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Arthur is free to use that word censorship if he wants. We are in the business of selling paintings and art. And song lyrics are not our expertise. (Quote by - Sam Adams)

The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error. (Quote by - John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, 1859)

Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind. (Quote by - Gen William C. Westmoreland)

I have a problem with censorship by the lawyer - by legal people by the publishing firm, and I may be changing publishers. They don't seem to want to take too many risks with living people. (Quote by - Kenneth Anger)

Our studies have shown that China's online censorship systems are by far the most sophisticated and extensive in the world. (Quote by - John Palfrey)

I wrote 'Tom Sawyer' and 'Huck Finn' for adults exclusively, and it always distressed me when I find that boys and girls have been allowed access to them. The mind that becomes soiled in youth can never again be washed clean. (Quote by - Mark Twain)

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. (Quote by - Nadine Gordimer)

The paper burns, but the words fly away. (Quote by - Akiba ben Joseph)

Government censorship can slow down, but can't reverse this trend. (Quote by - Xiao Qiang)

The immigration laws should not be used as instruments of censorship. The State Department should not be deciding which ideas Americans hear and which they do not. (Quote by - Jameel Jaffer)

If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all. (Quote by - Noam Chomsky)

The most common examples of book censorship are in schools and public libraries, and all those examples are most often involving children's literature. Political groups attempt to remove books from library shelves because those books use 'naughty' words, do not have happy endings... or because they have too many rainbows. Rainbows are considered a sign of 'New Age' religiosity. Little Red Riding Hood was the 24th most banned book in the early 90's mostly because she had a bottle of wine in her basket. Many organizations demanded a non (Quote by - alcohol Little Red. They were successful sometimes in their efforts, by the way. (Quote by - Herbert Foerstel)

Censorship always defeats it own purpose, for it creates in the end the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion. (Quote by - Henry Steele Commager)

Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one. (Quote by - Abbott Joseph Liebling, Do You Belong in Journalism? New Yorker, 4 May 1960)

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? (Quote by - Joseph Henry Jackson)

Freedom of the press is not just important to democracy, it is democracy. (Quote by - Walter Cronkite, 1980)

If librarianship is the connecting of people to ideas and I believe that is the truest definition of what we do it is crucial to remember that we must keep and make available, not just good ideas and noble ideas, but bad ideas, silly ideas, and yes, even dangerous or wicked ideas. (Quote by - Graceanne A. Decandido)

It's a form of censorship in its crudest and rudest form. (Quote by - Matthew Aid)

The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply troubled by your government's harassment and censorship of journalists,. (Quote by - Ann Cooper)

The idea that immigration law is being used as a tool of censorship is unacceptable. By regulating speech at our borders, we are sending the wrong message to the world. We must not have a double standard regarding the freedom of speech and dissent. That is one of the strengths of our democracy. (Quote by - Caroline Fredrickson)

The freedom of the individual and rights of conscience will have no place in a society where government espouses a particular religious view of morality, one that has no room for deviation from the norm. (Quote by - Arlene Carmen)

This is censorship of the worst kind. (Quote by - Vanessa Redgrave)

Censorship, like charity, should begin at home, but unlike charity, it should end there. (Quote by - Clare Boothe Luce)

Americans ought to be concerned about censorship and the use of information by our government. Similarly, we are citizens of the world, and collectively we ought to advocate an approach to information worldwide that is as open and transparent as possible. (Quote by - Kirk Hanson)

Vietnam was the first war ever fought without any censorship. Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind. (Quote by - Gen William C. Westmoreland)


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