Literature Quiz: Children & YA

Children's, YA literature, Madeleine L'Engle Mamacita says: How well do you know children’s and young adult literature?  Can you give me the author and title from whence the following quotations are taken?  Some of them are quite obvious if you’re any kind of reader, while others might require the assistance of an actual child or young adult. Some are fiction; some are non-fiction.  Some are quite old; some are quite recent.  Some are from novels; some are from other genres.  It’s an eclectic mix.  Google is your second resort.  Memory is your first.

1.  Enjoy is not the word I’d use. I got by.  I kept my head down and they left me alone, more or less.  I suppose that’s always been my trouble.  I’ve kept my head down when, occasionally, I should have put it up.

2  He wasn’t exaggerating; they’d been big on old-fashioned morals during World War I.

3.  Because honestly, is it trashy to want something so bad you go for it even if it might kill you?  My opinion?  It’s judging that’s trashy.

4.  To die will be an awfully big adventure.

5.  Everything’s got a moral, if only you can find it.

6.  And people laugh at me because I use big words.  But if you have big ideas you have to use big words to express them, haven’t you?

7.  Often, the less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it.

8.  In the jungle, life and food depend on keeping your temper.

9.  No matter how dreary and gray our homes are, we people of flesh and blood would rather live there than in any other country, be it ever so beautiful.

10.  There was things which he stretched, but mainly he told the truth.

11.  There is no religion without love, and people may talk as much as they like about their religion, but if it does not teach them to be good and kind to man and beast it is all a sham. .  . .

12.  Violence does, in truth, recoil upon the violent, and the schemer falls into the pit which he digs for another.

13.  Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilised by education; they grow there, firm as weeds among stones.

14.  I never wanted to go away, and the hard part now is the leaving you all.  I’m not afraid, but it seems as if I should be homesick for you even in heaven.

15.  Instead of always harping on a man’s faults, tell him of his virtues.  Try to pull him out of his rut of bad habits.  Hold up to him his better self, his REAL self that can dare and do and win out!

16.  It was a woman, red and white, hating and loving, that called him with the voice of his hopes.

17.  One of the things people began to find out in the last century was that thoughts – just mere thoughts – are as powerful as electric batteries – as good for one as sunlight is, or as bad for one as poison.

18.  If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.

19.  If enough people think of a thing and work hard enough at it, I guess it’s pretty nearly bound to happen, wind and weather permitting.

20.  He needed to save his energy for the people who counted.

21.  Laugh and fear not, creatures.  Now that you are no longer dumb and witless, you need not always be grave.   For jokes as well as justice come in with speech.

22.  Don’t you know what breakfast cereal is made of?  It’s made of all those little curly wooden shavings you find in pencil sharpeners!

23.  She was a girl who could not wait.  Life was so interesting she had to find out what happened next.

24.  People can tell you to keep your mouth shut, but that doesn’t stop you from having your own opinion.

25.  Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read.  One does not love breathing.

26.  Well, he certainly is very agreeable, and I give you leave to like him.  You have liked many a stupider person.

27.  Once you begin being naughty, it is easier to go on and on, and sooner or later something dreadful happens.

28.  We’re all human, aren’t we?  Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.

29.  It’s a good thing most people bleed on the inside or this would be a gory, blood-smeared earth.

30.  Memory is the happiness of being alone.

Answer in the comments, please.


Watching Duck Dynasty:More Things I Haven’t Done Yet. . . .

a round tuit, scheiss weekly Mamacita says: Watching Duck Dynasty might be number one, but there are still a lot of things I haven’t done.  I didn’t realize how many things I’ve never done compared to the number of things I HAVE done. Then again, that’s a ridiculous comparison. Nobody does more things than they don’t do.

1.  I have never watched Duck Dynasty.  I find those people repulsive Duck Dynasty in almost every possible way.  Rich society golf-playing men pretending to be rednecks to lure in a redneck viewership stupid enough to fall for their idiocy.  It’s an act, like any show, but it represents a lifestyle I find repellent.  I know most people watch it to laugh at it, but it’s too awful to laugh at because I know there are actual people who think this is a viable lifestyle.

