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Censorship Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Censorship

Please enjoy these Censorship Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

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

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You seldom get a censorship attempt from a 14-year-old boy.
It's the adults who get upset.
- Robert Cormier

I do not believe in censorship, but I believe we already
have censorship in what is called marketing theory,
namely the only information we get in mainstream media is for profit.
- Sam Sheppard

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

 

Pontius Pilate was the first great censor and Jesus
Christ the first great victim of censorship.
- Ben Lindsey

The only thing that is obscene is censorship.
- Craig Bruce

The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.
- John Gilmore

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As to the evil which results from a censorship,
it is impossible to measure it, for it is impossible to tell where it ends.
- Jeremy Bentham

The only valid censorship of ideas is the right of people not to listen.
- Tommy Smothers

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

The fact is that censorship always defeats its own purpose,
for it creates, in the end, the kind of society that
is incapable of exercising real discretion.
- Henry Steele Commager

Censorship, like charity, should begin at home,
but, unlike charity, it should end there.
- Clare Boothe Luce

I believe in censorship.
I made a fortune out of it.
- Mae West

The internet interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.
- John Gilmour

Censorship is a strange situation.
There was times when people would burn books because
they didn't like what people were doing.
- Michael Berryman

We Negro writers, just by being black,
have been on the blacklist all our lives.
Censorship for us begins at the color line.
- Langston Hughes

I think what we have in this country is a little more
dangerous in a way because it can't be seen fully.
It's sorta internal censorship.
We censor each other.
- Kathy Acker

Stopping leaks is a new form of censorship.
- Julian Assange

There should be no censorship of mail.
- Barbara Deming

Censorship is never over for those who have experienced it.
It is a brand on the imagination that affects the individual who has suffered it,
forever.
- Noam Chomsky

Censorship is the height of vanity.
- Martha Graham

Censorship of ideas or images or words is wrong.
- Richard King

Censorship is to art as lynching is to justice.
- Henry Louis Gates

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

I am still against any kind of censorship.
It's a subject in my life that has been very important.
- Bernardo Bertolucci

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

Censorship feeds the dirty mind more than the four-letter word itself.
- Dick Cavett

I suppose that writers should, in a way,
feel flattered by the censorship laws.
They show a primitive fear and dread at the fearful magic of print.
- John Mortimer

These censorship people think something is going to
promote behavior in people.
- Max Cannon

Vietnam was the first war ever fought without any censorship.
Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind.
- William Westmoreland

I know that many writers have had to write under censorship
and yet produced good novels;
for instance,
Cervantes wrote Don Quixote under Catholic censorship.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

I think the enemy is self-censorship.
In a free society the biggest danger is that you're
afraid to the point where you censor yourself.
- Tim Robbins

The ultimate censorship is the flick of the dial.
- Tommy Smothers

By placing discretion in the hands of an official to grant or deny a license,
such a statute creates a threat of censorship that
by its very existence chills free speech.
- Harry A. Blackmun

There was no censorship of the press:
in general,
the War Measures Act could have been made even more radical.
- Robert Bourassa

I'm opposed to censorship of any kind,
especially by government.
But it's plain common sense that producers should target
their product with some kind of sensitivity.
- Lee Child

Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind.
- William Westmoreland

Everyone has an opinion, and the guy screaming for
censorship may be the next guy to have his ideas cut off.
- Richard King

Censorship reflects a society's lack of confidence in itself.
- Potter Stewart

Let me be clear: I am not an advocate of censorship.
- Mike Rogers

Censorship is advertising paid by the government.
- Federico Fellini

I am seriously opposed to censorship of any sort.
- Don Johnson

People must not think that all bad in man which is unleashed,
the moment you impose censorship disappears from man.
- Milos Forman

They still had the Lord Chamberlain,
so we had this idiotic censorship.
We were allowed three Jesus Christs instead of 10.
Why three were OK, I don't know.
- Uta Hagen

