Censorship Quotes

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

Tommy Smothers

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

Potter Stewart

Wherever they burn books they will also, in the end, burn human beings.

Heinrich Heine

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

Tatyana Tolstaya

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

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

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

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

Michael Berryman

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.

ROBERT HEINLEIN

All censorships exist to prevent any one from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions. All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions. Consequently the first condition of progress is the removal of censorships.

George Bernard Shaw

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

Pierre Augustin Caron De Beaumarchais

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Updated On : January 30, 2013
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