Wes Penre, September 2007
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"As nightfall does not come at once, neither does
oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when
everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in
such twilight that we all must be most aware of change
in the air -- however slight -- lest we become unwitting
victims of the darkness."
William O. Douglas (1898-1980), United States
Supreme Court Associate Justice
"When you are content to be simply yourself and
don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you."
(6th Century B.C.)
"Forgiveness means giving up all hope of a better
"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"
Nuremberg War Tribunal regarding wars of aggression
"Laws just or unjust may govern men's actions.
Tyrannies may restrain or regulate their words. The
machinery of propaganda may pack their minds with
falsehood and deny them truth for many generations of
time. But the soul of man thus held in trance or frozen
in a long night can be awakened by a spark coming from
God knows where and in a moment the whole structure of
lies and oppression is on trial for its life."
Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
"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 (1893-1950)
"Wars are seldom caused by spontaneous hatreds
between people, for peoples in general are too ignorant
of one another to have grievances and too indifferent to
what goes on beyond their borders to plan conquests.
They must be urged to the slaughter by politicians who
know how to alarm them."
H.L. Mencken (1880-1956)
"The ordinary man is passive. Within a narrow
circle, home life, and perhaps the trade unions or local
politics, he feels himself master of his fate. But
otherwise he simply lies down and lets things happen to
George Orwell [Eric Arthur Blair] (1903-1950)
British author Source: Inside the Whale, 1940
"Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for
the President to explain to us what the exit strategy
George W. Bush (b. 1946), April 9, 1999, on the US
intervention in Kosovo
"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
Nikolaevich Tolstoy - (1828-1910) Russian writer
Source: On Life and Essays on Religion
"This is, in theory, still a free country
[the US], 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 (b. 1960) Source: Daily Mail, 7 June
"There are a thousand hacking at the branches of
evil to one who is striking at the root."
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
"When people who are honestly mistaken learn the
truth, they will either cease being mistaken, or cease
"Who ordained that the few should have the land (of
Britain) as a prerequisite; who made 10,000 people
owners of the soil and the rest of us trespassers in the
land of our birth?"
Lloyd George - (1863-1945) British statesman, and
Prime Minister 1916-1922
"Big money and big business, corporations and
commerce, are again the undisputed overlords of politics
and government. The White House, the Congress and,
increasingly, the judiciary, reflect their interests. We
appear to have a government run by remote control from
the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association
of Manufacturers and the American Petroleum Institute.
To hell with everyone else"
Bill Moyers (b. 1934) - PBS Commentator
"To change masters is not to be free."
Jose Marti y Perez (1853-1895)
"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 (1927-1989)
"Money becomes evil not when it is used to buy goods
but when it is used to buy power... economic
inequalities become evil when they are translated into
Samuel Huntington (b. 1927) - Political Scientist
"No man is great enough or wise enough for any of us
to surrender our destiny to. The only way in which
anyone can lead us is to restore our belief in our own
Henry Miller (1891-1980) Source: The Wisdom of the
"If we were to judge the US by its penal policies,
we would perceive a strange beast: a Christian society
that believes in neither forgiveness nor redemption"
George Monbiot (b. 1963)
"Peoples of Egypt, you will be told that I have come
to destroy your religion. Do not believe it! Reply that
I have come to restore your rights!"
Napoleon Bonaparte, 1798 (1769-1821)
"I know not with what weapons World War III will be
fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and
Albert Einstein (1879-1955), Physicist and
Professor, Nobel Prize 1921
"It's not a matter of what is true that counts but a
matter of what is perceived to be true."
Dr. Henry Kissinger (b. 1923)
"For in a Republic, who is 'the country?' Is it the
Government which is for the moment in the saddle? Why,
the Government is merely a servant - merely a temporary
servant; it cannot be its prerogative to determine what
is right and what is wrong, and decide who is a patriot
and who isn't. Its function is to obey orders, not
Mark Twain [Samuel Langhornne Clemens]
"They must find it difficult...those who have
taken authority as the truth, rather than truth as the
Gerald Massey (1828-1907), Egyptologist
"The West won the world not by the superiority of
its ideas or values or religion but rather by its
superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners
often forget this fact, non-Westerners never do."
Samuel P. Huntington (b. 1927), Harvard Professor,
"The Clash of Civilizations"
"...dead at 18, buried at 69"
Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
"If we knew who we were, we would never do what
Dr. William R. Deagle (b. 1951)
"You must be the change you want to see in the world"
Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
"War Is A Racket : 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"
Major General Smedley Butler (1881-1940), USMC. http://tinyurl.com/9vl8d
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