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If some books are deemed most baneful and their sale forbid, how, then, with deadlier facts, not dreams of doting men? Those whom books will hurt will not be proof against events. Events, not books, should be forbid.

Herman Melville (1819-1891) American writer.

Instead of asking -- ''How much damage will the work in question bring about?'' why not ask -- ''How much good? How much joy?''

Henry Miller (1891-1980) American author.

Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter except by your permission.

Arnold Bennett (1867-1931) English novelist .

Every burned book or house enlightens the world; every suppressed or expunged word reverberates through the earth from side to side.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

It seems not more reasonable to leave the right of printing unrestrained, because writers may be afterwards censured, than it would be to sleep with doors unbolted, because by our laws we can hang a thief.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) British author.


No member of society has the right to teach any doctrine contrary to what society holds to be true.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) British author.

The upshot was, my paintings must burn that English artists might finally learn.

D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930) English writer.

No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free, no one ever will. Chance is the pseudonym of God when he did not want to sign.

Anatole France (1844-1924) French writer.

As good almost kill a man as kill a good book; who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image; but he who destroys a good book, kills reason itself, kills the image of God, as it were in the eye.

John Milton (1608-1674) English poet.

Art is never chaste. It ought to be forbidden to ignorant innocents, never allowed into contact with those not sufficiently prepared. Yes, art is dangerous. Where it is chaste, it is not art.

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish painter.