Censorship Quotes

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.

A book whose sale’s forbidden all men rush to see, and prohibition turns one reader into three.

A writer does not have to be incarcerated in a prison cell or abducted or murdered, to be silenced by a regime which does not approve of him. To be banned, censored, unable to publish his work, can to a dedicated writer, be “a fate worse than death.”

Censorship reflects a society’s lack of confidence in itself.

If a man is pictured chopping off a woman’s breast, it only gets a R rating, but if, God forbid, a man is pictured kissing a woman’s breast, it gets an X rating. Why is violence more acceptable than tenderness?

If it is true that every Cuban knows how to read and write, it is likewise true that every Cuban has nothing to read and must be very cautious about what he writes.

At the beginning of the twenty-first century, a new status quo emerged in which the textbook industry and the major adoption states became comfortable with one another. They shared the same bias guidelines, which quieted the critics, left and right. Feminists were happy, because the publishers had accepted a nonsexist language code. Ethnic and cultural […]

Dear Sir, – I am greatly troubled by what you say. I wrote Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn for adults exclusively, and it always distresses me when I find that boys and girls have been allowed access to them. The mind that becomes soiled in youth can never again be washed clean. I know this […]

I am opposed to censorship. Censors are pretty sure fools. I have no confidence in the suppression of everyday facts.

We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongues, at our peril, risk and hazard.