6 Great Quotes About Censorship

“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

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” Mark Twain

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“All the pathos and irony of leaving one’s youth behind is thus implicit in every joyous moment of travel: one knows that the first joy can never be recovered, and the wise traveler learns not to repeat successes but tries new places all the time.” Paul Fussell

**A question: Does anyone know who this painting is by?

 

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“I love fools’ experiments. I am always making them.”

“I love fools’ experiments. I am always making them.”

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”

“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you...I could walk through my garden forever.”

“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you…I could walk through my garden forever.”

“History has remembered the kings and warriors, because they destroyed; art has remembered the people, because they created.”

“History has remembered the kings and warriors, because they destroyed; art has remembered the people, because they created.”

For more big heads: big heads

“A blank piece of paper is God’s way of telling us how hard it is to be God.” Sidney Sheldon

Please give me everything in this room.

Please give me everything in this room.

If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.
– Somerset Maugham

Most writers regard the truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are most economical in its use.
– Mark Twain

Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen.
– Willa Cather

My own experience is that once a story has been written, one has to cross out the beginning and the end. It is there that we authors do most of our lying.
– Anton Chekhov

Quotes to get us started today from Writers’ Digest

Heaven On Earth/Women, the Vote and Mark Twain

I wouldn't steer you wrong, boys.

I wouldn’t steer you wrong, boys.

“I think it will suggest to more than one man that if women could vote they would vote on the side of morality, even if they did vote and speak rather frantically and furiously; and it will also suggest that when the women once made up their minds that it was not good to have the all-powerful ‘primaries’ in the hands of loafers, thieves, and pernicious little politicians, they would not sit indolently at home, as their husbands and brothers do now, but would hoist their praying banners, take the field in force, pray the assembled political scum back to the holes and slums where they belong, and set some candidates fit for human beings to vote for.

What happens when you flirt with the Irish housemaid!

What happens when you flirt with the Irish housemaid!

“I dearly want the women to be raised to the political altitude of the negro, the imported savage, and the pardoned thief, and allowed to vote. It is our last chance, I think. The women will be voting before long; and then if a B. F. Butler can still continue to lord it in Congress; if the highest offices in the land can still continue to be occupied by perjurers and robbers; if another Congress, like the forty-second, consisting of fifteen honest men and two hundred and ninety-six of the other kind, can once more be created, it will at least be time, I fear, to give over trying to save the country by human means, and appeal to Providence. Both the great parties have failed. I wish we might have a woman’s party now, and see how that would work. I feel persuaded that, in extending the suffrage to women, this country could lose nothing, and might gain a great deal. For thirty centuries history has been iterating and reiterating that, in a moral fight, woman is simply dauntless; and we all know, even with our eyes shut upon Congress and our voters, that, from the day that Adam ate of the apple and told on Eve, down to the present day, man, in a moral fight, has pretty uniformly shown himself to be an arrant coward.” Mark Twain

I wonder if Peyton Manning will get his second ring . . .

I wonder if Peyton Manning will get his second ring . . .

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