“Censorship is telling a man he can’t have a steak just because a baby can’t chew it.” Mark Twain
“My own opinion is enough for me, and I claim the right to have it defended against any consensus, any majority, anywhere, any place, any time. And anyone who disagrees with this can pick a number, get in line, and kiss my ass.” Christopher Hitchens
“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. In the long run it will create a generation incapable of appreciating the difference between independence of thought and subservience.” Henry Steele Commager
“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
“This is slavery, not to speak one’s thought.” Euripides
“You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.” John Morley
How about you? Any feelings on censoring books, people or the internet? Should thought ever be punished?
Featured Image: The Travelling Companions by Augustus Leopold Egg – 1862