Thursday, May 12, 2005

Censorship Quotes

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 more justified in silencing that one person than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.  ~John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, 1859 To choose a good book, look in an inquisitorÂ’s prohibited list.  ~John AikinTo limit the press is to insult a nation; to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves.  ~Claude-Adrien HelvétiusCensorship offends me.  ~Author Unknown We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values.  For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.  ~John F. Kennedy God forbid that any book should be banned.  The practice is as indefensible as infanticide.  ~Rebecca West If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.  ~Noam Chomsky Every human being has a right to hear what other wise human beings have spoken to him.  It is one of the Rights of Men; a very cruel injustice if you deny it to a man!  ~Thomas CarlyleBooks won't stay banned - Ideas won't go to jail. ~Alfred Whitney GriswoldYou can cage the singer but not the song.  ~Harry Belafonte, in International Herald Tribune, 3 October 1988 I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.  ~Voltaire The populist authoritarianism that is the downside of political correctness means that anyone, sometimes it seems like everyone, can proclaim their grief and have it acknowledged.  The victim culture, every sufferer grasping for their own Holocaust, ensures that anyone who feels offended can call for moderation, for dilution, and in the end, as is all too often the case, for censorship.  And censorship, that by-product of fear - stemming as it does not from some positive agenda, but from the desire to escape our own terrors and superstitions by imposing them on others - must surely be resisted.  ~Jonathon Green, "Did You Say 'Offensive?'," as posted on wordwizard.com Featured Link: MichaelMoore.com Page Information: www.quotegarden.net/censorship.html document.write(LastUpdate())                              

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