2.  I have never learned to be patient with people who are in line and are absolutely unprepared.  People at the post office who bring bags of things and pack them at the counter, constantly asking for tape and markers, or who buy stamps at the counter and stand there putting them on each envelope.  People at the grocery store who wait until everything is bagged before even opening a purse or wallet.  I think the reason I have no patience with these people is that they deserve no patience.

3.  I  will never have either patience or liking for people who go through a fast food drive-through during meal-time rush hour with images (2)special orders.  I can feel the venom course through my veins.  Drive-through lines are for fast, simple orders – otherwise, it’s SLOW food, which nice people go inside to order.  If going inside is too difficult for you, wait until rush hour is over and THEN go through the drive-through.  If you can’t wait that long, go home and fix something.

skunk4.  I have never learned to like sauerkraut.  It’s too much like a big wad of dormitory shower drain hair.

5.  I always assume that people who lay the cologne on so thickly they’re giving off fumes are trying to mask other odors too personal and horrific to mention.  I haven’t yet learned how to NOT look repulsed, and it’s more because of my imagination than how they actually smell.

6.  I have never learned to like peas, and I like them even less with potatoes mixed into them.  Even as a child, I picked the peas out of my soup.

7.  Casseroles are not my thing, unless I know for sure they don’t contain kraut, onions, or peas.

8.  I have never been a breakfast person, even as a child.  I like breakfast food sometimes, but only really late at night.  The very thought of eating anything early in the morning is horrible.shouting woman

9.  I have never and will never be able to endure people who yell a lot. Yelling scares me. Yelling people scare me. Yelling people terrify me, in fact. When I’m with people who yell, I sit in suspense, waiting for it.  It’s like sitting with a lit fuse, and you’re not sure exactly when it’s going to explode; you only know that it’s going to and that it’s going to be awful.

ignorant redneck guy10. I will never learn to understand people for whom constant, never-ending learning is not a vital part of their lives.  Then again, that’s who Duck Dynasty was made for.

Sometimes I suspect that I’ve got a good-sized mean streak.  Other times I’m sure of it.

What’s that?  You’ve got one, too?  Come sit right here by me.

Overcoming the Odds

Mamacita says:  So many of my students are overcoming tremendous odds to be in school right now. They’ve got families and mortgages and spouses/partners, some of whom disapprove of the whole “college” thing; they’ve got needy parents and in-laws and overdue bills and a sad lack of daycare options. On top of it all, most of my students have no job right now, and the defunct factories and Workforce are both being poopy about promises they’d previously made concerning tuition and books and actually coming through with things because education is the key to the future and you can count on us to back you up.

And yet, most of them show up, day after day or night after night, homework done, papers David beat Goliath.  You can, too.written, knowing exactly which page we’re on and ready to begin again.

The majority of my students are fine, hardworking, upstanding people who genuinely want to better themselves: not just so they might get a better job at some future time, but also just so they’ll be, well, BETTER.

Sure, there are some clunkers. In any group there will always be losers. But the vast majority of my students this semester are prime. In their prime, and prime.

Follow your dreamsI love a mixed-age group in an academic setting.  The young have so much to offer the older, especially older students who are not responsible for raising them.  The older students have so much to offer the younger students, especially since (see above).  I firmly believe that all young people need older people to be mentors, people who are not related and who demonstrate love and friendship and genuine liking that are not required by blood.

There is no shame in working a low-end, minimum-wage service believe in yourselfsector job – don’t misunderstand me.  NO SHAME in that.  But I do hope my students, many of whom are working such jobs, understand that this college degree, even more than many four-year university degrees, will open the door to better jobs.

The community college is one of the best things that has ever happened to education.  I will fight you on this one.  I will win.

I will win, because it is true.



Hoosier Persimmon Pudding

Mamacita says:

Autumn is officially here, and it’s time to make persimmon pudding.  Most of you don’t live where there are persimmons, and I’m betting that many of you don’t even know what a persimmon is. That’s probably not your fault, because persimmons don’t grow in too many places; however, southern Indiana is a persimmon tree’s favorite home, and the trees grow healthy and prolific here. In this community, most people pick the persimmons 

Jane Goodwin, Scheiss Weekly, Mamacitaoff the ground and run them through a special grinder to make the pulp. We can also buy commercially frozen pulp at any grocery store here, but it’s not fit to eat that way, and it’s best to use pulp you made, yourself, or that someone else just made. It keeps in the freezer for several years. My fantastic and generous Cousin C gives me persimmon pulp, fresh from her parents’ back yard, and I make homemade bread for her family.  I think I get the better part of the deal.

