Cool Quotes


"It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance." Robert F. Kennedy US Attorney General 1961-64, assassinated in Los Angeles while campaigning

"Individualism, as a definition of holding to personal ideals, is classed as obstinacy and anti-social. Inevitably we run point blank into the evils of compromise. When compromise enters our moral fibre, it spreads like a cancerous growth. We think we plan adequate safeguards around areas in which we contemplate yielding our standards, but once we lower the fence and break our strong will to do right, come what may, we expose ourselves to forces that spread beyond control. Compromise always starts on some rather insignificant principle. The dangers of yielding seem negligible and we usually risk those things first where observation and detection by others is difficult. We thus seek to avoid censure and discipline. In a short time we find ourselves trading our principles for false values and doing it in the black market of human relationships. . ." - Ralph W. Hardy [1914-1978, Mormon, church leader]

"If it were proved to me that in making war, my ideal had a chance of being realized, I would still say "No" to war. For one does not create human society on mounds of corpses." - Louis Lecoin - French pacifist leader [ (30 September 1888 – 23 June 1971) was a French anarcho-pacifist. He was at the center of the foundation of the Union pacifiste de France.]


Louis Lecoin--Il y a quarante ans, en 1971, Louis Lecoin décédait, à l’âge de 83 ans

"Unless you become more watchful in your States and check this spirit of monopoly and thirst for exclusive privileges, you will in the end find that the most important powers of Government have been given or bartered away, and the control of your dearest interests have been passed into the hands of these corporations" - Andrew Jackson, farewell address, 04 March 1837

"What is the great Amercican sin? Extravagance? Vice? Graft? No; it is a kind of half-humorous, good-natured indifference, a lack of "concentrated indignation" as my English friend calls it, which allows extravagance and vice to flourish. Trace most of our ills to their source, and it is found that they exist by virtue of an easy-going, fatalistic indifference which dislikes to have its comfort disturbed....The most shameless greed, the most sickening industrial atrocities, the most appalling public scandals are exposed, but a half-cynical and wholly indifferent public passes them by with hardly a shrug of the shoulders; and they are lost in the medley of events. This is the great American sin.": Joseph Fort Newman, Atlantic Monthly, October 1922


"A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives." -- James Madison, letter to W.T. Barry 4 August 1822

"Today the world is the victim of propaganda because people are not intellectually competent. More than anything the United States needs effective citizens competent to do their own thinking." -- William Mather Lewis - President ,George Washington University 1923 -1927

"Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like the evil spirits at the dawn of day." -- Thomas Jefferson, letter to Pierre S. du Pont de Nemours, 24 April 1816

"How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these": George Washington Carver

"The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government" Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson / George Washington Carver

"Our heads are round so thought can change direction" -Allen Ginsberg (on a Bourdain show)

"The ultimate error is the refusal to look evil in the face" . - Rollo May

"It'll be a great day when education gets all the money it wants and the Air Force has to hold a bake sale to buy bombers.": Author unknown, quoted in You Said a Mouthful edited by Ronald D. Fuchs

"The abuse of buying and selling votes crept in and money began to play an important part in determining elections. Later on, this process of corruption spread to the law courts. And then to the army, and finally the Republic was subjected to the rule of emperors": Plutarch - Historian of the Roman Republic

"Any human being who does not wish to be part of the masses need only stop making things easy for himself. Let him follow his conscience, which calls out to him: “Be yourself! All that you are now doing, thinking, desiring, all that is not you... There is no way to help any soul attain this happiness, however, so long as it remains shackled with the chains of opinion and fear.” --Friedrich Nietzsche (October 15, 1844–August 25, 1900) [German philosopher, cultural critic, poet and Latin and Greek scholar], who believed that embracing difficulty is essential for a fulfilling life, considered the journey of self-discovery one of the greatest and most fertile existential difficulties.


Plutarch of Chaeronea (46-c.122) / Friedrich Nietzsche [1844-1900]

"It is extremely difficult to stay alert and attentive, instead of getting hypnotized by the constant monologue inside your own head (may be happening right now). Twenty years after my own graduation, I have come gradually to understand that the liberal arts cliché about teaching you how to think is actually shorthand for a much deeper, more serious idea: learning how to think really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think. It means being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and to choose how you construct meaning from experience." --David Foster Wallace [(February 21, 1962 – September 12, 2008) was an American novelist, short story writer, and essayist, as well as a professor of English]

“Character is higher than intellect. Thinking is the function. Living is the functionary,” Emerson wrote in his spectacular 1837 speech on the life of the mind and the enterprise of education, adding: “A great soul will be strong to live, as well as strong to think.” And yet in the century and a half since Emerson, the notion that education’s highest task is the cultivation of a great soul has become increasingly radical as we’ve grown more and more reliant on measuring the intellect." --Parker Palmer, a contemporary counterpart of Emerson’s


David Foster Wallace / Parker Palmer

"Long before contemporary psychologists coined the term “he'ic treadmill” to describe our compulsive consumerism and how quickly after we attain sought-after benchmarks of achievement they lose their luster, the great German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer (February 22, 1788–September 21, 1860) contemplated the role of boredom" --Brain Pickings

Arguing that the rise of information has precipitated the decline of storytelling, he calls out our allergy to boredom as a particularly perilous affliction of the Information Age. "If sleep is the apogee of physical relaxation, boredom is the apogee of mental relaxation. Boredom is the dream bird that hatches the egg of experience. A rustling in the leaves drives him away. His nesting places — the activities that are intimately associated with boredom — are already extinct in the cities and are declining in the country as well. With this the gift for listening is lost and the community of listeners disappears. For storytelling is always the art of repeating stories, and this art is lost when the stories are no longer retained." --German philosopher, cultural theorist, and literary critic Walter Benjamin (July 15, 1892–September 26, 1940)

"In one day, one large tree can lift up to 100 gallons of H20 and discharge it into the air" --American Forests.

"Better than a thousand useless words is one word that gives peace." Buddha [563 BC - 483 BC]

Buddha Quotes

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.

"Yes, we love peace, but we are not willing to take wounds for it, as we are for war".: Andrew Holmes [died 1814--Major Andrew Hunter Holmes was an American army officer. He was Captain, of the 24th Infantry in the War of 1812]


Siddhartha Gautama Buddha / Major Andrew Hunter Holmes

"It isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it." : Eleanor Roosevelt

"But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint": Edmund Burke - Source: Reflections on the Revolution in France

"If it were proved to me that in making war, my ideal had a chance of being realized, I would still say "no" to war. For one does not create a human society on mounds of corpses": Louis Lecoin

"I know no class of my fellowmen, however just, enlightened, and humane, which can be wisely and safely trusted absolutely with the liberties of any other class.": Frederick Douglass - [Frederick Baily] (1818-1895)

"As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war. God grant that my suspicions may prove groundless." : U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, Nov. 21, 1864 - (letter to Col. William F. Elkins)

"criminal, n. A person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation" -Howard Scott [(April 1, 1890 – January 1, 1970) was an American engineer and founder of the Technocracy movement]

"Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or the darkness of destructive selfishness." MLK

"History is an account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools."-- Ambrose Bierce, American writer, 1842-1914


Howard Scott / Ambrose Bierce

"Few men are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential vital quality for those who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change." - Robert F. Kennedy

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead

"One of the hardest things to teach a child is that the truth is more important than the consequences." - O. A. Battista - [Orlando Aloysius Battista] (1917-1995), Canadian-American chemist and author.

"Conceit, arrogance and egotism are the essentials of patriotism... Patriotism assumes that our globe is divided into little spots, each one surrounded by an iron gate. Those who have had the fortune of being born on some particular spot consider themselves nobler, better, grander, more intelligent than those living beings inhabiting any other spot. It is, therefore, the duty of everyone living on that chosen spot to fight, kill and die in the attempt to impose his superiority upon all the others.The inhabitants of the other spots reason in like manner, of course, with the result that from early infancy the mind of the child is provided with blood-curdling stories about the Germans, the French, the Italians, Russians, etc. When the child has reached manhood he is thoroughly saturated with the belief that he is chosen by the Lord himself to defend his country against the attack or invasion of any foreigner. It is for that purpose that we are clamoring for a greater army and navy, more battleships and ammunition. An army and navy represent the people's toys." Emma Goldman.

"An error doesn't become a mistake until you refuse to correct it." - John F Kennedy


"Truth: the most deadly weapon ever discovered by humanity. Capable of destroying entire perceptual sets, cultures, and realities. Outlawed by all governments everywhere. Possession is normally punishable by death." - John Gilmore (1935- ) Author [John "Jonathan" Gilmore is an American author and gonzo journalist known for iconoclastic Hollywood memoirs, true crime literature and hard-boiled fiction.]

"Humanity has continued to evolve by acts of disobedience. Human history began with an act of disobedience, and it is not unlikely that it will be terminated by an act of obedience." -- Erich Fromm – On Disobedience - [Erich Seligmann Fromm--1900 to 1980--was a German social psychologist, psychoanalyst, sociologist, humanistic philosopher, and democratic socialist]


John Gilmore / Erich Fromm

"Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little": Edmund Burke

"The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants, and it provides the further advantage of giving the servants of tyranny a good conscience": Albert Camus

"We kill at every step, not only in wars, riots, and executions. We kill when we close our eyes to poverty, suffering, and shame. In the same way all disrespect for life, all hard-heartedness, all indifference, all contempt is nothing else than killing. With just a little witty skepticism we can kill a good deal of the future in a young person." : - Hermann Hesse, German poet and novelist.

"He who would do good" wrote William Blake, "must do so in minute particulars. General good is the plea of the scoundrel, the hypocrite and the liar." It is also the plea of most political ideologues who do not hesitate, and often in the name of "the People", to persecute in minute particulars for the sake of the general good. ": Extract from Jeremy Taylor's Book - Ag Pleez Deddy - a South African musician

"Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens" -Plato: Ancient Greek philosopher (428/427-348/347 B.C.)

"In order to rally people, governments need enemies. They want us to be afraid, to hate, so we will rally behind them. And if they do not have a real enemy, they will invent one in order to mobilize us." Thich Nhat Hanh - Vietnamese monk, activist and writer.

"The care of human life and happiness and not their destruction is the first and only legitimate object of good government." -Thomas Jefferson


"Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action." -George Washington

"The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." - Steve Biko

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime." -- Mark Twain

"We live in a system that espouses merit, equality, and a level playing field, but exalts those with wealth, power, and celebrity, however gained." - Derrick Bell [Derrick Albert Bell, Jr. (November 6, 1930 – October 5, 2011) was the first tenured African-American professor of law at Harvard Law School], Ethical Ambition: Living a Life of Meaning and Worth


Samuel Langhorne Clemens / Derrick Albert Bell, Jr.

"I want to live in a world where people become famous because of their work for peace and justice and care. I want the famous to be inspiring; their lives an example of what every human being has it in them to do - act from love!" - - Patch Adams [Hunter Doherty "Patch" Adams (born May 28, 1945) is an American physician, comedian, social activist, clown, and author. He founded the Gesundheit! Institute in 1971. Each year he organizes a group of volunteers from around the world to travel to various countries where they dress as clowns in an effort to bring humor to orphans, patients, and other people.]

"Liberty is not for these slaves; I do not advocate inflicting it against their conscience. On the contrary, I am strongly in favor of letting them crawl and grovel all they please before whatever fraud or combination of frauds they choose to venerate...Our whole practical government is grounded in mob psychology and.. the Boobus Americanus will follow any command that promises to make him safer." --H. L. Menchen [Henry Louis Mencken (September 12, 1880 – January 29, 1956) was an American journalist, satirist, cultural critic and scholar of American English.[1] Known as the "Sage of Baltimore", he is regarded as one of the most influential American writers and prose stylists of the first half of the twentieth century. As a scholar Mencken is known for The American Language, a multi-volume study of how the English language is spoken in the United States. His satirical reporting on the Scopes trial, which he dubbed the "Monkey Trial", also gained him attention.]


Hunter Doherty "Patch" Adams / H. L. Menchen

"Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their customs, privileges, or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking; where it is absent, discussion is apt to become worse than useless." -- Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi - (1828-1910) Russian writer Source: On Life and Essays on Religion

"He who dares not offend cannot be honest" Thomas Paine

"Silence, they say, is the voice of complicity. But silence is impossible. Silence screams. Silence is a message, just as doing nothing is an act. Let who you are ring out & resonate in every word & every deed. Yes, become who you are. There's no sidestepping your own being or your own responsibility. What you do is who you are. You are your own comeuppance. You become your own message. You are the message. In the Spirit of Crazy Horse " Leonard Peltier [ (born September 12, 1944) is a Native American activist and member of the American Indian Movement (AIM). In 1977 he was convicted and sentenced to two consecutive terms of life imprisonment for first degree murder in the shooting of two Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents during a 1975 conflict on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.]

"I count myself as a spiritual sister to those the US government has murdered, and I am angry at my powerlessness." - Karen Kwiatkowski [Karen U. Kwiatkowski, née Unger,[1] (born September 24, 1960) is an American activist and commentator. She is a retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel whose assignments included duties as a Pentagon desk officer and a variety of roles for the National Security Agency. Since retiring, she has become a noted critic of the U.S. government's involvement in Iraq]


Leonard Peltier / Karen Kwiatkowski

"The search for the truth is the noblest occupation of man; its publication is a duty." - Anne Louise Germaine de Stael

"There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting." -- Buddha

The US defense establishment can be considered victorious in one sense only: it has conquered and subdued the people of the United States. [Dmitry Orlov]

"A great revolution in just one single individual will help achieve a change in the destiny of a society and, further, will enable a change in the destiny of humankind." - Daisaku Ikeda - Japanese peace Activist and Buddhist Leader

"It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds." - - Samuel Adams

Pity the nation that has to silence its writers for speaking their minds... Pity the nation that needs to jail those who ask for justice while communal killers, mass murderers, corporate scamsters, looters, rapists and those who prey on the poorest of the poor, roam free." - Arundhati Roy


"Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little." ~ Edmund Burke [(12 January [NS] 1729 – 9 July 1797) was an Irish statesman born in Dublin, as well as an author, orator, political theorist, and philosopher who, after moving to Lon', served as a member of parliament (MP) for many years in the House of Commons with the Whig Party.. Burke is remembered mainly for his support of the cause of the American Revolutionaries, Catholic emancipation, the impeachment of Warren Hastings from the East India Company, and for his later objections about the French Revolution]

"What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do." ~ John Ruskin [ (8 February 1819 – 20 January 1900) was the leading English art critic of the Victorian era, also an art patron, draughtsman, watercolourist]

"It's not who you are on the inside but what you do that defines you!" ~ Darius Shah


John Ruskin / Edmund Burke

"There is no security on this earth; there is only opportunity." (Douglas MacArthur)

"We are what we repeatedly do." (Aristotle)

"When we drink coffee, ideas march in like the army." (Honore de Balzac)

"Victory favors those who take pains." (amat victoria curam -Catullus)

"The man who has a garden and a library has everything." (Cicero, via Lee Bentley) [Marcus Tullius Cicero (3 January 106 BC – 7 December 43 BC [assassinated]) was a Roman philosopher, politician, lawyer, orator, political theorist, consul, and constitutionalist. He came from a wealthy municipal family of the Roman equestrian order, and was one of Rome's greatest orators and prose stylists.

"Do you know what amazes me more than anything else? The impotence of force to organize anything." (Napoleon Bonaparte)

"Chance favours the prepared mind." -Louis Pasteur [a French chemist and microbiologist renowned for his discoveries of the principles of vaccination, microbial fermentation and pasteurization]


Marcus Tullius Cicero / Louis Pasteur

"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." (Winston Churchill)

"Success: To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." (Ralph Waldo Emerson, submitted by J.P. Bahner)

"Daydreams of a fair world which would treat him according to his real worth are the refuge of all those plagued by a lack of self-knowledge." (Ludwig von Mises)

"Economic history is a never-ending series of episodes based on falsehoods and lies, not truths. It represents the path to big money. The object is to recognize the trend whose premise is false, ride that trend, and step off before it is discredited." (George Soros)

"If you like eating, begin liking dirt." (CHS, April 6, 2009)

"Either we restrict the foods we eat when we have a choice, or our diet will eventually be restricted by chronic diseases." (CHS, May 9, 2009)


"During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." -George Orwell [Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950), who used the pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic. His work is marked by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism, and outspoken support of democratic socialism]

"Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself." -Leo Tolstoy [Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (9 September [O.S. 28 August] 1828 – 20 November [O.S. 7 November] 1910), usually referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time.. a fervent Christian anarchist and pacifist.. had a profound impact on such pivotal 20th-century figures as Mohandas Gandhi,[2] Martin Luther King, Jr.,[3] and James Bevel]


George Orwell / Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy

"The path out of darkness begins with those exasperatingly persistent individuals who are constitutionally incapable of capitulation." (Winston Churchill)

"The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty." (James Madison, submitted by Ken R.)

"We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we ''t like?" (Jean Cocteau)

"Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force, of the people…. [There is also an] inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war, and … degeneracy of manners and of morals…. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare." (James Madison)


"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." (Mark Twain)

"You assist an evil system most effectively by obeying its orders and decrees. An evil system never deserves such allegiance. Allegiance to it means partaking of the evil. A good person will resist an evil system with his or her whole soul. (Mahatma Gandhi)

"...there is a contemporary form of violence to which the idealist fighting for peace by nonviolent methods most easily succumbs: activism and overwork. The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything is to succumb to violence" - Thomas Merton.

"More than that, it is cooperation in violence. The frenzy of the activist neutralizes his or her work for peace. It destroys one's own inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of one's own work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful." (Thomas Merton)

"The man who has a garden and a library has everything." (Cicero)

"Without health there is no happiness. An attention to health, then, should take the place of every other object." (Thomas Jefferson, 1787)


"The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerated the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence is fascism: ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or any controlling private power." -Franklin D. Roosevelt [(January 30, 1882 – April 12, 1945), commonly known as FDR, was an American statesman and political leader who served as the 32nd President of the United States, from 1933 to 1945. A Democrat, he won a record four presidential elections and dominated his party after 1932 as a central figure in world events during the mid-20th century, leading the United States during a time of worldwide economic depression and total war. His program for relief, recovery and reform, known as the New Deal, involved a great expansion of the role of the federal government in the economy]

"Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority." -Thomas H. Huxley

"Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind." -Henry James [Henry James (15 April 1843 – 28 February 1916) was an American-born writer. He is regarded as one of the key figures of 19th-century literary realism. He was the son of Henry James, Sr. and the brother of philosopher and psychologist William James and diarist Alice James. He is best known for a number of novels showing Americans encountering Europe and Europeans. His method of writing from a character's point of view allowed him to explore issues related to consciousness and perception, and his style in later works has been compared to impressionist painting. His imaginative use of point of view, interior monologue and unreliable narrators brought a new depth to narrative fiction]


Franklin D. Roosevelt / Henry James

"Victory favors those who take pains." (amat victoria curam) [Anon. Ancient traditional Roman aphorism, quoted by Catullus.]

"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." (C.S. Lewis)

"Philosophy is the battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by language." (Wittgenstein)

"I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell." (Harry S. Truman)

"If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month." (Theodore Roosevelt)

"I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have." (Thomas Jefferson) "Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race." (Calvin Coolidge)

"Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." (Abraham Lincoln)

"Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master." (George Washington)


Abe Lincoln / George Washington [portait by Rembrandt Peale]

"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most adaptable to change." (Charles Darwin)

"Passive absorption of marketing-dominated media is the primary activity on the plantation of the mind, and that of course is the goal of the colonial overlords: distraction, passivity, confusion, divide and conquer, and the old stand-by, financial desperation." (Charles H. Smith, Of Two Minds)

"Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half." - Gore Vidal, Screening History

People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent. — Bob Dylan

"Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give the appearance of solidarity to pure wind." -- George Orwell -[Eric Arthur Blair] (1903-1950) British author


"The lowest standards of ethics of which a right-thinking man can possibly conceive is taught to the common soldier whose trade is to shoot his fellow men. In youth he may have learned the command, 'Thou shalt not kill,' but the ruler takes the boy just as he enters manhood and teaches him that his highest duty is to shoot a bullet through his neighbor's heart - and this, unmoved by passion or feeling or hatred, and without the least regard to right or wrong, but simply because his ruler gives the word." Clarence Darrow, Resist Not Evil [Clarence Seward Darrow (April 18, 1857 – March 13, 1938) was an American lawyer, leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union, and prominent advocate for Georgist economic reform. He was best known for defending teenage thrill killers Leopold and Loeb in their trial for murdering 14-year-old Robert "Bobby" Franks (1924). Some of his other notable cases included defending Ossian Sweet, and John T. Scopes in the Scopes "Monkey" Trial (1925), in which he opposed William Jennings Bryan (statesman, noted orator, and three-time presidential candidate). Called a "sophisticated country lawyer", he remains notable for his wit, which marked him as one of the most famous American lawyers and civil libertarians]

"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -Marcus Aurelius, Meditations [Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus (26 April 121 – 17 March 180 AD) was Roman Emperor from 161 to 180. The last of the so-called Five Good Emperors. He was a practitioner of Stoicism, and his untitled writing, commonly known as the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, is the most significant source of our modern understanding of ancient Stoic philosophy]


Clarence Darrow / Marcus Aurelius [Bust of Marcus Aurelius in the Musée Saint-Raymond, Toulouse, France]

"Law is often the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual." -Thomas Jefferson to I. Tiffany, 1819

"The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth." - H. L. Mencken

"War is essentially an evil thing ... To initiate a war of aggression, therefore, is not only an international crime, it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole." - The Nuremberg Tribunal concluded after World War II

"I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed ... without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today my own government". - Martin Luther King

War is so unjust and ugly that all who wage it must try to stifle the voice of conscience within themselves. - Leo Tolstoy

"The governments of the great States have two instruments for keeping the people dependent, in fear and obedience: a coarser, the army; and a more refined, the school." - -- Friedrich Nietzsche - (1844-1900)

"Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give the appearance of solidarity to pure wind." - George Orwell - [Eric Arthur Blair] (1903-1950) British author

"The state spends much time and effort persuading the public that it is not really what it is and that the consequences of its actions are positive rather than negative." - -- Hans Hermann Hoppe - Source: A Theory of Socialism and Capitalism

" The essence of all beings is Earth. The essence of the Earth is Water. The essence of Water is Plants. The Essence of plants is the human being…."

