Quotations on Book Banning and Burning

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(Moritz Daniel Oppenheim)

“Where they burn books, at the end they also burn people”

                                                                              Heinrich Heine

 

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

                                                                            Salman Rushdie

 

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“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.”

                                                                         John F. Kennedy

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“Now is the time to speak. Now is the time for your words to be read and to be heard. I say to all writers: do not censor yourselves, and let your voices ring out into the world.”

                                                                      Charles F. French

 

My First List of Banned/Challenged Books

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The ULS: The Underground Library Society

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As the creator of the ULS, The Underground Library Society, and at the request of several followers, I have decided to put up lists of books that have been banned or challenged. If a book is challenged, that usually means there were people who wanted it removed from a school or library.  Both are forms of book censorship. It is important to note that I am not focusing only on books banned or challenged in the United States of America; unfortunately, censorship is a world wide action.

Here is my initial list of banned and challenged books:

The entire Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling;

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee;

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain;

Beloved by Toni Morrison;

The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie;

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger;

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck;

All Quiet On The Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque;

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown; and

Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak.

I will add more lists of banned and challenged books in the future.

 

Quotations on Questioning

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I participated in a meeting for the faculty of the Wescoe School of Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA this morning, and it was one of the best, most productive meetings I have had the privilege of attending. Everyone was open to both discussion and learning from each other. It was refreshing! Among the points of discussion was the importance of questions and questioning. I, therefore, thought a post of quotations on questioning was appropriate today!

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“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”                                                                                                       Albert Einstein

 

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“Don’t just teach your children to read…
Teach them to question what they read.
Teach them to question everything.”                                                             George Carlin

 

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“Original thought, original artistic expression is by its very nature questioning, irreverent, iconoclastic.”                                                     Salman Rushdie

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“Always ask questions.”                                                                                 Charles F. French