"Once you permit those who are convinced of their own superior rightness
to censor and silence and suppress those who hold contrary opinions,
just at that moment the citadel has been surrendered."
by:
Archibald Macleish
(1892-1982) Poet, playwright, Librarian of Congress, & Assistant Secretary of State under Franklin Roosevelt
Source:
Saturday Review, 12 May 1979
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 -- Mike, Norwalk      
I..Love..This..Quote! In so many words, it embodies the consequences of extreme censorship. When the Rights of Free Speech, Free Thought and Free Press are deceased, The People lose their power. WE can Never let this happen! I am a poet and songwriter. I will leave this earth with pen and paper in hand writing down My thoughts in poems and song lyrics. I've recently been publishing song lyrics on the Internet @ http://community.webtv.net/kevin058. Look at my song lyric, "Where Have All Our Freedoms Gone?"
 -- Kevin Shearer, Queensbury,NY.     
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     -- Joe, Rochester, MI      
     -- E Archer, NYC      
    There exist those who shield themselves with this argument for the purpose of propogating blatant lies. To combat these lies by demanding a higher standard is not censure, but merely good and necessary.
     -- David L. Rosenthal     
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     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US      
     
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