|Proverbs, aphorisms, quotations (English)||by Linux fortune|
|You will not censor me through bug terrorism.|
-- James Troup
|The human instinct to censor thrives, as it always will, living in|
irrepressible conflict with the human instinct to speak. Outrage,
self-righteousness, and paranoia feed the maw of censorship.
Squelching speech, however, never reduces society's net paranoia
quotient; it simply redirects it, drives it underground, where it
festers into more dangerous hysterias. In the words of Justice
Brandeis, "Men feared witches and burned women."
-- Rodney Smolla, "Free Speech in an Open Society", p. 43.
|...difference of opinion is advantageious in religion. The several sects|
perform the office of a common censor morum over each other. Is uniformity
attainable? Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the
introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned;
yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity.
- Thomas Jefferson, "Notes on Virginia"