Censorship always defeats it own purpose,
for it creates in the end the kind of society that
is incapable of exercising real discretion.
- Henry Steele Commager

I don't believe in censorship in any form.
- Kathryn Bigelow

There is a fine line between censorship and good taste
and moral responsibility.
- Steven Spielberg

One thing that success has taught me is censorship.
- Tracey Emin

But, uh, censorship at that time said that you just
absolutely couldn't do anything involving children
and so we had to go from there.
I don't remember what I changed it to.
Duvall is just excellent in it.
- Robert Towne

We get on the bandwagon in all sorts of ways -
you know minor ways and major ways -
like what you've just encountered which isn't censorship exactly,
it was something sort of uglier in a way.
- Kathy Acker

Storytelling is the only studio movie where the censorship is perfectly clear,
the only studio movie with a big red box covering up a shot.
I take pride in that - and, of course,
in having avoided the fate of Eyes Wide Shut.
- Todd Solondz

Our censorship has sort of gotten a little too far.
Too much censorship is just as bad as having none at all.
Children need to be exposed to things,
because if they don't see it, eventually,
it's not like it's not going to happen,
but it's just that there needs to be a balance.
- Zoe Saldana

But poets were not considered dangerous and they were
advised to exercise self-censorship.
At most, poets were requested not to write at all.
I took advantage of this negative liberty.
- Eugenio Montale

I have a problem with censorship by the lawyer -
by legal people by the publishing firm,
and I may be changing publishers.
They don't seem to want to take too many risks with living people.
- Kenneth Anger

The worst evil is - and that's the product of censorship -
is the self-censorship,
because that twists spines, that destroys my character
because I have to think something else and say something else,
I have to always control myself.
- Milos Forman

Right now I think censorship is necessary;
the things they're doing and saying in films right
now just shouldn't be allowed.
There's no dignity anymore and I think that's very important.
- Mae West

When you are covering a life-or-death struggle,
as British reporters were in 1940, it is legitimate
and right to go along with military censorship,
and in fact in situations like that there wouldn't
be any press without the censorship.
- Kate Adie

Whenever it's suggested that our sponsors have some
kind of influence or control of what we cover in some
kind of censorship through financial pressure,
it's rubbish.
That's never happened.
- Morley Safer

We are willing enough to praise freedom when she is
safely tucked away in the past and cannot be a nuisance.
In the present, amidst dangers whose outcome we cannot foresee,
we get nervous about her, and admit censorship.
- E. M. Forster

The US constitution's First Amendment rights only cover Americans,
but I believe that in a democracy the competition of
ideas and free speech should combat beliefs that it does not agree with -
more speech and debate,
not censorship.
- Joichi Ito

In any event, the proper question isn't what a journalist
thinks is relevant but what his or her audience thinks is relevant.
Denying people information they would find useful because
you think they shouldn't find it useful is censorship,
not journalism.
- Michael Kinsley

The only place we were really told to tone it down -
where other people would use the word censorship,
but I wouldn't - was when we did MTV right after the
Beavis and Butt-head thing.
- Penn Jillette

We censor our actions, but
our dreams reveal our true character.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There are Anarchists in other parts of the world who are unable to,
comprehend the position of the Spanish Anarchists.
I do not pretend to censor these Anarchists.
- Frederica Montseny

A performance art piece is unprecedented.
It is difficult to censor since it has a good possibility
of never being done before.
- Jack Bowman

The Church doesn't censor.
It tries to guide its faithful through catechism.
- Claudio Hummes

A lot of times, we censor ourselves before the censor even gets there.
- Spike Lee

The Thought Police: To censor and protect.
- Craig Bruce

Difference of opinion is advantageous in religion.
The several sects perform the office of a Censor -
over each other.
- Thomas Jefferson

You can't censor people's dreams.
- Robyn Hitchcock

I mean, they censor your work when they're scared of it.
- Kathy Acker


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