Note: I don't know who some of these authors are, but I am intrigued by
quotes, whether I agree or disagree with them. Emphasis, text
colors, larger text, bold formatting, etc. have
been added to some of the quotes.
-- -- -- -- -- -- --
"I am ready to fight. My people are killed, my
horses stolen; I
am satisfied to fight"
-- Cheyenne chieftain Two Moon, before the Battle
of the Little Big
especially true in the South, the site of almost all ground
combat, where every province endured firefights, bombing, and military
occupation, where at least half of all the hamlets were
destroyed by war's
-- Christian G. Appy, author of the 2003 book, "Patriots: the
remembered from all sides." From page 102.
"Leave poor Henry alone. He's such a charming dinner
Bringing up these old stories is just so tacky.”
-- Peter Carlson, Washington Post Staff Writer, to
those who argue that Henry
Kissinger might be responsible for war crimes. http://gnidus.net/tree.php?baseid=14&select=8477
"They do not bear arms ... They have no iron ... With 50 men
subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want."
-- Christopher Columbus. In his diary.
Starting in 1959 the Diem government
began creating "agrovilles."
... In 1961, the agrovilles were renamed "strategic
hamlets," but it was basically the same program. ... One day
a village by the name of Ka Rom where highlanders
had been regrouped into a
strategic hamlet. They said two hundred people had starved to
death in the
past month. I knew they were telling the truth just by
-- Ngo Vinh Long, South Vietnamese living in the USA. From page 57 of
book, "Patriots: the Vietnam War remembered from all sides."
"I told all four that there were going to be some times where we don't
agree with each other. But that's OK. If this were a
dictatorship, it'd be a
heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator." -- Governor George W. Bush (R-TX), President-Elect.
2000. CNN transcript: http://www.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0012/18/nd.01.html
The foundation of all mental illness is the unwillingness to experience
-- Carl Jung.
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a
"Until we go through it ourselves, until our people cower in
shelters of New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles and
the buildings collapse overhead and burst into flames, and
hurtle about and, when it is over for the day or the night, emerge in
to find some of their dear ones mangled, their
homes gone, their
hospitals, churches, schools demolished — only after that
experience will we realize what we are inflicting on the people of
-- William Shirer, author, 1973.http://free.freespeech.org/americanstateterrorism/vietnamgenocide/MyLaiPhoenix.html
In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile
He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting
his abuses in return
for protection to his own.
-- Thomas Jefferson, 1814.
"Secular schools can never be tolerated because such
no religious instruction, and a general moral instruction without a
foundation is built on air; consequently, all character training and
must be derived from faith . . . we need believing people."
-- Adolf Hitler, April 26, 1933, from a speech made
leading to the Nazi Vatican Concordant of 1933.
"To do evil a human being must first of all believe that
he's doing is good... Ideology - that is what gives
long-sought justification and gives the evildoer the necessary
determination. That is the social theory which helps to make
his acts seem
good instead of bad in his own and others' eyes, so that he
reproaches and curses but will receive praise and honors."
-- Alexander Solzhenitsyn.
"A violently active, intrepid, brutal youth that is what I am
I will have no intellectual training. Knowledge is ruin
for my young
-- Adolf Hitler, quoted by John Gunther "The
"Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it!
genius, power, and magic in it."
"He who fights with monsters must take care that he
become a monster."
Anyone can become angry - that is easy, but to be
angry with the right
person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose,
the right way, that is not easy.
-- Aristotle (384-322 B.C.)
"For criminal organizations, participating in covert
operations offers much more than money. They may get a voice
the new government. They may get a government that owes them
for help in
coming to power. They may be able to use their connections with the
States government to enhance their political power at home and to wave
efforts of the American law enforcement community."
-- Jack Blum. Prepared October 1996
statement of former special
counsel to the 1987 "Kerry" Committee (Senate Foreign
Subcommittee on Terrorism, Narcotics and International Operations), for
October 1996 Senate Select Intelligence Committee on alleged CIA drug
trafficking to fund Nicaraguan Contras in the 1980s. Chaired by Senator
Specter, author of the "magic" single-bullet theory of the Warren
Commission on the Kennedy assassination. http://ciadrugs.homestead.com/files/index.html
"Poor people have access to the courts in the same
sense that the
Christians had access to the lions."
