A Quote by John Whiteside "Jack" Parsons on censorship, freedom, fascism, and power

[C]ensorship in any form is the opening wedge for fascism, since it places arbitrary and unwarranted power in the hands of individuals.

Jack Parsons

Source: "Freedom Is a Two-edged Sword." [1946] (1989) The Oriflamme. Cameron & Hymenaeus Beta, eds. Tempe, AZ: New Falcon, p. 21. ISBN 1-56184-116-1

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A Quote by Robert Anson Heinlein on censorship, tyranny, oppression, propaganda, freedom, and conquest

When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, "This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know," the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, not anything—you can't conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.

Robert Heinlein (1907 - 1988)

Source: "If This Goes On—", Revolt in 2100

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A Quote by Edward R. Murrow on books, change, censorship, joe mccarthy, and conformity

If none of us ever read a book that was
'dangerous,' nor had a friend who was 'different,' or never joined an
organization that advocated 'change,' we would all be just the kind of
people Joe McCarthy wants.

Edward R. Murrow

Source: http://www.evesmag.com/murrow.htm

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A Quote by Oscar Fingall O'Flahertie Wills Wilde on books, knowledge, and censorship

The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.

Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)

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A Quote by Don Marquis on censorship, literature, and freedom

"Censors are necessary, increasingly necessary, if America is to avoid having a vital literature."

Don Marquis (1878 - 1937)

Source: "Prefaces"

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A Quote by General William Westmoreland on censorship, confusion, and mind

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

William Westmoreland (1914 -)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by William Orville Douglas on censorship and literature

Literature should not be suppressed merely because it offends the moral code of the censor.

William Orville Douglas (1898 - 1980)

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A Quote by U.S. Supreme Court on absence, censorship, contentment, democracy, freedom, ideas, interest, society, speech, and traditions

As a matter of constitutional tradition, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, we presume that governmental regulation of the content of speech is more likely to interfere with the free exchange of ideas than to encourage it. The interest in encouraging freedom of expression in a democratic society outweighs any theoretical but unproven benefit of censorship.

U.S. Supreme Court

Source: 1997, Janet Reno et al. v. ACLU et al.

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A Quote by unknown on censorship and decisions

How can you censor my thoughts? What is right, what is not? How is it you decide, What I should feel inside?


Source: lyrics of rock group, Frozen Ghost

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Mirabel Osler on beauty, censorship, garden, justice, needs, ugliness, and vision

As for garden photographers, how differently they see things. With what ease the camera seems to compose a picture of great beauty with its discriminating lens. The naked eye can't censor some ugly sight on the periphery of vision; the photographer takes the perfect shot and picks for us just what we need to see.

Mirabel Osler

Contributed by: Zaady

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