If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.
To reject the word is to reject the human search.
Without free speech no search for truth is possible... no discovery of truth is useful.
Books and ideas are the most effective weapons against intolerance and ignorance.
Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.
I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it.
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.
Books won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. The source of better ideas is wisdom. The surest path to wisdom is a liberal education.
Censorship is the child of fear and the father of ignorance.
Censorship always defeats it own purpose, for it creates in the end the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion.
Yes, books are dangerous. They should be dangerous - they contain ideas.
Books won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't go to jail
There is more than one way to burn a book.
There's more than one way to be a girl
There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.
Censorship is telling a man he can't have a steak just because a baby can't chew it.
Censorship reflects a society's lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime.
There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches.
The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas.
[I]t's not just the books under fire now that worry me. It is the books that will never be written. The books that will never be read. And all due to the fear of censorship. As always, young readers will be the real losers.
The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.
Censorship, like charity, should begin at home, but, unlike charity, it should end there.
Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too.
What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.
Censorship ends in logical completeness when nobody is allowed to read any books except the books that nobody reads.
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