“ Esam bhutanam prthivi rasha, prthivya apo raso-pam osadhayo rasa, osadhinam puruso rasah…”

- Chandogya Upanishad I.1.2


"The freedom of speech and the freedom of the press have not been granted to the people in order that they may say things which please, and which are based upon accepted thought, but the right to say the things which displease, the right to say the things which convey the new and yet unexpected thoughts, the right to say things, even though they do a wrong." - Samuel Gompers - (1850-1924)

"And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in all the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual." -- John Steinbeck - (1902-1968) Source: East of Eden, 1952

“I say, if your knees aren’t green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life.” ~Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes

"Today the world is the victim of propaganda because people are not intellectually competent. More than anything the United States needs effective citizens competent to do their own thinking." --William Mather Lewis (March 24, 1878 – November 11, 1945) was an American teacher, university president, local politician, and a state and national government official. He was mayor of Lake Forest, Illinois from 1915–17, President of George Washington University from 1923-7 and the President of Layfayette College from 1927-45

"What's wrong with our children? Adults telling children to be honest while lying and cheating. Adults telling children to not be violent while marketing and glorifying violence... I believe that adult hypocrisy is the biggest problem children face in America." - Marian Wright Edleman - Children's Advocate 1939-

"Permaculture is the opposite of disposable culture" [http://www.thesimpledollar.com/financial-independence-and-permaculture/]

"The feeling of patriotism - It is an immoral feeling because, instead of confessing himself a son of God . . . or even a free man guided by his own reason, each man under the influence of patriotism confesses himself the son of his fatherland and the slave of his government, and commits actions contrary to his reason and conscience." : Leo Tolstoy

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves": William Pitt, Earl of Chatham

"The man who does not do his own thinking is a slave, and is a traitor to himself and his fellow men.": Robert G. Ingersoll - (1833-1899)

"Make men wise, and by that very operation you make them free. Civil liberty follows as a consequence of this; no usurped power can stand against the artillery of opinion.": William Godwin - (1756-1836)

"Perhaps the most obvious political effect of controlled news is the advantage it gives powerful people in getting their issues on the political agenda and defining those issues in ways likely to influence their resolution.": W. Lance Bennett - Author, professor at University of Washington Source: News: The Politics of Illusion, 1983

"Propaganda is the executive arm of the invisible government" -Edward Bernays [Edward Louis James Bernays (November 22, 1891 - March 9, 1995) was an Austrian-American pioneer in the field of public relations and propaganda, referred to in his obituary as "the father of public relations".. ideas of his uncle, Sigmund Freud.. He felt this manipulation was necessary in society, which he regarded as irrational and dangerous as a result of the "herd instinct" that Trotter had described.. the originator of modern public relations, Bernays was named one of the 100 most influential Americans of the 20th century by Life magazine]

"Everything, everything in war is barbaric... But the worst barbarity of war is that it forces men collectively to commit acts against which individually they would revolt with their whole being" -Ellen Key [Ellen Karolina Sofia Key (11 December 1849 (in Småland, Sweden) – 25 April 1926) was a Swedish difference feminist writer on many subjects in the fields of family life, ethics and education and was an important figure in the Modern Breakthrough movement. She was an early advocate of a child-centered approach to education and parenting, and was also a suffragist]


Edward Bernays / Ellen Key

"Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear": Bertrand Russell

"Fear always springs from ignorance": Ralph Waldo Emerson

"We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the Courts -- not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution." Abraham Lincoln

"The limitation of tyrants is the endurance of those they oppose." - Frederick Douglass

"Those who have the privilege to know, have the duty to act." Albert Einstein

"When the government fears the People, that is Liberty. When the People fear the Government, that is tyranny." - Thomas Jefferson

"Americans cannot escape a certain responsibility for what is 'e in our name around the world. In a democracy, even one as corrupted as ours, ultimate authority rests with the people. We empower the government with our votes, finance it with our taxes, bolster it with our silent acquiescence. If we are passive in the face of America's official actions overseas, we in effect endorse them." - Mark Hertzgaard

"As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world - that is the myth of the atomic age - as in being able to remake ourselves."...Mahatma Gandhi

"Wherever you go, there you are."...variously attibuted to Confucius, Buddha, and Buckaroo Banzai

"The unmulched garden looks to me like some naked thing which for one reason or another would be better off with a few clothes on."...Ruth Stout, The Ruth Stout No-Work Garden Book, 1971

"Not every soil can bear all things."...Virgil [Publius Vergilius Maro (Classical Latin: October 15, 70 BC – September 21, 19 BC), usually called Virgil or Vergil in English, was an ancient Roman poet of the Augustan period. Virgil is traditionally ranked as one of Rome's greatest poets. His Aeneid has been considered the national epic of ancient Rome from the time of its composition to the present day. Modeled after Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, the Aeneid follows the Trojan refugee Aeneas as he struggles to fulfill his destiny and arrive on the shores of Italy—in Roman mythology the founding act of Rome. Virgil's work has had wide and deep influence on Western literature, most notably Dante's Divine Comedy, in which Virgil appears as Dante's guide through hell and purgatory.


Ruth Stout / Virgil (Publius Vergilius Maro)

"I am spending delightful afternoons in my garden, watching everything living around me. As I grow older, I feel everything departing, and I love everything with more passion."...Emile Zola

"As the gardener, such is the garden."...Hebrew proverb

"Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful: they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul."...Luther Burbank

"A gardener learns more in the mistakes than in the successes."...Barbara Borland

"To own a bit of ground, to scratch it with a hoe, to plant seeds and watch their renewal of life - this is the commonest delight of the race, the most satisfactory thing a man can do."...Charles Dudley Warner, author, editor, publisher (1829 - 1900)


"All nature wears one universal grin."...Henry Fielding

"All art is but imitation of nature."...Lucius Annaeus Seneca

"Let us give nature a chance; she knows her business better than we do."...Michael Eyquen de Montaigne [Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (28 February 1533 – 13 September 1592) was one of the most significant philosophers of the French Renaissance, known for popularizing the essay as a literary genre. His work is noted for its merging of casual anecdotes and autobiography with serious intellectual insight.. had a direct influence on writers all over the world, including Francis Bacon, René Descartes,[5] Blaise Pascal, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Albert Hirschman, William Hazlitt,[6] Ralph Waldo Emerson, Friedrich Nietzsche, Stefan Zweig, Eric Hoffer,[7] Isaac Asimov, and possibly on the later works of William Shakespeare.]

"A garden is always a series of losses set against a few triumphs, like life itself."...May Sarton, At Seventy (1984) [May Sarton is the pen name of Eleanore Marie Sarton (May 3, 1912 – July 16, 1995), an American poet, novelist and memoirist..

More Sarton quotes:

“Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is richness of self.”

“Does anything in nature despair except man? An animal with a foot caught in a trap does not seem to despair. It is too busy trying to survive. It is all closed in, to a kind of still, intense waiting. Is this a key? Keep busy with survival. Imitate the trees.. nothing stays the same for long, not even pain. Sit it out. Let it all pass. Let it go.”

“Public education was not founded to give society what it wants. Quite the opposite.”

“The more articulate one is, the more dangerous words become.”

“Nothing moves fast in Texas except the windmills"

“It is never a waste of time to be outdoors"

“Most people have to talk so they won't hear.”


Michael Eyquen de Montaigne / Eleanore Marie Sarton

"Anyone can have dirt. Gardener's have soil."

"Once we become interested in the progress of the plants in our care, their development becomes a part of the rhythm of our own lives and we are refreshed by it."...Thalassa Cruso


Thalassa Cruso on her TV show and doing a typical root trimming

"A book is like a garden carried in the pocket."...Arabian Proverb

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." ...Margaret Mead

"I'm not aging, I just need repotting."...anonymous

"I want death to find me planting my cabbages."...Montaigne, Essays Book I (1880)

"If you want to be happy for a short time, get drunk;
happy for a long time, fall in love;
happy forever, take up gardening."...British comedian and playwright Arthur Smith

"There is a fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."...Dave Barry

"Those who labour in the earth are the chosen people of God."...Thomas Jefferson

"You know you are a real gardener when you think compost is a fascinating subject."

"A weed is only a misplaced plant."

"If you would have a mind at peace, a heart that cannot harden, go find a door that opens wide upon a lovely garden." ~Unknown

"''t grumble that roses have thorns, be thankful that thorns have roses."...Alphonse Karr (A Tour Round My Garden)

"Always remember the beauty of the garden, for there is peace."


"Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig"...Robert Heinlein

"You can bury a lot of troubles digging in the dirt." -Unknown

"We come from the earth, we return to the earth, and in between we garden."

"If you would be happy all your life, plant a garden"...Chinese Proverb

"Though an old man, I am but a young gardener."...Thomas Jefferson

"Carpe rutila" (Seize the spade)
...David Hobson on his garden site http://home.golden.net/~dhobson

"What is a weed? A weed is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered."...Ralph Waldo Emerson 1878

"Gardening is the purest of human pleasures."...Francis Bacon [Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban PC KC was an English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, orator, and author. He served both as Attorney General and as Lord Chancellor of England. Born: January 22, 1561, Strand, Lon', United Kingdom; Died: April 9, 1626, Highgate, United Kingdom]

"The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies." ...Gertrude Jekyll [Gertrude Jekyll (29 November 1843—8 December 1932) was an influential British horticulturist, garden designer, artist and writer. She created over 400 gardens in the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States, and wrote over 1,000 articles. Jekyll has been described as "a premier influence in garden design" by English and American gardening enthusiasts]


Francis Bacon / Gertrude Jekyll

"A garden is a friend you can visit any time."

"Cares melt when you kneel in your garden."

"To boldly grow where no one has groan before." ...David Hobson on his garden site http://home.golden.net/~dhobson

Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes. ~Author Unknown

There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling. ~Mirabel Osler

God made rainy days so gardeners could get the housework 'e. ~Author Unknown

''t wear perfume in the garden — unless you want to be pollinated by bees. ~Anne Raver

It is a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose, and the eyes will take care of themselves. ~Robert Louis Stevenson

Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity. ~Lindley Karstens, noproblemgarden.com [I was born in 1961 in San Francisco and grew up in the Midwest: Wisconsin to be more specific, home of cattle, horse flies, and hayrides. Since leaving home in search of myself and adventure, I have lived on both coasts, sold Kirby vacuums, produced an award winning web site on gardening, managed a $100 million project budget (which is nowhere near as much fun as it sounds), met hundreds of talented fellow-artists, travelled broadly, and made wonderful friends all over the world.]

To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves. ~Mahatma Gandhi


Lindley Karstens / Mahatma Gandhi

The garden is the poor man's apothecary. ~German Proverb

The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land. ~Abraham Lincoln

The love of dirt is among the earliest of passions, as it is the latest. Mud-pies gratify one of our first and best instincts. So long as we are dirty, we are pure. Fondness for the ground comes back to a man after he has run the round of pleasure and business, eaten dirt, and sown wild-oats.... To own a bit of ground, to scratch it with a hoe, to plant seeds and watch their renewal of life,—this is the commonest delight of the race, the most satisfactory thing a man can do.... Let us celebrate the soil. Most men toil that they may own a piece of it; they measure their success in life by their ability to buy it.... Broad acres are a patent of nobility; and no man but feels more of a man in the world if he have a bit of ground that he can call his own. However small it is on the surface, it is four thousand miles deep; and that is a very handsome property. ~Charles Dudley Warner, "Preliminary," My Summer in a Garden, 1870


"Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army": Edward Everett

"This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.": Franklin D. Roosevelt : April 16, 1953

The French have a very good saying:”chassez le naturel et il revient au galop” which can roughly be translated as “try to suppress your nature, and it will come back with a vengeance”.

"War does not determine who is right - only who is left." - Bertrand Russell

"Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the Gods": Albert Einstein

"The things that will destroy us are: politics without principle; pleasure without conscience; wealth without work; knowledge without character; business without morality; science without humanity; and worship without sacrifice": Mahatma Mohandas K. Gandhi

"There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up." - John Holmes

"You have not lived today until you have 'e something for someone who can never repay you." - John Bunyan

"To be doing good deeds is man's most glorious task." - Sophocles

"I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another." - Thomas Jefferson

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." - Gandhi

"The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well." - Ralph Waldo Emerson


Gandhi / Ralph Waldo Emerson

"If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy": - James Madison

"There is no nonsense so errant that it cannot be made the creed of the vast majority by adequate governmental action": Bertrand Russell

"I ''t want to live in the kind of world where we ''t look out for each other. Not just the people that are close to us, but anybody who needs a helping hand. I can't change the way anybody else thinks, or what they choose to do, but I can do my bit." - Charles de Lint [Canadian writer of Dutch origins; b. 1951. de Lint popularized in the 1980s the genre of urban fantasy, most notably through The Borderland Series of books.]

"We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom." - Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

"It's not given to people to judge what's right or wrong. People have eternally been mistaken and will be mistaken, and in nothing more than in what they consider right and wrong." - Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

"I simply want to live; to cause no evil to anyone but myself." - Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

"It is also in the interests of a tyrant to keep his people poor, so that they may not be able to afford the cost of protecting themselves by arms and be so occupied with their daily tasks that they have no time for rebellion."- Aristotle in Politics, J. Sinclair translation, pg. 226, 1962

"...it is a government by the corporations, for the corporations."--Rutherford B. Hayes 19th President of the USA.

"Corporation, n. An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility.''-Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary

"Of all forms of tyranny the least attractive and the most vulgar is the tyranny of mere wealth, the tyranny of plutocracy" ---John Pierpont Morgan


"But that's the whole point of corporatism: to try and remove the public from making decisions over their own fate, to limit the public arena, to control opinion, to make sure that the fundamental decisions that determine how the world is going to be run -which include production, commerce, distribution, thought, social policy, foreign policy, everything-are not in the hands of the public, but rather in the hands of highly concentrated private power. In effect, tyranny unaccountable to the public".- Professor Noam Chomsky, interviewed in Corporate Watch

"Can it be believed that the democracy which overthrew the feudal system and vanquished kings will retreat before tradesmen and capitalists?" Alexis de Tocqueville1805-1859

Law of Gardening I: When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.

"Violence is shrouded in justifying myths that lend it moral legitimacy, and these myths for the most part kept people from recognizing the violence for what it was... The same can be said of most of the violence we humans have ever committed": Gil Bailie


"The problems of this world are so gigantic that some are paralysed by their own uncertainty. Courage and wisdom are needed to reach out above this sense of helplessness. Desire for vengeance against deeds of hatred offers no solution. An eye for an eye makes the world blind. If we wish to choose the other path, we will have to search for ways to break the spiral of animosity. To fight evil one must also recognize one's own responsibility. The values for which we stand must be expressed in the way we think of, and how we deal with, our fellow humans": - From the Christmas Message 2001 of HM Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands

"We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing that we know about living": General Omar Bradley

"The hottest fires in hell are reserved for those who remain neutral in times of moral crisis": Edmund Burke

"I hate it when they say, 'He gave his life for his country.' Nobody gives their life for anything. We steal the lives of these kids. We take it away from them. They ''t die for the honor and glory of their country. We kill them." - Admiral Gene LaRocque.

"Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunters": - African Proverb

"Make wars unprofitable and you make them impossible" - A. Philip Randolph [Asa Philip Randolph (April 15, 1889 – May 16, 1979) was a leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement, the American labor movement, and socialist political parties]

"Nations have recently been led to borrow billions for war; no nation has ever borrowed largely for education... no nation is rich enough to pay for both war and civilization. We must make our choice; we cannot have both." - Abraham Flexner [(November 13, 1866 – September 21, 1959) was an American educator, best known for his role in the 20th century reform of medical and higher education in America and Canada. Flexner published a critical assessment of the state of the American educational system in 1908 titled: The American College: A Criticism. His work attracted the Carnegie Foundation to commission an in-depth evaluation into 155 colleges and universities across the United States and Canada. It was his resultant self-titled Flexner Report, published in 1910, that sparked the reform of medical education in the United States and Canada]


A. Philip Randolph / Abraham Flexner circa 1895

"There would be an end of war and preparations for war if the cost were borne by those responsible for war. - Frederic Clemson Howe in Why War

"All wars are fought for money" - Socrates

"The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man" -Charles Darwin

"Animals are not ingredients" -Barbara Thompson

"The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different" -Hippocrates

"Animals are my friends. And I ''t eat my friends" -George Bernard Shaw

"Population growth is not the problem. The real disaster is the misutilisation, misdistribution and misappropriation of resources by corporate capitalism" -Dada Gunamuktananda.

“If a person acquires and accumulates excessive wealth, he or she directly curtails the happiness and convenience of others in society. Such behaviour is flagrantly antisocial.” PR Sarkar

"some important concepts.

The first is that no child should be denied education. In any civilized society, education must be free up to and including tertiary level.

It is heart-rending to hear that, on top of being an orphan, such a bright young child is humiliated just because she can't afford to pay for what should be one of her basic rights.

“The sense of universalism should also be awakened in the child. Real education leads to a pervasive sense of love and compassion for all creation.” PR Sarkar

"Terrorism is the price of empire. If you do not wish to pay the price, you must give up the empire": - Patrick J. Buchanan - Where the Right Went Wrong

"It's not right to respond to terrorism by terrorizing other people. And furthermore, it's not going to help. Then you might say, "Yes, it's terrorizing people, but it's worth doing because it will end terrorism." But how much common sense does it take to know that you cannot end terrorism by indiscriminately dropping bombs?": - Howard Zinn - Terrorism and War

"Wanton killing of innocent civilians is terrorism, not a war against terrorism": - Noam Chomsky


Howard Zinn / Noam Chomsky

"People do not believe lies because they have to, but because they want to" -Malcolm Muggeridge

"It is easier to believe a lie that one has heard a thousand times than to believe a fact that no one has heard before" Author unknown

"I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you" -Friedrich Nietzsche

"Upon the education of the people of this country, the fate of this country depends." --Benjamin Disraeli - (1804-1881), British Prime Minister

"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart" -Nelson Mandela.

"For in every city these two opposite parties [people vs aristocracy] are to be found, arising from the desire of the populace to avoid oppression of the great, and the desire of the great to command and oppress the people....For when the nobility see that they are unable to resist the people, they unite in exalting one of their number and creating him prince, so as to be able to carry out their own designs under the shadow of his authority." Machiavelli, The Prince, ch. IX

"Protest that endures...is moved by a hope far more modest than that of public success: namely, the hope of preserving qualities in one's own heart and spirit that would be destroyed by acquiescence." Wendell Berry

"For the saddest words of tongue or pen these are": It might have been". John Greenleaf Whittier

"War is like a big machine that no one really knows how to run and when it gets out of control it ends up destroying the things you thought you were fighting for, and a lot of other things you kinda forgot you had." : Anonymous

"If we ''t fight hard enough for the things we stand for, at some point we have to recognize that we ''t really stand for them" Paul Wellstone


Paul Wellstone

"So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men" Voltaire

"Patriotism does not oblige us to acquiesce in the destruction of liberty. Patriotism obliges us to question it, at least" Wendy Kaminer [an American lawyer and writer. She has written several books on contemporary social issues]

I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever, in religion, in philosophy, in politics or in anything else, where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent. If I could not go to Heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all:Thomas Jefferson: "Truth is not only violated by falsehood; it may be equally outraged by silence": Henri Frederic Amiel

"Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all -- the apathy of human beings" Helen Keller


Helen Keller

"I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever, in religion, in philosophy, in politics or in anything else, where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent. If I could not go to Heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all" Thomas Jefferson

"Truth is not only violated by falsehood; it may be equally outraged by silence" Henri-Frédéric Amiel [ a Swiss moral philosopher, poet, and critic see Henri-Frédéric Amiel Quotes (143 quotes)]


Henri-Frédéric Amiel

"Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all -- the apathy of human beings" Helen Keller

"A right is not what someone gives you; it's what no one can take from you" Ramsey Clark.

"The peace and welfare of this and coming generations of Americans will be secure only as we cling to the watchword of true patriotism: "Our country -- when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right.": Carl Schurz [ a German revolutionary, American statesman and reformer, U.S. Minister to Spain, Union Army General in the American Civil War, U.S. Senator, and Secretary of the Interior].


Carl Schurz

"Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind...War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today." - John F. Kennedy

"When even one "American" -- who has 'e nothing wrong -- is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth, then all Americans are in peril." -- Harry S. Truman - (1884-1972), 33rd US President August 14, 1951 Source: Address at the Dedication of the New Washington Headquarters of the American Legion

"War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses." --Major General Smedley Darlington Butler (1881-1940) Major General USMC, "Old Gimlet Eye'' and "Hell Devil Darling", most highly decorated military man from the pre-World War II era. Source: from a speech in 1933


President Harry Truman / General Smedley Butler

"It should be no surprise that when rich men take control of the government, they pass laws that are favorable to themselves. The surprise is that those who are not rich vote for such people, even though they should know from bitter experience that the rich will continue to rip off the rest of us." Andrew Greeley (Chicago Sun-Times, February 18, 2001)

"An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics." Plutarch - Mestrius Plutarchus (c. 46 AD- 127 AD) was a Greek historian, biographer, and essayist.

"War creates peace like hate creates love" --David L. Wilson

"During times of war, hatred becomes quite respectable even though it has to masquerade often under the guise of patriotism" --Howard Thurman

"The greatest country, the richest country, is not that which has the most capitalists, monopolists, immense grabbings, vast fortunes, with its sad, sad soil of extreme, degrading, damning poverty, but the land in which there are the most homesteads, freeholds-where wealth does not show such contrasts high and low, where all men have enough-a modest living-and no man is made possessor beyond the sane and beautiful necessities." -Walt Whitman (1819-1892)

"A State divided into a small number of rich and a large number of poor will always develop a government manipulated by the rich to protect the amenities represented by their property." -Harold Laski [a British political theorist, economist, author, and lecturer. He was active in politics and served as the chairman of the British Labour Party during 1945–1946. 1893-1950]


"Of all the enemies to public liberty, war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes. And armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. "In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended. Its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force of the people. "The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war... and in the degeneracy of manners and morals, engendered by both. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare." -James Madison, April 20, 1795

"Men love their ideas more than their lives. And the more preposterous the idea, the more eager they are to die for it. And to kill for it." -Edward Abbey [an American author and essayist noted for his advocacy of environmental issues, criticism of public land policies, and anarchist political views. 1927-1989]


Edward Abbey / Harold Laski

"You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom. You can only be free if I am free" -Clarence Darrow

"The only way to make sure people you agree with can speak is to support the rights of people you ''t agree with" -Eleanor Holmes Norton [(born June 13, 1937) is a Delegate to the United States Congress representing the District of Columbia.]

"Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never has and it never will" -Frederick Douglass

"None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free" -Goethe

"Through clever and constant application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way round, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise" -Adolf Hitler - German Chancellor, leader of the Nazi party

"The lowest standards of ethics of which a right-thinking man can possibly conceive is taught to the common soldier whose trade is to shoot his fellow men. In youth he may have learned the command, 'Thou shalt not kill,' but the ruler takes the boy just as he enters manhood and teaches him that his highest duty is to shoot a bullet through his neighbor's heart - and this, unmoved by passion or feeling or hatred, and without the least regard to right or wrong, but simply because his ruler gives the word." -Clarence Darrow, Resist Not Evil

"The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office. Their principal device to that end is to search out groups who pant and pine for something they can't get and to promise to give it to them. Nine times out of ten that promise is worth nothing. The tenth time is made good by looting A to satisfy B. In other words, government is a broker in pillage, and every election is sort of an advance auction sale of stolen goods." -H. L. Mencken

"The trouble with most folks isn't so much their ignorance, as knowing so many things that ain't so." -Josh Billings - [Henry Wheeler Shaw] (1818-1885) American humorist and lecturer


Sayings of Josh Billings /

"Today as never before in their history Americans are enthralled with military power. The global military supremacy that the United States presently enjoys--and is bent on perpetuating--has become central to our national identity. More than America's matchless material abundance or even the effusions of its pop culture, the nation's arsenal of high-tech weaponry and the soldiers who employ that arsenal have come to signify who we are and what we stand for." -Andrew Bacevich in The New American Militarism

"American strategic [nuclear] forces do not exist solely for the purpose of deterring a Soviet nuclear threat or attack against the U.S. itself. Instead, they are intended to support U.S. foreign policy." - Colin Gray U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency Source: "Victory is Possible," Foreign Policy, Summer 1980

"When the Earth is ravaged and the animals are dying, a new tribe of people shall come unto the Earth from many colors, classes, creeds and who by their actions and deeds shall make the Earth green again. They will be known as the warriors of the rainbow." — Native American Prophecy

The Internationale, Song by Billy Bragg Released: 1990

Lyrics

Stand up all victims of oppression
For the tyrants fear your might
''t cling so hard to your possessions
For you have nothing if you have no rights
Let racist ignorance be ended
For respect makes the empires fall
Freedom is merely privilege extended
Unless enjoyed by one and all

So come brothers and sisters
For the struggle carries on
The internationale
Unites the world in song
So comrades come rally
For this is the time and place
The international ideal
Unites the human race

National Anthem of France (La Marseillaise, The Song of Marseille) (English subtitles)

"La Marseillaise" (English: "The [Song of] Marseille") is the national anthem of France. It was written and composed by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle in 1792 and adopted in 1795 as the nation's first anthem. The melody is an adaptation of a theme written in 1781 by Giovan Battista Viotti. It became the rallying call of the French Revolution and received its name because it was first sung on the streets by volunteers (fédérés) from Marseille upon their entry into Paris on 30 July 1792 after a young volunteer from Montpellier called François Mireur had sung it at a patriotic gathering in Marseille and the troops adopted it as the marching song of the National Guard of Marseille. A newly graduated medical doctor, Mireur later became a general under Napoléon Bonaparte and died in Egypt at 28. Only the first verse (and sometimes the fifth and sixth) and the first chorus are sung today in France. Above is the long version of the anthem.

La Marseillaise The Marseillaise was a revolutionary song, an anthem to freedom, a patriotic call to mobilize all the citizens and an exhortation to fight against tyranny and foreign invasion. The French National Convention adopted it as the Republic's anthem in 1795. It acquired its nickname after being sung in Paris by volunteers from Marseille marching on the capital. The song is the first example of the "European march" anthemic style. The anthem's evocative melody and lyrics have led to its widespread use as a song of revolution and its incorporation into many pieces of classical and popular music.


The Marseillais volunteers departing, sculpted on the Arc de Triomphe

Lyrics:

Allons enfants de la Patrie,
Le jour de gloire est arrivé!
Contre nous de la tyrannie,
L'étendard sanglant est levé, (bis)
Entendez-vous dans les campagnes
Mugir ces féroces soldats?
Ils viennent jusque dans vos bras
Égorger vos fils, vos compagnes!

