“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.”—Alfred Whitney Griswold
Q: As someone who eats all her meals out, what do you make of Foursquare, where you “check in” at a restaurant to let people online know you’re there?
Fran Lebowitz: That is something that I expect a fascist to do to me. That’s my expectation of a police state. That there are people who know where I am all the time. But you’re talking to somebody who doesn’t even have an E-ZPass. There doesn’t need to be a record of every time I drive to Connecticut.
“When the persecution of an individual who has exposed an evil is pursued so ruthlessly and yet the evil itself is studiedly ignored, all of us know that there is something very wrong with the way that our society is conducting itself. And if we do not protest in the strongest terms about what is being done in our name, then we become complicit.”—
“It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.”—James Baldwin (via vintageanchor)