Censorship Quotations

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You have a perfect right, of course, as every parent does, and I’m a parent, to decide what your child is exposed to. You do not have the right to decide what everyone else’s children are exposed to. So that’s how I feel about it.

– J.K. Rowling

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Don’t join the book burners. Don’t think you’re going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed. Don’t be afraid to go in your library and read every book…

– Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Every burned book enlightens the world.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.

– Benjamin Franklin

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Let children read whatever they want and then talk about it with them. If parents and kids can talk together, we won’t have as much censorship because we won’t have as much fear.

– Judy Blume

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Censorship is telling a man he can’t have a steak just because a baby can’t chew it.

– Mark Twain

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An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.

– Oscar Wilde

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Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.

– Harper Lee

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There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.

– Joseph Alexandrovitch Brodsky

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Dare to think for yourself.

– Voltaire

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4 thoughts on “Censorship Quotations

    jmeyersforeman said:
    September 30, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    hi, sunsets are always nice – I know I need to enjoy them more, thanks for visiting my site and commenting on my sunset!
    the quotations you provided are powerful, I especially like the one – as a parent I can choose what my child is exposed to, but I cannot decide for others, is such an important concept.
    but at a certain age – age appropriate – talking to our children about ideas and thoughts we don’t agree with is important. thanks for sharing your ideas, and thoughts.

      Caroline responded:
      September 30, 2011 at 1:59 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked my sunset photo. I agree, too often parents disapprove what their child is reading and believe others shouldn’t read the book either. Of course this then starts book challenges in the school, but people shouldn’t stop what others have the right to read. Many ‘questionable’ books to some eyes are great conversation starters with children. Thanks for the comment.

    Dayle Fraschilla said:
    October 1, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Love them all, but especially the Oscar Wilde quote!

      Caroline responded:
      October 1, 2011 at 10:07 am

      I think that’s the reason many people challenge or ban books, because they’re afraid of new ideas.

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