Aux armes, citoyens,
Formez vos bataillons,
Marchons, marchons!
Qu'un sang impur
Abreuve nos sillons!

Que veut cette horde d'esclaves,
De traîtres, de rois conjurés?
Pour qui ces ignobles entraves,
Ces fers dès longtemps préparés? (bis)
Français, pour nous, ah! quel outrage
Quels transports il doit exciter!
C'est nous qu'on ose méditer
De rendre à l'antique esclavage!

Aux armes, citoyens...

Quoi! des cohortes étrangères
Feraient la loi dans nos foyers!
Quoi! Ces phalanges mercenaires
Terrasseraient nos fiers guerriers! (bis)
Grand Dieu! Par des mains enchaînées
Nos fronts sous le joug se ploieraient
De vils despotes deviendraient
Les maîtres de nos destinées!

Aux armes, citoyens...

Tremblez, tyrans et vous perfides
L'opprobre de tous les partis,
Tremblez! vos projets parricides
Vont enfin recevoir leurs prix! (bis)
Tout est soldat pour vous combattre,
S'ils tombent, nos jeunes héros,
La terre en produit de nouveaux,
Contre vous tout prêts à se battre!

Aux armes, citoyens...

Français, en guerriers magnanimes,
Portez ou retenez vos coups!
Épargnez ces tristes victimes,
À regret s'armant contre nous. (bis)
Mais ces despotes sanguinaires,
Mais ces complices de Bouillé,
Tous ces tigres qui, sans pitié,
Déchirent le sein de leur mère!

Aux armes, citoyens...

Amour sacré de la Patrie,
Conduis, soutiens nos bras vengeurs
Liberté, Liberté chérie,
Combats avec tes défenseurs! (bis)
Sous nos drapeaux que la victoire
Accoure à tes mâles accents,
Que tes ennemis expirants
Voient ton triomphe et notre gloire!

Aux armes, citoyens...

(Couplet des enfants)[13]
Nous entrerons dans la carrière
Quand nos aînés n'y seront plus,
Nous y trouverons leur poussière
Et la trace de leurs vertus (bis)
Bien moins jaloux de leur survivre
Que de partager leur cercueil,
Nous aurons le sublime orgueil
De les venger ou de les suivre

Aux armes, citoyens...

Arise, children of the Fatherland,
The day of glory has arrived!
Against us tyranny's
Bloody banner is raised, (repeat)
Do you hear, in the countryside,
The roar of those ferocious soldiers?
They're coming right into your arms
To cut the throats of your sons, your women!

To arms, citizens,
Form your battalions,
Let's march, let's march!
Let an impure blood
Soak our fields!

What does this horde of slaves,
Of traitors and conspiratorial kings want?
For whom are these vile chains,
These long-prepared irons? (repeat)
Frenchmen, for us, ah! What outrage
What fury it must arouse!
It is us they dare plan
To return to the old slavery!

To arms, citizens...

What! Foreign cohorts
Would make the law in our homes!
What! These mercenary phalanxes
Would strike down our proud warriors! (repeat)
Great God! By chained hands
Our brows would yield under the yoke
Vile despots would have themselves
The masters of our destinies!

To arms, citizens...

Tremble, tyrants and you traitors
The shame of all parties,
Tremble! Your parricidal schemes
Will finally receive their reward! (repeat)
Everyone is a soldier to combat you
If they fall, our young heroes,
The earth will produce new ones,
Ready to fight against you!

To arms, citizens...

Frenchmen, as magnanimous warriors,
Bear or hold back your blows!
Spare those sorry victims,
Who arm against us with regret. (repeat)
But not these bloodthirsty despots,
These accomplices of Bouillé,
All these tigers who, mercilessly,
Rip their mother's breast!

To arms, citizens...

Sacred love of the Fatherland,
Lead, support our avenging arms
Liberty, cherished Liberty,
Fight with thy defenders! (repeat)
Under our flags, may victory
Hurry to thy manly accents,
May thy expiring enemies,
See thy triumph and our glory!

To arms, citizens...

(Children's Verse)
We shall enter the (military) career
When our elders are no longer there,
There we shall find their dust
And the trace of their virtues (repeat)
Much less keen to survive them
Than to share their coffins,
We shall have the sublime pride
Of avenging or following them

To arms, citizens...

 

"Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you." — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism, are incapable of being conquered. A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies: - Martin Luther King, Jr -from "A Time to Break Silence", King's address given on this day, April 4th in 1967 at the Riverside Church in New York City.

"The most violent element in society is ignorance." -Emma Goldman

"One of the great attractions to patriotism, it fulfills our worst wishes. In the person of a nation we are able, vicariously, to bully and cheat while feeling we're profoundly virtuous." -Aldous Huxley

"A nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestry and a common fear of its neighbors." - W. R. Inge


"Patriotism is fierce as a fever, pitiless as the grave, blind as a stone and as irrational as a headless hen." -Ambrose Bierce

"The dissenter is every human being at those times of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself." - Archibald Macleish (1892-1982) Poet, playwright, Librarian of Congress, & Assistant Secretary of State under Franklin Roosevelt - Source: 4 December 1937

"People can be made ferocious or meek, masterful or slavish, as may suit the educator. There is no nonsense so arrant that it cannot be made the creed of the vast majority by adequate governmental action." - Bertrand Russell

"The vested interests - if we explain the situation by their influence - can only get the public to act as they wish by manipulating public opinion, by playing either upon the public's indifference, confusions, prejudices, pugnacities or fears. And the only way in which the power of the interests can be undermined and their maneuvers defeated is by bringing home to the public the danger of its indifference, the absurdity of its prejudices, or the hollowness of its fears; by showing that it is indifferent to danger where real danger exists; frightened by dangers which are nonexistent." - Sir Norman Angell 1872 - 1967 [an English lecturer, journalist, author, and Member of Parliament for the Labour Party. Angell was one of the principal founders of the Union of Democratic Control. Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1933. Wikipedia]


Sir Norman Angell is most widely remembered for his 1909 pamphlet, Europe's Optical Illusion, which was published the following year (and many years thereafter) as the book, The Great Illusion. (The anti-war film La Grande Illusion took its title from his pamphlet.) The thesis of the book was that the integration of the economies of European countries had grown to such a degree that war between them would be entirely futile, making militarism obsolete.

"If you tremble with indignation at every injustice, then you are a comrade of mine." - Che Guevara

"Silence, they say, is the voice of complicity.

"But silence is impossible. Silence screams. Silence is a message, just as doing nothing is an act.

"Let who you are ring out & resonate in every word & every deed. Yes, become who you are. There's no sidestepping your own being or your own responsibility. What you do is who you are.

"In the Spirit of Crazy Horse " -Leonard Peletier

"There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting." -- Buddha

"Dogs' lives are too short. Their only fault, really" -Agnes Sligh [Agnes Sligh Turnbull was a bestselling American writer, most noted for her works of historical fiction based in her native Western Pennsylvania. Wikipedia Born: October 14, 1888, New Alexandria, PA Died: January 31, 1982, Livingston, NJ Education: University of Chicago]


Agnes Sligh Turnbull / George Carlin

"When one with honeyed words but evil mind persuades the mob, great woes befall the state." - Euripides, Orestes

"In a society governed passively by free markets and free elections, organized greed always defeats disorganized democracy." - Matt Taibbi [ American author and journalist]

"Politics: the art of using euphemisms, lies, emotionalism and fear-mongering to dupe average people into accepting--or even demanding--their own enslavement." - Larken Rose [an anarchist author best known for challenging the IRS... "A tax protester, in the United States, is a person who denies that he or she owes a tax based on the belief that the constitution, statutes, or regulations do not empower the government to impose, assess or collect the tax. The tax protester may have no dispute with how the government spends its revenue. This differentiates a tax protester from a tax resister, who seeks to avoid paying a tax because the tax is being used for purposes with which the resister takes issue." (Wikipedia)]

"Forget the politicians. The politicians are put there to give you the idea you have freedom of choice. You ''t. You have no choice. You have owners. - They ''t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They ''t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. They're not interested in that. That doesn't help them." - George Carlin

"One of the most important things one can do in life is to brutally question every single thing you are taught." - Bryant McGill

"Doubt everything. Find your own light.' - Last words of Gotama Buddha, in Theravada tradition

"Your time is limited, so ''t waste it living someone else's life. ''t be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. ''t let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition." - Steve Jobs

"Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It's courage that counts." - John Wooden

"Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe." - H.G. Wells, The Outline of History

"Today the world is the victim of propaganda because people are not intellectually competent. More than anything the United States needs effective citizens competent to do their own thinking." - William Mather Lewis [(March 24, 1878 – November 11, 1945) was an American teacher, university president, local politician, and a state and national government official. He was mayor of Lake Forest, Illinois from 1915–17, President of George Washington University from 1923-7 and the President of Layfayette College from 1927-45]

"Try as I may I can not escape the sound of suffering. Perhaps as an old man I will accept suffering with insouciance. But not now; men in their prime, if they have convictions are tasked to act on them." - Julian Assange, 2007

"Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance." - Robert F. Kennedy

"Truth is coming, and it cannot be stopped" - Edward Snowden - NSA whistleblower


Orwell quote /

"Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle... Perhaps an editor might begin a reformation in some such way as this. Divide his paper into four chapters, heading the 1st, Truths. 2d, Probabilities. 3d, Possibilities. 4th, Lies. The first chapter would be very short." - Thomas Jefferson, 1807

"All propaganda must be popular and its intellectual level must be adjusted to the most limited intelligence among those it is addressed to. Consequently, the greater the mass it is intended to reach, the lower its purely intellectual level will have to be." - Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, p. 180

"We need more understanding of human nature, because the only real danger that exists is man himself. He is the great danger. And we are pitifully unaware of it. We know nothing of man ... far too little. His psyche should be studied -- because we are the origin of all coming evil." - C.G. Jung

"If those in charge of our society - politicians, corporate executives, and owners of press and television - can dominate our ideas, they will be secure in their power. They will not need soldiers patrolling the streets. We will control ourselves." - Howard Zinn

"They could be made to accept the most flagrant violations of reality, because they never fully grasped the enormity of what was demanded of them, and were not sufficiently interested in public events to notice what was happening ." - George Orwell

"What is morally wrong can never be advantageous, even when it enables you to make some gain that you believe to be to your advantage." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"Those who have the privilege to know, have the duty to act." - Albert Einstein


"Americans cannot escape a certain responsibility for what is 'e in our name around the world. In a democracy, even one as corrupted as ours, ultimate authority rests with the people. We empower the government with our votes, finance it with our taxes, bolster it with our silent acquiescence. If we are passive in the face of America's official actions overseas, we in effect endorse them." - Mark Hertzgaard

"We're all human, aren't we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving." - J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind. - Henry James

"If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace." - John Lennon

"Patriotism lies not in blind obedience to authority, but in the desire to search for the truth." -Ramman Kenoun

"The soldier's main enemy is not the opposing soldier, but his own commander" -Ramman Kenoun

"Only the winners decide what were war crimes." - Gary Wills

"Little drops of water wear down big stones." — Russian Proverb

"Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people"- John Adams - Second President - 1797 - 1801

"The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance" - Benjamin Franklin

"Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life." — J.K. Rowling

"There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all argument, and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance. This principle is, contempt prior to examination." - Rev. William H. Poole

"And say, finally, whether peace is best preserved by giving energy to the government or information to the people. This last is the most legitimate engine of government. Educate and inform the whole mass of people. Enable them to see that it is their interest to preserve peace and order, and they will preserve them. And it requires no very high degree of education to convince them of this. They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty." - Thomas Jefferson - (1743-1826), US Founding Father,


"Real patriots, who may resist the intrigues of the favorite, are liable to become suspected and odious; while its tools and dupes usurp the applause and confidence of the people, to surrender their interests." -- George Washington (1732-1799) Founding Father, 1st US President

"We have it in our power to begin the world over again." - Thomas Paine - American revolutionary

"The two parties have combined against us to nullify our power by a 'gentleman's agreement' of non-recognition, no matter how we vote ... May God write us down as asses if ever again we are found putting our trust in either the Republican or the Democratic Parties." - W.E.B. DuBois

"Any excuse will serve a tyrant." - Aesop

"Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunters."-African Proverb

"We can shape the national sentiment with our voices of compassion and reason. We can send the simple message that we must not kill innocent people in the name of justice." -- Fran Korten

"Five enemies of peace inhabit with us--avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride; if these were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace." -- Petrarch

"He has honor if he holds himself to an ideal of conduct though it is inconvenient, unprofitable, or dangerous to do so." -- Walter Lippmann

"How can you have a war on terrorism when war itself is terrorism?" - Howard Zinn

"Washington...has become an alien city-state that rules America, and much of the rest of the world, in the way that Rome ruled the Roman Empire." - Richard Maybury

"That there are men in all countries who get their living by war, and by keeping up the quarrels of Nations is as shocking as it is true..." - Thomas Paine

"Make wars unprofitable and you make them impossible." - A. Philip Randolph [Asa Philip Randolph (April 15, 1889 – May 16, 1979) was a leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement, the American labor movement, and socialist political parties. He organized and led the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the first predominantly African American labor union.--Wikipedia]


Asa Philip Randolph

"It is always easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them." - Alfred Adler

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" - Nelson Mandela

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” — Desmond Tutu

"Greed has poisoned men's souls, has barricaded the world with hate; has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed." - Charlie Chaplin - 'The Great Dictator'

"What do I think of Western civilization? I think it would be a very good idea." - Mahatma Gandhi

"What is morally wrong can never be advantageous, even when it enables you to make some gain that you believe to be to your advantage." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"Those who understand see themselves in all, and all, in themselves." -Bhagavad-Gita

"There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting." -- Buddha

"Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind." Albert Einstein

"We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine; and remember that we are not descended from fearful men. Not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate, and to defend causes that were for the moment unpopular. This is no time for men . . . to keep silent, or for those who approve. We can deny our heritage and our history, but we cannot escape responsibility for the result. There is no way for a citizen of a republic to abdicate his responsibilities." - Edward R. Murrow

"Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth." - Albert Einstein

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" - Nelson Mandela

"Our job this day is to become part of the answer to the world's immense and protracted suffering rather than continuing our ancient task of being part of the difficulty." - Hugh Prather [Hugh Edmondson Prather III (January 23, 1938 – November 15, 2010) was an American self-help writer, lay minister, and counselor, most famous for his first book, Notes to Myself]

"One of the best ways to achieve justice is to expose injustice." - Julian Assange

"All warfare is based on deception." - Sun Tzu


Julian Assange / Sun Tzu

"If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth. " - Joseph Goebbels

"The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history." - George Orwell


Joseph Goebbels / George Orwell

"Demagogue: one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots." - H.L. Mencken

"When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic." - Dresden James.

"The propaganda system allows the U.S. Leadership to commit crimes without limit and with no suggestion of misbehavior or criminality; in fact, major war criminals like Henry Kissinger appear regularly on TV to comment on the crimes of the derivative butchers." - Edward S. Herman, political economist and author

"Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other." - Oscar Ameringer - ( 1870-1943) German-American Socialist

"A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country." - Texas Guinan - [Mary Louise Cecilia "Texas" Guinan] (1884-1933) American saloon keeper, actress, entrepreneur.


Texas Guinen

"I shall not bear ill will toward anyone. - I shall not submit to injustice from anyone. - I shall conquer untruth by truth. And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"I am prepared to die, but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill. I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent." - Mahatma Gandhi

The men that American people admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest the most violently are those who try to tell them the truth. -- H L Mencken (attributed: source unknown)

"War is the business of barbarians." - Napoleon Bonaparte

"A tyrant has succeeded in his search for absolute power when his own people fear to question his actions." - Ramman Kenoun

"[M]odern man is just ancient man... with way better electronics." - Author unknown, "A Short History of Breakfast," from a Jack in the Box tray liner, 2006

"You can't say civilization ''t advance... in every war they kill you in a new way." - Will Rogers

"Nations have recently been led to borrow billions for war; no nation has ever borrowed largely for education... no nation is rich enough to pay for both war and civilization. We must make our choice; we cannot have both." - Abraham Flexner

"My idea of our civilization is that it is a shoddy, poor thing and full of cruelties, vanities, arrogances, meanness's and hypocrisies" - Mark Twain

“if justice perishes, human life on earth has lost its meaning.” - Immanuel Kant

"I am not blaming those who are resolved to rule, only those who show an even greater readiness to submit". -- Thucydides

"This is, in theory, still a free country, but our politically correct, censorious times are such that many of us tremble to give vent to perfectly acceptable views for fear of condemnation. Freedom of speech is thereby imperiled, big questions go undebated, and great lies become accepted, unequivocally as great truths." -- Simon Heffer [a British journalist, author and political commentator]

Kerouac

"The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance" Benjamin Franklin

"It is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of their leaders. That is easy. All you have to tell them is that they are being attacked and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country." Hermann Goering, Nuremberg Trials

"The ruling class has the schools and press under its thumb. This enables it to sway the emotions of the masses." - -- Albert Einstein - (1879-1955) Physicist and Professor, Nobel Prize 1921

" It is better to risk being the victim of injustice than to risk being complicit in it." - By Bruce Fein [(born March 12, 1947) is an American lawyer who specializes in constitutional and international law. Fein has written numerous articles on constitutional issues for The Washington Times, Slate.com, The New York Times, and Legal Times, and is active on civil liberties issues. See his article Republican presidential candidate 'ald Trump is a one-man wrecking squad against the Constitution. "Among other things, Mr. Trump has taken up arms against the Eighth Amendment prohibition of torture, the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment requirements of due process, the First Amendment’s protection of religious freedom, the Article VI prohibition of religious test oaths, the Article I, section 8, clause 11 proscriptions of presidential wars, and the War Crimes Act of 1996 that implements international law. But candidate Mr. Trump reserves his nuclear arsenal for freedom of speech. He would close down the Internet because some evil people might be influenced by its content to commit terrorism. (According to the FBI, terrorist crimes in the United States constituted .00005 percent of all violent crimes in 2015)."]

"When we tolerate what we know to be wrong--when we close our eyes and ears to the corrupt because we are too busy, or too frightened--when we fail to speak up and speak out--we strike a blow against freedom and decency and justice". - Robert Francis Kennedy

"If you believe that your thoughts originate inside your brain, do you also believe that television shows are made inside your television set?" - Warren Ellis

"The major western democracies are moving towards corporatism. Democracy has become a business plan, with a bottom line for every human activity, every dream, every decency, every hope. The main parliamentary parties are now devoted to the same economic policies - socialism for the rich, capitalism for the poor - and the same foreign policy of servility to endless war. This is not democracy. It is to politics what Mc'alds is to food." - John Pilger

"It is the function of the CIA to keep the world unstable and to propagandize the American people to hate, so we will let the establishment spend any amount of money on arms. " - John Stockwell [a former CIA officer who became a critic of United States government policies after serving seven tours of duty over thirteen years.]

"The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western world. No First World country has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media all objectivity - much less dissent." - Gore Vidal

"Our leaders are cruel because only those willing to be inordinately cruel and remorseless can hold positions of leadership in the foreign policy establishment. People capable of expressing a full human measure of compassion and empathy toward faraway powerless strangers do not become president of the United States, or vice president, or secretary of state, or national security adviser or secretary of the treasury. Nor do they want to." - William Blum [an American author, historian, and critic of United States foreign policy. He worked in a computer related position at the United States Department of State in the mid-1960s]

"Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government. And paramount among the responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the people and sending them off to distant lands to die of foreign fevers and foreign shot and shell." New York Times Co. v. United States - US Supreme Court - June 30, 1971

"Under existing conditions, private capitalists inevitably control, directly or indirectly, the main sources of information (press, radio, education). It is thus extremely difficult, and indeed in most cases quite impossible, for the individual citizen to come to objective conclusions and to make intelligent use of his political rights." - Albert Einstein

"The free press is the mother of all our liberties and of our progress under liberty" - Adlai E. Stevenson (American Politician. Governor of Illinois (1949-53) and Ambassador to the United Nations (1961-65). 1900 -1965)

"The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers." -Thomas Jefferson


"The state spends much time and effort persuading the public that it is not really what it is and that the consequences of its actions are positive rather than negative." -- Hans Hermann Hoppe [a German-born American Austrian School economist, and libertarian/anarcho-capitalist philosopher.]

"The most powerful tool in the hand of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." -- Stephen Biko [an anti-apartheid activist in South Africa in the 1960s and 1970s, until his death while in police custody]

"Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government. And paramount among the responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the people and sending them off to distant lands to die of foreign fevers and foreign shot and shell." - U.S. Supreme CourtJustice Hugo Black on U.S. 713 New York Times Co. v.. United States

"The dissenter is every human being at those times of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself." -- Archibald Macleish - (1892-1982) Assistant Secretary of State under Franklin Roosevelt - Source: 4 December 1937

"When they put bombs in cars and kill people, they're uncivilized killers. When we put bombs on missiles and kill people, we're upholding civilized values. When they kill, they're terrorists. When we kill, we're striking against terror". Norman Solomon

"Everybody's worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there's a really easy way: stop participating in it". Noam Chomsky

"A democracy which makes or even effectively prepares for modern, scientific war must necessarily cease to be democratic. No country can be really well prepared for modern war unless it is governed by a tyrant, at the head of a highly trained and perfectly obedient bureaucracy." -Aldous Huxley -

"The strength of a civilization is not measured by its ability to fight wars, but rather by its ability to prevent them." -Gene Roddenberry

"Terrorism is the best political weapon for nothing drives people harder than a fear of sudden death." -- Adolf Hitler

"Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear." -- Harry S. Truman - (1884-1972), 33rd US President


"Material abundance without character is the path of destruction." - Thomas Jefferson

"Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people" - John Adams - Second President - 1797 - 1801

"Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean." — Ryunosuke Satoro

"The state represents violence in a concentrated and organized form. The individual has a soul, but as the state is a soulless machine, it can never be weaned from violence to which it owes its very existence." -- Mahatma Mohandas K. Gandhi

"The State is primarily an organization for killing foreigners. That's its main purpose. There are, of course, other things they do. They do a certain amount of educating; they try very hard to make the young think it's a grand thing to kill foreigners." -Bertrand Russell

"You may think your actions are meaningless and that they won't help, but that is no excuse, you must still act." -Mohandas K. Gandhi

"To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men." -Abraham Lincoln

"The United States today is like a cruise ship on the Niagara River upstream of the most spectacular falls in North America," Johnson warned. "A few people on board have begun to pick up a slight hiss in the background, to observe a faint haze of mist in the air on their glasses, to note that the river current seems to be running slightly faster. But no one yet seems to have realized that it is almost too late to head for shore. Like the Chinese, Ottoman, Hapsburg, imperial German, Nazi, imperial Japanese, British, French, Dutch, Portuguese, and Soviet empires in the last century, we are approaching the edge of a huge waterfall and are about to plunge over it." Chalmers Johnson

"The dissenter is every human being at those times of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself." -- Archibald Macleish - (1892-1982) Poet, playwright, Librarian of Congress, & Assistant Secretary of State under Franklin Roosevelt - Source: 4 December 1937

"Today the tyrant rules not by club or fist, but, disguised as a market researcher, he shepherds his flocks in the ways of utility and comfort." : Marshall McLuhan - (1911-1980)

"We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of." -Edward Bernays, Propaganda http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26193.htm

"I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all members of the military profession I never had an original thought until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of the higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service." : General Smedley Butler. USMC (Ret.)


George Carlin, always right

" Although most Americans may be largely ignorant of what was, and still is, being 'e in their names, all are likely to pay a steep price-individually and collectively-for their nation's continued efforts to dominate the global scene." - Chalmers Johnson

"You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, "Look at that, you son of a bitch." - Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 astronaut

A Cherokee Indian chief was teaching his grandson about life...

"A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy. "It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.

"One is evil - he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self-doubt, and ego.

"The other is good - he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.

"This same fight is going on inside you - and inside every other person, too."

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"

The old chief replied," The one you feed."


Rick Warren [an American evangelical Christian pastor and author. He is the founder and senior pastor of Saddleback Church, an evangelical megachurch in Lake Forest, California]

The strength of a civilization is not measured by its ability to fight wars, but rather by its ability to prevent them." - Gene Roddenberry

"The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers." -Thomas Jefferson

"The age of warrior kings and of warrior presidents has passed. The nuclear age calls for a different kind of leadership....a leadership of intellect, judgment, tolerance and rationality, a leadership committed to human values, to world peace, and to the improvement of the human condition. The attributes upon which we must draw are the human attributes of compassion and common sense, of intellect and creative imagination, and of empathy and understanding between cultures." - William Fulbright

"When shall it be said in any country of the world, my poor are happy, neither ignorance or distress is to be found among them; my jails are empty of prisoners, my streets of beggars; the aged are not in want, the taxes not oppressive; the rational world is my friend because I am friend of its happiness. When these things can be said, then may that country boast of its constitution and government ." - Thomas Paine"

"Live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about his religion. Respect others in their views and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and of service to your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.