That’s right.  In southern Indiana we just go out in somebody’s back yard and pick persimmons up out of the dirt.  They’re best that way, and we rinse them off before we grind them up.

You pays your money and you takes your chances.

Hoosiers use persimmon pulp for many delightful things, but the favorite by far is Jane Goodwin, Hoosier Persimmon Puddingpersimmon pudding. It’s a specialty. . . a delicacy, as it were, that you’ll seldom find outside the Midwest, and in southern Indiana, you’ll find the best of the best.

Hint: Don’t EVER taste a green persimmon, unless you like the sensation a blast of raw alum gives to your lips and tongue. Persimmons must be ripe before they can be used. VERY ripe. Asking someone you’re mad at to just “touch your tongue to this green persimmon for a second” is a fun, albeit cruel (depending on the age of the taster) trick to play on someone. Raw alum on the tongue. Yum. It’s a sensation vaguely akin to being turned inside out by the tongue.

On second thought, everybody should try that at least once. How else can you appreciate the fun of doing it to someone else?  It’s scientific.  Besides, until you try it, you won’t believe the sensation.  It’s really not easily describable.

By request (ask, and ye shall receive) here is my very own tried-and-true persimmon pudding recipe again. I’ve tweaked it over the years until it became perfection in a pan.

Hoosiers can be very protective and possessive of their persimmon pudding recipes, but I’m not. People always ask me for it, so here it is:

Jane’s Persimmon Puddingpersimmons

First of all, preheat your oven to 325 degrees. NO HOTTER.

Get out a very large bowl.

Put the following ingredients in it:

2 C. persimmon pulp (Use fresh or frozen; the canned stuff is terrible.)

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1 1/2 C sugar (I use Truvia)

1 C brown sugar (don’t use fake)  (It’s brown sugar, so there are no calories.)  (Shut up.)

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt (don’t leave it out!!!!) (don’t use fake salt, either.)

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla

2 eggs

2 C flour

2 1/2 C evaporated milk (not sweetened milk)

1/4 cup butter (not oil) (margarine works, but butter is better)

Put everything in that large bowl and mix thoroughly. Use an electric mixer if you don’t think you can get it blended by hand. Get the lumps out.

Pour mixture into a large buttered baking pan.

Put the pan in the oven. Set your timer for 60 minutes.

After the timer goes off, stick a toothpick in the center of the pudding. Clean? It’s done.

Let it cool just enough to slice. Most people like to top it with whipped cream. Non-Hoosiers often sprinkle nuts on it.

You can also add coconut or pecans or cocoa to the mixture, but then it’s not Hoosier Persimmon Pudding. Your call.

A spoon means lots of snow.  A fork means not so much.

A spoon means lots of snow. A fork means not so much.

Oh, and by the way. . . the persimmon seeds are saying that we’ll get a lot of snow this winter.

Be sure you put your snow shovel where you can grab it quickly.  Make sure everybody has warm coats and gloves.  If you put salt on your driveway or sidewalks, buy it now before the snow starts and the prices go up.  It’s also a good idea to make sure everybody at the office or factory or school or restaurant or whatever your place of business might be, knows the snow day policies.  I tell my students that if the weather conditions are dangerous, to stay home, no matter what the radio announcer is telling them the official stance is.  Nothing is worth a life.

However, if a student calls me at home and asks, I will always say “yes, come to class.”  Because they’ve been told how to find out and I didn’t take them to raise.  I also develop a mean streak when there’s a blizzard out there and someone phones me at 6 a.m. to ask me something that’s all over the radio AND on the syllabus AND was part of the lecture last week.

Oh, okay, I don’t really tell them that.  But I do snarl.

No Shit, Sherlock: The Case of the Cultural Literacy Conundrum

Mamacita says:  Sometimes, teachers assume that their students have a background in cultural literacy when in fact they do not.  And sometimes, helping a student make and understand a connection between one thing and another, makes it all worthwhile.    Sometimes, teachers do not agree on what is worthwhile and what is not.

Sherlock HolmesA few years ago, my sixth graders were getting ready to read a Sherlock Holmes short story: The Adventure of the Speckled Band, to be specific, which is my favorite Sherlock Holmes story.

