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One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present.
The first thing dictators do is finish free press, to establish censorship. There is no doubt that a free press is the first enemy of dictatorship.
Political correctness is neither political nor is it correct. It amounts to social censorship, and the sooner we spit it out, the better.
Freedom of the press is not just important to democracy, it is democracy.
It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.
Don't join the book burners!
Censorship is telling a man he can't have a steak just because a baby can't chew it.
If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.
We do not need a censorship of the press. We have a censorship by the press... It is not we who silence the press. It is the press who silences us.
I wrote a song about dental floss but did anyone's teeth get cleaner?
It is not necessary to conceal anything from a public insensible to contradiction and narcotized by technological diversions.
The only thing that is obscene is censorship.
There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.
If you believe that I'm a cop killer, you believe David Bowie is an astronaut.
The only valid censorship of ideas is the right of people not to listen.
Withholding information is the essence of tyranny. Control of the flow of information is the tool of the dictatorship.
What does censorship reveal? It reveals fear.
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'?
As Pa said, censorship encouraged people to believe nonsense.
When one writer tries to silence another, he silences every writer-and in the end he also silences himself.
I never make moral judgments; I'm not qualified to do so. I am not a censor, a priest, or a politician.
Only the nonreader fears books.
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.
We change people through conversation, not through censorship.
Censorship, telling people how to live their lives I completely disagree with.
All censorships exist to prevent anyone from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions.
A society that gets rid of all its troublemakers goes downhill.
Every burned book enlightens the world.
Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind.
Any book worth banning is a book worth reading.
Censorship feeds the dirty mind more than the four-letter word itself.
Having the freedom to read and the freedom to choose is one of the best gifts my parents ever gave me.
We get on the bandwagon in all sorts of ways - you know minor ways and major ways - like what you've just encountered which isn't censorship exactly, it was something sort of uglier in a way.
Burning is no answer.
I don't believe in censorship, but I do believe that an artist has to take some moral responsibility for what he or she is putting out there.
An attack upon our ability to tell stories is not just censorship - it is a crime against our nature as human beings.
Censorship should never be allowed. One should be able to say anything. But I refuse to let politics be foisted on me.
The trouble with censorship is that once it starts it is hard to stop. Just about every book contains something that someone objects to.
Censorship reflects a society's lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime.
There is more than one way to burn a book.
Art made tongue-tied by authority.
If the human body's obscene, complain to the manufacturer, not me.
Censorship is to art as lynching is to justice.
People die, but books never die.
Censorship is the height of vanity.
All the papers that matter live off their advertisements, and the advertisers exercise an indirect censorship over news.
Censorship always defeats it own purpose, for it creates in the end the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion.
We hold that no person or set of persons can properly establish a standard of expression for others.
Whenever it's suggested that our sponsors have some kind of influence or control of what we cover in some kind of censorship through financial pressure, it's rubbish. That's never happened.
Self-censorship is insulting to the self. Timidity is a hopeless way forward.