"Always give a word or sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, or even a stranger, if in a lonely place. Show respect to all people, but grovel to none. When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.

"Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision. When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home." - Tecumseh -(1768-1813) Shawnee Chief

"Demagogue: one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots" - H.L. Mencken

"The evils of government are directly proportional to the tolerance of the people" - Frank Kent

"Nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise." - Sir Francis Bacon

"The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men" - Plato


"I am prepared to die, but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill. I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent. Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will." - Mahatma Gandh

"Be aware of this truth that the people on this earth could be joyous, if only they would live rationally and if they would contribute mutually to each others' welfare." - Kurt Vonnegut

"''t ever let them pull you down so low as to hate them. "(also cited as: "I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.") Booker T. Washington

"Although you may spend your life killing, You will not exhaust all your foes. But if you quell your own anger, your real enemy will be slain." - Nagarjuna

"The normal cycle in the life and death of great nations has been first a powerful tyranny broken by revolt, the enjoyment of liberty, the abuse of liberty -- and back to tyranny again. As I see it, in this country -- a land of the most persistent idealism and the blandest cynicism -- the race is on between its decadence and its vitality." -- Alistair Cooke

"When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things bought and sold are legislators." - P. J. O'Rourke - (1947- ) US humorist, journalist, & political commentator.

"The war wasn't only about abolishing fascism, but to conquer sales markets. We could have, if we had intended to, prevented this war from breaking out without firing one shot, but we didn't want to". - Winston Churchill to Truman (Fultun, USA March 1946).

"Stand for something or you will fall for anything. Today's mighty oak is yesterday's nut that held its ground." - Rosa Parks

"To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic, it is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness -- and if we do act, in however small a way, we ''t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now, as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself, a marvelous victory." - Howard Zinn

"Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war." - Albert Einstein

"The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice ... you ''t. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own, and control the corporations. They've long since bought, and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the state houses, the city halls, they got the judges in their back pockets and they own all the big media companies, so they control just about all of the news and information you get to hear. They got you by the balls.

They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying ... lobbying, to get what they want ... Well, we know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everybody else, but I'll tell you what they ''t want ...

They ''t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They ''t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking." George Carlin

Henry Ford on the thievery and deceit of the U.S. banking system said, “It is well enough that the people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.”

"If you wish to experience peace, provide peace for another." - Tenzin Gyatso, The 14th Dalai Lama quotes (Dalai Lama, b.1935)

"If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace." - John Lennon

"Quite an experience to live in fear, isn't it. That's what it is to be a slave." - Blade Runner (1982) - Director: Ridley Scott

"There will be no Homeland Security until we realize that the entire planet is our homeland. Every sentient being in the world must feel secure." - John Perkins


"You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist." - Indira Gandhi " Each of us must learn to work not just for oneself, one's own family or nation, but for the benefit of all humankind. Universal responsibility is the key to human survival. It is the best foundation for world peace." - H. H. the Dalai Lama

"There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life -- happiness, freedom, and peace of mind -- are always attained by giving them to someone else." - Peyton Conway March [(December 27, 1864 – April 13, 1955) was an American soldier and Army Chief of Staff. He is largely responsible for the designing the powerful role of the Chief of Staff in the 20th century.]

Nationalism is our form of incest, is our idolatry, is our insanity. 'Patriotism' is its cult...Just as love for one individual which excludes the love for others is not love, love for one's country which is not part of one's love for humanity is not love, but idolatrous worship." - Erich Fromm

"Can any reasonable man be well disposed toward a government which makes war and carnage the only means of supporting itself?" -- Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804) Source: at the US Constitutional Convention

"The propaganda system allows the U.S. Leadership to commit crimes without limit and with no suggestion of misbehavior or criminality; in fact, major war criminals like Henry Kissinger appear regularly on TV to comment on the crimes of the derivative butchers." - Edward S. Herman, political economist and author

"Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with surprising effectiveness. " -George Orwell, author of the book "1984"

"Always stand on principle, even if you stand alone.": - John Quincy Adams - (1767-1848) 6th US President

"The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood." - Martin Luther King, Jr

"We can shape the national sentiment with our voices of compassion and reason. We can send the simple message that we must not kill innocent people in the name of justice." -- Fran Korten

"Five enemies of peace inhabit with us--avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride; if these were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace." -- Petrarch


"He has honor if he holds himself to an ideal of conduct though it is inconvenient, unprofitable, or dangerous to do so." -- Walter Lippmann

"The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood." - -- Martin Luther King, Jr

"We can shape the national sentiment with our voices of compassion and reason. We can send the simple message that we must not kill innocent people in the name of justice." -- Fran Korten [publisher of YES! MAGAZINE]

"Five enemies of peace inhabit with us--avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride; if these were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace." -- Petrarch

"He has honor if he holds himself to an ideal of conduct though it is inconvenient, unprofitable, or dangerous to do so." -- Walter Lippmann

"We must not conceal from ourselves that no improvement in the present depressing situation is possible without a severe struggle; for the handful of those who are really determined to do something is minute in comparison with the mass of the lukewarm and the misguided. And those who have an interest in keeping the machinery of war going are a very powerful body; they will stop at nothing to make public opinion subservient to their murderous ends. " - - Albert Einstein, 1934

'Sometimes To Do the Right Thing, You Have to Break a Law' -Edward Snowden

"Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph." - Haile Selassie

"Silence, they say, is the voice of complicity. But silence is impossible. Silence screams. Silence is a message, just as doing nothing is an act. Let who you are ring out & resonate in every word & every deed. Yes, become who you are. There's no sidestepping your own being or your own responsibility. What you do is who you are. You are your own comeuppance. You become your own message. You are the message. In the Spirit of Crazy Horse" Leonard Peletier

"History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Could you look an animal in its eyes and say: ‘my appetite is more important than your suffering’?” - Moby, musician and animal rights activist.

“We are confronted by insurmountable opportunities.”—Attributed to Pogo (Walt Kelly).

"We do not want a PAX Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war. Not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave. I am talking about genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living, the kind that enables men and nations to grow and to hope and to build a better life for their children -- not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women -- not merely peace in our time but peace for all time." - John F. Kennedy (1963)

"It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them" - Alfred Adler

"Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave." - Frederick Douglas


help our country turn away from what Martin Luther King Jr. called “the madness of militarism.” -email

"The civilized have created the wretched, quite coldly and deliberately, and do not intend to change the status quo; are responsible for their slaughter and enslavement; rain down bombs on defenseless children whenever and wherever they decide that their "vital interests" are menaced, and think nothing of torturing a man to death: these people are not to be taken seriously when they speak of the "sanctity" of human life, or the "conscience" of the civilized world": James Baldwin - Source: page 489 of COLLECTED ESSAYS (1998), from chapter one of "The Devil Finds Work" (orig. pub. 1976)

"Since world war two we've managed to create history's first truly global empire. This has been 'e by the corporatocracy, which are a few men and women who run our major corporations and in doing so also run the U.S. government and many other governments around the world." John Perkins, 2005, author of the book titled ' Confessions of and Economic Hit Man'

In the struggle of Good against Evil, it's always the people who get killed.: Eduardo Galeano

"It's not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something. May I suggest that it be creating joy for others, sharing what we have for the betterment of personkind, bringing hope to the lost and love to the lonely.": Leo Buscaglia, author and university professor (1924-1998)

"It seems to me we have grown distressingly used to war... War and the military have become a part of our environment, like pollution...

"Violence is our most important product. We have been spending nearly $80 billion a year on the military, which is more than the profits of all American business, or, to make another comparison, is almost as much as the total spending of the federal, state, and local governments for health, education, old age and retirement benefits, housing, and agriculture...

"These millions of Americans who have a vested interest in the expensive weapons systems spawned by our global military involvements are as much a part of the military-industrial complex as the generals and the corporation heads." - Sen J. William Fulbright - Pentagon Propaganda Machine, p11 - Vintage Books, 1971.

"If we ''t stop behaving like the British Empire, we will end up like the British Empire." - Pat Buchanan

"It'll be a great day when education gets all the money it wants and the Air Force has to hold a bake sale to buy bombers." - Author unknown, quoted in You Said a Mouthful edited by Ronald D. Fuchs

"A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices." - Walter Lippman

"Liberty can not be preserved without a general knowledge among the people" - John Adams

“Until there is a reversal of the sense of values which cares more for size and appearance than for quality, there will be no solving the problem of food pollution.” - Masanobu Fukuoka


"Each of the Iraqi children killed by the United States was our child. Each of the prisoners tortured in Abu Ghraib was our comrade. Each of their screams was ours. When they were humiliated, we were humiliated. The U.S. soldiers fighting in Iraq - mostly volunteers in a poverty draft from small towns and poor urban neighborhoods - are victims just as much as the Iraqis of the same horrendous process, which asks them to die for a victory that will never be theirs. Source" - Arundhati Roy, "Tide? Or Ivory Snow? Public Power in the Age of Empire,"

"Someday, the news media may get around to re-examining the assumption that killing foreigners in their own country is the best patriotic credential imaginable. A front-page New York Times story the other day referred to Sen. John McCain as "the most popular national political figure in the country." McCain built his career in politics while news accounts routinely described him as a "war hero," with frequent references to the captivity and torture that he withstood for years after a North Vietnamese missile brought him down from a plane he was piloting over Hanoi. Media outlets rarely put a fine point on the fact that McCain had been dropping bombs on civilians: Norman Solomon ": Source: - Beyond Hero-Worship

"Anyone who has proclaimed violence his method inexorably must choose lying as his principle" - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

"There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people for a purpose which is unattainable." - Howard Zinn, 1993

"We're all human, aren't we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving." - J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

"...most men have bound their eyes with one or another handkerchief, and attached themselves to some one of these communities of opinion. This conformity makes them not false in a few particulars, authors of a few lies, but false in all particulars. Their every truth is not quite true. Their two is not the real two, their four not the real four; so that every word they say chagrins us, and we know not where to begin to set them right": Ralph Waldo Emerson - Self Reliance - 1841 -

"We kill at every step, not only in wars, riots, and executions. We kill when we close our eyes to poverty, suffering, and shame. In the same way all disrespect for life, all hard-heartedness, all indifference, all contempt is nothing else than killing. With just a little witty skepticism we can kill a good deal of the future in a young person." : - Hermann Hesse, German poet and novelist.

"One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them." - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

"As I watch government at all levels daily eat away at our freedom, I keep thinking how prosperity and government largesse have combined to make most of us fat and lazy and indifferent to, or actually in favor of, the limits being placed on that freedom." - Lyn Nofziger - [Franklyn C. Nofziger] Press Secretary for President Reagan

"Life is hard; it's harder if you're stupid" - John Wayne

"An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it" - Mohandas Gandhi

"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they ''t have any" - Alice Walker

"It is part of the general pattern of misguided policy that our country is now geared to an arms economy which was bred in an artificually induced psychosis of war hysteria and nurtured upon an incessant propaganda of fear." - General Douglas MacArthur, Speech, May 15, 1951

"When good does evil in its struggle against evil, it becomes indistinguishable from its enemy." - T.S. Elliot

"Thoughts are real entities, and untrue thoughts are evil, obstructing, destructive entities." - Rudopf Steiner

Video: Peasants Revolt delightful video of the real political situation

"Truth: the most deadly weapon ever discovered by humanity. Capable of destroying entire perceptual sets, cultures, and realities. Outlawed by all governments everywhere. Possession is normally punishable by death." - John Gilmore (1935- ) Author

"Truth never envelops itself in mystery, and the mystery in which it is at any time enveloped is the work of its antagonist, and never of itself." -- Thomas Paine (1737-1809)

"Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people": Spencer Johnson

"Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society": Ralph Waldo Emerson

"It is the function of the CIA to keep the world unstable, and to propagandize and teach the American people to hate, so we will let the Establishment spend any amount of money on arms."-- John Stockwell, former CIA official and author [John R. Stockwell (born 1937) is a former CIA officer who became a critic of United States government policies after serving seven tours of duty over thirteen years. Having managed American involvement in the Angolan Civil War as Chief of the Angola Task Force during its 1975 covert operations, he resigned and wrote In Search of Enemies. -Wikipedia

"Many Americans hunger for a different kind of society -- one based on principles of caring, ethical and spiritual sensitivity, and communal solidarity. Their need for meaning is just as intense as their need for economic security."-- Michael Lerner, journalist

"Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of Man, and make gentle the life of this world." - Robert Kennedy

Aeschylus > Quotes “Tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.”

Aeschylus Aeschylus (Aiskhylos) is often recognized as the father of tragedy, and is the first of the three early Greek tragedians whose plays survive extant (the other two being Sophocles and Euripides). In fact, by expanding the number of characters in plays to allow for conflict among them (previously, only a single character interacted with the Chorus) he was arguably the founder of all serious Greek drama (although some credit that honour to Phrynichus or the even earlier Thespis). Only seven of over seventy plays written by Aeschylus have survived into modern times, the best known being “The Oresteia” trilogy.

There are few reliable sources for the life of Aeschylus. He was said to have been born in about 525 or 524 BCE in Eleusis, a small town just northwest of Athens. As a youth, he worked at a vineyard until, according to tradition, the god Dionysus visited him in his sleep and commanded him to turn his attention to the nascent art of tragedy. His first play was performed when he was only 26 years old (in 499 BCE), and fifteen years later he won his first prize at Athens' annual Dionysia playwriting competition.

"One cannot wage war under present conditions without the support of public opinion, which is tremendously molded by the press and other forms of propaganda." - Douglas MacArthur (1880 - 1964)

"Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle... Perhaps an editor might begin a reformation in some such way as this. Divide his paper into four chapters, heading the 1st, Truths. 2d, Probabilities. 3d, Possibilities. 4th, Lies. The first chapter would be very short." - Thomas Jefferson, 1807

"Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, not anything-you can't conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him." - Robert A. Heinlein, If This Goes On, 1940

Good Reads: Popular Quotes

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” - Oscar Wilde

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” - Marcus Tullius Cicero

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” - Mae West

“If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” - J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.” - Oscar Wilde

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” - Mahatma Gandhi

"You made your rulers mighty, gave them guards, So now you groan 'neath slavery's heavy rod." - Solon -- (c.638 BC-558 BC)

"How would your life be different if...You stopped making negative judgmental assumptions about people you encounter? Let today be the day...You look for the good in everyone you meet and respect their journey." - Steve Maraboli

"To belittle, you have to be little." - Kahlil Gibran

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." - Confucius

"My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness." - Dalai Lama XIV

"When, after death, we go through our previous earthly life in reverse order, we feel the effects which our actions, will impulses, and thoughts had on other people as well as other creatures. During that period, we do not feel what we have personally felt while in the physical body, but what we have caused other souls and other entities to feel."

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 174b – Die geistigen Hintergründe des Ersten Weltkrieges –Dornach, March 15, 1916 (page 166) Source

"Today many think nothing of enriching themselves at the expense of others. Not only do they live thus without any moral self-criticism, they simply do not think about it at all. Were they to reflect upon it, they would find that a man lives far more at the cost of others than they had ever realised. Indeed every man lives at the expense of others. "Now the consciousness will develop that a life lived at the expense of others, signifies the same to the community as when any particular organ develops at the expense of another organ, in an unlawful way, and that the happiness of the individual is not really possible apart from that of the community. "That, of course, people do not yet divine, but it must gradually become the fundamental principle of true human ethics. People strive to-day, each one for his own prosperity, not thinking that individual prosperity is fundamentally only possible in common with that of all the rest." Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 181 – Earthly Death and Cosmic Life: Lecture 6: Feelings of Unity and Sentiments of Gratitude: A Bridge to the Dead – Berlin, 19th March 1918. Translated by Harry Collison

"We often think of peace as the absence of war, that if powerful countries would reduce their weapon arsenals, we could have peace. But if we look deeply into the weapons, we see our own minds- our own prejudices, fears and ignorance. Even if we transport all the bombs to the moon, the roots of war and the roots of bombs are still there, in our hearts and minds, and sooner or later we will make new bombs. To work for peace is to uproot war from ourselves and from the hearts of men and women. To prepare for war, to give millions of men and women the opportunity to practice killing day and night in their hearts, is to plant millions of seeds of violence, anger, frustration, and fear that will be passed on for generations to come." - Thích Nhat Hanh

"The problems of this world are so gigantic that some are paralysed by their own uncertainty. Courage and wisdom are needed to reach out above this sense of helplessness. Desire for vengeance against deeds of hatred offers no solution. An eye for an eye makes the world blind. If we wish to choose the other path, we will have to search for ways to break the spiral of animosity. To fight evil one must also recognize one's own responsibility. The values for which we stand must be expressed in the way we think of, and how we deal with, our fellow humans" - From the Christmas Message 2001 of HM Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands

"Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism - how passionately I hate them!" - Albert Einstein

"The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow- witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made lear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him." - Leo Tolstoy

"The great lie is that it is civilization. It's not civilized. It has been literally the most blood thirsty brutalizing system ever imposed upon this planet. That is not civilization. That's the great lie, is that it represents civilization." - John Trudell

"A country without a memory is a country of madmen." - George Santayana


"Those who understand see themselves in all, and all, in themselves." - Bhagavad-Gita

"There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting." - Buddha

"I count myself as a spiritual sister to those the US government has murdered, and I am angry at my powerlessness." - Karen Kwiatkowski

"Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind." - Albert EInstein

"Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear -- kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor -- with the cry of grave national emergency. Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it by furnishing the exorbitant funds demanded" - General Douglas MacArthur"

Those who do not move, do not notice their chains." - Rosa Luxemburg

"Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people" -John Adams - Second President - 1797 - 1801

The six basic exercises – 3. Calmness in joy and sorrow

"In regard to the world of feeling the soul should attain for spiritual training a certain degree of calmness. It is necessary for that purpose that the soul become ruler over expressions of joy and sorrow, of pleasure and pain... With the joyful the soul should rejoice, with sadness it should feel pain. But it should acquire the ability to control the expression of joy and sorrow, of pleasure and pain. If one endeavors to do this, one will soon notice that one does not become less sensitive, but on the contrary more receptive to all that is joyous and sorrowful in one’s environment than one was previously." - Rudolf Steiner

"An empire founded by war has to maintain itself by war." - Charles de Montesquieu

"An elective despotism was not the government we fought for" - James Madison

"Today television news is watched more often than people read newspapers, than people listen to the radio, than people read or gather any other form of communication. The reason: People are lazy. With television you just sit - watch - listen. The thinking is 'e for you." Roger Ailes (Ex-president of Fox News Channel and despicable person)

"Who is more to be pitied, a writer bound and gagged by policemen, or one living in perfect freedom who has nothing more to say?" - Kurt Vonnegut

"Man can find meaning in life, short and perilous as it is, only through devoting himself to society" - Albert Einstein

"The conquest of war and the pursuit of social justice... must become our grand preoccupation and magnificent obsession." -- Norman Cousins

"We must make clear to the Germans that the wrong for which their fallen leaders are on trial is not that they lost the war, but that they started it. ": U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson, U.S. representative to the International Conference on Military Trials, Aug. 12, 1945

To initiate a war of aggression, therefore, is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole: Nuremburg War Tribunal regarding wars of aggression

"A Society that is in its higher circles and middle levels widely believed to be a network of smart rackets does not produce men with an inner moral sense; a society that is merely expedient does not produce men of conscience. A society that narrows the meaning of "success" to the big money and in its terms condemns failure as the chief vice, raising money to the plane of absolute value, will produce the sharp operator and the shady deal. Blessed are the cynical, for only they have what it takes to succeed." --- The Power Elite by C. Wright Mills

"Few are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of the colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world that yields most painfully to change. Each time a person stands up for an idea, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, (s)he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance." -- Robert F. Kennedy


"Many Americans hunger for a different kind of society -- one based on principles of caring, ethical and spiritual sensitivity, and communal solidarity. Their need for meaning is just as intense as their need for economic security." - Michael Lerner, journalist [Harvard, teacher and activist]

"Hide nothing from the masses of our people. Tell no lies. Expose lies whenever they are told. Mask no difficulties, mistakes, failures. Claim no easy victories..." - Amilcar Cabral [Amílcar Lopes da Costa Cabral was a Bissau-Guinean and Cape Verdean agricultural engineer, intellectual, poet, theoretician, revolutionary, political organizer, nationalist and diplomat. He was one of Africa's foremost anti-colonial leaders.]

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world: Indeed it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Meade


Micheal Lerner ~~ Amilcar Cabral

"The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently." - Friedrich Nietzsche

'A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.' Mohandas K. Gandhi

"I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him." - Booker T. Washington


"You can best serve civilization by being against what usually passes for it." -Wendell Berry

"Societies in decline have no use for visionaries."- Anaïs Nin

"If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace." - John Lennon (1940 - 1980)

"The preservation of our consciousness (after death) depends upon certain specific things that happened before death. For instance, the consciousness of a person with an immoral soul disposition is more easily dimmed. It is therefore of the utmost importance that we cross the threshold of death with moral strength, for moral consciousness will keep our soul open to the light of the Hierarchies... in every case it could be established that a person with a moral disposition of soul was able to preserve clear, radiant consciousness after death." - Rudolf Steiner – GA 140 – Life Between Death and Rebirth – I – Milan, October 26, 1912

"The feudal barons of the Middle Ages, the economic predecessors of the capitalists of our day, declared all wars. And their miserable serfs fought all the battles. The poor, ignorant serfs had been taught to revere their masters; to believe that when their masters declared war upon one another, it was their patriotic duty to fall upon one another and to cut one another's throats for the profit and glory of the lords and barons who held them in contempt." - Eugene Debs

"He who does not bellow the truth when he knows the truth makes himself the accomplice of liars and forgers." - Charles Peguy [Charles Pierre Péguy was a noted French poet, essayist, and editor. His two main philosophies were socialism and nationalism. Born: January 7, 1873, Orléans, France Died: September 5, 1914, Villeroy, France

"Tyranny is always better organized than freedom." - Charles Peguy


Eugene Debs, long before Bernie Sanders ~ Charles Péguy, French Socialist

"We who have a voice must speak for the voiceless." - Archbishop Oscar Romero

"You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you mad." - Aldous Huxley

"If God wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates." - Jay Leno

"The problem with political jokes is they get elected." - Henry Cate, VII

"All of you sitting here now are in constant intercourse with the dead, only ordinary consciousness knows nothing of it because it proceeds in the sub-consciousness. Clairvoyant consciousness does not charm anything new into being; it merely brings up into consciousness what is present all the time in the spiritual world. All of you are in constant intercourse with the dead." - Rudolf Steiner – GA 182 – The Dead Are With Us – Nuremberg, February 10, 1918

"I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"This is my country, that is your country, these are the conceptions of narrow souls, to the liberal minded the whole world is a family" - Virchand Raghavji Gandhi

"The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"If you really believe in the brotherhood of man, and you want to come into its fold, you've got to let everyone else in, too" - Oscar Hammerstein

"A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality." - John Lennon

"The spiritual beings who apart from ourselves inhabit the spiritual world look with satisfaction and approval upon our thoughts about their world. They can help us only if we think about them... if we know about these spiritual beings they can help us. In return for our study of spiritual science help comes to us from the spiritual world. " Rudolf Steiner – GA 168 – How Can the Destitution of Soul in Modern Times Be Overcome? – Zurich, October 10th, 1916


"Come to the edge," He said. They said, "We are afraid." "Come to the edge," He said. They came. He pushed them...and they flew." - Guillaume Apollinaire

"Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity." - Horace Mann

"We must realise, however, how false it is to believe that without any understanding of the world we can do it justice. Leonardo da Vinci’s saying is true: “Great love is the daughter of great understanding.” He who is not prepared to understand will not learn how to love." - Rudolf Steiner – GA 141 – Between Death and Rebirth: Lecture 9 – Berlin, 4th March 1913


"Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards." - Aldous Huxley

"Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe." - H.G. Wells, The Outline of History

"A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself." - Joseph Pulitzer

"Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like the evil spirits at the dawn of day." - Thomas Jefferson, letter to Pierre S. du Pont de Nemours

"You're not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it." - Malcolm X (U.S. civil rights activist, 1925-1965)

“Intellectual and moral growth is no less indispensable than material improvement. Knowledge is a viaticum [food/supplies for a journey]; thought is a prime necessity; truth is nourishment, like wheat. A reasoning faculty, deprived of knowledge and wisdom, pines away. We should feel the same pity for minds that do not eat as for stomachs. If there be anything sadder than a body perishing for want of bread, it is a mind dying of hunger for lack of light.” - Victor Hugo in the appendix to Les Misérables.


