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Funny Quotations about Censorship

quotations about censorship

Censorship refers to the suppression, restriction, or prohibition of certain forms of communication, often carried out by governments, institutions, or societal norms. While censorship can be driven by various motivations, such as maintaining social order, protecting public morals, or safeguarding national security, it also raises questions about freedom of speech, creativity, and access to information. In this compilation, we delve into the lighter side of censorship, presenting a collection of funny quotations that touch upon the amusing, ironic, and sometimes absurd aspects of this controversial topic. So, prepare to embrace the laughter, challenge assumptions, and embark on a journey filled with humor and thought-provoking perspectives.

Get ready to chuckle as we present a compilation of funny quotations about censorship. While censorship is often associated with serious implications and restrictions on freedom, there are moments of levity, irony, and playful observation that arise when exploring the world of controlled expression. From witty remarks on the absurdity of banned or censored content to humorous reflections on the unexpected consequences of censorship, these quotes offer a lighthearted perspective on the whimsical and often comical aspects of this controversial topic.

"The worst part of censorship is [redacted text]." Anon

"A censor is a man who knows more than he thinks you ought to." Laurence J. Peter (Canadian writer, 1919-90)

*Assassination*Correction fluid*The delete button* is the extreme form of censorship. George Bernard Shaw (Irish dramatist, 1856-1950)

"I'm all in favour of free expression provided it's kept rigidly under control." Alan Bennett (English dramatist and actor, 1934-)

"Censorship reflects a society's lack of confidence in itself." Potter Stewart (American judge, 1915-1985)

"I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it." Mae West (American actress, 1892-1980)

"The first condition of *progress*law*journalism* is the removal of censorship." George Bernard Shaw (Irish dramatist, 1856-1950)

"Censorship is advertising paid by the government." Federico Fellini (Italian filmmaker, 1920-1993)

"The only valid censorship of ideas is the right of people not to listen." Tom Smothers (American comedian, 1937-)

"Censorship is the height of vanity." Martha Graham (American dancer, 1894-1991)

"There is a fine line between censorship and good taste and moral responsibility." Steven Spielberg (American film director and producer, 1947-)

"I'm not interested in censorship. I like *the First Amendment*expressing myself*being angry* very much." Henry Rollins (American singer, 1961-)

"Censorship is to art as *lynching*the law*prison* is to justice." Henry Louis Gates (American literary critic, 1950-)

"Censorship feeds the dirty mind more than the four-letter word itself." Dick Cavett (American talk-show host, 1936-)

"Censorship is telling a man he can't have a steak because a baby can't chew it." Mark Twain (American writer, 1835-1910)

"I'm not going to censor myself to comfort your ignorance." John Stewart (American comedian, 1962-)

Wherever they burn books they will also, in the end, burn *human beings.*pamphlets.*trees.* Heinrich Heine (German poet, 1797-1856)

"One of the signs of Napoleon's greatness is the fact that he once had a publisher shot." Siegfried Unseld (publisher, 1924-2002)

"Vietnam was the first war fought without any censorship. Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind." Gen. William Westmoreland (commander of US forces during the Vietnam War, 1914-2005)

"I dislike censorship. Like an appendix it is useless when inert and dangerous when active." Maurice Edelman (British Labour politician, 1911-75)

"I hate to think of this sort of book getting into the wrong hands. As soon as I've finished this, I shall recommend they ban it." Ray Galton (English writer, 1930-)

"No less than twenty-two publishers and printers read the manuscript of Dubliners and when at last it was printed some very kind person bought out the entire edition and had it burnt in Dublin." James Joyce (Irish novelist, 1882-1941)

"Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who *own one.*pay.*avoid newspapers.* A. J. Liebling 1904-63 American writer

"Censorship, like charity, should begin at home, but, unlike charity, it should end there." Clare Booth Luce (American diplomat, politician, and writer, 1903-87)

"I suppose that writers should, in a way, feel flattered by the censorship laws. They show a primitive fear and dread at the fearful magic of print." John Mortimer (English novelist, barrister, and dramatist, 1923-2009)

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