Censorship Quotes

I like to perhaps give you a four-letter word that starts with an S ends with a T. First time in television, I’m not going to look at you when I say this because this way I can’t get busted. You don’t know who said it. The band said it. Starts with S and ends […]

The Church has through the centuries, understood that ideas are really more dangerous than other weapons. Their use should be restricted.

All despotisms should be considered problems of mental hygiene, and all support of censorship should be considered as problems of abnormal psychology.

Vietnam was the first war ever fought without any censorship. Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind.

Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.

Damn all expurgated books, the dirtiest book of all is the expurgated book.

All censorships exist to prevent anyone 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 all censorships. There is the whole case against censorships in a nutshell.

The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame.

Comstockery is the world’s standing Joke at the expense of the United States. It confirms the deep-seated conviction of the Old World that America is a provincial place, a second rate, country-town civilization after all.

I can imagine no greater disservice to the country than to establish a system of censorship that would deny to the people of a free republic like our own their indisputable right to criticize their own public officials. While exercising the great powers of the office I hold, I would regret, in a crisis like […]