Quotations on Censorship

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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
(Keywords: Censorship, Country)

I think the best thing in cases of censorship or things like this is to get as much media as possible.
- Kathy Acker
(Keywords: Censorship, Media)

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
(Keywords: Life, Censorship, Fact, Military, Press, Right, Struggle)

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
(Keywords: Legal, People, Censorship, Living, May, Publishing, Want)

The Internet treats censorship as a malfunction and routes around it.
- John Perry Barlow
(Keywords: Censorship, Internet)

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
(Keywords: Censorship, Evil, Measure, Results)

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
(Keywords: Censorship, Discretion, Existence, Free speech)

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

Censorship feeds the dirty mind more than the four-letter word itself.
- Dick Cavett
(Keywords: Censorship, Mind, Word)

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
(Keywords: Government, Censorship, Common sense, Sensitivity)

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
(Keywords: Society, Purpose, Censorship, Discretion, End)

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
(Keywords: Society, Purpose, Censorship, Discretion, End, Fact)

There should be no censorship of mail.
- Barbara Deming
(Keywords: Censorship, Mail)

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

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
(Keywords: Character, Control, Censorship, Evil, Self)

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
(Keywords: Censorship, Freedom, Past, Praise, Present)

Censorship is to art as lynching is to justice.
- Henry Louis Gates
(Keywords: Art, Censorship, Justice)

The internet interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.
- John Gilmour
(Keywords: Censorship, Internet)

Censorship is the height of vanity.
- Martha Graham
(Keywords: Censorship, Vanity)

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
(Keywords: Being, Censorship, Writers)

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
(Keywords: Censorship, Writers)

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
(Keywords: Ideas, Americans, Beliefs, Censorship, Competition, Constitution, Debate, Democracy, First, Free speech, Rights)

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
(Keywords: People, Censorship, Right, Word)

Censorship of ideas or images or words is wrong.
- Richard King
(Keywords: Ideas, Censorship, Words, Wrong)

Everyone has an opinion, and the guy screaming for censorship may be the next guy to have his ideas cut off.
- Richard King
(Keywords: Ideas, Censorship, May, Opinion)

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
(Keywords: People, Censorship, Information, Journalism, Question)

What is also strange to me is that public libraries have always been in the forefront of opposing censorship.
- Matthew Lesko
(Keywords: Censorship, Libraries, Public)

Pontius Pilate was the first great censor and Jesus Christ the first great victim of censorship.
- Ben Lindsey
(Keywords: Censorship, Christ, First)

Censorship, like charity, should begin at home, but, unlike charity, it should end there.
- Clare Boothe Luce
(Keywords: Home, Censorship, Charity, End)

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
(Keywords: Fear, Censorship, Laws, Magic, Writers)

The censorship is such on television in the U.S. that films like mine don't stand a chance.
- John Pilger
(Keywords: Censorship, Chance, Television)

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
(Keywords: Control, Financial, Censorship, Influence, Pressure)

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
(Keywords: Balance, Censorship, Children, Needs)

The first condition of progress is the removal of censorship.
- George Bernard Shaw
(Keywords: Progress, Censorship, First)

Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.
- George Bernard Shaw
(Keywords: Assassination, Censorship, Extreme)

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
(Keywords: Censorship, Information, Marketing, Media, Profit, Theory)

The only valid censorship of ideas is the right of people not to listen.
- Tommy Smothers
(Keywords: People, Ideas, Censorship, Right)

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
(Keywords: Censorship, Eyes, Fate, Pride)

There is a fine line between censorship and good taste and moral responsibility.
- Steven Spielberg
(Keywords: Censorship, Responsibility, Taste)

Censorship reflects a society's lack of confidence in itself.
- Potter Stewart
(Keywords: Society, Censorship, Confidence)

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
(Keywords: Time, Censorship, Children)

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
(Keywords: Censorship, Dignity, Now, Right, Saying)

I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it.
- Mae West
(Keywords: Censorship, Fortune)

Vietnam was the first war ever fought without any censorship. Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind.
- William Westmoreland
(Keywords: War, Censorship, First, Mind, Public, Vietnam)

Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind.
- William Westmoreland
(Keywords: Censorship, Mind, Public)









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