— Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love
„We have to be very conscious of the fact that beneath every illness is a prohibition. A prohibition that comes from a superstition.“
Tenemos que ser muy conscientes de que debajo de cada enfermedad hay una prohibición. Una prohibición que viene de una superstición.
Psychomagic: The Transformative Power of Shamanic Psychotherapy (2010)
— Gregory Bateson, livro Steps to an Ecology of Mind
Steps to an Ecology of Mind (1972), p. 206-207 as cited in: S.P. Arpaia (2011) " Paradoxes, circularity and learning processes http://www2.units.it/episteme/L&PS_Vol9No1/L&PS_Vol9No1_2011_18b_Arpaia.pdf". In: L&PS – Logic & Philosophy of Science, Vol. IX, No. 1, 2011, pp. 209
„[In 1956], Prohibition we have to make it successful. To whatever extent we go forward it must be attained effectively. We are told that only a very small percentage drink in India. That should be an added reason for carrying out prohibition because it should be easier to make it successful. When large numbers drink there is a no strong opinion against it. But if ninety percent do not, it is reservoir of public opinion which if utilized properly is a guarantee of success of prohibition.“
— Gulzarilal Nanda Prime Minister of India 1898 - 1998
In p. 41 Prohibition was made an integral part of the Second Fiver Plan in March 1956.
„Employers are NOT prohibited from practicing sex discrimination in hiring and promoting employees.“
— Warren Farrell, livro The Myth of Male Power
The Myth of Male Power (1993), Part III: Government as substitute husband, p. 344.
— Andrew Huxley English physiologist and biophysicist 1917 - 2012
Quoted in The Economist, 16 June 2012, p. 98
— David L. Norton American philosopher 1930 - 1995
Personal Destinies: A Philosophy of Ethical Individualism (1976), p. 30
„All “inspired books,” teaching that what the supernatural commands is right, and right because commanded, and that what the supernatural prohibits is wrong, and wrong because prohibited, are absurdly unphilosophic.“
— Robert G. Ingersoll Union United States Army officer 1833 - 1899
What Would You Substitute for the Bible as a Moral Guide? (1900), Context: All “inspired books,” teaching that what the supernatural commands is right, and right because commanded, and that what the supernatural prohibits is wrong, and wrong because prohibited, are absurdly unphilosophic. And all “inspired books,” teaching that only those who obey the commands of the supernatural are, or can be, truly virtuous, and that unquestioning faith will be rewarded with eternal joy, are grossly immoral. Again I say: Intelligence is the only moral guide.
„To limit the press is to insult a nation; to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves: such a prohibition ought to fill them with disdain.“
— Claude Adrien Helvétius French philosopher 1715 - 1771
A Treatise on Man: His Intellectual Faculties & His Education, Vol. I (1773)
— Ian Wilmut embryologist 1944
As quoted in "Dr. Frankenstein, I Presume?" by Andrew Ross in Salon (February 1997).
— Will Rogers American humorist and entertainer 1879 - 1935
— William F. Buckley Jr. American conservative author and commentator 1925 - 2008
As quoted in The Cynic's Lexicon : A Dictionary of Amoral Advice (1984) by Jonathon Green, p. 34.
— Jesse Ventura American politician and former professional wrestler 1951
Context: We call our country home of the brave and land of the free, but it's not. We give a false portrayal of freedom. We're not free — if we were, we'd allow people their freedom. Prohibiting something doesn't make it go away. Prostitution is criminal, and bad things happen because it's run illegally by dirt-bags who are criminals. If it's legal, then the girls could have health checks, unions, benefits, anything any other worker gets, and it would be far better. Interview in Playboy (November 1999)
— Napoleon I of France French general, First Consul and later Emperor of the French 1769 - 1821
Napoleon : In His Own Words (1916)
„The case for is exactly as strong and as weak as the case for prohibiting people from overeating. We all know that overeating causes more deaths than drugs do.“
— Milton Friedman American economist, statistician, and writer 1912 - 2006
America's Drug Forum interview (1991), Context: The proper role of government is exactly what John Stuart Mill said in the middle of the 19th century in On Liberty. The proper role of government is to prevent other people from harming an individual. Government, he said, never has any right to interfere with an individual for that individual's own good. The case for is exactly as strong and as weak as the case for prohibiting people from overeating. We all know that overeating causes more deaths than drugs do. If it's in principle OK for the government to say you must not consume drugs because they'll do you harm, why isn't it all right to say you must not eat too much because you'll do harm? Why isn't it all right to say you must not try to go in for skydiving because you're likely to die? Why isn't it all right to say, "Oh, skiing, that's no good, that's a very dangerous sport, you'll hurt yourself"? Where do you draw the line?
„All the excitements of a prohibited book had their usual effect, one of which, as always, is to expose the fact that the censors don't know what they are talking about.“
— Christopher Hitchens British American author and journalist 1949 - 2011
2000s, 2000, Unacknowledged Legislation: Writers in the Public Sphere (2000), "Not Dead Yet" (1999).