Archive for the ‘Censorship’ Category

Quote of the day, June 29

June 29, 2015

Alexander Solzhenitsyn, on censorship

“If decade after decade the truth cannot be told, each person’s mind begins to roam irretrievably. One’s fellow countrymen become harder to understand than Martians.”


Quote of the day, Jan. 5

January 5, 2015

The Hindu, editorial of Jan. 5, 2015, on censorship

“But in blocking URLs, the government speaks of not just content that poses a direct threat to public order and security, but also the spread of ‘propaganda’—which is a perilously vague term with the potential to impinge on fundamental rights … (more…)

Quote of the day, Sept. 5

September 5, 2014

George Bernard Shaw, on censorship (1911)

“Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 27

November 27, 2013

Doris Lessing, on libraries (1999)

“With a library you are free, not confined by temporary political climates. It is the most democratic of institutions because no one—but no one at all—can tell you what to read and when and how.”

Quote of the day, Oct. 13

October 13, 2013

Tim Berners-Lee, on security and the World Wide Web

“The original design of the Web 24 years ago was for a universal space. We just have to make sure it’s not undercut by any large companies or governments trying to use it and get total control.”

Quote of the day, Sept. 28

September 28, 2013

Alfred Whitney Griswold, on censorship (1952)

“Books won’t stay banned. They won’t burn. (more…)

Quote of the day, July 11

July 11, 2013

Mikhail Bulgakov, on censorship

“To struggle against censorship, whatever its nature, and whatever the power under which it exists, is my duty as a writer, as are calls for freedom of the press. (more…)

Quote of the day, Oct. 18

October 18, 2012

Alan Barth, on censorship (1951)

“Thought that is silenced is always rebellious. (more…)

Quote of the day, Aug. 8

August 8, 2012

Salman Rushdie, on censorship

“Great art, or, let’s just say, more modestly, original art is never created in the safe middle ground, but always at the edge. Originality is dangerous. It challenges, questions, overturns assumptions, unsettles moral codes, disrespects sacred cows or other such entities. It can be shocking, or ugly, or, to use the catch-all term so beloved of the tabloid press, controversial. (more…)

Quote of the day, Aug. 2

August 2, 2012

Henry Steele Commager, on censorship

“Censorship always defeats it own purpose, for it creates in the end the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion.”