Censorship Quotes

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

 

The first condition of progress is the removal of censorship. - George Bernard Shaw

 

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. - Nadine Gordimer

 

Assassination is the extreme form of censorship. - George Bernard Shaw

 

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

 

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

 

Censorship reflects a society's lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime. - Potter Stewart

 

All censorship's exist to prevent any one from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions. All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions. Consequently the first condition of progress is the removal of censorships. - George Bernard Shaw

 

Censorship ends in logical completeness when nobody is allowed to read any books except the books that nobody reads. - George Bernard Shaw

 

The first condition of progress is the removal of censorship.-George Bernard Shaw

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

There should be no censorship of mail.-Barbara Deming

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 
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