"Strike against war, for without you no battles can be fought! Strike against manufacturing shrapnel and gas bombs and all other tools of murder! Strike against preparedness that means death and misery to millions of human beings! Be not dumb, obedient slaves in an army of destruction! Be heroes in an army of construction!" - Helen Keller

"Thank God that at this hour I am dangerous to the war profiteers of this country who rob the people on the one hand, and rob and debase the government on the other; and then with their pockets and wallets stuffed with the filthy, bloodstained profits of war, wrap the sacred folds of the Stars and Stripes about them and [about] their blatant hypocrisy to the world." - Kate Richards O'Hare's Address To the Court Proceedings on the Sentencing of Mrs. Kate Richards O'Hare by Hon Martin J. Wade, 1 P. M., Friday, Dec 14, 1917. http://is.gd/SBKn6h [Carrie Katherine "Kate" Richards O'Hare (March 26, 1876 – January 10, 1948) was an American Socialist Party activist, editor, and orator best known for her controversial imprisonment during World War I... After America's entry into World War I in 1917, O'Hare led the Socialist Party's Committee on War and Militarism. For giving an anti-war speech in Bowman, North Dakota, O'Hare was arrested and taken to prison by federal authorities for violating the Espionage Act of 1917, an act criminalizing interference with recruitment and enlistment of military personnel.]


Mrs. Kate Richards O'Hare

"The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him." - Leo Tolstoy "I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles." - Nelson Mandela, the late president of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela, the late president of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize winner.


Eugene Debs delivering his legendary speech in Canton, Ohio on June 16, 1918

"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." - Nelson Mandela, the late president of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

"Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies." - Nelson Mandela, the late president of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

"Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again." - Nelson Mandela, the late president of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

"A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination." - Nelson Mandela, the late president of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize winner.


"Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their customs, privileges, or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking; where it is absent, discussion is apt to become worse than useless." -- Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi - (1828-1910)

"This is, in theory, still a free country, but our politically correct, censorious times are such that many of us tremble to give vent to perfectly acceptable views for fear of condemnation. Freedom of speech is thereby imperiled, big questions go undebated, and great lies become accepted, unequivocally as great truths." -- Simon Heffer Daily Mail, 7 June 2000

"Just as in certain circumstances we can become servants of the evil spirits of illness and misfortune, so too we can become the servants of those spiritual beings who promote health and growth, who send down from the spiritual world into our physical world forces that help life to flourish. It is nothing but a materialistic superstition to believe that physical hygiene and external regulations are the sole means of promoting health.

"Everything that happens in physical life is directed by the beings and powers of higher worlds who are all the time pouring into the physical world forces which in a certain way work freely, upon human or other beings, either promoting or harming health and growth. Certain specific spiritual powers and beings are responsible for these processes in health and illness.

"In the life between death and rebirth man co-operates with these powers; and if we have prepared ourselves in the right way we can experience the bliss of co-operating in the task of sending the forces which promote health and growth, from the higher worlds into this physical world." - Rudolf Steiner – GA 141 – Between Death and Rebirth: Lecture 9 – Berlin, 4th March 1913

"An unconscious people, an indoctrinated people, a people fed only partisan information and opinion that confirm their own bias, a people made morbidly obese in mind and spirit by the junk food of propaganda, is less inclined to put up a fight, ask questions and be skeptical. That kind of orthodoxy can kill a democracy - or worse." - Bill Moyers

"If those who support aggressive war had seen a fraction of what I've seen, if they'd watched children fry to death from Napalm and bleed to death from a cluster bomb, they might not utter the claptrap they do". - John Pilger

"War is the spectacular and bloody projection of our everyday living. We precipitate war out of our daily lives; and without a transformation in ourselves, there are bound to be national and racial antagonisms,the childish quarreling over ideologies, the multiplication of soldiers, the saluting of flags, and all the many brutalities that go to create organized murder." - J. Krishnamurti

"I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have: three meals a day for their bodies, - education and culture for their minds - and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits" Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Best journalist extant

"An empire founded by war has to maintain itself by war." - Charles de Montesquieu

"In the eyes of empire builders men are not men but instruments" - Napoleon Bonaparte

"We become slaves the moment we hand the keys to the definition of reality entirely over to someone else, whether it is a business, an economic theory, a political party, the White House, Newsworld or CNN." - B.W. Powe, Towards A Canada Of Light

"The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information. With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving the fascist and his group more money or more power." - Henry A. Wallace

"The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history." - George Orwell

"All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume." - Noam Chomsky


Edward Bernays was hired by Woodrow Wilson to create a false information
machine to convince the American people to enter WWI. Bernays basically
invented propaganda, a term he coined to replace lying.

"If someone gives a coin to a poor man, this may be an unselfish deed; but only to the extent that it was absolutely selfless does it find its way to the sphere of immortality — and very few deeds are selfless to this degree. An act of charity may be extremely egoistical when, for instance, it gives rise to a comforting feeling. Charity very often springs from selfish motives. If a poor man living among us has no meat at Christmas and we feel bound to give him some in order that we may feel justified in eating our own Christmas dinner — that, after all, is egoism." - Rudolf Steiner – GA 93 – The Work of Secret Societies in the World – Berlin, 23rd December 1904

"There comes a point when a man must refuse to answer to his leader if he is also to answer to his own conscience." - Hartley Shawcross - (1902-2003), prosecutor at Nuremberg War Crimes tribunal

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" - Nelson Mandela

"We who have a voice must speak for the voiceless." - Archbishop Oscar Romero

" I may be arrested, I may be tried and thrown into jail, but I never will be silent." - Emma Goldman

"Good men doing NOTHING is the cancer of? our age!" - Anonymous


"I always find it extremely humorous when well-meaning people say all the time that words '’t matter, deeds do! I’ve heard it proclaimed at the most unsuitable times, during discussions and from the rostrums, that it isn’t words but actions that count!

"Everything that happens in the world in regard to actions depends on words! One who can see through things knows that nothing takes place that hasn’t been prepared in advance by somebody through words." - Rudolf Steiner – GA 339 – The Art of Lecturing: Lecture IV – Dornach, 14th October 1921

"If we have to use force, it is because we are America. We are the indispensable nation. We stand tall. We see further into the future." - Madeleine K. Albright, 64th Secretary of State of the United States and Ambassador to the United Nations

"I think this is a very hard choice, but the price, we think the price is worth it." - Madeleine K. Albright [In response to a question from Leslie Stahl, "We have heard that a half million children have died (as a result of Clinton's sanctions against Iraq). I mean, that is more children than died in Hiroshima. ... is the price worth it?

"... man's capacity to forget is unlimited."- Jacques Ellul

"Whatever it is that the government does, sensible Americans would prefer that the government does it to somebody else. This is the idea behind foreign policy." - P. J. O'Rourke


"Slowly in the course of the nineteenth century the principle of nationality arose, this emphasizing of the nationality, this wish to live only in the nationality. This represents the antithesis of the soul-spirit nature; for this soul-spirit nature does not trouble itself with nationality.

"Many of the souls who today live in Europe were formerly incarnated in America. The souls who today live chiefly in Japanese bodies should not point to their ancestors, as far as their souls are concerned, but to the time of the folk migrations in Europe. Yes, indeed, the Americans should not pride themselves on their forebears, their European blood ancestry. Rather they should point to the fact that they once lived in Asia at the time of the Mystery of Golgotha, and there went through a culture which was not yet permeated by Christianity; thus they are also those who accept Christianity through external tradition and external education. There is still a strong opposition from this quarter to a soul-spiritual conception of the world." - Rudolf Steiner – GA 202 – The Souls Progress through Repeated Earth Lives – Bern, 14th December 1920

the United States “must never adopt the tactics of the enemy. Each time we do so, each time the means we use are wrong; our inner strength, the strength that makes us free, is lessened.” - US senator Frank Church

“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” - William Faulkner on the USA.


"The main characteristic of the present time is that people are in fact stuffed with selfishness, and when they talk of social demands, they really mean to say: How can self-interest be best served by the community? People basically speak of social life but really mean selfish life. They would like to have a social life where selfishness can best flourish." - Rudolf Steiner – GA 203 – Die Verantwortung des Menschen für die Weltentwickelung – Dornach, January 23, 1921 (page 122)

"We need teachers who are able to educate children on the basis of a conception of the world that understands the true being of man. This was the thought underlying the Course I gave to the teachers when the Waldorf School at Stuttgart was founded. All the principles of the art of education as expounded in that Course strive in the direction of making men and women out of the children who are being educated — men and women in whom lungs, liver, heart, stomach, will be healthy in later life because, in childhood, they were helped to develop their life-functions in the right way, because, in effect, the soul worked in the right way.

"This conception of the world will never give a materialistic interpretation of the old saying, Mens sana in corpore sano. Interpreted in the materialistic sense this means: If the body is healthy, if it has been made healthy by all kinds of physical methods, then it will of itself be the bearer of a healthy soul. Now this is pure nonsense. The only real meaning of the phrase is this: a healthy body bears witness to the fact that the force of healthy soul has built it up, moulded it, made it healthy. A healthy body proves that a healthy soul has worked within it. That is the right interpretation of the phrase — and only in this sense can it be a principle of true hygiene." - Rudolf Steiner – GA 314 – Hygiene – a Social Problem – Dornach, April 7th, 1920

“If you owe the bank $50k, the bank owns you. But if you owe the bank $100 million, you own the bank.” -Strike Debt!


"Every ten years or so, the United States needs to pick up some crappy little country and throw it against the wall, just to show the world we mean business." - Michael Ledeen [an American historian, neoconservative foreign policy analyst, and author with a PhD in philosophy]

"I ''t believe anyone that I know in the administration ever said that Iraq had nuclear weapons." - Defense Secretary 'ald Rumsfeld, at a hearing of the Senate's appropriations subcommittee on defense, May 14, 2003

"We believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons." - Vice President Dick Cheney on NBC's Meet the Press, March 16, 2003

"You can fool some of the people all of the time; and those are the ones you have to concentrate on." -- George W. Bush

"Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak; and that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws." - John Adams

"hat takes place here in the economic life, will affect how people will live between death and a new birth. For example, if an economic order is built only on selfishness, then it will mean that people will to a high degree be lonely between death and a new birth, that they will have the greatest difficulty to find other human beings. In short, it is of huge significance for life between death and the following birth, how people here are behaving in economic relations." - Rudolf Steiner – GA 196 – Geistige und soziale Wandlungen in der Menschheitsentwickelung – Dornach, January 31, 1920 (page 127-128)


"To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize." - Voltaire - [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778)

"We are buried beneath the weight of information, which is being confused with knowledge; quantity is being confused with abundance and wealth with happiness. We are monkeys with money and guns." - Tom Waits

"An unconscious people, an indoctrinated people, a people fed only partisan information and opinion that confirm their own bias, a people made morbidly obese in mind and spirit by the junk food of propaganda, is less inclined to put up a fight, ask questions and be skeptical. That kind of orthodoxy can kill a democracy - or worse." - Bill Moyers

"Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak; and that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws." - John Adams


"There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men." - Edmund Burke - (1729-1797) Irish-born British statesman, parliamentary orator, and political thinker

"Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny." - Thomas Jefferson

"... man's capacity to forget is unlimited."- Jacques Ellul

"The crimes of the United States have been systematic, constant, vicious, remorseless, but very few people have actually talked about them. You have to hand it to America. It has exercised a quite clinical manipulation of power worldwide while masquerading as a force for universal good. It's a brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis." - Harold Pinter, 2005 Nobel Lecture

"Liberty has never come from Government. It is always come from the subjects of Government. The history of Liberty is the history of resistance." Woodrow Wilson

"Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we're being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I'm liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That's what's insane about it." - John Lennon


Great advice for people freaking out over debts, jobs, girl friends

"You can sway a thousand men by appealing to their prejudices quicker than you can convince one man by logic." - Robert A. Heinlein, Revolt in 2100/Methuselah's Children

'Who controls the past' ran the Party slogan, 'controls the future: who controls the present controls the past." - George Orwell, 1984

"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary." - H.L. Mencken, In Defense Of Women

The American people are free to do exactly what they are told." Ward Churchill

"At the moment when we die, the thought becomes what it should not become in the ordinary consciousness; the thought then becomes Imagination. This Imagination, which in occult development is striven for with all one’s effort, occurs when the human being passes through death. All his thoughts become pictures; the human being then lives entirely in pictures." - Rudolf Steiner – GA 205 – Therapeutic Insights: Lecture V – Dornach, July 3, 1921


"The easiest way to gain control of a population is to carry out acts of terror. [The public] will clamor for such laws if their personal security is threatened". - Josef Stalin

"I hate those men who would send into war youth to fight and die for them; the pride and cowardice of those old men, making their wars that boys must die." - Mary Roberts Rinehart

"Is it not a strange blindness on our part to teach publicly the techniques of warfare and to reward with medals those who prove to be the most adroit killers?" - Marquis de Sade

"Weakness is what brings ignorance, cheapness, racism, homophobia, desperation, cruelty, brutality, all these things that will keep a society chained to the ground, one foot nailed to the floor." Henry Rollins

"Parents and schools should place great emphasis on the idea that it is all right to be different. Racism and all the other 'isms' grow from primitive tribalism, the instinctive hostility against those of another tribe, race, religion, nationality, class or whatever. You are a lucky child if your parents taught you to accept diversity." Roger Ebert

"Racism isn't born, folks, it's taught. I have a two-year-old son. You know what he hates? Naps! End of list." Denis Leary

"It's the people who ''t recognize the racism within themselves that can be the most damaging because they ''t see it." Sterling K. Brown

"Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn't matter which color does the hating. It's just plain wrong." - Muhammad Ali


"If, by some miracle, a large number of people were forced to only form words which accurately reflected the facts, a widespread silence would result. This is because most of what gets discussed nowadays, does not correspond to the facts, but arises from a wide variety of opinions and passions." - Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 220 – Lebendiges Naturerkennen, Intellektueller Sündenfall und spirituelle Sündenerhebung – Dornach, 20 January 20, 1923 (page 128)

"Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right." - George Orwell, 1984

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" - George Santayana

"If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience" - George Bernard Shaw

"We learn from history that we do not learn from history." - Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

"Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority." - Arthur Schopenhauer, Essays and Aphorisms

"It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences." - Audre Lorde, Our Dead Behind Us: Poems

"Pit race against race, religion against religion, prejudice against prejudice. Divide and conquer! We must not let that happen here." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"Whoever debases others is debasing himself." - James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

"Our true nationality is mankind." - H.G. Wells

Life should be seen as a battle against one's own ignorance, as opposed to an obsession with the ignorance of others. - Mike Krieger {a Brazilian entrepreneur and software engineer who co-founded Instagram with Kevin Systrom. Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Krieger moved to California in 2004 to attend Stanford University.]

"It is the emotions which bring us the dream concepts. This is due to the fact that the emotions are far more intimately connected with man’s real being than is the life of thought. We carry them over into sleep. In other words, they are a soul element that remains united with us even during sleep. " - Rudolf Steiner – GA 130 – Esoteric Christianity and the Mission of Christian Rosenkreutz: Lecture 1 – Leipzig, 4th November 1911

"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite." - Nelson Mandela

"The greatest threat to peace is the barrage of rightist propaganda portraying war as decent, honorable, and patriotic." - Jeannette Rankin

"The western world now obeys the percepts of commerce. A bloody demanding religion, if you ask me. The do's and ''ts change every season and your "everyone" doesn't want to be left out, so they rush headlong to comply. That continuous change has a function, a single aim. Maximum consumption. They want to go on milking you. From the cradle to the grave. Face it: You're a brain washed ,walking purse,a robot,the fuel multinationals run on." - Esther Verhoef, Close-up

" I may be arrested, I may be tried and thrown into jail, but I never will be silent." - Emma Goldman

"I tell you, freedom and human rights in America are doomed. The U.S. government will lead the American people in - and the West in general - into an unbearable hell and a choking life."-Osama Bin Laden (October 2001), as reported by CNN

"We need not choose blindness, or the hatred that lets us be herded in fear. We can reach out with truth, with compassion, with the activist courage that leaps from heart to heart, rebuilding sanity, civility, community, humanity, resistance." Kathy Kelly - Co-coordinates Voices for Creative Nonviolence

"Liberty and democracy become unholy when their hands are dyed red with innocent blood." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Strike against war, for without you no battles can be fought! Strike against manufacturing shrapnel and gas bombs and all other tools of murder! Strike against preparedness that means death and misery to millions of human beings! Be not dumb, obedient slaves in an army of destruction! Be heroes in an army of construction!" - Helen Keller

"Everything in life bears consequences. If a person makes a mistake or tells a lie, even if he is not aware of it with his ordinary consciousness, then it is still present in the subconscious, where it works as a destructive force, not only for the individual concerned but also for the development of the whole of mankind. Similarly, if a person binds him or herself to the forces of truth, it works as a life-giving power for all of humanity and the development of the world." - Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 127 – Die Mission der neuen Geistesoffenbarung – Heidenheim, November 30, 1911 (page 238)

"These are the men who, without virtue, labour, or hazard, are growing rich, as their country is impoverished; they rejoice, when obstinacy or ambition adds another year to slaughter and devastation; and laugh, from their desks, at bravery and science, while they are adding figure to figure, and cipher to cipher, hoping for a new contract from a new armament, and computing the profits of a siege or tempest." - Samuel Johnson

"As long as the world shall last there will be wrongs, and if no man objected and no man rebelled, those wrongs would last forever." - Clarence Darrow

"There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all argument, and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance. This principle is, contempt prior to examination." - Rev. William H. Poole


"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"When you look deeply enough into the heart of another, what you will find is yourself." - Max Igan

"What the world needs most is openness: Open hearts, open doors, open eyes, open minds, open ears, open souls." - Robert Muller

"Study as if you were going to live forever; live as if you were going to die tomorrow." - Maria Mitchell [ (August 1, 1818 – June 28, 1889) was an American astronomer, who in 1847 by using a telescope, discovered a comet, which as a result became known as "Miss Mitchell's Comet." She won a gold medal prize for her discovery, which was presented to her by King Frederick VI of Denmark. On the medal was inscribed "Non Frustra Signorum Obitus Speculamur et Ortus" in Latin (taken from Georgics by Virgil (Book I, line 257) (English: "Not in vain do we watch the setting and rising of the stars").[3] Mitchell was the first American woman to work as a professional astronomer. One of 10 children, she was raised in the Quaker religion, but later adopted Christian Unitarianism.]

Maria Mitchell, astronomer

"Silence in the face of injustice is complicity with the opressor." -- Ginetta Sagan

"Those who clearly recognize the voice of their own conscience usually recognize also the voice of justice." -- Alexander Solzhenitsyn

"Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life . . ." -- Nelson Mandela

"I believe in the equality of man; and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow-creatures happy.' -- Thomas Paine

"Nobody can do everything, but everybody can do something, everyone must play a part, everyone got to go to work, Work for Peace" - Gil Scott-Heron

"I cannot teach you violence, as I do not myself believe in it. I can only teach you not to bow your heads before any one even at the cost of your life." - Mahatma Gandhi

"There are causes worth dying for, but none worth killing for." - Albert Camus


Victor Hugo wrote in Les Miserables that "the history of men is reflected in the history of sewers.... The sewer is the conscience of the city. Everything there converges and confronts everything else. " - Treehugger.com

"It is not he who follows a moral code out of fear or because of reward who is a moral person, but he who follows it because he loves it.: - Rudolf Steiner – GA 93 – The Temple Legend: Lecture 13: CONCERNING THE LOST TEMPLE AND HOW IT IS TO BE RESTORED – Berlin, 29th May 1905

"Conscience is that still, small voice that is sometimes too loud for comfort." - Bert Murray

"In the end only kindness matters" - Jewel- Hands - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfsS3pIDBfw

"Disarm, disarm. The sword of murder is not the balance of justice. Blood does not wipe out dishonor, nor violence indicate possession." -- Julia Ward Howe (Peace proclamation, Lon', 1870)

"War on the other hand is such a terrible thing, that no man, especially a Christian man, has the right to assume the responsibility of starting it." -- Leo Tolstoy


"Until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and aban'ed, everywhere is war and until there are no longer first-class and second-class citizens of any nation, until the color of a man's skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes. And until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race, there is war. And until that day, the dream of lasting peace, world citizenship, rule of international morality, will remain but a fleeting illusion to be pursued, but never attained... now everywhere is war." - - Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia - Popularized by Bob Marley in the song War

"Silence, they say, is the voice of complicity. But silence is impossible. Silence screams. Silence is a message, just as doing nothing is an act. Let who you are ring out & resonate in every word & every deed. Yes, become who you are. There's no sidestepping your own being or your own responsibility. What you do is who you are. You are your own comeuppance. You become your own message. You are the message. In the Spirit of Crazy Horse " Leonard Peletier

"The time has come for America to hear the truth about this tragic war. In international conflicts, the truth is hard to come by because most nations are deceived about themselves. Rationalizations and the incessant search for scapegoats are the psychological cataracts that blind us to our sins. But the day has passed for superficial patriotism. He who lives with untruth lives in spiritual slavery." - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), US civil rights leader.


"Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? -- Abraham Lincoln

"Did you know that the worldwide food shortage that threatens up to five hundred million children could be alleviated at the cost of only one day, only one day, of modern warfare." -- Peter Ustinov

"I will always be on the side of those who have nothing and who are not even allowed to enjoy the nothing they have in peace." Frederico Garcia

"I believe in liberty for all men: the space to stretch their arms and their souls; the right to breathe and the right to vote, the freedom to choose their friends, enjoy the sunshine, and ride on the railroads, uncursed by color; thinking, dreaming, working as they will in a kingdom of beauty and love." -- W. E. B. Du Bois

What We Sow Is What We Eat by MICHAEL YATES SEPTEMBER 19, 2017

When all you have ever eaten are the overly large and often woody and tasteless strawberries sold in grocery stores, putting a wild one in your mouth is a revelation. A gift from the earth, sweet, tart, wonderful, perfect. They leave your fingers smelling like, well, strawberries.

We’ve found many fruits on our hikes. Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, cherries sweet and sour, currants, huckleberries, apples, plums, even liliko’i (passion fruit), guava, lemons, and limes. Some like the berries grow wild. Others have flourished long after they were planted and then aban'ed.

Seeing and tasting these gifts of nature can’t help but make you think of the foods most of us eat. Heavily processed and full of salt, hydrogenated oil, and high fructose corn syrup; loaded with chemicals; laden with pesticides; grown on factory farms; treated like any other mass-produced products, aimed for the market with costs per unit low and profits high.

Our crops are planted and harvested in this country by a largely black and brown workforce, poorly paid and forced to live in shacks and tents. They are poisoned, along with their children, every day they labor, and their life expectancy, in the United States, is barely fifty years. What it was when Edward R. Murrow’s documentary, Harvest of Shame, was shown on television in 1960. Much the same can be said about farm laborers anywhere in the world.

Literally underlying the production of food is SOIL, that “mixture of minerals, organic matter, gases, liquids, and countless organisms that together support life on Earth.”


Food requires soil and labor, and as should be obvious, our relationship to the soil has always been a feature of human existence. For most of our time on earth, we have connected to the soil in an integral and sustaining way, taking care of it so that we could continue to harvest its gifts.

We learned as we produced our sustenance, and developed greater understanding of how the earth yielded its bounties. While we made mistakes that sometimes led to disaster, we lived in relative harmony with the soil and all of the natural world.

Given our past, more than 100,000 years, it is astonishing that today, with our scientific knowledge, technological prowess, and wealth, we squander soil with reckless aban'. We devote less and less of it to food production and more and more to mega cities, endless suburbs, and exurbs.

Of the land presumably reserved for farming, we grow soybeans and corn for animal feed and biofuels. In the Global South, peasants are losing their land to rich speculators, who hold large acreages idle in anticipation of price increases.

Everywhere we cut down trees, build huge dams, allow agriculture to contaminate the air, water, and earth. We have so degraded the soil that it has lost its material elasticity, its ability to thrive and regenerate, which means that like an overstretched rubber band, it can never be restored to full health.

The natural harmony that once defined humanity has disappeared. The awe with which we embraced the earth, the love we once felt for the land, had been replaced by arrogance, a hubris declaring that we can do what we please, and if the soil doesn’t like it, too bad for it.

