" Nature knows no indecencies ; man invents them." Mark Twain
In our crazy world where so many people (and children !) prefer to watch bloody soaps and insane news instead of beauty and grace, to make war instead of love, to buy arms instead of flowers, sometimes I don't really feel at home.
Freud and Jung have called the censors' mental disorders : the sexual repression.
To be clear, they prohibit what they want the more, hardly repressing their own natural pulsions because of foolish religious or/and cultural dogmas. What a poor way to live...
To celebrate this event, because the struggle against censorship is a wonderful cause, I've found these quotes. They give us hope and confidence.
Yes, we love Fine Art and we are right.
" The fact is that censorship always defeats its own purpose, for it creates, in the end, the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion."
Henry Steele Commager
" Censorship reflects society's lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime."
" Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too."
" In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost."
Alfred Whitney Griswold
" A free press can be good or bad, but, most certainly, without freedom a press will never be anything but bad".
" Obscenity is not a quality inherent in a book or picture, but is solely and exclusively a contribution of the reading mind, and hence cannot be defined in terms of the qualities of a book or picture."
" You can cage the singer but not the song."
" Censorship of anything, at any time, in any place, on whatever pretense, has always been and always be the last resort of the boob and the bigot."
Eugene Gladstone O'Neill