54+ Best Censorship Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational censorship quotes will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.

Famous Censorship Quotes

Do you understand now why books are hated and feared? Because they reveal the pores on the face of life. The comfortable people want only the faces of the full moon, wax, faces without pores, hairless, expressionless.

I mean, believe me, I’m not for censorship. Joe Mantegna

Stuff your eyes with wonder. Live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.

As Pa said, censorship encouraged people to believe nonsense. John Christopher

Books were only one type of receptacle where we stored a lot of things we were afraid we might forget. There is nothing magical in them at all. The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the Universe together into one garment for us.

Knowledge cannot defile, nor consequently the books, if the will and conscience be not defiled. John Milton

Our civilization is flinging itself to pieces. Stand back from the centrifuge.

Our studies have shown that China’s online censorship systems are by far the most sophisticated and extensive in the world. John Palfrey

There must be something in books, something we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing.

The interest in encouraging freedom of expression in a democratic society outweighs any theoretical but unproven benefit of censorship. John Paul Stevens

If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you’ll never learn.

The Internet treats censorship as a malfunction and routes around it. John Perry Barlow

With school turning out more runners, jumpers, racers, tinkerers, grabbers, snatchers, fliers, and swimmers instead of examiners, critics, knowers, and imaginative creators, the word intellectual of course, became the swear word it deserved to be.

The censorship is such on television in the U.S. that films like mine don’t stand a chance. John Pilger

When they give you lined paper, write the other way.

Dat veniam corvis, vexat censura columbas.  Censure acquits the raven, but pursues the dove. Juvenal

See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ask for no guarantees, ask for no security.

Satires which the censor can understand are justly forbidden. Karl Kraus

The sun burnt every day. It burnt time.

The case against censoring anything is absolutely nothing that could be censored can be so bad in its effects, in the long run, as censorship itself. Katharine Whitehorn

We’re going to meet a lot of lonely people in the next week and the next month and the next year. And when they ask us what we’re doing, you can say, We’re remembering.  That’s where we’ll win out in the long run.

I don’t believe in censorship in any form. Kathryn Bigelow

Don’t ask for guarantees. And don’t look to be saved in any one thing, person, machine, or library. Do your own bit of saving, and if you drown, at least die knowing you were heading for shore.

I think the best thing in cases of censorship or things like this is to get as much media as possible. Kathy Acker

The good writers touch life often. The mediocre ones run a quick hand over her. The bad ones rape her and leave her for the flies.

Any country that has sexual censorship will eventually have political censorship. Kenneth Tynan

But you can’t make people listen. They have to come round in their own time, wondering what happened and why the world blew up around them. It can’t last.

If the human body’s obscene, complain to the manufacturer, not me. Larry Flynt

It was a pleasure to burn.

Censorship, telling people how to live their lives I completely disagree with. M. Shadows

A book is a loaded gun in the house next door Who knows who might be the target of the well read man?

Censorship is telling a man he can’t have a steak just because a baby can’t chew it. Mark Twain

Oh God, the terrible tyranny of the majority. We all have our harps to play. And it’s up to you to know with which ear you’ll listen.

What is also strange to me is that public libraries have always been in the forefront of opposing censorship. Matthew Lesko

It doesn’t matter what you do so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away.

Exile as a mode of genius no longer exists; in place of Joyce we have the fragments of work appearing in Index on Censorship. Nadine Gordimer

I’ll hold on to the world tight some day. I’ve got one finger on it now; that’s a beginning

Censorship may have to do with literature; but literature has nothing whatever to do with censorship. Nadine Gordimer

I just want someone to hear what I have to say. And maybe if I talk long enough it’ll make sense.

I won’t stand for censorship, not even from Jesus Christ. Nelson Rodrigues

Putting out the stars and extinguishing the sun.

The very aim and end of our institutions is just this: that we may think what we like and say what we think. Oliver Wendell Holmes

The average TV commercial of sixty seconds has one hundred and twenty half second clips in it, or one third of a second. We bombard people with sensation. That substitutes for thinking.

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 Claude Adrien Helvetius

The books are to remind us what asses and fools we are.

No member of a society has a right to teach any doctrine contrary to what society holds to be true. Samuel Johnson

I ate them like salad, books were my sandwich for lunch, my tiffin and dinner and midnight munch. I tore out the pages, ate them with salt, doused them with relish, gnawed on the bindings, turned the chapters with my tongue!

There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written. Oscar Wilde

How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real?

Knowledge cannot defile, nor consequently the books, if the will and conscience be not defiled. John Milton

These are all novels, all about people that never existed, the people that read them make them unhappy with their own lives. Makes them want to live in other ways they can never really be

We can never be sure that the opinion we are endeavoring to stifle is a false opinion; and if we were sure, stifling it would be an evil still. John Stuart Mill

Those who don’t build must burn.

No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free, no one ever will. Thomas Jefferson

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