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Censorship Quotes

They can't censor the gleam in my eye.

Author: Charles Laughton


The upshot was, my paintings must burn that English artists might finally learn.

Author: D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930)

Profession: British Author

The crime of book purging is that it involves a rejection of the word. For the word is never absolute truth, but only man's frail and human effort to approach the truth. To reject the word is to reject the human search.

Author: Max Lerner (1902)

Profession: American Author, Columnist

We live in oppressive times. We have, as a nation, become our own thought police; but instead of calling the process by which we limit our expression of dissent and wonder ''censorship,'' we call it ''concern for commercial viability.''

Author: David Mamet (1947)

Profession: American Playwright

If some books are deemed most baneful and their sale forbid, how, then, with deadlier facts, not dreams of doting men? Those whom books will hurt will not be proof against events. Events, not books, should be forbid.

Author: Herman Melville (1819-1891)

Profession: American Author

It is useless to close the gates against ideas; they overlap them.

Author: Klemens Von Metternich (1773-1859)

Profession: Austrian Statesman

Instead of asking -- ''How much damage will the work in question bring about?'' why not ask -- ''How much good? How much joy?''

Author: Henry Miller (1891-1980)

Profession: American Author

As good almost kill a man as kill a good book; who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image; but he who destroys a good book, kills reason itself, kills the image of God, as it were in the eye.

Author: John Milton (1608-1674)

Profession: British Poet

Art is never chaste. It ought to be forbidden to ignorant innocents, never allowed into contact with those not sufficiently prepared. Yes, art is dangerous. Where it is chaste, it is not art.

Author: Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

Profession: Spanish Artist

When truth is no longer free, freedom is no longer real: the truths of the police are the truths of today.

Author: Jacques Prevert (1900-1977)

Profession: French Poet

Art made tongue-tied by authority.

Author: William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Profession: British Poet, Playwright, Actor

Censorship ends in logical completeness when nobody is allowed to read any books except the books nobody reads.

Author: George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Profession: Irish-born British Dramatist

I am of course confident that I will fulfill my tasks as a writer in all circumstances -- from my grave even more successfully and more irrefutably than in my lifetime. No one can bar the road to truth, and to advance its cause I am prepared to accept even death. But may it be that repeated lessons will finally teach us not to stop the writer's pen during his lifetime? At no time has this ennobled our history.

Author: Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918)

Profession: Russian Novelist

Woe to that nation whose literature is cut short by the intrusion of force. This is not merely interference with freedom of the press but the sealing up of a nation's heart, the excision of its memory.

Author: Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918)

Profession: Russian Novelist

If we can't stamp out literature in the country, we can at least stop its being brought in from outside.

Author: Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966)

Profession: British Novelist