10 Quotes about Censorship

  1. Long live Alice and the freedom for girls everywhere to read what they like. — Phyllis Reynolds, author of the Alice series, including The Agony of Alice and The Grooming of Alice
  2. Banning books is just another form of bullying. It’s all about fear and an assumption of power. the key is to address the fear and deny the power. — James Howe, author of The Misfits
  3. “… I pity the young students who, because of someone else’s ignorance, and at someone else’s whim, are unable to read Twain, Baldwin, Shakespeare and Angelou. They will miss some delight.” — Maya Angelou, author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and The Bluest Eye
  4. “[I]t’s not just the books under fire now that worry me. It is the books that will never be written. The books that will never be read. And all due to the fear of censorship. As always, young readers will be the real losers.” — Judy Blume, author of Forever . . ., Blubber and Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.
  5. Submitting to censorship is to enter the seductive world of The Giver: the world where there are no bad words and no bad deeds. But it is also the world where choice has been taken away and reality distorted. And that is the most dangerous world of all. — Lois Lowry, author of The Giver
  6. Censorship comes from a place of fear. We fear that which is different, that we cannot comprehend.  Books gift us with understanding, empower us with knowlesfge. So, obviously, would-be censors have it all wrong. — Eleen Hopkins, author of Crank
  7. Sendak, Salinger, Steinbeck .. and Sones? I never met a banned book list I didn’t want ot be on.” — Soyna Sones, author of What My Mother Doesn’t Know
  8. Banning books does not protect teenagers. It condemns them to ignorance and puts them in danger. — Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Speak: 10th Anniversary Edition
  9. Since we’ve been thrown into the center of the censorship storm, we have come to realize that banning our book just makes more teenagers apt to read it, but the controversy also makes it more difficult for teachers to integrate it into their curriculum. While book banning piques students’ interest, the larger consequences can lead to irrational instances like book burning. Hearing the testimony of Holocaust survivors recounting the horrific sight of watching books go up in flames in Nazi Germany, I’d hope that we would learn from history, so we are not doomed to repeat it. — Erin Gruwell, Author of The Freedom Writers Diary : How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them
  10. “Congress Shall Make No Law Respecting an Establishment of Religion, or Prohibiting the Free Exercise Thereof; or Abridging the Freedom of Speech, or of the Press; or the Right of the People Peaceably to Assemble, and To Petition the Government for a Redress of Grievances.” — First Amendment