There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written.
God forbid that any book should be banned. The practice is as indefensible as infanticide.
I am mortified to be told that, in the United States of America, the sale of a book can become a subject of inquiry, and of criminal inquiry too.
Books and ideas are the most effective weapons against intolerance and ignorance.
It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.
Libraries should be open to all - except the censor.
I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it.
Books won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't go to jail.
The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.
He who destroys a good book kills reason itself.
There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
People die, but books never die.
Censorship always defeats it own purpose, for it creates in the end the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion.
The dirtiest book of all is the expurgated book.
Don't join the book burners!
Fear of corrupting the mind of the younger generation is the loftiest form of cowardice.
Fear is often disguised as moral outrage.
Better a thousandfold abuse of free speech than denial of free speech.
Don't join the book burners... Don't be afraid to go in your library and read every book.
Art made tongue-tied by authority.
If this nation is to be wise as well as strong, if we are to achieve our destiny, then we need more new ideas for more wise men reading more good books in more public libraries.
To limit the press is to insult a nation; to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves: such a prohibition ought to fill them with disdain.
The abuse dies in a day; but the denial slays the life of the people and entombs the hope of the race.
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.
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