Friday, May 06, 2005

Censorship Quotes

  In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost.  The only weapon against bad ideas is better ideas.  ~Alfred Whitney Griswold, New York Times, 24 February 1959 Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.  ~Abbott Joseph Liebling, "Do You Belong in Journalism?" New Yorker, 4 May 1960 A free press can be good or bad, but, most certainly, without freedom a press will never be anything but bad.  ~Albert Camus To reject the word is to reject the human search.  ~Max Lerner, 1953, on book purging Nature knows no indecencies; man invents them.  ~Mark Twain, Notebook, 1935 What progress we are making.  In the Middle Ages they would have burned me.  Now they are content with burning my books.  ~Sigmund Freud, 1933 Wherever they burn books they will also, in the end, burn human beings.  ~Heinrich Heine, Almansor, 1823 Every burned book enlightens the world.  ~Ralph Waldo EmersonTake away the right to say "fuck" and you take away the right to say "fuck the government."  ~Lenny Bruce 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 If you don't have this freedom of the press, then all these little fellows are weaseling around and doing their monkey business and they never get caught.  ~Harold R. Medina I believe in censorship.  I made a fortune out of it.  ~Mae West The paper burns, but the words fly away.  ~Akiba ben JosephObscenity is not a quality inherent in a book or picture, but is solely and exclusively a contribution of the reading mind, and hence cannot be defined in terms of the qualities of a book or picture.  ~Theodore Schroeder Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.  ~George Bernard Shaw, "The Rejected Statement, Part I," The Shewing-Up of Blanco Posnet, 1911 Censorship feeds the dirty mind more than the four-letter word itself.  ~Dick Cavett The test of democracy is freedom of criticism.  ~David Ben-Gurion If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, mankind would be no mo

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