Some thoughts for the day

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“Everyone is in favor of free speech. Hardly a day passes without its being extolled, but some people’s idea of it is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone else says anything back, that is an outrage.”
— Winston Churchill

“If the human body’s obscene, complain to the manufacturer, not me.”
— Larry Flynt

“To prohibit the reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves.”
— Claude Adrien Helvetius, De l’Homme, Vol. I, sec. 4

“Civil government cannot let any group ride roughshod over others simply because their consciences tell them to do so.”
— Robert H. Jackson

“We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.”
— John F. Kennedy

“Censorship, like charity, should begin at home; but unlike charity, it should end there.”
— Clare Booth Luce

“One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present.”
— Golda Meir, Israeli political leader (1898-1978)

“All of us can think of a book… that we hope none of our children or any other children have taken off the shelf. But if I have the right to remove that book from the shelf – that work I abhor – then you also have exactly the same right and so does everyone else. And then we have no books left on the shelf for any of us.”
— Katherine Paterson, American author of childrens books (1932-)

“What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.”
— Salman Rushdie

“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

“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

“An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.”
— Oscar Wilde

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