Censorship Quotes

Censorship is the height of vanity.

Martha Graham

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

Censorship reflects society's lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime.

Potter Stewart

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

Tommy Smothers

The whole principle [of censorship] is wrong. It's like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can't have steak.


Censorship is a strange situation. There was times when people would burn books because they didn't like what people were doing.

Michael Berryman

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

Henry Steele Commager

As to the evil which results from a censorship, it is impossible to measure it, for it is impossible to tell where it ends.

Jeremy Bentham

The fact is that censorship always defeats its own purpose, for it creates, in the end, the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion.

Henry Steele Commager

If you have to be careful because of oppression and censorship, this pressure produces diamonds.

Tatyana Tolstaya

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

John Perry Barlow

We are willing enough to praise freedom when she is safely tucked away in the past and cannot be a nuisance. In the present, amidst dangers whose outcome we cannot foresee, we get nervous about her, and admit censorship.

E M Forster

I believe in non-violent methods of struggle as most effective in the long run for building up successful working class power. Where they cannot be followed or where they are not even permitted by the ruling class, obviously only violent tactics remain. I champion civil liberty as the best of the non-violent means of building the power on which workers rule must be based. If I aid the reactionaries to get free speech now and then, if I go outside the class struggle to fight against censorship, it is only because those liberties help to create a more hospitable atmosphere for working class liberties. The class struggle is the central conflict of the world; all others are incidental.

Roger Nash Baldwin

If censorship reigns, there cannot be sincere flattery, and only small men are afraid of small writings.

Pierre Augustin Caron De Beaumarchais

It's not just the books under fire now that worry me. It is the books that will never be written. The books that will never be read. And all due to the fear of censorship. As always, young readers will be the real losers.

Judy Blume

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