Our treatment of the earth, of the dirt beneath our feet, is directly connected to our system of food production. The pollutants we put in the soil show up in our groceries. And the entire wretched business of agriculture derives from the nature of our economic system, which compels every giant corporation, every “entrepreneur,” to grow, to compete, to consider everything and everyone a commodity. Buy cheap, sell dear. These are the words that drive all of life.

Modern food production has failed utterly. At least a billion people worldwide are undernourished. Agriculture adds significantly to global warming, and it wreaks havoc on nature’s metabolism. Recent evidence suggests that as Co2 levels rise, major food commodities contain more sugar and fewer nutrients, very likely leading to more obesity and poorer health.


Corporate agriculture also reinforces the marked increase in income and wealth inequality evident in almost every nation. Those with means get decent nourishment and enjoy good health; those without have neither. Those who grow the food suffer; those who sell it get rich.

It doesn’t have to be this way. We already know how to treat the soil with respect, producing organically, on relatively small farms, utilizing techniques of land management that are in harmony with a sustainable environment. We know, from examples around the world, especially in CUBA, how to feed urban populations with food grown in the cities themselves.

There are food cooperatives, run democratically and non-capitalistically, that combine food production and distribution, serving local communities. We know how to conduct socially useful research that will show what works and what does not. If the will were there, we could greatly reduce global warming.

It is one thing to say what needs to be 'e, and another to believe that it will happen. It is probably easier to imagine the sun growing cold and the solar system dying than it is to be sanguine that humanity will do the right thing. All I can do is try to tell the truth. And remember the wild strawberries, in the hope, vain though it may be, that someday the earth will smell, taste, and feel as alive as it once was.


"If we'd been born where they were born and taught what they were taught, we would believe what they believe."-- A sign inside a church in Northern Ireland, explaining the origin of intolerance and hate.

"I am prepared to die, but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill. I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent." - Mahatma Gandhi

"The world has enough for everyone's need, but not enough for everyone's greed." - Mahatma Gandhi

"The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves." - William Hazlitt - (1778-1830) - Source: Political Essays (1819). 'The Times' Newspaper

"Liberty is meaningless where the right to utter one's thoughts and opinions has ceased to exist. That, of all rights, is the dread of tyrants. It is the right which they first of all strike down" - Frederick Douglass

"War is the spectacular and bloody projection of our everyday living. We precipitate war out of our daily lives; and without a transformation in ourselves, there are bound to be national and racial antagonisms, the childish quarreling over ideologies, the multiplication of soldiers, the saluting of flags, and all the many brutalities that go to create organized murder." - J. Krishnamurti

"The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance" - Benjamin Franklin

"The men that American people admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest the most violently are those who try to tell them the truth." -- H L Mencken (attributed: source unknown)

"Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant" -- H L Mencken

"Truth is not determined by majority vote." Doug Gwyn

"The history of our race, and each individual's experience, are sown thick with evidence that a truth is not hard to kill and that a lie told well is immortal": Mark Twain (1835 - 1910), Advice to Youth

"Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened." - Winston S. Churchill

"Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth." - William Faulkner

"A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it." - Oscar Wilde

[Ryan Holliday] my favorite Marcus Aurelius quotes, "Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one."

"We tend to believe that to change our lives we have to think big. But the great Chinese thinkers would say: ''t forget to think small. We only begin to really change when we start with small changes in how we live." - Michael Puett, popular class at Harvard on Eastern philosophy.

"If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear." - George Orwell

"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark. The real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light." - Plato

"The real world is where the monsters are." - Rick Riordan

Max Weber wrote, “What is possible would never have been achieved if, in this world, people had not repeatedly reached for the impossible.”

Those who challenge these structures, who reach for the impossible, who dare to speak the truth, have been, throughout American history, dismissed as “fanatics.” But, as Foner points out, it is often the “fanatics” who make history.

The other day I was reading a book and I came across a little anecdote. It was about the great Athenian general Themistocles. Before the battle of Salamis, he was locked in a vigorous debate with a Spartan general about potential strategies for defeating the Persians. Themistocles was clearly in the minority with his views (but which ultimately turned out to be right and saved Western Civilization). He continued to interrupt and contradict the other generals. Finally, the Spartan general threatened to strike Themistocles if he didn’t shut up and stop. “Strike!” Themistocles shouted back, “But listen!” -from Ryan Holiday


Montaigne once teased the writer Erasmus, who was known for his dedication to reading scholarly works, by asking with heavy sarcasm “Do you think he is searching in his books for a way to become better, happier, or wiser?” In Montaigne’s mind, if he wasn’t, it was all a waste. - Ryan Holiday

"You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win." - Zig Ziglar

"The price of empire is America's soul, and that price is too high." - Sen. J. William Fulbright

"Criticism in a time of war is essential to the maintenance of any kind of democratic government". - Sen. Robert Taft, (R)

"The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home." - James Madison

"Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds." --Franklin D Roosevelt

"The time is always right to do what is right." --Martin Luther King Jr.


"If you believe that your thoughts originate inside your brain, do you also believe that television shows are made inside your television set?" - Warren Ellis

"The major western democracies are moving towards corporatism. Democracy has become a business plan, with a bottom line for every human activity, every dream, every decency, every hope. The main parliamentary parties are now devoted to the same economic policies - socialism for the rich, capitalism for the poor - and the same foreign policy of servility to endless war. This is not democracy. It is to politics what Mc'alds is to food." - John Pilger

"The American people are free to do exactly what they are told." - Ward Churchill

" It is the function of the CIA to keep the world unstable and to propagandize the American people to hate, so we will let the establishment spend any amount of money on arms. " - John Stockwell

"The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western world. No First World country has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media all objectivity - much less dissent." - Gore Vidal













"One of the first basic sayings which has to be conquered is the old, beautiful saying of the wise Greeks: “Whoever wants to attain wisdom dare not take notice of his own opinion.” You will find that whoever has really experienced the spiritual scientific route, will say: Yes, my opinion doesn’t provide much; I can give descriptions of experiences, but not regularization principles, not claims of action, and these descriptions should be taken as instructions flowing into the theory of occult science. Opinions and points of view need be given up by the spiritual researcher. He has no point of view because all observations are like images originating from different points of view, which are as varied as people looking at the world from the most diverse angles. On the one side is the image of the materialistic standpoint, then from the other side that of a spiritual or a mechanistic or the easy-life observation. These are all observation angles. To not only recognise them theoretically but to live with every worldview in order to create images as to how each observation creates a different side, that is the inner tolerance which is important here. One opinion shouldn’t fight another. As a result an inner and from this an outer tolerance develops which we need if we, mankind, want to meet our healing in future." - Source: Rudolf Steiner: GA 108 – What is Self-knowledge? – Vienna, 23 November 1908


"The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion." - Thomas Paine

"The human being is led to a specific set of parents, but not only because he himself is attracted to those people. High exalted beings are also involved and working on this, because at the current stage of development they have taken this task upon themselves to order karmic relationships in a way as to be true and just. So, if occasionally the parents apparently appear not to belong with the children, or it seems to be so for the children, we need not look for an error or injustice behind this seeming contradiction. For in this might often be found the good, in that a human being might have to find his way under the most complicated circumstances and among the strangest relationships, to learn from this." - Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 108 – Die Beantwortung von Welt- und Lebensfragen durch Anthroposophie – Breslau (Wroclaw), December 2, 1908 (page 61)


"Terrorism is the best political weapon for nothing drives people harder than a fear of sudden death." -- Adolf Hitler

"Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear." -- Harry S. Truman - (1884-1972), 33rd US President


"Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity." -Voltaire

"The dissenter is every human being at those times of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself." -- Archibald Macleish - (1892-1982) Assistant Secretary of State under Franklin Roosevelt - Source: 4 December 1937

"To sin by silence when we should protest makes cowards out of men." Ella Wheeler Wilcox [(November 5, 1850 – October 30, 1919) was an American author and poet. Her best-known work was Poems of Passion. Her most enduring work was "Solitude", which contains the lines "Laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep, and you weep alone".]

Ella Wheeler Wilcox ~

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter." Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"Nothing on the Earth happens that is not related to the spirit. Our soul with her good and bad deeds is closely related to all that happens on the Earth. If an earthquake happens, we can never see it as individual karma. It belongs to the karma of humanity as a whole. A person with a materialistic worldview will think someone who makes such a statement to be superstitious, but whoever says that, is unaware that such a remark is really quite childlike. In the same way that no flower grows without spiritual forces, without being an expression of spirit and soul, there is no earthquake, no volcanic eruption without a spiritual reason, without a spiritual cause." - Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 108 – Die Beantwortung von Welt- und Lebensfragen durch Anthroposophie – Pforzheim, January 17, 1909 (p.93) Translated by Nesta Carsten-Krüger


"Anger has its value for the development of the human being. The human being must purify himself, he must overcome anger. Anger is something that works beneficially in that it is overcome. The human being would never be able to reach perfection without conquering anger." - Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 108 – Die Beantwortung von Welt- und Lebensfragen durch Anthroposophie – St. Gallen, November 21, 1909 (page 100) Translated by Nesta Carsten-Krüger

What is geometry?... It's what you say when you get turned into a tree... "Gee! I'm a tree!"

"It was only in the middle of the Atlantean epoch that the true human form appeared. In the previous epoch, and indeed at a very early period, the external form of man was very mobile; not only could he move his limbs as at present, but through inner powers he could elongate or shorten them, etc. To the ordinary consciousness of today it seems a kind of outrage to say such things about past conditions of the earth and of man. Even here among Anthroposophists you may have observed that we endeavour to develop certain truths step by step; we give them forth gradually, in small doses — they are then more easily digested." - Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 105 – Universe, Earth and Man: VII – Stuttgart, 11th August 1908


"Propaganda is as powerful as heroin; it surreptitiously dissolves all capacity to think." - Gil Courtemanche [Gil Courtemanche was a Canadian progressive journalist and novelist in third-world and international politics. He wrote for the Montreal newspaper Le Devoir. Wikipedia]

Gil Courtemanche ~

"The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the [public] is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country." - Edward Bernays

"The ideal tyranny is that which is ignorantly self-administered by its victims. The most perfect slaves are, therefore, those which blissfully and unawaredly enslave themselves." Dresden James.

"You can either be complicit in your own enslavement or you can lead a life that has some kind of integrity and meaning." Chris Hedges: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author [Christopher Lynn Hedges is an American journalist, Presbyterian minister, and Princeton University professor. Wikipedia]

"It's unnatural and unhealthy for a nation to be engaged in global crusades for some principle or idea while neglecting the needs of its own people," Sen. J. William Fulbright


What luck for rulers that men do not think". - Adolf Hitler

"Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we're being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I'm liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That's what's insane about it." - John Lennon

"If those in charge of our society - politicians, corporate executives, and owners of press and television - can dominate our ideas, they will be secure in their power. They will not need soldiers patrolling the streets. We will control ourselves." - Howard Zinn, historian and author

"The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western world. No First World country has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media all objectivity - much less dissent." - Gore Vidal

"Understand that all battles are waged on an unconscious level before they are begun on the conscious one, and this battle is no different. The power structure wishes us to believe that the only options available are those which they present to us, we know this is simply not true." - Teresa Stover


"When they put bombs in cars and kill people, they're uncivilized killers. When we put bombs on missiles and kill people, we're upholding civilized values. When they kill, they're terrorists. When we kill, we're striking against terror". - Norman Solomon

"Everybody's worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there's a really easy way: stop participating in it". - Noam Chomsky

"He who knows the truth and calls it a lie is a criminal". Bertolt Brecht

"Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder." - Arnold J. Toynbee

"No one can say, who has any respect for the truth, that the United States is a civilized nation, especially if we take the daily papers and inspect them for a few moments and see the deeds of horror." - Henry McNeal Turner

"There are many humorous things in the world; among them, the white man's notion that he is less savage than the other savages." - Mark Twain, Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World

"The greatest crime since World War II has been U.S. foreign policy". - Ramsey Clark

"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"The invasion of Iraq was simply a war crime. Straight-out war crime." - Noam Chomsky

"We should not give up and say that the situation is hopeless. There is still our conscience, there is still the memory of the victims of this war, there is still our duty to try and prevent further bloodshed. We have to prosecute all the perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity." - Lidia Yusupova [Lidia Muhtarovna Yusupova (born September 15, 1961 in Grozny, Soviet Union) is the Coordinator of the law office of the Moscow-based human rights organization Memorial. Formerly, Yusupova was the director of the Grozny office of Memorial. Yusupova gathers testimony from victims of human rights abuses, and presses their cases with law enforcement and military agencies. Not only does she, to the extent possible, provide the victims with legal assistance, but she also informs the rest of the world on violations of human rights, committed by Russian armed forces and Chechen rebels alike. Yusupova has been described by the BBC News service as "the bravest woman in Europe",[1] and representatives of Amnesty International have similarly declared her "one of the most courageous women in Europe".[2] Both Yusupova and her organization have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Yusupova has been awarded the 2004 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders and the 2005 Professor Thorolf Rafto Memorial Prize. The International Federation of Human Rights reported that Yusupova faced death threats for her work on October 12, 2006.

Lidia Yusupova

"Only the winners decide what were war crimes." - Garry Wills

"'Enough' is a feast. Buddhist proverb

"Little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, not anything -- you can't conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him". - Robert A. Heinlein

"What is it then that occurs when a wrong is 'e? Something is brought about by ourselves in the spiritual world. It is a purely materialistic belief that a wrong can take place without anything taking place in the spiritual world; it produces quite definite processes therein, — effects radiate from us which, though invisible to sense perception can be clearly seen by spiritual sight. "These spiritual processes, radiating from one who has 'e wrong, provide nourishment for certain Spiritual beings who are actually present in the spiritual world. Such beings cannot approach man at all times; they can only do so when the radiations resulting from evil actions emanate from him." - Rudolf Steiner – GA 116 – The Christ Impulse and the Development of the Ego-Consciousness: LECTURE 6. THE BIRTH OF CONSCIENCE – Berlin, 2nd May, 1910


"The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth becomes the greatest enemy of the State." -- Dr. Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Propaganda Minister

"To be innocent in America is to permit the continued theft of hundreds of billions of dollars from the state by Wall Street swindlers and speculators. To be innocent in America is to stand by as insurance and pharmaceutical companies, in the name of profit, condemn ill people, including children, to die. To be innocent in America is refusing to resist wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that are not only illegal under international law but responsible for the murder of hundreds of thousands of people. This is the odd age we live in. Innocence is complicity." - Chris Hedges

"The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to down dissent and originality. That is its aim in the United States, whatever the pretensions of politicians, pedagogues, and other such mountebanks, and that is its aim everywhere else....Their purpose, in brief, is to make docile and patriotic citizens, to pile up majorities, and to make John Doe and Richard Doe as nearly alike, in their everyday reactions and ways of thinking, as possible." -- H. L. Mencken - (1880-1956) American Journalist, Editor, Essayist, Linguist, Lexicographer, and Critic


"One of the most central questions for human life is how to gain knowledge about the immortality of the soul, about the eternal being of the human soul beyond birth and death. What could be of more interest to the human soul than this question? The human being focuses on this question out of interest. Now, an old spiritual science maxim says: only he can obtain actual knowledge about immortality, who has developed so far, that it is equally bearable, equally sympathetic to him, whether he is immortal or not. Before that, personal interest blurs true knowledge. Only when you are so advanced, have your feelings so well in hand, that the thought ‘in death I disappear into nothingness’ is of equal interest to you as the thought ‘I live on after death’ -, only then is it possible to have objective knowledge, through inspiration, of the immortality of the soul. It requires cumbersome inner labour to be thus in control of one’s inner life." - Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 69a – Wahrheiten und Irrtümer der Geistesforschung/ Geisteswissenschaft und Menschenzukunft – Munich, November 25, 1912 (page 119-120)

"...free enterprise, [is] a term that refers, in practice, to a system of public subsidy and private profit, with massive government intervention in the economy to maintain a welfare state for the rich." - Noam Chomsky

"But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint:" - Edmund Burke - Source: Reflections on the Revolution in France

"The state represents violence in a concentrated and organized form. The individual has a soul, but as the state is a soulless machine, it can never be weaned from violence to which it owes its very existence." -- Mahatma Mohandas K. Gandhi

"The issue isn't just jobs. Even slaves had jobs. The issue is wages." --Jim Hightower

"Two wrongs ''t make a right, but three left turns do." --Jim Hightower

"When shall it be said in any country of the world, my poor are happy, neither ignorance or distress is to be found among them; my jails are empty of prisoners, my streets of beggars; the aged are not in want, the taxes not oppressive; the rational world is my friend because I am friend of its happiness. When these things can be said, then may that country boast of its constitution and government ." - Thomas Paine

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"We were taught under the old ethic that man's business on this earth was to look out for himself. That was the ethic of the jungle; the ethic of the wild beast. Take care of yourself, no matter what may become of your fellow man. Thousands of years ago the question was asked; ''Am I my brother's keeper?'' That question has never yet been answered in a way that is satisfactory to civilized society. "Yes, I am my brother's keeper. I am under a moral obligation to him that is inspired, not by any maudlin sentimentality but by the higher duty I owe myself. What would you think me if I were capable of seating myself at a table and gorging myself with food and saw about me the children of my fellow beings starving to death"- Eugene V. Debs: 1908 speech

"Do not hold the delusion that your advancement is accomplished by crushing others." - Marcus Tullius Cicero - (106-43 B.C.) Roman Statesman, Philosopher and Orator

How animals see us
"If the animals could speak, they would only speak of visible realms; of the mineral realm, the plant realm, and the animal realm. They would consider themselves as the highest visible realm. That the animals see the human being like a human being sees the other is only a prejudice. "Human beings are of a supersensible, ghostly existence to the animals; If the animals had only such a perception as we have, the human beings would be as invisible for them as the realm of angels is for the human beings. Only because they have a certain kind of dreamy clairvoyance, the animals see the human being as a ghost, as a supersensible being. The human being can have no idea of the image which an animal has of him." - Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 159 – The Mystery of Death – Prague, 13th May 1915

"Democracy is popular because of the illusion of choice and participation it provides, but when you live in a society in which most people's knowledge of the world extends as far as sports, sitcoms, reality shows, and celebrity gossip, democracy becomes a very dangerous idea. Until people are properly educated and informed, instead of indoctrinated to be ignorant mindless consumers, democracy is nothing more than a clever tool used by the ruling class to subjugate the rest of of us." - - Gavin Nascimento

"The key to life is resilience, and I’m old enough to make such a bald statement. We will always be knocked down. It’s the getting up that counts. By the time you reach upper middle age, you have started over, and over again. And, I might add, resilience is the key to feeling 15 again. Which is actually how I feel most of the time." - Dominique Browning

They (librarians) are subversive. You think they're just sitting there at the desk, all quiet and everything. They're like plotting the revolution, man. I wouldn't mess with them. (Michael Moore, quoted by Camille at the Reading Room).

"I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain." - James Baldwin

"I have told you that the Event of the Mystery of Golgotha was a moment of supreme importance for the evolution of the world. The Christ appeared in the realm into which man enters after death, where Ahriman’s influence was even mightier than in the world around man here on earth between birth and death. In the realm of existence between death and rebirth, Ahriman’s influences worked upon man with terrible, overwhelming power. And if nothing else had taken place, utter darkness would gradually have closed in upon man in the ‘realm of Shades’ — as it was correctly designated by the ancient Greeks.

"A condition of complete isolation, leading to the intensification of egoism would have set in between death and rebirth; man would have been born into his new life as a gross and overweening egotist. Hence it is more than a figure of speech to say that after the Event of Golgotha, at the moment when the Blood flowed from the wounds, the Christ appeared in yonder world, in the realm of the Shades, and cast Ahriman into fetters." - Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 107 – The Deed of Christ and the Opposing Spiritual Powers: Mephistopheles and Earthquakes – Berlin, 1st January 1909

"Time is the best teacher, but unfortunately, it kills all of its students" - Robin Williams

"Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"As long as the world shall last there will be wrongs, and if no man objected and no man rebelled, those wrongs would last forever" - Clarence Darrow

"What our leaders and pundits never let slip is that the terrorists -- whatever else they might be -- might also be rational human beings ; which is to say that in their own minds they have a rational justification for their actions. Most terrorists are people deeply concerned by what they see as social, political, or religious injustice and hypocrisy, and the immediate grounds for their terrorism is often retaliation for an action of the United States " - William Blum

"The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naïve and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair." - H. L. Mencken

"We cannot be both the world's leading champion of peace and the world's leading supplier of the weapons of war". - Jimmy Carter

"To engage in whatever nonviolent actions appeal to us. There is no act too small, no act too bold. The history of social change is the history of millions of actions, small and large, coming together at critical points to create a power that governments cannot suppress. We find ourselves today at one of those critical points." - Howard Zinn

"To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic, it is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness -- and if we do act, in however small a way, we ''t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now, as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself, a marvelous victory." - Howard Zinn

"Everyone's a pacifist between wars. It's like being a vegetarian between meals." - Colman McCarthy [American journalist, teacher, lecturer, pacifist, progressive, an anarchist, and long-time peace activist, directs the Center for Teaching Peace in Washington, D.C. From 1969 to 1997, he wrote columns for The Washington Post. Wikipedia]

Colman McCarthy

" Each of us must learn to work not just for oneself, one's own family or nation, but for the benefit of all humankind. Universal responsibility is the key to human survival. It is the best foundation for world peace." - H. H. the Dalai Lama

"There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life -- happiness, freedom, and peace of mind -- are always attained by giving them to someone else.' Peyton Conway March [an American soldier and Army Chief of Staff. He is largely responsible for designing the powerful role of the Chief of Staff in the 20th century.]

Peyton Conway March ~ H. H. the Dalai Lama

"This focus on money and power may do wonders in the marketplace, but it creates a tremendous crisis in our society. People who have spent all day learning how to sell themselves and to manipulate others are in no position to form lasting friendships or intimate relationships... Many Americans hunger for a different kind of society -- one based on principles of caring, ethical and spiritual sensitivity, and communal solidarity. Their need for meaning is just as intense as their need for economic security." - Michael Lerner [Michael Lerner (born 1943) is an American political peace activist, the editor of Tikkun, a progressive Jewish interfaith magazine based in Berkeley, California, and the rabbi of Beyt Tikkun Synagogue in Berkeley.]

Michael Lerner "Being called a utopian is not a put-down," the rabbi says, "It's a compliment

"A person will worship something, have no doubt about that. We may think our tribute is paid in secret in the dark recesses of our hearts, but it will out. That which dominates our imaginations and our thoughts will determine our lives, and our character. Therefore, it behooves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshipping we are becoming." - Ralph Waldo Emerson.


"The essence of immorality is the tendency to make an exception of myself" - Jane Addams

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"Humanity is only fully awake when people are able to develop notions and ideas of the world of the spirit. This is all around us, just as air and water, the stars, the sun and the moon are all around us. When we are physically asleep we are wholly given up to the internal processes that go on in the body during the night and have no idea of anything in the physical world around us. We are asleep in exactly the same way when we are wholly given up to the physical environment, and to the world and the laws of the intellect, and have no idea of the world of the spirit that is all around us." - Rudolf Steiner – GA 177 – Fall of the Spirits of Darkness – LECTURE 1: The Driving Force Behind Europe’s War – Dornach, 29 September 1917 Translated by Anna R. Meuss

"Place me not with those who are weak of mind and willingly give up the rights of others, for these poor ignorant souls know not that the rights they give up are their own!" -- Warren Friton

"He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself." -- Thomas Paine


" As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand." - Josh Billings:

"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being". Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"The most successful tyranny is not the one that uses force to assure uniformity, but the one that removes awareness of other possibilities." - Alan Bloom - (1930-1992)

"The people have the power, all we have to do is awaken that power in the people. The people are unaware. They're not educated to realize that they have power. The system is so geared that everyone believes the government will fix everything. We are the government." - John Lennon

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"Formerly no one was allowed to think freely; now it is permitted, but no one is capable of it any more. Now people want to think only what they are supposed to think, and this they consider freedom." - Oswald Spengler - (1880-1936) Source: The Decline of the West, 1926

"We allow the most atrocious lies uttered by political and moral prostitutes to go unchallenged. These lies are endlessly recycled in the commercial media until they become ingrained in the public conscience as truth. Worse than burying our heads in the sand, we bury them up our collective ass. How do you like the view? - Charles Sullivan

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"Next the statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception." - Mark Twain

"The lesson of that history is that you must not despair, that if you are right, and you persist, things will change. The government will try to deceive the people, and the newspapers and television may do the same, but the truth has a way of coming out. The truth has a power greater than a hundred lies. My hope is that you will not be content to be successful in the way our society measures success; that you will not obey the rules, when the rules are unjust; that you will act out the courage that I know is in you." Howard Zinn - Address to Spelman College, 2005

"to engage in whatever nonviolent actions appeal to us. There is no act too small, no act too bold. The history of social change is the history of millions of actions, small and large, coming together at critical points to create a power that governments cannot suppress. We find ourselves today at one of those critical points." - Howard Zinn

As long as the world shall last there will be wrongs, and if no man objected and no man rebelled, those wrongs would last forever." - Clarence Darrow

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"It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) that those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed." – Charles Darwin?

