This page is dedicated to author Salman Rushdie
"Where they have burned books,
they will end in burning human beings."
Nazis burn books in Berlin in 1933.
"Burning is no answer."
reply to Robespierre, January 7, 1794,
on burning his newspaper Vieux Cordelier
"Without free speech no search for truth is possible... no discovery
of truth is useful... Better a thousandfold abuse of free speech than
denial of free speech. The abuse dies in a day, but the denial slays
the life of the people, and entombs the hope of the race."
"Every burned book enlightens the world."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Books won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't
go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor
have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas.
The source of better ideas is wisdom. The surest path to wisdom is a
Essays on Education
"You have not converted a man because you have silenced him."
"You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the
bayonets of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police. Yet
in their hearts there is unspoken - unspeakable! - fear. They are
afraid of words and thoughts! Words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring
at home, all the more powerful because they are forbidden. These
terrify them. A little mouse - a little tiny mouse! - of thought
appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown
For books are not absolutely dead things, but... do preserve as in a
vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that
bred them. I know they are as lively, and as vigorously productive, as
those fabulous Dragon's teeth; and being sown up and down, may chance
to spring up armed men. And yet on the other hand unless warriors be
used, as good almost kill a Man a good Book; who kills a man kills a
reasonable creature, God's image; but he who destroys a good book, kills
Reason itself, kills the Image of God, as it were in the eye. Many a
man lives a burden to the Earth; but a good Book is the precious life-blood
of a master-spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond
"...but he who destroys a good book, kills
Reason itself, kills the Image of God..."
This page is dedicated to author Salman Rushdie who lives under sentence
of death by the Iranian government since early 1989 for writing books allegedly "blasphemous" to
Islam. As the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini proclaimed upon pronouncing his
verdict, "It is incumbent on every good Muslim to do everything possible
to send him to hell." Khomeini and his government put a US $5,000,000 bounty
on Rushdie, a British national. Rushdie is currently in hiding.
"The ultimate form of censorship is assassination."
George Bernard Shaw
The Fatwa, or official Iranian religious
proclamation urging the faithful to kill Rushdie