AAP Celebrates Banned Books Week
AAP is committed to supporting the continued availability of the widest possible variety of books and reading materials, including those that put forth controversial or unpopular views.
Check out AAP's wall of quotes from influential figures on censorship, challenged books and personal liberty.
"If this nation is to be wise as well as strong, if we are to achieve our destiny, then we need more new ideas for more wise men reading more good books in more public libraries. These libraries should be open to all—except the censor. We must know all the facts and hear all the alternatives and listen to all the criticisms. Let us welcome controversial books and controversial authors. For the Bill of Rights is the guardian of our security as well as our liberty."
-- President John Fitzgerald Kennedy
"[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."
-- Author Judy Blume
"Banning books for their content would be like canceling a trip on account of the journey."
-- Jason R Jones, author, Oloris Publishing
"Did you ever hear anyone say, 'That work had better be banned because I might read it and it might be very damaging to me?'"
-- The Reverend Joseph Henry Jackson
"If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed."
-- Benjamin Franklin
"There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches."
-- Author Ray Bradbury
"Censorship reflects a society's lack of confidence in itself."
-- Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart
"To ban a book is to silence a singular voice in a world that’s hungering for the liberation of imagination…"
-- Jason Alan, author, Oloris Publishing
"Censorship ends in logical completeness when nobody is allowed to read any books except the books that nobody reads."
-- Author George Bernard Shaw
"Books and ideas are the most effective weapons against intolerance and ignorance."
-- President Lyndon Baines Johnson
"Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us."
-- Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas
"When someone is burning a book, they are showing utter contempt for all of the thinking that produced its ideas, all of the labor that went into its words and sentences, and all of the trouble that befell the author..."
-- Lemony Snicket (Author Daniel Handler)
"Censorship feeds the dirty mind more than the four-letter word itself."
-- Talk Show Host Dick Cavett
"The censor's sword pierces deeply into the heart of free expression."
-- Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren
"Part of the enjoyment of reading is the freedom to explore and make my own choice."
-- Julie S. Dobbins, PR/Publicity Director, Oloris Publishing
"Books won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't go to jail. … The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. The source of better ideas is freedom."
-- Yale University President Alfred Whitney Griswold
"Don't join the book burners. Don't think you're going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed. Don't be afraid to go in your library and read every book..."
-- President Dwight D. Eisenhower
"Censorship, like charity, should begin at home, but, unlike charity, it should end there."
-- Ambassador Clare Boothe Luce
"We change people through conversation, not through censorship."
-- Artist and Author Jay-Z
"Every burned book or house enlightens the world; every suppressed or expunged word reverberates through the earth from side to side."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
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