“In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self.” - Mahavira 540 BCE–468 BCE

Sometimes I think that we should eat like the Jain, who won't even eat a potato or onion because their ability to sprout means they might have a spirit, and won't eat after dark because they might swallow a bug they can't see. That's because Melissa keeps showing how smart and aware all living creatures appear to be. - TreeHugger.


"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." - Martin Luther King

"When even one American-who has 'e nothing wrong-is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth-then all Americans are in peril" - Harry S. Truman

"The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance" - Benjamin Franklin

"As long as the world shall last there will be wrongs, and if no man objected and no man rebelled, those wrongs would last forever" - Clarence Darrow

"You know your country is dying when you have to make a distinction between what is moral and ethical, and what is legal." -- John De Armond

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"When the Gods created man, they gave him defects so that he could test his strength on them. We should thank the Gods for our defects, for combating them makes us strong and free. But we shouldn’t love the defects for even a moment. We couldn’t thank Gods who made us pure and without defects, because they would have made us into weaklings. We should tell ourselves: And even the world was full of devils we still come from God, Ex Deo nascimur." - Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 266 – From the Contents of Esoteric Classes – Esoteric Lessons Part II – Kassel, 11th December 1910

"Nothing on this earth lasts forever. Except maybe plastic." - Patricia Dunn

"The law, in its majestic equality, forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal their bread." - Anatole France

“Culture, when it comes to food, is of course a fancy word for your mom.” -Michael Pollan

"Denouncing evil is a far cry from doing good." - Philip Gourevitch

"I will mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy." - Jessica Dovey

"If you tremble with indignation at every injustice then you are a comrade of mine." - Ernesto Che Guevara

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Tolstoy: "All great literature is one of two stories: a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town."

"Birthdays are good for you! Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest." - Father Larry Lorenzoni

"In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousand fold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers, we are not simply protecting their trivial old age, we are thereby ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations." - Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago

"We're all just walking each other home." -Ram Dass

"Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder."-Rumi

"In the garden of gentle sanity, May you be bombarded by coconuts of wakefulness.” ~ Chogyam Trungpa

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"Pity the nation that has to silence its writers for speaking their minds... Pity the nation that needs to jail those who ask for justice while communal killers, mass murderers, corporate scamsters, looters, rapists and those who prey on the poorest of the poor, roam free." - Arundhati Roy

"What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do." - John Ruskin

"To see things in the seed, that is genius. He who obtains has little. He who scatters has much." - Lao Tzu

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"The violent subjugation of the Palestinians, Iraqis, and Afghans will only ensure that those who oppose us will increasingly speak to us in the language we speak to them--violence." - Chris Hedges

"There is no moral difference between a Stealth bomber and a suicide bomber. They both kill innocent people for political reasons." - Tony Benn

"What separates us from the lower animals, what separates us from the chaos, is our ability to mourn people we've never met." - David Levithan, Love Is the Higher Law


"The injury we do and the one we suffer are not weighed in the same scales" - Aesop, Fables "In the last analysis we must be judged by what we do and not by what we believe. We are as we behave " - Geoffrey L. Rudd, The British Vegetarian, September/October 1962

"It's discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit." - Noël Coward, Blithe Spirit

"The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons." - Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Conduct of Life: A Philosophical Reading

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"Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid. As a nation, we began by declaring that 'all men are created equal.' We now practically read it, 'all men are created equal, except negroes.' When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read, 'all men are created equal, except negroes, and foreigners, and Catholics.' When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty. - Abraham Lincoln, Speeches and Writings, 1832-1858

"People often ask why we do not remember our former incarnations. I have often answered this question, which is like saying that because a four-year-old child cannot do arithmetic, human beings cannot do arithmetic. When the child reaches ten, he or she will be able to multiply with ease. It is the same with the soul. If it cannot remember our former incarnations today, the time will come when it will be able to do so. Then it will possess the same capacity initiates have. "This new development is happening today. There are numerous souls nowadays who are so far advanced that they are close to the moment of remembering their former incarnations, or at least the last one. A number of people are at the threshold of comprehensive memory, embracing life between birth and death as well as previous incarnations. Many people will remember their present incarnation when they are reborn in their next life. It is simply a question of how they remember." - Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 117 – The Universal Human: Lecture One: Individuality and the Group-Soul – Munich, December 4, 1909. Translated by Gilbert Church

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"I should like to remind you of something I have often pointed out with regard to the difference between male and female, pointing out the fact that to some extent the female element — not the single individual woman but rather “womanhood” — has not entirely descended to the physical plane, whereas the man — again not a single individuality, not man in a particular incarnation but “manhood” — has crossed the line and descended lower. As a result true humanity lies between man and woman; and it is for this reason that a human being also changes sex in different incarnations.

"But it is already the case that the woman, as such, because of the different formation of her brain and the different way in which she can use it, is able to grasp spiritual ideas with greater facility. By contrast the man because of his external physical corporeality is much better adapted to think himself into materialism, because, if we wish to express the matter crudely, his brain is harder. The female brain is softer, not so stubborn, that is to say in general — I am not referring to individual personalities. In the case of individual personalities there is no need to flatter oneself, for many truly obstinate heads sit on many a female body — to say nothing of the reverse! But on the whole, it is true that it is easier to make use of a female brain if one is to understand something exceptional, as long as the will to do so is also present." - Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 139 – The Gospel of St. Mark: Lecture 10 – Basel, September 24, 1912

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"No one has ever succeeded in keeping nations at war except by lies." -- Salvador de Madariaga (1886-1978 ), Spanish writer, diplomat, and historian, noted for his service at the League of Nations

"A human being is part of a whole, called by us the 'Universe,' a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest--a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty." Albert Einstein

"The greatest wisdom is acquired by the quiet endurance of pain and suffering... Many people deplore pain and suffering, but from a higher point of view this is quite unjustified, for if they are overcome and the person is ready for a new incarnation, suffering and pain are the sources of wisdom, prudence and comprehensiveness of vision.... has long been known to the occultist, for the greatest wisdom of the world is acquired by the quiet endurance of pain and suffering; this creates wisdom in the next incarnation." - Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 99 – Theosophy of the Rosicrucian – VI The Law of Destiny – Munich 30th May, 1907 Translated by M. Cotterell & D. S. Osmond

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"Actions are held to be good or bad, not on their own merits, but according to who does them. There is almost no kind of outrage-----torture, imprisonment without trial, assassination, the bombing of civilians-----which does not change its moral color when it is committed by 'our' side. The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them." - George Orwell

"Strike against war, for without you no battles can be fought! Strike against manufacturing shrapnel and gas bombs and all other tools of murder! Strike against preparedness that means death and misery to millions of human beings! Be not dumb, obedient slaves in an army of destruction! Be heroes in an army of construction!" - Helen Keller

Men hate those to whom they have to lie." - Victor Hugo 1802-1885

“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” - Tom Brady in TB12 book.

“So many books, so little time.” - Frank Zappa

"I wouldn't call it fascism exactly, but a political system nominally controlled by an irresponsible, dumbed down electorate who are manipulated by dishonest, cynical, controlled mass media that dispense the propaganda of a corrupt political establishment can hardly be described as democracy either" - Edward Zehr

"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." - Benito Mussolini

"We are discreet sheep; we wait to see how the drove is going, and then go with the drove." -- Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910)

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"He who does not bellow out the truth when he knows the truth makes himself the accomplice of liars and forgers." - Charles Peguy (1873-1914) French poet, essayist and editor

"We do not want a PAX Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war. Not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave. I am talking about genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living, the kind that enables men and nations to grow and to hope and to build a better life for their children -- not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women -- not merely peace in our time but peace for all time." - John F. Kennedy (1963)

"The great only appear great because we are on our knees. Let us rise." - James Larkin - Source: Statue on O'Connell Street, Dublin, Ireland.

"Our grandparents used to make a point of not throwing away leftover food. Consumerism has made us accustomed to wasting food daily and we are unable to see its real value". --Pope Francis

"Men in authority will always think that criticism of their policies is dangerous. They will always equate their policies with patriotism, and find criticism subversive" - Henry Steele Commager - (1902-1998) Historian and author

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"There are no boundaries in this struggle to the death. We cannot be indifferent to what happens anywhere in the world, for a victory by any country over imperialism is our victory" - Ernesto Che Guevara

"Wars throughout history have been waged for conquest and plunder.... the working class who fight all the battles, the working class who make the supreme sacrifices, the working class who freely shed their blood and furnish their corpses, have never yet had a voice in either declaring war or making peace. It is the ruling class that invariably does both. They alone declare war and they alone make peace....They are continually talking about their patriotic duty. It is not their but your patriotic duty that they are concerned about. There is a decided difference. Their patriotic duty never takes them to the firing line or chucks them into the trenches." - Eugene V. Debs

"Logic makes people think, and emotions make people act." - Zig Ziglar

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"Americans cannot escape a certain responsibility for what is done in our name around the world. In a democracy, even one as corrupted as ours, ultimate authority rests with the people. We empower the government with our votes, finance it with our taxes, bolster it with our silent acquiescence. If we are passive in the face of America's official actions overseas, we in effect endorse them." - Mark Hertzgaard

"If the test of patriotism comes only by reflexively falling into lockstep behind the leader whenever the flag is waved, then what we have is a formula for dictatorship, - not democracy... But the American way is to criticize and debate openly, not to accept unthinkingly the doings of government officials of this or any other country." - Michael Parenti

"America cannot have an empire abroad and a Republic at home." Mark Twain

"I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong." - Abraham Lincoln

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"Power is always dangerous. Power attracts the worst and corrupts the best." - Edward Abbey

"There is no such thing as the 'voiceless'. There are only the deliberately silenced or the preferably unheard." - Arundhati Roy

"Common sense is very uncommon." - Mark Twain

“I spent half my money on gambling, alcohol and wild women. The other half I wasted.” - WC Fields

"If you keep on excusing, you eventually give your blessing to the slave camp, to cowardly force, to organized executioners, to the cynicism of great political monsters; you finally hand over your brothers" - Albert Camus

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"Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up." - Stephen Hawking

"Life would be tragic if it weren't funny." - Stephen Hawking

"The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance; it is the illusion of knowledge. I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road." - Stephen Hawking

"If you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away." - Stephen Hawking

"Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change." - Stephen Hawking

"We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special." - Stephen Hawking

"It would not be much of a universe if it wasn't home to the people you love." - Stephen Hawking

"People won't have time for you if you are always angry or complaining." - Stephen Hawking

"People who boast about their IQ are losers." - Stephen Hawking

"We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet." - Stephen Hawking

"Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet." - Stephen Hawking

"While there’s life, there is hope." - Stephen Hawking

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"Today we refer to the physical body as our own — with no notion of how unjustified this is.

"While a man is going about on Earth, he regards his physical body and his etheric body — of which he knows little, but at least he feels it in his powers of growth, and so on — as his own body, but he has no right to do so. Only his Ego and his astral body are his.

"Everything present in his physical body and etheric body — even while he is on Earth — is the property of the divine-spiritual Beings who live and weave within them, and continue their work while the man is absent in sleep.

"It would go badly with anyone if he had to care for his own etheric and physical bodies in continual wakefulness between birth and death. Time and time again he is obliged to hand over his physical and etheric bodies to the Gods — especially during childhood, for then sleep is the most important thing of all.

"Later in life sleep works only as a corrective; the really fructifying sleep is the sleep that comes to a child in the first years of its life. Thus the human being has continually to be yielding up both physical and etheric bodies to the care of the Gods.

"In past ages of human evolution this was so clearly perceived that the body was called the temple of the Gods, for so was its wonderful structure experienced. And in all architectural work — this can best be seen in oriental buildings, but also in those of Egypt and of Greece — the laws of the physical body and the etheric body were followed. In the very way the Cherubim are set on the temples of the East, in the attitude of a sphinx, or in the placing of pillars — in all this the work of divine-spiritual Beings in the human physical and etheric bodies has been made to live again. In the course of evolution, consciousness of this has been lost; and to-day we refer to the physical body as our own — with no notion of how unjustified this is — whereas as an earthly creation it belongs in reality to the Gods.

"Hence, when anyone to-day talks of “my body”, when he speaks of the healthy functioning of his body as due to himself, it is just an instance of the prodigious arrogance of modern man — a subconscious pride, certainly, expressed with no awareness of it, but none the less deplorable. It shows how in speaking of their bodies as their own, people are really laying claim to the property of the Gods, and this pride is embodied in their very speech." - Rudolf Steiner – GA 227 – The Evolution of Consciousness: Lecture X: Man’s Life after Death in the Spiritual Cosmos – Penmaenmawr, 28th August 1923. Translated by Violet E. Watkin & Charles Davy

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“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.” - Oscar Wilde

"Pity the nation that has to silence its writers for speaking their minds... Pity the nation that needs to jail those who ask for justice while communal killers, mass murderers, corporate scamsters, looters, rapists and those who prey on the poorest of the poor, roam free." - Arundhati Roy

"There are two ways to be fooled: One is to believe what isn't so; the other is to refuse to believe what is so." - Kierkegaard

"Each of the Iraqi children killed by the United States was our child. Each of the prisoners tortured in Abu Ghraib was our comrade. Each of their screams was ours. When they were humiliated, we were humiliated. The U.S. soldiers fighting in Iraq - mostly volunteers in a poverty draft from small towns and poor urban neighborhoods - are victims just as much as the Iraqis of the same horrendous process, which asks them to die for a victory that will never be theirs. Source": Arundhati Roy, "Tide? Or Ivory Snow? Public Power in the Age of Empire,"

"There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people for a purpose which is unattainable." : Howard Zinn, 1993

"In war, truth is the first casualty." - Aeschylus

"In war, truth is the first casualty." - Aeschylus

"The Democrats think Republicans are stealing elections. The Republicans think Democrats are stealing elections. And those of us independent of the two old parties know they are both right." - Kevin Zeese

"Each candidate behaved well in the hope of being judged worthy of election. However, this system was disastrous when the city had become corrupt. For then it was not the most virtuous but the most powerful who stood for election, and the weak, even if virtuous, were too frightened to run for office." - Niccolo Machiavelli (Italian writer and statesman, Florentine patriot, author of 'The Prince'

"It would be some time before I fully realized that the United States sees little need for diplomacy. Power is enough. Only the weak rely on diplomacy ... The Roman Empire had no need for diplomacy. Nor does the United States." - Boutros Boutros-Ghali

"A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices." - Walter Lippman

“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” - Oscar Wilde

"If it were proved to me that in making war, my ideal had a chance of being realized, I would still say "no" to war. For one does not create a human society on mounds of corpses" - Louis Lecoin

"Because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind" - Seuss

"Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence." - Leonardo da Vinci

"Treat people as if they were what they should be, and you help them become what they are capable of becoming." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“My two favourite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: riding a bike to the library.” - Peter Golkin

"Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder."-Rumi

"In the garden of gentle sanity, May you be bombarded by coconuts of wakefulness.” ~ Chogyam Trungpa

"It is not necessary that whilst I live I live happily; but it is necessary that so long as I live I should live honourably." - Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) German philosopher

"A man does what he must -- in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers -- and this is the basis of all human morality." - John F. Kennedy - (1917-1963) 35th US President

"If everyone were clothed with integrity, if every heart were just, frank, kindly, the other virtues would be well-nigh useless, since their chief purpose is to make us bear with patience the injustice of our fellows." - Molière - [Jean-Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673) French playwright

"Only the winners decide what were war crimes." - Author: Gary Wills

"Yes, we love peace, but we are not willing to take wounds for it, as we are for war" - Andrew Holmes

"Men are at war with each other because each man is at war with himself": Francis Meehan

"O for a lodge in some vast wilderness, Some boundless contiguity of shade; Where rumor of oppression and deceit, Of unsuccessful or successful war, Might never reach me more". William Cowper - Source: Task (bk. II, l. 1)

"We kill at every step, not only in wars, riots, and executions. We kill when we close our eyes to poverty, suffering, and shame. In the same way all disrespect for life, all hard-heartedness, all indifference, all contempt is nothing else than killing. With just a little witty skepticism we can kill a good deal of the future in a young person." - Hermann Hesse, German poet and novelist.

"He who would do good" wrote William Blake, "must do so in minute particulars. General good is the plea of the scoundrel, the hypocrite and the liar." It is also the plea of most political ideologues who do not hesitate, and often in the name of "the People", to persecute in minute particulars for the sake of the general good. " - Extract from Jeremy Taylor's Book - Ag Pleez Deddy - a South African musician

“The single greatest lesson the garden teaches is that our relationship to the planet need not be zero-sum, and that as long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world. ” ? Michael Pollan, ?

"The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerated the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence is fascism: ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or any controlling private power." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

"The strategic adversary is fascism... the fascism in us all, in our heads and in our everyday behavior, the fascism that causes us to love power, to desire the very thing that dominates and exploits us." - Michel Foucault

"What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or in the holy name of liberty or democracy?" - Mahatma Gandhi

"Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power" - Benito Mussolini

"The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." - Steve Biko

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime." -- Mark Twain

"We live in a system that espouses merit, equality, and a level playing field, but exalts those with wealth, power, and celebrity, however gained." - Derrick Bell, Ethical Ambition: Living a Life of Meaning and Worth

"I want to live in a world where people become famous because of their work for peace and justice and care. I want the famous to be inspiring; their lives an example of what every human being has it in them to do - act from love!" - - Patch Adams

"At the end of the day, you can't compete with Mother Nature. If you've got a great tomato, just a pinch of sea salt is all you need." - Zac Posen

"Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half." - Gore Vidal, Screening History

"The whole framework of the presidency is getting out of hand. It's come to the point where you almost can't run unless you can cause people to salivate and whip on each other with big sticks. You almost have to be a rock star to get the kind of fever you need to survive in American politics." - Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72

"Around the world, the message received is that, whoever wins [the U.S. election], expect only more of the same - national narcissism disguised as altruism, corporate appeasement, and the arbitrary use of U.S. military and economic might." - Greg Guma - Toward Freedom magazine

"We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force. " - Ayn Rand in "The Nature of Government"

"Don't regard yourself as a guardian of freedom unless you respect and preserve the rights of people you disagree with..." - Gerard K. O'Neill.

"The most shocking fact about war is that its victims and its instruments are individual human beings, and that these individual beings are condemned by the monstrous conventions of politics to murder or be murdered in quarrels not their own" - Aldous Huxley - English novelist and critic, 1894-1963

"The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity" - George Bernard Shaw

"Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children. ... No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until "justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream." Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Resistance is feasible even for those who are not heroes by nature, and it is an obligation, I believe, for those who fear the consequences and detest the reality of the attempt to impose American hegemony." - Noam Chomsky

"Campaigns don't change politics and a president doesn't change the United States. It is up to us to take back our country." - John Perkins

"A great revolution in just one single individual will help achieve a change in the destiny of a society and, further, will enable a change in the destiny of humankind." - Daisaku Ikeda - Japanese peace Activist and Buddhist Leader

"It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds." - Samuel Adams

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead

"Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give the appearance of solidarity to pure wind." - George Orwell -[Eric Arthur Blair] (1903-1950) British author

"Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear."- Harry S. Truman -(1884-1972), 33rd US President - Source: message to Congress, August 8, 1950

"The lowest standards of ethics of which a right-thinking man can possibly conceive is taught to the common soldier whose trade is to shoot his fellow men. In youth he may have learned the command, 'Thou shalt not kill,' but the ruler takes the boy just as he enters manhood and teaches him that his highest duty is to shoot a bullet through his neighbor's heart - and this, unmoved by passion or feeling or hatred, and without the least regard to right or wrong, but simply because his ruler gives the word." - Clarence Darrow, Resist Not Evil

"Pity the nation that has to silence its writers for speaking their minds... Pity the nation that needs to jail those who ask for justice while communal killers, mass murderers, corporate scamsters, looters, rapists and those who prey on the poorest of the poor, roam free." - Arundhati Roy

"Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little." - Edmund Burke

"It's not who you are on the inside but what you do that defines you!" - Darius Shah [cinematrographer]

“The first supermarket supposedly appeared on the American landscape in 1946. That is not very long ago. Until then, where was all the food? Dear folks, the food was in homes, gardens, local fields, and forests. It was near kitchens, near tables, near bedsides. It was in the pantry, the cellar, the backyard.” - Joel Salatin

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.” ? Mark Twain

"If you think there is freedom of the press in the United States, I tell you there is no freedom of the press... They come out with the cheap shot. The press should be ashamed of itself. They should come to both sides of the issue and hear both sides and let the American people make up their minds" - Bill Moyers

"If this war is so righteous, why don't you send your children?" -- Mother of dead GI Susan Niederer to First Lady Laura Bush - (Bush didn't answer).

"I think the greatest single enemy is the misuse of information, the perversion of truth in the hands of terribly skillful people. - John le Carré

"The civilized have created the wretched, quite coldly and deliberately, and do not intend to change the status quo; are responsible for their slaughter and enslavement; rain down bombs on defenseless children whenever and wherever they decide that their "vital interests" are menaced, and think nothing of torturing a man to death: these people are not to be taken seriously when they speak of the "sanctity" of human life, or the "conscience" of the civilized world" - James Baldwin - Source: page 489 of COLLECTED ESSAYS (1998), from chapter one of "The Devil Finds Work" (orig. pub. 1976)

"Since world war two we've managed to create history's first truly global empire. This has been done by the corporatocracy, which are a few men and women who run our major corporations and in doing so also run the U.S. government and many other governments around the world." - John Perkins, 2005, author of the book titled ' Confessions of and Economic Hit Man'

"It's not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something. May I suggest that it be creating joy for others, sharing what we have for the betterment of personkind, bringing hope to the lost and love to the lonely." - Leo Buscaglia, author and university professor (1924-1998)

"And this I must fight against: any idea, religion or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am and what I am about. I can understand why a system built on a pattern must try to destroy the free mind, for this is the one thing which can by inspection destroy such a system." - John Steinbeck - (1902-1968) - Source: East of Eden, 1952

"In all history there is no war which was not hatched by the governments, the governments alone, independent of the interests of the people, to whom war is always pernicious even when successful." - Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy : Russian author, 1828-1910

"Governments have never learned anything from history, or acted on principles deducted from it" - Hebbel, German poet and dramatist, 1813-1863

"The biggest lesson I learned from Vietnam is not to trust [our own] government statements. I had no idea until then that you could not rely on [them]" - James W. Fulbright: US senator who initiated the international exchange program for scholars, 1905-1995

"Everything, everything in war is barbaric... But the worst barbarity of war is that it forces men collectively to commit acts against which individually they would revolt with their whole being" - Ellen Key [Ellen Karolina Sofia Key (Swedish: 11 December 1849 – 25 April 1926) was a Swedish difference feminist writer on many subjects in the fields of family life, ethics and education and was an important figure in the Modern Breakthrough movement. She was an early advocate of a child-centered approach to education - Wikipedia]

"Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear" - Bertrand Russell: English logician and philosopher 1872-1970

"Fear always springs from ignorance" - Ralph Waldo Emerson: American lecturer, poet, and essayist, 1803-1882

"Fear follows crime, and is its punishment " - Voltaire: French writers and philosophers, 1694-1778

"I pity the man who wants a coat so cheap that the man or woman who produces the cloth will starve in the process." - Benjamin Harrison

"Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or what's a heaven for?" - Robert Browning

"Every time we witness an injustice and do not act, we train our character to be passive in its presence and thereby eventually lose all ability to defend ourselves and those we love." - Julian Assange

"The internet, our greatest tool of emancipation, has been transformed into the most dangerous facilitator of totalitarianism we have ever seen. The internet is a threat to human civilization." - Julian Assange

"Where they couldn't pick holes in our arguments they would drive horses and carriages through my character." - Julian Assange

"The evils of government are directly proportional to the tolerance of the people." Frank Kent [Frank Richardson Kent (1877–1958) was an American journalist and political theorist of the 1920s and 1930s. Although a Democrat, by the 1930s he was one of the leading conservative critics of the New Deal of Franklin D. Roosevelt, with a daily column that reached millions of newspaper readers across the country. Historians group him with David Lawrence, Walter Lippmann, Mark Sullivan, and Arthur Krock as influential political commentators in the 1930s.]