-- Judge Earl Johnson, Jr.
"The World Bank, IMF, and private banks have
huge sums on terror regimes, following their displacement of
governments, and a number of quantitative studies have shown a
positive relationship between U.S. and IMF/World Bank aid to countries
violations of human rights."
-- Edward S. Herman, economist, U.S. media and
foreign policy critic, and
author of The Real Terror Network.
"In my 30-year history in the Drug Enforcement Administration
related agencies, the major targets of my investigations
invariably turned out to be working for the CIA."
-- Dennis Dayle, former chief of an elite
DEA enforcement unit.
FROM: Peter Dale Scott & Jonathan Marshall, Cocaine Politics:
and the CIA in Central America, Berkeley: U. of CA Press, 1991, pp.
"According to Business Week, the average CEO [Chief
Officer] made 42 times the average blue-collar worker's pay
in 1980, 85
times in 1990 and a staggering 531 times in 2000."
-- AFL-CIO "Executive Paywatch" http://www.aflcio.org/paywatch/ceopay.htm
"This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people
inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government,
exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or their revolutionary
right to dismember it or overthrow it."
-- Abraham Lincoln. First Inaugural Address March
"We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely
controlled and dominated Governments in the world — no longer
of free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and
vote of the
majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of small
-- Woodrow Wilson, U.S. President during World War
"I would like to say that several months ago in Detroit we had an
investigation at which over 150 honorably discharged veterans
to war crimes committed in Southeast Asia. They told stories that at
had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped
wires from portable
telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut
blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages
in a fashion
reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun,
stocks and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam, in
the normal ravage of war and the normal and very particular ravaging
done by the applied bombing power of this country."
-- John Kerry [later became a U.S. Senator]. Navy lieutenant,
leader of Vietnam
Veterans Against the War in testimony before the Senate
"I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and
me to tremble for the safety of my country ... corporations
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
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."
-- Abraham Lincoln, letter to Col. William F.
Elkins, Nov 21, 1864.
Reference: The Lincoln Encyclopedia, Archer H. Shaw (Macmillan, 1950,
"...somebody has to take governments' place, and business
seems to me
to be a logical entity to do it."
-- David Rockefeller - Newsweek International, Feb
"... At that interview the [CIA] recruitment officer told me he wanted
me to join the Agency and then return to Los Angeles where I would
Los Angeles Police Academy and use my position as a police
officer as a
cover. The CIA officer provided me with a stack of documents
which he said
were necessary for me to complete for a background check. The interview
Because I knew that CIA domestic operations were illegal
and because I
felt extremely uncomfortable with that proposition, I never completed
or had any further official contact with the Agency until seven years
After my graduation from UCLA in June 1973 I joined the LAPD
-- Mike Ruppert, ex-Los Angeles narcotics cop. 1997
written statement for
Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. http://www.copvcia.com/bio1.html
Morality is always the product of terror; its chains
strait-waistcoats are fashioned by those who dare not trust others,
dare not trust themselves, to walk in liberty.
-- Aldous Huxley
Oh the irony. :) At the same time as George W. Bush's
against the Fundamentalist Taleban in Afghanistan
was occurring there
were groups of Republican Fundamentalists in the USA publicly
Potter books in bonfires after the Harry Potter movie came
out in the USA.
Gotta keep those female writers and witches in their place, covered in
head-to-toe veils and burkqas, and away from contaminating our children
their female ways, you know.
"They that start by burning books will end by burning men." [from
"Dort, wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen."
-- Heinrich Heine (1797-1856), from his play
"I am here because I am the first judge in this country to
in 1990, that the war on drugs was racist. It still is
and that hasn't
-- Judge Pamela Alexander at the Drug Policy
November 1996, USA.
"The size of the lie is a definite factor in causing it to be believed,
for the vast masses of the nation are in the depths of their hearts
deceived than they are consciously and intentionally bad. The
simplicity of their minds renders them a more easy prey to a
big lie than a
small one, for they themselves often tell little lies but would be
tell a big one."
"Through clever and constant application of
propaganda, people can
be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way around, to
most wretched sort of life as paradise."
-- From Benito Mussolini, contributing to the "London
Express," December 8, 1935.
