Unfamiliar Quotations


Photo from Library of Congress.

"We may take pride in observing that there is not a single film showing in London today which deals with any of the burning questions of the day."  - Lord WIlliam Tyrell, British Board of Film Censors, 1937

"Where they burn books, they will too in the end burn people." - Heinrich Heine

"The first word we should hear after the statement 'free speech is important’ is therefore.’ It is not ‘but.’”-Charlie Klendjian

“Why chastise the mice who nibble around the edges of history, feeding upon the dumb words, when man comes with boxes, trucks and fires to do a thorough job of it?” – Carol Hubbell Boggs

“There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running around with lit matches.” - Ray Bradbury. 

"President Bush can talk about extending the life of the Patriot Act, but the ACLU is still gagged from discussing details of our challenge to it." -Ann Beeson, ACLU associate legal director

"There is a very fine line between freedom of speech and censorship." -Anne Steele, FBI spokesperson, May 2001

"What good is an obscenity trial except to popularize literature?" -Rex Stout