"The trust of the innocent is the liar's most useful tool." Stephen King

"When law and morality contradict each other, the citizen has the cruel alternative of either losing his moral sense or losing his respect for the law." - Frédéric Bastiat, The Law [Claude-Fr´e;d´e:ric Bastiat (French: [klod f?ede?ik bastja]; 29 June 1801 – 24 December 1850) was a French economist and writer who was a prominent member of the French Liberal School. Bastiat developed the economic concept of opportunity cost and introduced the parable of the broken window. He was also a Freemason and member of the French National Assembly

Frank R. Kent ~ Claude-Fr´e;d´e:ric Bastiat (French)

"In Lak'ech Ala K'in" I am you and you are me. What I do to you I do to myself. - Mayan Saying

"We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people" - Martin Luther King Jr.

"I don't want to live in the kind of world where we don't look out for each other. Not just the people that are close to us, but anybody who needs a helping hand. I cant change the way anybody else thinks, or what they choose to do, but I can do my bit." - Charles de Lint [(born December 22, 1951) is a Canadian writer of Dutch origins. He is married to, and plays music with, MaryAnn Harris. Primarily a writer of fantasy fiction, he has written widely in the subgenres of urban fantasy, contemporary magical realism, and mythic fiction]

"To be doing good deeds is man's most glorious task." - Sophocles

"I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another." - Thomas Jefferson

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." - Gandhi

"The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Freedom of expression is the well-spring of our civilization... The history of civilization is in considerable measure the displacement of error which once held sway as official truth by beliefs which in turn have yielded to other truths. Therefore the liberty of man to search for truth ought not to be fettered, no matter what orthodoxies he may challenge." - Felix Frankfurter - (1882-1965) U.S. Supreme Court Justice - Source: Concurring Opinion, Dennis et al. v. U.S. (1951) "Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity." - Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729-1781) German Dramatist

“Out of intense complexities, intense simplicities emerge.” – Sir Winston Churchill

"These things I believe: That government should butt out. That freedom is our most precious commodity and if we are not eternally vigilant government will take it all away. That individual freedom demands individual responsibility. That government is not a necessary good but an unavoidable evil. That the executive branch has grown too strong, the judicial branch too arrogant and the legislative branch too stupid. That political parties have become close to meaningless. That government should work to insure the rights of the individual, not plot to take them away. That government should provide for the national defense and work to insure domestic tranquillity. That foreign trade should be fair rather than free- That once a year we should hang someone in government as an example to his fellows." - Lyn Nofziger []

'People crushed by law have no hope but from power. If laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to laws; and those who have much to hope and nothing to lose will always be dangerous.. " - Edmund Burke

"The worst forms of tyranny, or certainly the most successful ones, are not those we rail against but those that so insinuate themselves into the imagery of our consciousness, and the fabric of our lives, as not to be perceived as tyranny" - Michael Parenti

"The truth that makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear" - Herbert Sebastien Agar

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” - Augustine of Hippo

"Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army" - Edward Everett

“How can a nation be called great if its bread tastes like kleenex?” - Julia Child

"Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear" - Harry S Truman

"The government is the potent omnipresent teacher. For good or ill it teaches the whole people by its example. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy. To declare that the end justifies the means -- to declare that the government may commit crimes -- would bring terrible retribution" - Justice Louis D. Brandeis

"The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion" -Thomas Paine

Baking Soda — An Inexpensive Treatment Aid for Autoimmune Diseases Like Arthritis Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate or NaHCO3) has a number of medicinal uses and benefits. It’s commonly known to have alkalinizing, antacid and electrolyte replacement properties

Studies have shown drinking baking soda solution can help pregnant women who are having a slow or difficult labor to avoid C-sections in about 20 percent of cases by neutralizing acid in the womb

Research funded by the National Institutes of Health suggests baking soda may be a safe and effective treatment for autoimmune diseases by priming your immune system against inflammation

The data suggests drinking baking soda infused water activates an anti-inflammatory pathway that is mediated by the neuronal-like function of mesothelial cells that line your internal organs

Baking soda is also useful against other aches and pains, including heartburn and ulcer pain, and may enhance sports performance (a strategy known as soda doping)

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The theory is that an extract from pine bark, called pycnogenol, boosts blood flow by increasing nitric oxide. And as I've shared with you in the past, nitric oxide relaxes blood vessels and allows blood to gush through more freely -- even while you're doing nothing more than sitting on your tail feathers. (That's why pycnogenol can also help restore a guy's "mojo" in the bedroom, especially when combined with l-arginine and red ginseng.)

As an added bonus, members of the pine bark group also reported less jet lag than those in the other groups.

If you weren't a "tree-hugger" before, this might be enough to turn you into one!

Pycnogenol comes from the bark of the pine tree found in the forests of southwest France (Pinus pinaster) -- but luckily, you don't have to fly overseas to get your hands on it. Pycnogenol and pine bark extract are widely available at health food stores and online.

The dosage used in the study was 50 mg, three times a day for three days before and after long flights.

Reconfirmed: Artificial Sweeteners Make You Fat and Sick A growing body of research shows artificial sweeteners raise your risk of both obesity and Type 2 diabetes — perhaps even to a greater degree than sugar

Recent research shows both sugar and artificial sweeteners damage vascular function and cause cellular changes that “may be important during the onset and progression of diabetes and obesity”

Unlike sugar, artificial sweeteners were found to accumulate in blood, leading to more significant damage to blood vessels. Acesulfame potassium appeared to be worse than aspartame in this regard

The artificial sweeteners were also found to trick the body into using alternative sources of glucose, such as muscle. Evidence of protein break down was found in the animals’ blood

The results indicate artificial sweeteners alter how your body processes fat and produces energy at the cellular level, and while working on different chemical pathways, they produce the same kinds of health consequences as sugar

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4 Camelina Oil Health Benefits

Camelina is extremely rich in alpha-linolenic acid. This is an essential omega-3 fatty acid. Researchers believe this is the key ingredient that makes it so good for heart health. But it also has other health-boosting properties:

Antioxidant. Camelina oil is a strong antioxidant due to its high vitamin E content.

Anti-Inflammatory. It strongly inhibits inflammation both topically and when ingested.

Anti-Arthritic. Because of its high omega-3 content, it can alleviate arthritis pain. Patients apply the oil topically on the affected joints or ingest the oil.

Slows Brain Aging. There is some evidence that camelina oil may protect against dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Its high omega-3 content tamps down brain inflammation that can lead to cognitive decline.

Each tablespoon of the oil provides four grams of omega-3s. For comparison, one tablespoon of flaxseed oil contains less than one gram (0.8) of omega-3s. Olive oil has only 0.1 gram. Fish oil has about 1.4 grams, although it can vary by brand.

Camelina oil also contains a rare and powerful fatty acid called gondoic. It has been shown to improve a person’s overall lipid profile to reduce heart risk.

Camelina oil has no known side effects or drug interactions.

Camelina oil has a slightly nutty flavor. It can be used in salad dressings or as a cooking oil. Its extremely high smoking point of 475 degrees makes it a good choice for frying or sautéing.

You can also take camelina oil as a daily supplement. The Finnish researchers used 30 ml, which is just over two tablespoons. Unlike fish oil, it does not have a disagreeable flavor.

You can buy camelina oil online and at some health food stores. But be sure to get a cold-pressed brand, not one that’s heat-extracted. This should be noted on the label. Cold pressing allows the oil to retain most of its nutrients.

One advantage of camelina oil is that it doesn’t spoil as quickly as other healthy oils. The shelf life is 24 months from the date of processing. It should be stored at room temperature and away from heat and direct sunlight.

"The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant" -- H L Mencken

"I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires" - -- Susan B Anthony.

"Men become civilized, not in proportion to their willingness to believe, but in proportion to their readiness to doubt".- H L Mencken

"The quieter we are, the more can happen through us in the spiritual world...

"{On Earth, we have to be active, move from place to place, be on the go. It is an important characteristic of daily life that what is presented to our perception comes to us without our activity. However grotesque it may appear, the opposite is true in the spiritual world. There one cannot be active, one cannot draw anything towards one by moving from one place to another. Nor can one bring anything to one simply by moving a limb — by the movement of a hand, for example. Above all, for something to happen in the spiritual world it is essential that there be absolute calmness of soul." - Rudolf Steiner – GA 140 – Life Between Death and Rebirth: IV: Recent Results of Occult Investigation Into Life – Vienna, November 3, 1912. Translated by Rene M. Querido

"How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is clearly Ocean." –Arthur C. Clarke

"Alcohol only arose after the Atlantean epoch to help men to become individualized. It closes man off from his higher capacities and encloses him in himself.

"But now all civilized people have reached that stage so that alcohol is an unnecessary evil today. Through its use one loses the ability to get along with others and to understand them. Alcohol is especially harmful for esoterics since its use changes all developed higher forces into forces of the personal ego, repeatedly locks it into itself.

"By consuming alcohol one prepares a fertile soil for hosts of spiritual beings, just as a dirty room gets filled with flies." - Rudolf Steiner – GA 266 – From the Contents of Esoteric Classes: Esoteric Lesson – Stuttgart, August 13, 1908

"They have always taught and trained you to believe it to be your patriotic duty to go to war and to have yourselves slaughtered at their command. But in all the history of the world you, the people, have never had a voice in declaring war, and strange as it certainly appears, no war by any nation in any age has ever been declared by the people." - Eugene Debs: - Socialist candidate for president, June 16, 1918 - The speech led to Debs's being stripped of his citizenship and sent to jail for 10 years.

"One death is a tragedy, but a million deaths are a statistic."- Josef Stalin - (1879-1953) Communist leader of the USSR

"If I were the president, I could stop terrorist attacks against the United States in a few days. Permanently. I would first apologize to all the widows and orphans, the tortured and impoverished, and all the many millions of other victims of American imperialism. Then I would announce, in all sincerity, to every corner of the world, that America's global interventions have come to an end, and inform Israel that it is no longer the 51st state of the USA but now -- oddly enough -- a foreign country. would then reduce the military budget by at least 90% and use the savings to pay reparations to the victims. There would be more than enough money. One year's military budget of 330 billion dollars is equal to more than $18,000 an hour for every hour since Jesus Christ was born. That's what I'd do on my first three days in the White House. On the fourth day, I'd be assassinated." - William Blum, author of "Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II," and "Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower"

"If we don't fight hard enough for the things we stand for, at some point we have to recognize that we don't really stand for them" - Paul Wellstone

"So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men - Voltaire

"Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all -- the apathy of human beings" - Helen Keller

"No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expediency." - Theodore Roosevelt: (1858-1919) 26th US President

"When it comes to freedom, we are but prisoners of our own desires." - Eric Schaub - Individualist, activist, speaker, writer

"To ignore evil is to become an accomplice to it." - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: (1929-1968), US civil rights leader

"Do not expect justice where might is right." - Plato (429-347 BC) - Source: Phaedrus, 360 B.C.

. "Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans." — Jacques-Yves Cousteau

"When the government fears the People, that is Liberty. When the People fear the Government, that is tyranny." - Thomas Jefferson

"Americans cannot escape a certain responsibility for what is done in our name around the world. In a democracy, even one as corrupted as ours, ultimate authority rests with the people. We empower the government with our votes, finance it with our taxes, bolster it with our silent acquiescence. If we are passive in the face of America's official actions overseas, we in effect endorse them." - Mark Hertzgaard [Mark Hertsgaard is an American journalist and author who is the environmental correspondent for The Nation. He was formerly a cultural reporter for New Yorker magazine. Wikipedia--Born: December 29, 1956 (age 61 years)]

"There are men - now in power in this country - who do not respect dissent, who cannot cope with turmoil, and who believe that the people of America are ready to support repression as long as it is done with a quiet voice and a business suit" - John Lindsay [John Vliet Lindsay was an American politician, lawyer, and broadcaster. During his political career, Lindsay was a U.S. congressman, mayor of New York City, candidate for U.S. president, and regular guest host of Good Morning America. Wikipedia Born: November 24, 1921, New York City, NY Died: December 19, 2000, Hilton Head Island, SC]

We live in oppressive times. We have, as a nation, become our own thought police; but instead of calling the process by which we limit our expression of dissent and wonder "censorship," we call it "concern for commercial viability." - David Mamet [David Alan Mamet is an American playwright, film director, screenwriter and author. He won a Pulitzer Prize and received Tony nominations for his plays Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed-the-Plow. Wikipedia Born: November 30, 1947 (age 70 years), Chicago, IL]

"The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western world. No First World country has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media all objectivity - much less dissent" - Gore Vidal


"America is a quarter of a billion people totally misinformed and disinformed by their government. This is tragic but our media is -- I wouldn't even say corrupt -- it's just beyond telling us anything that the government doesn't want us to know." Gore Vidal

The ultimate end of all revolutionary social change is to establish the sanctity of human life, the dignity of man, the right of every human being to liberty and well-being. -- Emma Goldman

"The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt." - Bertrand Russell

"Thank God that at this hour I am dangerous to the war profiteers of this country who rob the people on the one hand, and rob and debase the government on the other; and then with their pockets and wallets stuffed with the filthy, bloodstained profits of war, wrap the sacred folds of the Stars and Stripes about them and [about] their blatant hypocrisy to the world." - Kate Richards O'Hare's Address To the Court Proceedings on the Sentencing of Mrs. Kate Richards O'Hare by Hon Martin J. Wade

"The essence of [Theodore] Roosevelt’s leadership, I soon became convinced, lay in his enterprising use of the “bully pulpit,” a phrase he himself coined to describe the national platform the presidency provides to shape public sentiment and mobilize action."- Doris Kearns Goodwin

"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy, that is, the search for a moral justification for selfishness." - John Kenneth Galbraith

"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" - Emma Lazarus (1849-1887) wrote in 1883 - The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation

"When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God." - Leviticus 19:33-35 New Revised Standard Version

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." - Martin Luther King Jr.

"If it weren't for the fact that the TV set and the refrigerator are so far apart, some of us wouldn't get any exercise at all." - Joey Adams

“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer.” - Abraham Lincoln

"Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we're being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I'm liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That's what's insane about it." - John Lennon

"The power of authority is never more subtle and effective than when it produces a psychological "atmosphere" or "climate" favorable to the life of certain modes of belief, unfavorable, and even fatal, to the life of others." - Arthur Balfour

"When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic." - Dresden James

"All talk of limits to human knowledge is a nonsense. One should rather ask: Is it not possible for the human being to rise to a higher level of knowledge? Are not what one calls the eyes and the ears of the spirit perhaps a reality? There have always been individuals who have worked on certain latent faculties and who can thus see more than others. Their testimony might be just as valid as the testimony of those who look through the microscope. How many people have actually seen what the scientific history of creation teaches? I would like to ask, how many people have seen what they talk about? How many, for example, have in actual fact, proof of the development of the human embryo? If they were to ask themselves such questions they would see what a blind faith it is that governs them. And if it is a justified faith, then the faith based on the testimony of the Initiates who speak from their spiritual experiences is equally justified." - Rudolf Steiner – GA 54 – Woman and Society – Hamburg, 17th November 1906

“Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English language, and yet one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and enjoying. The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things.” - Elise Boulding

"Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence." - Leonardo da Vinci

"To sin by silence when we should protest makes cowards out of men." - Ella Wheeler Wilcox

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter." Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"Worse than apathy is defeatism. The defeatist recognizes the problem that the apathetic person doesn't see, yet has convinced himself that there is nothing he can do and therefore washes his hands of all responsibility." Laurence Overmire [Laurence Overmire is an American poet, author, actor, educator, genealogist, peace activist, civil rights, human rights, and animal rights advocate and environmentalist. Wikipedia]

Anecdote

"There is a lovely anecdote about how the different peoples study natural history, say, for example, studying a kangaroo, or some other African animal. "The Englishman makes a trip to Africa – as Darwin once did, to acquire scientific knowledge, travels around the world and considers the animal in the environment where it really lives. Then he can see how it lives, what his natural circumstances are. "The Frenchman brings the animal from the wilderness into the zoo. He studies it at the zoo; He does not consider the animal in its natural environment, but in the zoo.

"And what does the German do? He does not interfere with the animal at all, what it looks like, but he sits in his study and begins to think. The thing in itself does not interest him – in line with the Kantian philosophy, as I have told you recently – but he is only interested in what is in his head. There he thinks about it. And after he has thought about it long enough, he says something. But what he has to say is not in accord with reality."

- Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 353 – Die Geschichte der Menschheit und die Weltanschauungen der Kulturvölker – Dornach, May 20, 1924 (page 273) Translated by Nesta Carsten-Krüger

"She gazed at her husband. Being loved and admired by a man like that—and she knew that this man, this mechanic, this fixer of machines with their broken hearts, did indeed love and admire her—was like walking in the sunshine; it gave the same feeling of warmth and pleasure to bask in the love of one who has promised it, publicly at a wedding ceremony, and who is constant in his promise that such love will be given for the rest of his days. What more could any woman ask? None of us, she thought, not one single one of us, could ask for anything more than that." - from "The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency"

Knowledge of the spiritual world can only be acquired on earth


"The fact that the dead live in the spiritual world does not necessarily give them knowledge of the world, although they can see it. The knowledge which can be acquired through Spiritual Science can only be acquired on earth; it cannot be acquired in the spiritual world. If, therefore, the beings in the spiritual world are to possess it too, they can only gain it from the beings still on the earth. That is an important secret of the spiritual worlds. We may live in them and be able to perceive them, but the necessary knowledge concerning these worlds can only be acquired on earth." - Rudolf Steiner – GA 140 – Descriptive Sketches of the Spiritual World: Lecture I – Bergen, 10th October 1913 [Translated by Harry Collison]

"The evils of tyranny are rarely seen but by him who resists it." - John Hay - (1838-1905) American statesman, diplomat, author, journalist, and private secretary and assistant to Abraham Lincoln

"Enemies are necessary for the wheels of the U.S. military machine to turn." - John Stockwell -- U.S. Marine Corps Major, and Chief of Station and National Security Council coordinator for the CIA

"Resistance is feasible even for those who are not heroes by nature, and it is an obligation, I believe, for those who fear the consequences and detest the reality of the attempt to impose American hegemony." - Noam Chomsky

"What could be more uplifting than to know that we can discover the fount of our life between death and rebirth. We can discover our kinship with the whole universe! What could give us greater strength for our duties in life than the knowledge that we bear within us the forces pouring in from the universe and must so prepare ourselves in life that these forces can become active in us when, between death and rebirth, we pass into the spheres of the planets and of the Sun.

"One who truly grasps what occultism can reveal to him about man’s relation to the world of the stars can say with sincerity and understanding the prayer that might be worded somewhat as follows, “The more conscious I become that I am born out of the universe, the more deeply I feel the responsibility to develop in myself the forces given to me by a whole universe, the better human being I can become.”

"One who knows how to say this prayer from the depths of the soul may also hope that it will become in him a fulfilled ideal. He may hope that through the power of such a prayer he will indeed become a better and more perfect man. Thus what we receive through true spiritual science works into the most intimate depths of our being." - Rudolf Steiner – GA 140 – Life Between Death and Rebirth: III – Hanover, November 18, 1912 [Translated by Rene Querido]


“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” — Audrey Hepburn

"A nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestry and a common fear of its neighbors." - W. R. Inge

"Patriotism is fierce as a fever, pitiless as the grave, blind as a stone and as irrational as a headless hen." - Ambrose Bierce

"The dissenter is every human being at those times of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself." - Archibald Macleish (1892-1982) Poet, playwright, Librarian of Congress, & Assistant Secretary of State under Franklin Roosevelt - Source: 4 December 1937

"The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything." - Oscar Wilde

"You learn so much. You learn so much more about (Vietnam), for instance, sitting on a low plastic stool, drinking coffee or eating some spicy noodles?—?just watching the Vietnamese, how they live, where they go, the rhythms of daily life. It’s deeply satisfying, enlightening, and instructive." — Anthony Bourdain



“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.” - Erma Bombeck

"The most violent element in society is ignorance." - Emma Goldman

"Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism" - Martin Luther King, Jr. "Make men wise, and by that very operation you make them free. Civil liberty follows as a consequence of this; no usurped power can stand against the artillery of opinion.": William Godwin - (1756-1836)

In Cree, trees are "who", not "what". -Thomson Highway

Media manipulation in the U.S. today is more efficient than it was in Nazi Germany, because here we have the pretense that we are getting all the information we want. That misconception prevents people from even looking for the truth." - Mark Crispin Miller

"A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself." - Joseph Pulitzer

"Do not fear the enemy, for your enemy can only take your life. It is far better that you fear the media, for they will steal your HONOR. That awful power, the public opinion of a nation, is created in America by a horde of ignorant, self-complacent simpletons who failed at ditching and shoemaking and fetched up in journalism on their way to the poorhouse." - Mark Twain.

"It is difficult to produce a television documentary that is both incisive probing when every twelve minutes one is interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits singing about toilet paper" : - Rod Serling

"If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace." - John Lennon

"Patriotism lies not in blind obedience to authority, but in the desire to search for the truth." -Ramman Kenoun

"Only the winners decide what were war crimes." - Gary Wills

"Whatever concerns our feelings always comes back in some form or other. You will probably remember the typical instance I have often given. If we teach a child to pray — if, that is, we teach him to develop a prayerful mood and feeling, the effect of it will swing back into his life after many years. It swings back in the interval, but then swings out again further, and only later, after a very long time, does the feeling of prayer come back and manifest in a mood of blessing. As I have often said: No-one will be able in old age to bestow blessing upon others, merely from his presence, from the imponderable elements in his nature, if in childhood he has not learned to pray. Prayer turns into the power to bless. That is how things come back in life. And it is becoming imperative that men should understand these things." - Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 194 – The Mission of Michael. The Revelation of the Intrinsic Secret of the Human Being: Elemental Beings and Human Destinies – Dornach, December 6, 1919

"Placing a box or a can or a bottle in a recycling bin doesn't mean you've recycled anything, and it doesn't make you a better, greener person: it just means you've outsourced your problem." -Adam Minter

"We need more understanding of human nature, because the only real danger that exists is man himself. He is the great danger. And we are pitifully unaware of it. We know nothing of man ... far too little. His psyche should be studied -- because we are the origin of all coming evil." - C.G. Jung

"What is morally wrong can never be advantageous, even when it enables you to make some gain that you believe to be to your advantage." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"It is very important to study a beehive. The single bee is stupid; it has instincts, but it is stupid by itself. The beehive as a whole, however, is exceedingly wise. Quite recently a very interesting discussion took place with workmen at the Goetheanum to whom, in normal times, I give two lectures a week. We had been speaking of bees and a very interesting question was put. People who keep bees know quite well that when a beekeeper who is loved by the inhabitants of the hive falls ill, or dies, the whole bee population falls into disorder. This actually happens.

"One of the workmen who has the typically modern way of thinking said that surely a bee cannot see such a thing, it cannot possibly have any picture of the beekeeper. How, then, can such a feeling of interconnection arise? He also brought forward the point that a beekeeper looks after the hive one year but the next year there is quite a different population in the hive; even the queen bee is another insect and all the bees in the hive are young bees. How, therefore, can there be this feeling of interconnection?

"I answered in the following way: It is well-known that in certain periods all the substances in the human organism are changed. Suppose we make the acquaintance of someone who goes to America and comes back after ten years. The person who comes back is really quite different from the one who went away ten years ago. All the substances in his organism have been exchanged for others. Things are exactly the same as in the beehive, where the bees have changed but the feeling of the interconnection between the hive and the beekeeper remains. This feeling of interconnection is due to the fact that there is tremendous wisdom in the beehive. The hive is not merely a cluster of single bees; the hive has an individual soul, a real soul." - Rudolf Steiner – GA 316 – Course for Young Doctors: Lecture I – Dornach, January 2, 1924. Translated by Gerald Karnow

"Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle... Perhaps an editor might begin a reformation in some such way as this. Divide his paper into four chapters, heading the 1st, Truths. 2d, Probabilities. 3d, Possibilities. 4th, Lies. The first chapter would be very short." - Thomas Jefferson, 1807

"Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, not anything-you can't conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him." - Robert A. Heinlein, If This Goes On, 1940

"All propaganda must be popular and its intellectual level must be adjusted to the most limited intelligence among those it is addressed to. Consequently, the greater the mass it is intended to reach, the lower its purely intellectual level will have to be." - Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, p. 180

“It is inhumane, in my opinion, to force people who have a genuine medical need for coffee to wait in line behind people who apparently view it as some kind of recreational activity.” ? Dave Barry


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