If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.
What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.
One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present.
The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.
There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.
Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too.
He who destroys a good book kills reason itself.
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
[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.
There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches.
The dirtiest book of all is the expurgated book.
Censorship is telling a man he can't have a steak just because a baby can't chew it.
Censorship ends in logical completeness when nobody is allowed to read any books except the books that nobody can read.
Art made tongue-tied by authority.
It didn't come from the Government down. There was no dictum, no declaration, no censorship, to start with, no! Technology, mass exploitation, and minority pressure carried the trick, thank God.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, books are dangerous. They should be dangerous - they contain ideas.
Don't join the book burners... Don't be afraid to go in your library and read every book.
Every burned book enlightens the world.
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.
Banning books gives us silence when we need speech. It closes our ears when we need to listen. It makes us blind when we need sight.
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.
When a library expels a book of mine and leaves an unexpurgated Bible lying around where unprotected youth and age can get hold of it, the deep unconscious irony of it delights me and doesn't anger me.
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