission.

    Arnold Bennett
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    Art is never chaste. It ought to be forbidden to ignorant innocents, never allowed into contact with those not sufficiently prepared. Yes, art is dangerous. Where it is chaste, it is not art.

    Pablo Picasso
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    It seems not more reasonable to leave the right of printing unrestrained, because writers may be afterwards censured, than it would be to sleep with doors unbolted, because by our laws we can hang a thief.

    Samuel Johnson
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    We live in oppressive times. We have, as a nation, become our own thought police; but instead of calling the process by which we limit our expression of dissent and wonder censorship, we call it concern for commercial viability.

    David Mamet
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    The crime of book purging is that it involves a rejection of the word. For the word is never absolute truth, but only man's frail and human effort to approach the truth. To reject the word is to reject the human search.

    Max Lerner
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    Every burned book or house enlightens the world; every suppressed or expunged word reverberates through the earth from side to side.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    No member of society has the right to teach any doctrine contrary to what society holds to be true.

    Samuel Johnson
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    If some books are deemed most baneful and their sale forbid, how, then, with deadlier facts, not dreams of doting men? Those whom books will hurt will not be proof against events. Events, not books, should be forbid.

    Herman Melville
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    Here we have bishops, priests, and deacons, a Censorship Board, vigilant librarians, confraternities and sodalities, Duce Maria, Legions of Mary, Knights of this Christian order and Knights of that one, all surrounding the sinner's free will in an embattled circle.

    Seán O'Casey
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    Censorship ends in logical completeness when nobody is allowed to read any books except the books nobody reads.

    George Bernard Shaw
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    As good almost kill a man as kill a good book; who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image; but he who destroys a good book, kills reason itself, kills the image of God, as it were in the eye.

    John Milton
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    I think you can leave the arts, superior or inferior, to the conscience of mankind.

    William Butler Yeats
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    Instead of asking -- How much damage will the work in question bring about? why not ask -- How much good? How much joy?

    Henry Miller
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    The upshot was, my paintings must burn that English artists might finally learn.

    D. H. Lawrence
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    If we can't stamp out literature in the country, we can at least stop its being brought in from outside.

    Evelyn Waugh
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    The condition every art requires is, not so much freedom from restriction, as freedom from adulteration and from the intrusion of foreign matter.

    Willa Cather
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    No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free, no one ever will. Chance is the pseudonym of God when he did not want to sign.

    Anatole France