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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.”
“To forbid us anything is to make us have a mind for it.”
--Michel de Montaigne, Montaigne: Essays
“When freedom is outlawed, only outlaws will be free.”
--Tom Robbins, Still Life With Woodpecker
“All these people talk so eloquently about getting back to good old-fashioned values. Well, as an old poop I can remember back to when we had those old-fashioned values, and I say let's get back to the good old-fashioned First Amendment of the good old-fashioned Constitution of the United States -- and to hell with the censors! Give me knowledge or give me death!”
“Censorship of anything, at any time, in any place, on whatever pretense, has always been and always will be the last resort of the boob and the bigot.”
"It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress."
--Mark Twain, Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar
“Censorship is advertising paid by the government.”
“All the papers that matter live off their advertisements, and the advertisers exercise an indirect censorship over news.”
--George Orwell, Why I Write
“Withholding information is the essence of tyranny. Control of the flow of information is the tool of the dictatorship.”
“Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.”
--Harry S. Truman
“If you can't say Fuck, you can't say, Fuck the government.”
“Censorship is the tool of those who have the need to hide actualities from themselves and from others. Their fear is only their inability to face what is real, and I can't vent any anger against them. I only feel this appalling sadness. Somewhere, in their upbringing, they were shielded against the total facts of our existence. They were only taught to look one way when many ways exist.”
"But the truth is, that 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."
--Mark Twain, Letter to Mrs. F. G. Whitmore, 7 February 1907
“You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.”
“We change people through conversation, not through censorship.”
“I wrote a song about dental floss but did anyone's teeth get cleaner?”
“The dirtiest book of all is the expurgated book.”
“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.”
--Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
"Life isn't stable. Stability is unnatural. The only stable society is the police state. You can have a free society or you can have a stable society. You can't have both. Take your choice. As for me, I'll choose a free, organic society over a rigid, artificial society any day."
--Tom Robbins, Another Roadside Attraction