If there had been a censorship of the press in Rome we should have had today neither Horace nor Juvenal, nor the philosophical writings of Cicero.
I am mortified to be told that, in the United States of America, the sale of a book can become a subject of inquiry, and of criminal inquiry too.
Only the suppressed word is dangerous.
Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost
If you have to be careful because of oppression and censorship, this pressure produces diamonds.
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.
As to the evil which results from a censorship, it is impossible to measure it, for it is impossible to tell where it ends.
Censorship always defeats it own purpose, for it creates in the end the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion.
Censorship is a strange situation. There was times when people would burn books because they didn't like what people were doing.
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.
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.
If censorship reigns, there cannot be sincere flattery, and only small men are afraid of small writings.
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