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“We all know that books burn-yet we have the greater knowledge that books cannot be killed by fire. People die but books never die. No man and no force can abolish memory”.
Franklin Delano RooseveltExplain the meaning of this quote. Do you agree or disagree with this statement?

Does access to reading materials should be denied?

Most of the times, the best books are the ones that draw theattention of the censors. But this happens because these are the books that really have the most to offer, they show life as a complex and never perfect thing. As a consequence of this, people’sideas, thoughts and points of view start to change; they feel different, inspirated and sometimes encouraged to do something that could change the world for good. Is in this point when people who havepower start to worry because this events could turn into something bad against them, therefore they try disencourage people and to change their way of thinking by burning or banning books. Institutions,such as the government, take these foolish decisions because they think that by burning or banning books, people will stop creating new ideas and concepts in their minds, but that will never happen,because men have been graced by having the ability of keeping things in their minds, this is what we call memory, and memory never dies.
All censorships exist to prevent anyone from challenging theauthority, and we can see a lot of examples of this attitude, such as in the Religious Reformation, which took place in Europe. There was a man, named Marin Luther; his ideas were challenging CatholicChurch, and they tried to stop him, but he transmitted his ideas to the people by books, and, even though they were burned, once people had read them, there was nothing that could stop the Reformationthat was going to be the start of a drastic change in a whole continent.
Just like Oscar Wilde said: “There is no such thing as a moral or immoral book. Books are well written or badly written,...
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