Otto von Bismarck: “God protects fools, drunks and the United States of America.”
“This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation’s homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into veins of people normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped and psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice and love. A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.” — ML King
Freedom only for the supporters of the government, only for the members of a party – however numerous they may be – is no freedom at all. Freedom is always the freedom of the dissenter. Not because of the fanaticism of “justice”, but rather because all that is instructive, wholesome, and purifying in political freedom depends on this essential characteristic, and its effects cease to work when “freedom” becomes a privilege. – Rosa Luxemburg
“Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.” — Thomas Paine
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom & yet deprecate agitation are people who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder & lightning. That struggle might be a moral one; it might be a physical one; it might be both moral & physical, but it must be struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did & never will. People might not get all that they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get.” -Frederick Douglass
We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights; that, among these, are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; that, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; and, whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it. -July 4, 1776. The Declaration of Independence
Imperialism and The Cannibal Disease
“We stand today … before the awful proposition: either the triumph of imperialism and the destruction of all culture, and, as in ancient Rome, depopulation, desolation, degeneration, a vast cemetery; or, the victory of socialism.” -Rosa Luxumberg
“Recorded history is largely an account of the crimes & disasters committed by banal little men at the levers of imperial machines.” — Ed Abbey [on “Little Eichmanns”]
The Cannibal Disease
“Some day the earth will weep, she will beg for her life, she will cry with tears of blood. You will make a choice, if you will help her or let her die, and when she dies, you too will die.”
— John Hollow Horn, Oglala Lakota
How Should We Live?
“Soon after I had published the pamphlet “Common Sense” [on Feb. 14, 1776] in America, I saw the exceeding probability that a revolution in the system of government would be followed by a revolution in the system of religion… The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.”-Tom Paine
” In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”-Mother Teresa
“My religion is simple. My religion is kindness.” — The Dalai Lama
“A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues” ~ Cicero
“There are three main virtues: to be kind, to be kind, to be kind” [paraphrase] – Henry James
People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.
People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway – The Paradoxical Commandments, by Dr. Kent Keith
“If enough Christians followed the gospel, they could bring any state to its knees.” – Fr Philip Berrigan
” In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.” – Mother Teresa
“Anyone who tries to make a distinction between education and entertainment doesn’t know the first thing about either” – McLuhan
“We don’t judge great art — It judges us”
“If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.” – Henry David Thoreau
“The only way to deal with an unfree world, is to become absolutely free, that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” – Albert Camus
“There is no Left or Right — there is only freedom or tyranny. Everything else is an illusion, an obfuscation to keep you confused and silent as the world burns around you.” – Philip Brennan
“The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.” – Cornelius Tacitus (55 – 117 A.D.)
“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered . . . I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies . . . The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.” – Thomas Jefferson
“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 the holy name of liberty and democracy?” – Gandhi
“A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor and bread it has earned
“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” – Thomas Jefferson
“A nation under a well regulated government, should permit none to remain uninstructed. It is monarchical and aristocratical government only that requires
“The greatest triumphs of propaganda have been accomplished, not by doing something, but by refraining from doing. Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view,
“The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media.” – William Colby, former Director of the CIA (2004)
“Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.” – Joseph Goebbels, Propaganda Minister of the Nazi Regime
“Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.” – Albert Einstein
“The jaws of power are always open to devour.” – John Adams
“Human nature itself is evermore an advocate for liberty.” –John Adams
“Observe good faith and justice towards all nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all … just and amicable feelings towards all should be cultivated”
— George Washington, Farewell Address
Thanks to ActivistPost for many of the quotes