About ten seconds into my enthusiastic introduction to the story, I realized that my students had never in all their lives even HEARD of Sherlock Holmes.  They will never be able to make that claim again, however.  I assure you.

Speckled Band, snake in the bed

Every night, the snake climbed down the rope and crawled around on Julia’s bed.

Speckled Band, ending

Dr. Roylott’s scheme to have the snake kill his stepdaughter backfired. . . .

We read the story and most of the students agreed that it was pretty cool.  Snakes.  Poisonous snakes.  Big ones.  Gypsies camping in the yard.  A cheetah and a baboon wandering free.  A huge powerful man given to fits of violence.  A bed, nailed to the floor.  Bending the iron rod.  Holmes, bending it back.  We discussed the physics of the iron rod; all the students, young as they were, knew that bending the rod in the first place required strength, and that bending it BACK required even more.  Holmes’ powers of observation fascinated the kids. Weird noises in the night.  Strange coincidences that even an 11-year-old thought off-kilter.  A bell-pull that pulled no bell.  Shared inheritances.  Screams in the night.  What’s not to love?  Before they left my room, I recommended other Holmes stories, and the bell rang, and they left my room.  I sat there hoping the unit had gone as well for THEM as it did for me.

I knew it had been a good unit when I overheard a group of boys talking about it in the hallway.

“Now I know what it really means when somebody says ‘No shit, Sherlock!’”

No, I did not stop short, drag the student to the office and demand that he be punished for saying ‘shit.’  The P.E. teacher who also overheard the boys wanted to, but I asserted myself, which didn’t often happen because I am pretty much of a wuss in spite of my big talkin’ ways, and anyway, I do not believe in jumping on kids when their conversation was not directed towards me.  Eavesdroppers often hear negative things, and if they would mind their own business, it wouldn’t be such a big deal.  (I am not referring to inappropriate remarks specifically aimed at a non-invited listener with the intent of upsetting, insulting, or otherwise involving said uninvited listener, mind you; I am talking about private conversations that happen to be overheard and sometimes taken personally when no personal involvement is intended.)

holmes hits the snake

Holmes driving the snake back up the rope and into the next room….

I figured that we were eavesdropping on those boys, and that whatever they said to each other in their supposed privacy (unless it was about bombs or threats or clues about who TP’d the restroom or whispers of abuse, etc.) was their business, not ours. Kids deserve some respect.

The other teacher walked off in a huff, carefully, so the corncob wouldn’t fall out.  I smiled at the boys and said, “That’s right, guys.”

Knowledge is power.  Education is all about connections.  And that, as far as I was concerned, was a legitimate connection.

Too many people take too many things far too seriously these days.  It takes our attention away from REALLY serious things, and THAT, my dear readers, is why so many important things are circling the drain while others, not nearly as important or serious, are getting so much attention.

Taking offense at someone else’s private conversation?  Please.

Let’s all try to use our brains a little more, and our sense of context a little more, and our “I’m offended” a little less.  There are too many genuinely important issues out there; we must not allow ourselves to be influenced by, let alone offended by, an overheard conversation not even intended for the eavesdropper’s ear.

I do not want to live to see the Kardashians win.

Were these eleven-year-old boys having an inappropriate conversation?  I don’t think they were.  I think they were having quite the intellectual discussion, truth be told.

Was the PE teacher overreacting in her zeal to have the boys rounded up, branded, and sent out to the North Forty to do penance?

No shit, Sherlock.

Censorship is for Chumps

Banned-Books-WeekMamacita says:  If I owned the biggest and best thesaurus in the universe, I still would not be able to find a word accurate enough to fully express my disgust and loathing of book banning and censorship, nor of the mentality of those who censor.  Let’s not tiptoe around this issue – it’s too important.  It must be grabbed the balls neck and squeezed tightly enough to elicit a scream.  Or perhaps a squeamish, ladylike squeal, from those who advocate censorship.

It’s one thing for fearful people to dictate to their own children and each other what may and may not be read within their own home, but when such people take it upon themselves to dictate to others what the children of others may and may not read, there we have a problem.

A big problem.  A really, really big problem.

Because if you dare step into my house and start telling me what we may and may not read or watch or eat or wear or anything else imagined or not imagined, you are in territory you have no right to be in.

