Ten Quotes From Banned And Challenged Books

As a liberal bookworm, it is quite natural for me to have an affinity towards banned books (not banning books) and collecting quotes from banned books. Here are some that I love and cherish.

Banned Book Week

The American Library Association celebrates the Banned Book week 2018 between September 23 to 29. Of course everyone knows that, it has been the talk of the book blogger world for the past few weeks. Why am I, someone who doesn’t live in the USA , posting about it, right?

I am an Indian, who lives at Dubai and I think banning books are more relevant to me than anyone else. In India books get banned for the weirdest reasons and as a country that has just decriminalized same sex relationship mere days ago, it may not be really surprising. More often than not, random books get challenged for religious reason, so much for being a secular country.

So my enthusiasm to give a voice against banning of books and the banned book week is quite understandable.

TEN QUOTES FROM BANNED BOOKS

I am sharing the quotes I love from the books that were banned in any given point of time in the USA. Let us get on with it.

Quotes from banned books


they say that time heals all things,
they say you can always forget;
but the smiles and the tears across the years
they twist my heart strings yet!

― George Orwell, 1984
Quotes from banned books


I like it when somebody gets excited about something. It’s nice.

― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
Quotes from banned books


Obscenity only comes in when the mind despises and fears the body, and the body hates and resists the mind.

― D.H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley’s Lover
Quotes from banned books


I can’t change where I come from or what I’ve been through, so why should I be ashamed of what makes me, me?

― Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give
Quotes from banned books


I want anything that breaks the monotony, subverts the perceived respectable order of things.

― Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale
Quotes from banned books


I opened my mouth, almost said something. Almost. The rest of my life might have turned out differently if I had. But I didn’t.

― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner
Quotes from banned books


He Who Marches Out Of Step Hears Another Drum

― Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Quotes from banned books


Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.

― John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men
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When people don’t express themselves, they die one piece at a time.

Laurie Halse Anderson, Speak
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I had given up some youth for knowledge, but my gain was more valuable than the loss

― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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What do you think about censorship? Do you have any favorite book that was banned or challenged in your country? Let us discuss.

36 Comments

  1. Olivia Roach

    I really love this post! It’s always books with diversity and with strong themes that end up banned, isn’t it? I really liked 1984, Of Mice and Men and The Handmaid’s Tale. I didn’t even know Of Mice and Men was banned DD:

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    • Gayathri

      I think Of mice and Men was banned for its racist tones and profanity. I haven’t read it though.

      Reply
  2. DJ Sakata

    Love this post!

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    • Gayathri

      Glad you liked it.

      Reply
  3. Kristine Hall

    FABULOUS. So many amazing books you’ve quoted, and to think there are so many in the world that would censor them. Great post!

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    • Gayathri

      Yes it is terrible that so many great books are getting banned or challenged.

      Reply
  4. Katisha @ Reel Literature

    What an AMAZING set of quotes! I am always blown away by the ridiculous reasons sighted when books are challenged and banned. The reasons let me know that those people have most likely not read the book they are trying to keep out of the hands of young people. I say let the kids read because we need better informed citizens if we want a better future.

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    • Gayathri

      I lost all faith when they tried to ban Harry Potter siting that it promoted sorcery and Satanism. God save us.

      Reply
  5. Eline

    The J.D. Salinger one is one of my favorite quotes. I pinned like crazy here 😉 Awesome collection!

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    • Gayathri

      Yay, thanks a lot..

      Reply
  6. Finitha Jose

    I never thought these were banned 🙁

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    • Gayathri

      They were banned at certain point of time in the USA.

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  7. Leslie

    Love those quotes and I don’t think any books should be banned. Obviously someone thought it was a good book to put it into print. Don’t like the subject? Don’t read it is my motto. But never tell someone else they can’t read a book, that just encourages them to read.

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    • Gayathri

      Totally agree with your argument.

      Reply
  8. Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

    I’ve only read three or four of these, but I love this idea for a post, and these are great quotes! I also like when people get excited about things, and I love the one about hearing a different drum.

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    • Gayathri

      I loved that quote very much.

      Reply
  9. Tina

    Great post idea! And you chose great quotes. It’s hard to believe that some of these books were banned. And I was surprised to see The Hate U Give on here. People are still banning books????? UGH.

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    • Gayathri

      Yes THUG was removed out of the school library shelves very recently.

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  10. Kelsey

    These are all some great quotes! I’ve been actually trying to research about banned books in the UK (where I am based) and it seems we are a lot more lenient over here!

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    • Gayathri

      Ugh, I did the same for India and the situation is pathetic.

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  11. DJ Sakata

    I was surprised to see the titles that had been banned, and most of all, the recent ones – SMH!

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    • Gayathri

      Yes the recent ones have more stupid reasons, if you can believe that.

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  12. jennifer gaarder

    I cannot believe the list of banned books. It just keeps growing year after year. sigh

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    • Gayathri

      And the reasons for banning them are as crazy as ever.

      Reply
  13. Tasha

    It is so ridiculous that some of those books were banned. I liked your quotes. There are some timeless classics up there.

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    • Gayathri

      Yes the reasons are even more ridiculous.

      Reply
  14. Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts

    I LOVE the THUG one – I think out of all the ones aside from maybe The Catcher in the Rye (I hated this boom though) quote that speaks to me a lot. 😅 I think one of my childhood favorites that’s banned is Harry Potter? There might be a few others that I’ve read as well…

    Oh, To Kill a Mockingbird! One of my favorite required reads. 🤗

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    • Gayathri

      I can’t believe some of the books they had banned right? Harry Potter, how in the world! Sigh.

      Reply
  15. Jenn @ Bound to Writing

    I love 1984, THUG, and Of Mice and Men. They all have such wonderful meanings that it’s a shame that countries ban them. I love all of these quotes. My favorite is: “I can’t change where I come from or what I’ve been through, so why should I be ashamed of what makes me, me?”

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    • Gayathri

      Yes the one from THUG is super powerful!

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    • Gayathri

      I am happy we share the same favorite quote!

      Reply
  16. Kristina

    Ohh, all nice ones; I particularly like the 1st one !!

    As always.. im lost to identify what is what xD so banned books ? I couldnt tell you beforehand if I’ve read anything that is, I’d need to google what’s banned in Canada ..

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    • Gayathri

      ALA is celebrating their Banned Book week right now. So these books are banned only in the USA.

      Reply
  17. Carrie @ Cat on the Bookshelf

    It’s news to me that The Hate U Give is a banned book already. Wow. I love your choices of quotes.

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    • Gayathri

      It was removed from a few schools for ‘vulgar language’ and ‘depiction of drugs usage’.

      Reply

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