Worth dying for...

"If our country is worth dying for in time of war let us resolve that it is truly worth living for in time of peace."

-- Hamilton Fish

The Path to the Ocean


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Zinn on civil disobedience

"Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that numbers of people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of the leaders of their government and have gone to war, and millions have been killed because of this obedience. . . Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves, and all the while the grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem."

-- Howard Zinn, Failure to Quit

Kissinger on democracy

"I don't see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist due to the irresponsibility of its people....The issues are much too important for the Chilean voters to be left to decide for themselves."

-- Henry Kissinger, commenting on Chile, prior to Augusto Pinochet's US-supported/CIA-facilitated military coup against Chile's democratically-elected President Salvador Allende

The strong do as they please...

"The strong do as they please; the weak accept what they must."

-- Thucydides, Greek historian, The Meilan Dialogues

Always getting ready...

"We are always getting ready to live but never living."

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journal, April 13, 1834

Proverbs 31:10

"Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies."

-- The Bible, Proverbs 31:10

This is the established Order of Things...

"This is the established Order of Things, when a Nation has grown to such an height of Power as to become dangerous to Mankind, she never fails to loose her Wisdom, her Justice and her Moderation, and with these she never fails to loose her Power; which however returns again, if those Virtues return."

-- John Adams, Autobiography, IV, 158

Marx: 'social existence determines consciousness'

"It is not the consciousness of men that determines their existence, but on the contrary, their social existence determines their consciousness."

-- Karl Marx, Critique of Political Economy, 1859

Freedom is not a gift

"Freedom is the precondition for acquiring the maturity for freedom, not a gift to be granted when such maturity has been achieved."

-- Immanuel Kant

Fighting crime...

"Fighting crime by building more jails is like fighting cancer by building more cemeteries."

-- Paul Kelly

There is an old arabic saying...

"Trust in Allah, but keep your camel tied."

-- old arabic saying, OSS
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