Top 10 Quotes Against Censorship
#10 - ETERNAL FIGHT
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"We all know that books burn, yet we have the greater knowledge that books cannot be killed by fire. People die, but books never die. No man and no force can put thought in a concentration camp forever. No man and no force can take from the world the books that embody man's eternal fight against tyranny of every kind."
—Franklin D. Roosevelt

#09 - FREEDOM TO OFFEND
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"What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist."
—Salman Rushdie

#08 - WHITE NOISE
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“Imagine books and music and movies being filtered and homogenized. Certified. Approved for consumption. People will be happy to give up most of their culture for the assurance that the tiny bit that comes through is safe and clean. White noise.”
Chuck Palahniuk

#07 - DIRTIEST BOOK
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"Damn all expurgated books; the dirtiest book of all is the expurgated book."
—Walt Whitman

#06 - EVERY BURNED BOOK
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"Every burned book or house enlightens the world; every suppressed or expunged word reverberates through the earth from side to side."
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

#05 - HERETICS
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“It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creeds into law if it acquires the political power to do so, and will follow it by suppressing opposition, subverting all education to seize early the minds of the young, and by killing, locking up, or driving underground all heretics.”
—Robert A. Heinlein

#04 - BLOCKAGE
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“Intelligence is the capacity to receive, decode and transmit information efficiently. Stupidity is blockage of this process at any point. Bigotry, ideologies etc. block the ability to receive; robotic reality-tunnels block the ability to decode or integrate new signals; censorship blocks transmission.”
—Robert Anton Wilson

#03 - HALLMARK
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“Censorship reflects a society's lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime.”
—Potter Stewart, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court

#02 - UNWORTHY
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"An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all."
—Oscar Wilde

#01 - LIT MATCHES
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"There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches. Every minority, be it Baptist/Unitarian, Irish/Italian/Octogenarian/Zen Buddhist, Zionist/Seventh-day Adventist, Women's Lib/Republican, Mattachine/FourSquareGospel feels it has the will, the right, the duty to douse the kerosene, light the fuse. Every dimwit editor who sees himself as the source of all dreary blanc-mange plain porridge unleavened literature, licks his guillotine and eyes the neck of any author who dares to speak above a whisper or write above a nursery rhyme."
—Ray Bradbury

User Comments - Add a Comment
Stu R - 2008-05-28 08:56:05
You forgot the truest of them all "Whenever they burn books, they will also, in the end, burn people." HEINRICH HEINE
Lynda Benninger - 2008-09-21 13:14:46

I love this page!

Anonymous - 2008-11-02 14:07:34

Belief is independent of Truth. Truth is independent of Belief. They are separate and Independent axis'. The Citizen.

Ray Bradbury - 2008-12-04 23:22:41

"It was a pleasure to burn."

Bess - 2009-01-19 23:46:54

The original one-act play I helped write this winter quotes Potter Stewart. When I came across this top 10 list...the first thing I thought was "They had better damn have Potter Stewart." And it does. Crisis aborted.

Zachary tyler moser - 2010-02-23 09:03:15

im gunna use dis foooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

shawna - 2010-11-22 09:15:19

good quotes.

oh yeah - 2011-01-09 18:34:43

Now i have the hook for my censorship paper. Thank you ray bradbury.

Jade121314 - 2011-01-25 15:50:10

Ima use one of these for a project. AGAINST!!!

Trey Mills - 2011-03-06 23:41:27

Thanks Salman Rushdie great quote for my music censorship speech

jonathan - 2012-07-31 05:22:02

Thank you! Extremely good views and quotes .

anonymous - 2013-06-01 06:53:49

There will come a day when the light has prevailed and people will return to the ways of the book "AN AUTHENTIC HADITH"