I read banned booksKeep your narrow, pathetic, frightened, scripted, dictated-by-others beliefs where they belong: in your own home and nowhere else.


Oh, and I am so terribly sorry for your children.  With a little luck, I hope they can manage to grow up with brains intact, unblemished by your sad belief system and frightened, suspicious, narrow existence.

Harsh?  Hah.  I haven’t even let myself start with you.

1. We can never be sure that the opinion we are endeavoring to stifle is a false opinion; and if we were sure, stifling it would be an evil still. — John Stuart Mill

2. The only valid censorship of ideas is the right of people not to listen. — Tommy Smothers

3. The dirtiest book of all is the expurgated book. — Walt Whitman censorship is evil

4. Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too. — Voltaire

5. I am thankful for all the complaining I hear about our government because it means we have freedom of speech. — Nancie J. Carmody

6. 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 weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. — Alfred Whitney Griswold

7. Wherever they burn books they will also, in the end, burn human beings. — Heinrich Heine

8. Every burned book enlightens the world. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

banned books, read what youw ant9. Censorship feeds the dirty mind more than the four-letter word itself. — Dick Cavett

10. To choose a good book, look in an inquisitor’s prohibited list. — John Aikin

11. God forbid that any book should be banned. The practice is as indefensible as infanticide — Rebecca West

12. If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all. — Noam Chomsky

13. I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. — Voltaire

14. If your library is not ‘unsafe’, it probably isn’t doing its job. — John Berry

15. Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter except by your permission. — Arnold Bennett

16. There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them. –Joseph Alexandrovitch Brodsky

17. Censors tend to do what only psychotics do: they confuse reality with illusion. — David Cronenberg

18. Everyone is in favor of free speech. Hardly a day passes without its being extolled, but some people’s idea of it is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone else says anything back, that is an outrage. –Winston Churchill

19. 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 into panic. –Winston Churchill

20. If librarianship is the connecting of people to ideas – and I believe that is the truest definition of what we do – it is crucial to remember that we must keep and make available, not just good ideas and noble ideas, but bad ideas, silly ideas, and yes, even dangerous or wicked ideas. –Graceanne A. Decandido

21. To prohibit the reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves. –Claude Adrien Helvetius, De l’Homme

22. Fear of corrupting the mind of the younger generation is the loftiest form of cowardice.
–Holbrook Jackson

23. Children deprived of words become school dropouts; dropouts deprived of hope behave delinquently. Amateur censors blame delinquency on reading immoral books and magazines, when in fact, the inability to read anything is the basic trouble. –Peter S. Jennison

24. Books and ideas are the most effective weapons against intolerance and ignorance.
–Lyndon Baines Johnson

25. The burning of an author’s books, imprisonment for an opinion’s sake, has always been the tribute that an ignorant age pays to the genius of its time. –Joseph Lewis

burning books, banned books week26. Censorship, like charity, should begin at home; but unlike charity, it should end there.
–Clare Booth Luce

27. To forbid us anything is to make us have a mind for it. –Michel de Montaigne

28. 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

29. All censorships exist to prevent anyone from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions. All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions. Consequently the first condition of progress is the removal of censorship. –George Bernard Shaw

30. Censorship is telling a man he can’t have a steak just because a baby can’t chew it. — Kurt Vonnegut

31. An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all. –Oscar Wilde

32. Censorship is to art as lynching is to justice. — Henry Louis Gates

33. Everyone has an opinion, and the guy screaming for censorship may be the next guy to have his ideas cut off. — Richard King

34. Pontius Pilate was the first great censor and Jesus Christ the first great victim of censorship. — Ben Lindsey

35. The only thing that is obscene is censorship. — Craig Bruce

36. 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 Fitzgerald Kennedy

37. We live in oppressive times. We have, as a nation, become our own thought police; but instead of calling the process by which we limit our expression of dissent and wonder “censorship,” we call it “concern for commercial viability.” — David Mamet

38. Censorship: the reaction of the ignorant to freedom. — Unknownharry potter taught me to read, banned books week

39. He is always the severest censor of the merit of others who has the least worth of his own — Elias Lyman Maggon

40. Even to the present day, we so often condemn books that were written to fight the very things we claim to be fighting. Mark Twain’s (Samuel Clemens’) Huckleberry Finn is so often cited as being racist, when it was written against slavery and racism. — -Jamey Fletcher

