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He is always the severest censor of the merit of others who has the least worth of his own. (Quote by - Elias Lyman Maggon)

I look upon those who would deny others the right to urge and argue their position, however irksome and pernicious they may seem, as intellectual and moral cowards. (Quote by - William E. Borah)

To prohibit the reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves. (Quote by - Claude Adrien Helvetius)

There is nothing more frightening than active ignorance. (Quote by - Goethe)

The de facto censorship which leaves so many Americans functionally illiterate about the history of US foreign affairs may be all the more effective because it is not official, heavy- handed or conspiratorial, but woven artlessly into the fabric of education and media. No conspiracy is needed. (Quote by - William Blum)

No member of a society has a right to teach any doctrine contrary to what society holds to be true. (Quote by - Samuel Johnson)

You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police. Yet in their hearts there is unspoken - unspeakable! - fear. They are afraid of words and thoughts! Words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home, all the more powerful because they are forbidden. These terrify them. A little mouse - a little tiny mouse! -of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic. (Quote by - Winston Churchill)

If the human body's obscene, complain to the manufacturer, not me. (Quote by - Larry Flynt)

We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongue, at our peril, risk and hazard. (Quote by - Voltaire, Dictionnaire Philosophique, 1764)

Dealing with censorship has become our art how to say something with certain rules. (Quote by - Rafi Pitts)

Limiting the freedom of news 'just a little bit' is in the same category with the classic example 'a little bit pregnant'. (Quote by - Robert Anson Heinlein)

I do think it's a larger censorship problem. Here we have to battle just to be in locations. We've been banned from several of the businesses in town. (Quote by - Paul Blake)

Censorship is a strange situation. There was times when people would burn books because they didn't like what people were doing. (Quote by - Michael Berryman)

Censorship reflects a society's lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime. (Quote by - Potter Stewart)

Fear of serious injury cannot alone justify suppression of free speech and assembly. Men feared witches and burned women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears. (Quote by - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis)

REVOLUTION, n. A bursting of the boilers which usually takes place when the safety valve of public discussion is closed. (Quote by - Ambrose Bierce)

The DMCA set up a system where, essentially, the government outsourced censorship of science. (Quote by - Cindy Cohn)

Censorship in China is nothing new, but the growing co- operation of U.S. technology companies in China's repressive policies is. (Quote by - Ann Cooper)

To say, 'don't have it', that's censorship. That's what is being done. That is what is being said by the control board letter and by the sheriff. (Quote by - Allen Lichtenstein)

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. (Quote by - Glenn Miller)

I am opposed to censorship. Censors are pretty sure fools. I have no confidence in the suppression of everyday facts. (Quote by - James Robinson)

If this nation is to be wise as well as strong, if we are to achieve our destiny, then we need more new ideas for more wise men reading more good books in more public libraries. These libraries should be open to all—except the censor. We must know all the facts and hear all the alternatives and listen to all the criticisms. Let us welcome controversial books and controversial authors. For the Bill of Rights is the guardian of our security as well as our liberty. (Quote by - John Fitzgerald Kennedy)

The influence of these huge and powerful corporations on the media leads to a pernicious kind of censorship. The problem is exacerbated by the fact that many of these corporations own and control the media. In 1996 the Seagram Company ran a whiskey ad on an NBC affiliate in Texas, thus breaking the decades- old tradition of liquor ads not being carried on television. Although network television is leery of running liquor ads for fear of offending their beer advertisers, Advertising Age reported that Seagram might have a winning card to play, .. If Seagram came to us with a hard- liquor ad, we'd have to look at it. (Quote by - Cartoon Network)

There is no such thing as a moral book or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written. That is all. (Quote by - Oscar Wilde)

If your library is not 'unsafe', it probably isn't doing its job. (Quote by - John Berry)


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