Quotes of Censorship

“ The Net interprets censorship as damage… and routes around it. ”

- John Gilmore

“ Censorship ends in logical completeness when nobody is allowed to read any books except the books nobody reads. ”

- George Bernard Shaw

“ Vietnam was the first war ever fought without any censorship. Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind. ”

- William Westmoreland

“ Pontius Pilate was the first great censor and Jesus Christ the first great victim of censorship. ”

- Ben Lindsey

“ 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

“ I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it. ”

- Mae West

“ I suppose that writers should, in a way, feel flattered by the censorship laws. They show a primitive fear and dread at the fearful magic of print. ”

- John Mortimer

“ The censorship is such on television in the U.S. that films like mine don't stand a chance. ”

- John Pilger

“ 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

“ We can never be sure that the opinion we are endeavoring to stifle is a false opinion; and even if we were sure, stifling it would be an evil still. ”

- John Stuart Mill

“ All of our royalties from the sale of the book go to NCAC,... Every dollar helps them fight censorship and helps the teachers and students and librarians who are under fire. ”

- Judy Blume

“ Censorship always defeats it own purpose, for it creates in the end the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion. ”

- Henry Commager

“ We can speak our honest minds without compromise and without censorship and to each other and to our people. We can take our message directly to our people. ”

- Glenn Miller

“ Censorship feeds the dirty mind more than the four-letter word itself. ”

- Dick Cavett

“ This is censorship of the worst kind. ”

- Vanessa Redgrave

“ There's no human censorship at kiosks. ”

- Steve Forbes

“ There is a fine line between censorship and good taste and moral responsibility. ”

- Steven Spielberg

“ The Internet treats censorship as a malfunction and routes around it. ”

- John Perry Barlow

“ 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

“ Assassination is the extreme form of censorship. ”

- George Bernard Shaw

“ By placing discretion in the hands of an official to grant or deny a license, such a statute creates a threat of censorship that by its very existence chills free speech. ”

- Harry A. Blackmun

“ The upshot was, my paintings must burn that English artists might finally learn. ”

- D. H. Lawrence

“ The dirtiest book of all is the expurgated book. ”

- Walt Whitman

“ The only valid censorship of ideas is the right of people not to listen. ”

- Tommy Smothers

“ No member of society has the right to teach any doctrine contrary to what society holds to be true. ”

- Samuel Johnson

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

- William Butler Yeats

“ Art made tongue-tied by authority. ”

- William Shakespeare

“ The trouble with censors is that they worry if a girl has cleavage. They ought to worry if she hasn't any. ”

- Marilyn Monroe

“ 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

“ The first condition of progress is the removal of censorship. ”

- George Bernard Shaw
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