41. The most common examples of book censorship are in schools and public libraries, and all those examples are most often involving children’s literature. Political groups attempt to remove books from library shelves because those books use ‘naughty’ words, do not have happy endings… or because they have too many rainbows. Rainbows are considered a sign of ‘New Age’ religiosity. Little Red Riding Hood was the 24th most banned book in the early 90′s mostly because she had a bottle of wine in her basket. Many organizations demanded a non-alcohol Little Red. They were successful sometimes in their efforts, by the way. –Herbert Foerstel

42. There is nothing more frightening than active ignorance. –Goethe

43. One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present. –Golda Meir

44. The point is obvious. There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches. Every minority, be it Baptist/Unitarian, Irish/Italian/Octogenarian/Zen Buddhist, Zionist/Seventhday Adventist, Women’s Lib/Republican, Mattachine/Four Square Gospel feels it has the will, the right, the duty to douse the kerosene, light the fuse. Every dimwit editor who sees himself as the source of all dreary blanc-mange plain porridge unleavened literature, licks his guillotine and eyes the neck of any author who dares to speak above a whisper or write above a nursery rhyme. –Ray Bradbury

45. I never heard of anyone who was really literate or who ever really loved books who wanted to suppress any of them. Censors only read a book with great difficulty, moving their lips as they puzzle out each syllable, when someone tells them that the book is unfit to read.
–Robertson Davies

46. It is our attitude toward free thought and free expression that will determine our fate. There must be no limit on the range of temperate discussion, no limits on thought. No subject must be taboo. No censor must preside at our assemblies. –William O. Douglas

47. Woe to that nation whose literature is cut short by the intrusion of force. This is not merely interference with freedom of the press but the sealing up of a nation’s heart, the excision of its memory. –Alexandr Solzhenitsyn

48. We trust Americans to recognize propaganda and misinformation, and to make their own decisions about what they read and believe. — American Library Association

49. The use of “religion” as an excuse to repress the freedom of expression and to deny human rights is not confined to any country or time. — Margaret Atwood

50. As to the evil which results from censorship, it is impossible to measure it, because it is impossible to tell where it ends. –Jeremy Bentham

51. Purveyors of political correctness will, in the final analysis, not even allow others their judgments… They celebrate “difference,” but they will not allow people truly to be different — to think differently, and to say what they think. –Mark Berley

52. In order to get the truth, conflicting arguments and expression must be allowed. There can be no freedom without choice, no sound choice without knowledge. — David K. Berninghausen

53. The censor believes that he can hold back the mighty traffic of life with a tin whistle and a raised right hand. For after all, it is life with which he quarrels. –Heywood Broun

54. We are not the keeper of our brother’s morals – only of his rights. –Judith Crist

55. To prevent inquiry is among the worst of evils. –Thomas Holcroft

56. The First Amendment says nothing about a right not to be offended. The risk of finding someone else’s speech offensive is the price each of us pays for our own free speech. Free people don’t run to court — or to the principal — when they encounter a message they don’t like. They answer it with one of their own. –Jeff Jacoby

banned-books-week (1)57. Political correctness is the natural continuum from the party line. What we are seeing once again is a self-appointed group of vigilantes imposing their views on others. –Doris Lessing

58. If none of us ever read a book that was “dangerous,” had a friend who was “different,” or joined an organization that advocated “change,” we would all be the kind of people Joe McCarthy wants. — Edward R. Murrow

59. Obviously, the danger is not in the actual act of reading itself, but rather, the possibility that the texts children read will incite questions, introduce novel ideas, and provoke critical inquiry. –Persis M. Karim

60. Let children read whatever they want and then talk about it with them. If parents and kids can talk together, we won’t have as much censorship because we won’t have as much fear. — Judy Blume

61.  If you don’t want your child to read a particular book, that’s your choice.  But please don’t attempt to dictate such choices for the rest of us.  – E.R. Frank

62.  No one should have the power to decide what other people’s kids may or may not read.  - Lisa McMann

As Inigo Montoya would say, “Let me sum up.”  Here it is.

Censorship is for chumps.  Smart people won’t tolerate it.