Quotes and Sayings about Censorship



"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
(Related: Censorship)

"I think the best thing in cases of censorship or things like this is to get as much media as possible."
- Kathy Acker
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: Legal, People, Censorship, Living, May, Publishing, Want)

"Stopping leaks is a new form of censorship."
- Julian Assange
(Related: Censorship)

"The Internet treats censorship as a malfunction and routes around it."
- John Perry Barlow
(Related: 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
(Related: Censorship, Evil, Measure, Results)

"Censorship is a strange situation. There was times when people would burn books because they didn't like what people were doing."
- Michael Berryman
(Related: People, Books, Censorship)

"I am still against any kind of censorship. It's a subject in my life that has been very important."
- Bernardo Bertolucci
(Related: Life, Censorship)

"I don't believe in censorship in any form."
- Kathryn Bigelow
(Related: Censorship)

"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
(Related: 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
(Related: War, Act, Censorship, Radical)

"The only thing that is obscene is censorship."
- Craig Bruce
(Related: Censorship)

"These censorship people think something is going to promote behavior in people."
- Max Cannon
(Related: People, Behavior, Censorship)

"Censorship feeds the dirty mind more than the four-letter word itself."
- Dick Cavett
(Related: 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
(Related: Government, Censorship, Common sense, Sensitivity)

"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
(Related: Imagination, Censorship)

"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
(Related: 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
(Related: Society, Purpose, Censorship, Discretion, End, Fact)

"You seldom get a censorship attempt from a 14-year-old boy. It's the adults who get upset."
- Robert Cormier
(Related: Censorship)

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

"One thing that success has taught me is censorship."
- Tracey Emin
(Related: Success, Censorship)

"Censorship is advertising paid by the government."
- Federico Fellini
(Related: Government, Advertising, Censorship)

"People must not think that all bad in man which is unleashed, the moment you impose censorship disappears from man."
- Milos Forman
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: Censorship, Freedom, Past, Praise, Present)

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

"The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it."
- John Gilmore
(Related: Censorship)

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

"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
(Related: Imagination, Censorship)

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

"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
(Related: Censorship)

"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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: People, Censorship, Right, Word)

"I am seriously opposed to censorship of any sort."
- Don Johnson
(Related: Censorship)

"Censorship of ideas or images or words is wrong."
- Richard King
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: Censorship, Libraries, Public)

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

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

"I mean, believe me, I'm not for censorship."
- Joe Mantegna
(Related: Censorship)

"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
(Related: Negative, Exercise, Liberty, Poets, Self)

"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
(Related: 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
(Related: Censorship, Chance, Television)

"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
(Related: Society, Danger, Enemy, Self)

"Let me be clear: I am not an advocate of censorship."
- Mike Rogers
(Related: Censorship)

"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
(Related: 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
(Related: Balance, Censorship, Children, Needs)

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

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

"Censorship ends in logical completeness when nobody is allowed to read any books except the books that nobody reads."
- George Bernard Shaw
(Related: Books, Censorship)

"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
(Related: Censorship, Information, Marketing, Media, Profit, Theory)

"The ultimate censorship is the flick of the dial."
- Tommy Smothers
(Related: Censorship)

"The only valid censorship of ideas is the right of people not to listen."
- Tommy Smothers
(Related: 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
(Related: Censorship, Eyes, Fate, Pride)

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

"Censorship reflects a society's lack of confidence in itself."
- Potter Stewart
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: Censorship, Dignity, Now, Right, Saying)

"I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it."
- Mae West
(Related: 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
(Related: War, Censorship, First, Mind, Public, Vietnam)

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