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The crime of book purging is that it involves a rejection of the word. For the word is never absolute truth, but only man's frail and human effort to approach the truth. To reject the word is to reject the human search.
~ Max Lerner

 

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The upshot was, my paintings must burn that English artists might finally learn.
~ D. H. Lawrence

 

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They can't censor the gleam in my eye.
~ Charles Laughton

 

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This film is apparently meaningless, but if it has any meaning it is doubtless objectionable.
~ British Board of Film

 

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Those expressions are omitted which can not with propriety be read aloud in the family.
~ Thomas Bowdler

 

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We do not fear censorship for we have no wish to offend with improprieties or obscenities, but we do demand, as a right, the liberty to show the dark side of wrong, that we may illuminate the bright side of virtue -- the same liberty that is conceded to the art of the written word, that art to which we owe the Bible and the works of Shakespeare.
~ David Wark Griffiths

 

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We live in oppressive times. We have, as a nation, become our own thought police; but instead of calling the process by which we limit our expression of dissent and wonder ''censorship,'' we call it ''concern for commercial viability.''
~ David Mamet

 

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When truth is no longer free, freedom is no longer real: the truths of the police are the truths of today.
~ Jacques Prevert

 

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Whenever books are burned men also in the end are burned.
~ Heinrich Heine

 

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Woe to that nation whose literature is cut short by the intrusion of force. This is not merely interference with freedom of the press but the sealing up of a nation's heart, the excision of its memory.
~ Alexander Solzhenitsyn

 

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Would you approve of your young sons, young daughters -- because girls can read as well as boys -- reading this book? Is it a book that you would have lying around in your own house? Is it a book that you would even wish your wife or your servants to read?
~ Mervyn Griffith-Jones

 

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You can cage the singer but not the song.
~ Harry Belafonte

 

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Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter except by your permission.
~ Arnold Bennett

 

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