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  • If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.
    * Noam Chomsky

  • Censorship is never over for those who have experienced it. It is a brand on the imagination that affects the individual who has suffered it, forever.
    * Nadine Gordimer

  • The very aim and end of our institutions is just this: that we may think what we like and say what we think.
    * Oliver Wendell Holmes

  • The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.
    * Hubert H. Humphrey

  • Men in earnest have no time to waste
    In patching fig-leaves for the naked truth.
    * James Russell Lowell

  • We live in oppressive times. We have, as a nation, become our own thought police; but instead of calling the process by which we limit our expression of dissent and wonder "censorship," we call it "concern for commercial viability."
    * David Mamet

  • You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.
    * John Morley

  • Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself.
    * Salman Rushdie

  • I am of course confident that I will fulfill my tasks as a writer in all circumstances--from my grave even more successfully and more irrefutably than in my lifetime. No one can bar the road to truth, and to advance its cause I am prepared to accept even death. But may it be that repeated lessons will finally teach us not to stop the writer's pen during his lifetime? At no time has this ennobled our history.
    * Alexander Solzhenitsyn

  • Woe to that nation whose literature is cut short by the intrusion of force. This is not merely interference with freedom of the press but the sealing up of a nation's heart, the excision of its memory.
    * Alexander Solzhenitsyn

  • In America the majority raises formidable barriers around the liberty of opinion; within these barriers an author may write what he pleases, but woe to him if he goes beyond them.
    * Alexis de Tocqueville

  • I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
    * Voltaire

  • Right now I think censorship is necessary; the things they're doing and saying in films right now just shouldn't be allowed. There's no dignity anymore and I think that's very important.
    * Mae West