21 Book Burning Quotes and Sayings to Ponder

Book burning destroys vital knowledge and information the book contains.

Book burning is extremely detrimental to society as a whole as well as the person who loses them.


Top 5 Book Burning Quotes


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


Books cannot fight for themselves. ~ Rachel Caine.


He who destroys a good book kills reason itself. ~ John Milton.


Where they burn books they will in the end burn people too. ~ Salman Rushdie.


Book burnings. Always the forerunners. Heralds of the stake, the ovens, the mass graves. ~ Geraldine Brooks.

Best Book Burning Quotes

My books, at any rate, deserved to be burned. ~ Alfred Doblin.


I’m sure the only act that sells more books than a good banning is a good burning. ~ Pansy Schneider-Horst.

German poet Heinrich Heine [warned], ‘There where one burns books, one in the end burns men. ~ Susan Orlean.

My men are my references. They’re waiting outside for the books. They’re dangerous. Men like that always are. ~ Ray Bradbury.


It is there, where they burn books, that eventually they burn people. ~ Heinrich Heine.

The burning of a book is a sad, sad sight, for even though a book is nothing but ink and paper, it feels as if the ideas contained in the book are disappearing as the pages turn to ashes and the cover and binding – which is the term for the stitching and glue that holds the pages together – blacken and curl as the flames do their wicked work. When someone is burning a book, they are showing utter contempt for all of the thinking that produced its ideas, all of the labor that went into its words and sentences, and all of the trouble that befell the author . . . ~ Lemony Snicket.

I am not a supporter of burning books; but like poison, some books should be kept away from simple minds who can’t take in the strong content they provide. ~ Bangambiki Habyarimana.

Books can not be killed by fire. People die, but books never die. No man and no force can abolish memory… In this war, we know, books are weapons. And it is a part of your dedication always to make them weapons for man’s freedom. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt.


Where they burn books, at the end they also burn people. ~ Heinrich Heine.

Famous Book Burning Quotes

No, said Dina. We don’t burn books.
Who’s we?
People with an ounce of brain. ~ G. Willow Wilson.

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. The source of better ideas is wisdom. The surest path to wisdom is a liberal education. ~ Alfred Whitney Griswold.

Colored people don’t like Little Black Sambo. Burn it. White people don’t feel good about Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Burn it. Someone’s written a book on tobacco and cancer of the lungs? The cigarette people are weeping? Burn the book. Serenity, Montag. Peace, Montag. Take your fight outside. Better yet, into the incinerator. Funerals are unhappy and pagan? Eliminate them, too. Five minutes after a person is dead he’s on his way to the Big Flue, the Incinerators serviced by helicopters all over the country. Ten minutes after death a man’s a speck of black dust. Let’s not quibble over individuals with memoriams. Forget them. Burn all, burn everything. Fire is bright and fire is clean. ~ Ray Bradbury.


I am Envy… I cannot read and therefore wish all books burned. ~ Christopher Marlowe.

People burn books, and that they ban books is, in a way, a good sign. It’s a good sign because it means books have power. When people burn books, it’s because they’re afraid of what’s inside them… ~ Marcus Sedgwick.

It hardly matters why a library is destroyed: every banning, curtailment, shredding, plunder or loot gives rise (at least as a ghostly presence) to a louder, clearer, more durable library of the banned, looted, plundered, shredded or curtailed. ~ Alberto Manguel.

So these were the 21 quotes about Book Burning.

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References and Sources:

  1. Book Burning Quotes – Goodreads
  3. Book burning – Wikiquote