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Censorship Quotes

You can cage the singer but not the song.

Author: Harry Belafonte (1927)

Profession: American Actor and Singer

Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter except by your permission.

Author: Arnold Bennett (1867-1931)

Profession: British Novelist

Those expressions are omitted which can not with propriety be read aloud in the family.

Author: Thomas Bowdler (1754-1825)

Profession: British Physician, Editor

This film is apparently meaningless, but if it has any meaning it is doubtless objectionable.

Author: British Board of Film


The condition every art requires is, not so much freedom from restriction, as freedom from adulteration and from the intrusion of foreign matter.

Author: Willa Cather (1876-1947)

Profession: American Author

Censors tend to do what only psychotics do: they confuse reality with illusion.

Author: David Cronenberg (1943)

Profession: Canadian Filmmaker

One of the curious things about censorship is that no one seems to want it for himself. We want censorship to protect someone else; the young, the unstable, the suggestible, the stupid. I have never heard of anyone who wanted a film banned because otherwise he might see it and be harmed.

Author: Edgar Dale


Every burned book or house enlightens the world; every suppressed or expunged word reverberates through the earth from side to side.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free, no one ever will. Chance is the pseudonym of God when he did not want to sign.

Author: Anatole France (1844-1924)

Profession: French Writer

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.

Author: Nadine Gordimer (1923)

Profession: South African Author

Would you approve of your young sons, young daughters -- because girls can read as well as boys -- reading this book? Is it a book that you would have lying around in your own house? Is it a book that you would even wish your wife or your servants to read?

Author: Mervyn Griffith-Jones


We do not fear censorship for we have no wish to offend with improprieties or obscenities, but we do demand, as a right, the liberty to show the dark side of wrong, that we may illuminate the bright side of virtue -- the same liberty that is conceded to the art of the written word, that art to which we owe the Bible and the works of Shakespeare.

Author: David Wark Griffiths (1875-1948)

Profession: American Pioneer Film Director

Whenever books are burned men also in the end are burned.

Author: Heinrich Heine (1797-1856)

Profession: German Poet, Journalist

It seems not more reasonable to leave the right of printing unrestrained, because writers may be afterwards censured, than it would be to sleep with doors unbolted, because by our laws we can hang a thief.

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author

No member of society has the right to teach any doctrine contrary to what society holds to be true.

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author