"You can do a lot with a smile, but you can do a lot
more with a
smile and a gun."
-- Al Capone.
"What could be more delightful than the endless struggle of
Puritan to make the joy of the minority unlawful and impossible?"
-- HL Mencken in ``On Being an American"
Fourth Series, 1922
At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing
argument, is needed.
O! Had I the ability, and could reach the nation's ear, I would today,
pour out a
fiery stream of biting ridicule, blasting reproach, withering sarcasm,
stern rebuke. For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not
shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, the earthquake.
feeling of the nation must be quickened; the conscience of the nation
roused; the propriety of the nation must be startled; the hypocrisy of
nation must be exposed; its crimes against God and man must be
-- Frederick Douglass
Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never
Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the
amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and
continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or with
limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they
-- Frederick Douglass, August 4, 1857.
"There is a point at which the law becomes immoral and unethical. That
point is reached when it becomes a cloak for the cowardice that dares
up against blatant violations of justice. A state that suppresses all
speech, and which by imposing the most terrible punishments, treats
every attempt at criticism, however morally justified, and every
for improvement as plotting to high treason, is a state that
-- Kurt Huber, the head of the nonviolent German
called White Rose, who was killed by the
Nazis in 1943.
"It's coming through a hole in the air,
from those nights in Tiananmen Square.
It's coming from the feel
that it ain't exactly real,
or it's real, but it ain't exactly there.
...Democracy is coming to the U.S.A."
-- Leonard Cohen. From the song called "The Future."
"The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. And when
you're inside, and look around, what do you see? Businessmen.
Lawyers. Carpenters. The very minds of the people we are
trying to save.
But, until we do, these people are still a part of that system. And,
them our enemy. You have to understand: Most of these people
are not ready to
be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly
dependent on the
system, that they will fight to protect it."
-- Morpheus (from the flick "The Matrix")
"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible
will make violent revolution inevitable."
-- John F. Kennedy (1917-1963).
Speech at White House, 13 Mar. 1962,
in Vital Speeches 1 Apr. 1962, p. 356
"Italian police came into the rooms where people were sleeping.
Everybody raised up their hands, calling out 'Pacifisti!' And they beat
out of every person there ... There was blood at every
sleeping spot, pools
of it in some places."
-- Starhawk, American activist in Genoa. Reporting on G8 events, July
"The American Republic will endure, until
they can bribe the people with their own money."
-- Alexis de Tocqueville
"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace
and hence, clamorous to be led to safety - by menacing it with an
of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary"
-- H.L. Mencken
"Why of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on
farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it
come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally, the common people don't
neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That
understood. But after all it is the leaders of the country who
policy, and 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
dictatorship ...Voice or no voice, the people can always be
brought to the
bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell
are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism
exposing the country to danger."
-- Hermann Goering, Nazi leader, at the Nuremberg
Trials after World War
"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
emergency. Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some
foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not
blindly rally behind it ..."
-- General Douglas MacArthur, 1957.
"The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably
the prohibition law.
For nothing is more destructive
of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws
cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the
of crime in this country is closely connected with this."
-- ALBERT EINSTEIN, "My
First Impression of the
"He who opens a school door, closes a prison." -- Victor Hugo.
"Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it, you'd have
good people doing good things and evil people doing bad things, but for
people to do bad things, it takes religion."
-- Steven Weinberg, Nobel Laureate
"For every dollar the boss has and didn't work for,
one of us
worked for a dollar and didn't get it."
-- Big Bill Haywood
"The freedom of the press belongs to those who own
-- A.J. Liebling
"You can be active with the activists
Or sleep in with the sleepers
While you're waiting for the Great Leap Forwards."
-- Billy Bragg
"We certainly foresaw that if full freedom were left to the individual
for the expression of his ideas and for action, we should
have to face a
certain amount of extravagant exaggeration of our principles.
I had seen it
in the nihilist movement in Russia. But we trusted - and experience has
that we were right - that social life itself, supported by a frank,
criticism of opinions and actions, would be the most effective means
threshing out opinions and for divesting them of the unavoidable
We acted, in fact, in accordance with the old saying that freedom
the wisest cure for freedom's temporary inconveniences."
