Presidential Censorship Quiz

Last week’s Patrick Swayze quiz answers here.

It’s Banned Book Week and I decided to challenge you on censorship AND US Presidents.  These 10 quotes on censorship are all attributed to a US President.  Leave me the quote # and the President you think said it.  No Googling!  That’s cheating and no fun.  Go ahead and get to guessing. 

To help you out I’ve included pics of the ones who are still left to be quoted…

George H. W. Bush-JTM-039571.jpgClick to show "Thomas Jefferson" result 1Click to show "Dwight Eisenhower" result 4Click to show "Harry S Truman" result 2

1. “We all know that books burn, yet we have the greater knowledge that books cannot be killed by fire.  People die, but books never die.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt‘Nise

2. “Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.” – Abraham LincolnEva

3. “When we got organized as a country and we wrote a fairly radical Constitution with a radical Bill of Rights, giving a radical freedom to Americans, it was assumed that the Americans who had that freedom would use it responsibly…[However, now] there’s a lot of irresponsibility.  And so a lot of people say there’s too much freedom.  When personal freedom’s being abused, you have to move to limit it.” – Bill Clinton

4. “Don’t join the book burners…Don’t be afraid to go in your library and read every book.” – Dwight Eisenhower

5. “We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values.  For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid that is afraid of its people.” – John F. KennedyEva

6. “Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of the opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.” Harry Truman

7. “Books and ideas are the most effective weapons against intolerance and ignorance.” – Lyndon B. Johnson Wendy

8. “Our liberty depends on freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.” – Thomas Jefferson

9. “The notion of political correctness declares certain topics, certain expressions, even certain gestures, off-limits.  What began as a crusade for civility has soured into a cause of conflict and even censorship.” – George H Bush

10. “The internet today is an open platform… You’ve got barriers to entry that are low and equal for all comers.  And it’s because the internet is a neutral platform that I can put on this podcast and trasmit it over the internet without having to go through some corporate media middleman.  I can say what I want without censorship.” – Barack ObamaDebbie

BONUS QUESTION (sorry, but I could not quotes the Presidents and not include this gem)

“One of the great things about books is sometimes there are some fantastic pictures.” – George W. BushDebbie

13 thoughts on “Presidential Censorship Quiz

  1. Wrighty says:

    I don’t have a clue on these but they are great quotes. I’m going to take a wild guess at two of them.
    #10 – Barack Obama (because of the mention of internet and podcast, that can’t go back too far!)
    *bonus – George W. Bush (because it sounds like a “Bush-ism”.)

  2. Eva says:

    This was SO HARD! lol

    I have a couple guess though:

    #2 Lincoln (I know Benjamin Franklin said something similar to this, but he was never president.)

    #3 Nixon (I’m just guessing…but I know he liked to limit personal freedoms! lol)

    #5 JFK (The style just sounds like him.)

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