Continuing with the Banned Books Week theme, some more quotes on censorship:
"Censorship is telling a man he can't have a steak just because a baby can't chew it."
-- Mark Twain
"Adam was but human - this explains it all. He did not want the apple for the apple's sake, he wanted it only because it was forbidden. The mistake was in not forbidding the serpent; then he would have eaten the serpent."
-- Mark Twain
"All these people talk so eloquently about getting back to good old-fashioned values. Well, as an old poop I can remember back to when we had those old-fashioned values, and I say let's get back to the good old-fashioned First Amendment of the good old-fashioned Constitution of the United States -- and to hell with the censors! Give me knowledge or give me death!"
-- Kurt Vonnegut, author
"The dirtiest book of all is the expurgated book."
-- Walt Whitman
"There is no such thing as a moral book or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written. That is all."
-- Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891
"The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame." Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891
"An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all." -- Oscar Wilde
How many of these books have you read?
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