-- Peter Kropotkin 1899 "Memoirs of a Revolutionist"
"Capitalism is Man Exploiting Man;
Communism is just the opposite. -- Old East Block Joke
Q: What has Boris Yeltsin succeeded
in doing, in just a few years,
Which the Communists weren't able
to do in seventy years?
A: Make Communism look good." -- Russian joke, mid-1990s.
"This is not a rebellion, this is a mass awakening."
-- Don Andrea Gallo (Catholic priest, Genoa). G8 protests
"The situationists achieved their greatest notoriety in May
students provoked a revolt in the streets of Paris against
regime. At the end of 1967, a radical manifesto
surfaced written by Guy
Debord, which proved to have a major influence on events in
Society of the Spectacle’ claimed that cinema, TV, papers and
were all part of a worldwide hegemony of power in which powerful
interests had learned to rule with minimum force turning
everything into a
media event. The staged conventions of the political parties to anoint
politicians, the replacement of old neighborhoods with shopping malls
food franchises was part of the ‘society of the spectacle’ precisely
they helped to destroy the general community. ‘There is no place left
people can discuss the realities that concern them because they can
lastingly free themselves from the crushing presence of media discourse
of the various forces organized to relay it.’ " http://www.furious.com/perfect/situationism.html
"Shelley's exile was a time of great upheaval and growing
in England, such equality has only been seen in modern times
Thatcher and Tony Blair's Britain. The Napoleonic Wars ended in 1815,
Britain was the victor it left a huge war debt and, as in the aftermath
First World War, it was the poor who were forced to pay the price. In
Massacre, troops cut down and killed protesting workers (1819). This
influence Shelley to write The Mask of Anarchy and 'Ode to
the West Wind'.
... The Mask of Anarchy was not published until after
Shelley's death as the
publisher feared prosecution." http://www.heureka.clara.net/art/shelleyp.htm
"Instead of a war on poverty, They got a war on drugs,
police can bother me."
-- Tupac Shakur. "Changes" from 2Pac Greatest Hits.
"There exists a shadowy Government with its own Air
own Navy, its own fundraising mechanism, and the ability to pursue its
of national interest, free from all checks and balances, and
free from the
-- Senator Daniel K. Inouye, during the Iran
"In the counsels of Government, we must guard against the acquisition
unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the Military
Complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of
exists, and will persist. We must never let the weight of this
endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing
granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the
of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our
methods and goals so that security and liberty may prosper together."
-- President Eisenhower - January 1961.
"Satan for president -- why settle for the lesser of two evils."
-- Anonymous T-Shirt Quote.
"Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal"
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.
"A clique of U.S. industrialists is hell-bent to bring a
state to supplant our democratic government and is working
closely with the
fascist regime in Germany and Italy. I have had plenty of opportunity
in my post
in Berlin to witness how close some of our American ruling families are
Nazi regime. ... Certain American industrialists had a great deal to do
bringing fascist regimes into being in both Germany and Italy. They
to help Fascism occupy the seat of power, and they are helping to keep
-- William E. Dodd, U.S. Ambassador to Germany,
"It is [free] market fundamentalism that has rendered the
global capitalist system unsound and unsustainable...market
fundamentalism is today a greater threat to open society than
any totalitarian ideology."
-- George Soros, legendary billionaire
Wall Street marketeer
from "The Crisis of Global Capitalism, Open Society
"Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of a
day; but a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period, and
unalterably through every change of ministers, too plainly prove a
systematical job of reducing us to slaves."
-- Thomas Jefferson
"You can put lipstick on a pig and call it Monique,
but it is still a pig."
-- former Texas governor Ann Richards commenting
on the "new and improved" inclusive GOP convention
"As long as I count the votes, what are you going
to do about
-- "Boss" Tweed
"The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants."
"Non-cooperation with tyrants is a duty." -- Gandhi
"Protest beyond the law is not a departure from
democracy; it is
absolutely essential to it"
-- Howard Zinn
"We will either find a way, or make one."
Americas' at that awkward stage...
It's too late to work within the system,
and too early to shoot the bastards.
-- Claire Wolfe
If some beggar steals a bridle he'll be hung by a man who's
horse. There's no surer justice in the world than that which
makes the rich
thief hang the poor one.
-- Peire Cardenal
"The advanced nations have entered a pre-fascist social
that will ripen in various ugly ways if the market's imperatives
commerce and finance refuse to compromise their objectives."
-- William Greider, quoted in International Herald Tribune,
Dec 6, 1999,
"Practically speaking, the opponents to a reform in Massachusetts are
not a hundred thousand politicians at the South, but a hundred thousand
merchants and farmers here, who are more interested in
agriculture than they are in humanity, and are not prepared to do
justice to the
slave and to Mexico, cost what it may. I quarrel not with
far-off foes, but
with those who, near at home, co-operate with, and do the bidding of
away, and without whom the latter would be harmless."
-- Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience, 1849
"Resist much, obey little." -- Walt Whitman
Law grinds the poor, and rich men rule the law. --
Whipping and abuse are like laudanum: you have to
double the dose as
the sensibilities decline.
-- Harriet Beecher Stowe
"The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what
extremists we will be."
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death
total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over
through me. And when it has gone past me I will turn to see
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."
-- quote from Frank Herbert's book "Dune."
"Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear -- not
-- Mark Twain
This quote is from Martin Niemoeller (1892-1984), a
Pastor in the Confessing Church. The quote appears in
the Congressional Record 14 October 1968, page
"When Hitler attacked the Jews I was not a Jew,
therefore I was not concerned. And when Hitler
attacked the Catholics, I was not a Catholic, and
therefore, I was not concerned. And when Hitler
attacked the unions and industrialists, I was not a
member of the unions and I was not concerned. Then,
Hitler attacked me and the Protestant church -- and there was nobody left to be concerned."
Although there are some variations that have been published on that
quotation above, the words shown are the exact ones that Niemoeller
Congress. Martin Niemoeller, Berlin Lutheran pastor arrested
by the Gestapo
and sent to Dachau concentration camp in 1938; the Allied
forces freed him
seven years later. There are more variations of this statement that
Niemoeller said in various places and times: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_they_came...
"The exploitation of the poor can be extinguished not by effecting
the destruction of a few millionaires but by removing the ignorance
of the poor and teaching them to noncooperate with the
-- Mohandas K. Gandhi, Haryan, July 28, 1940
"The oppressed should rebel,
and they will continue to rebel and raise disturbance
until their civil rights are fully restored to them
and all partial distinctions, exclusions and incapacitations
-- Thomas Jefferson, 1776.
"The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the
people tolerate the growth of private power to a
point where it becomes stronger
than their democratic state itself. That, in
essence, is fascism - ownership of
government by an individual, by a group, or by any other
Among us today a concentration of private power without equal in
--President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. (One Thousand
George Seldes, page 5.) http://www.emperors-clothes.com/articles/randy/swas3.htm
"The only difference between Bush and Gore is the
which their knees hit the floor when corporations knock at
-- Ralph Nader
"It has to start somewhere,
It has to start sometime,
What better place than here, What better time than now!" -- Rage Against The Machine
"Revolutionary consciousness is to be found among
ruthlessly exploited masses: animals, trees, water, air,
-- Gary Snyder
"Our hopes had been blasted, and the shadow of deep
disappointment settled upon us. We had no alternative except
direct action, whereby we would present our very bodies as a
means of laying
our cases before the conscience of the local, national, (and
-- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
``When in the course of human development, existing
inadequate to the needs of man, when they serve merely to enslave,
oppress mankind, the people have the eternal right
to rebel against, and
overthrow, these institutions.''
-- Emma Goldman
"...These are the times that try men's souls: The summer
the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the
service of his
country: but he that stands it now deserves the love and thanks of man
woman. Tyranny, like Hell, is not easily conquered. Yet we have this
with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives
thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods;
would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should
-- Thomas Paine Dec. 11, 1776.
"Always be capable of feeling . . . any injustice committed
against anyone anywhere in the world."
-- Che Guevara
In a column by Jack Anderson in the Washington Post, June 24, 1972,
p.31, Mr. Ingersoll had this to say about the subject of
"Not only are we here to protect the public from vicious criminals in
street but also to protect the public from HARMFUL IDEAS." (Emphasis
-- Robert Ingersoll...then Director of the Bureau of
Narcotics and Dangerous
Drugs. (In 1974 he became the first Director of the DEA.) http://www.drugsense.org/dsw/2000/ds00.n134.html#sec4
"We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to