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How often we fail to realize...

"How often we fail to realize our good fortune in living in a country where happiness is more than a lack of tragedy."

-- Paul Sweeney

A man's subsistence...

"Power over a man's subsistence is power over his will."

-- Alexander Hamilton

Who will teach him a lesson?

"The problem is not how to get rid of the enemy, but rather how to get rid of the last victor. For what is a victor but one who has learned that violence works. Who will teach him a lesson?"

-- Niccolo Tucci, Politics Magazine, July 1945.

The restriction of knowledge...

"It is not enough for a handful of experts to attempt the solution of a problem, to solve it and then to apply it. The restriction of knowledge to an elite group destroys the spirit of society and leads to its intellectual impoverishment."

-- Albert Einstein

America's Librarians...

"We trust Americans to recognize propaganda and misinformation, and to make their own decisions about what they read and believe. We do not believe they are prepared to sacrifice their heritage of a free press in order to be "protected" against what others think may be bad for them."

-- American Library Association, The Freedom to Read Statement, 2000

The greatest threat...

“The greatest threat to our [democratic] experiment will not come from those who would openly oppose us, but those who will silently follow us”

-- Thomas Paine

Patriotism is easy to understand...

"Patriotism is easy to understand in America -- it means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country."

-- Calvin Coolidge

The CIA's Amorality

"In my en years with the Agency I only recall one case of many hundreds where a man who had joined the Agency felt some scruples about the activities he was asked to carry on."

-- Allen Dulles, CIA Director, The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence, p. 244

No matter how cynical...

“No matter how cynical I get, it’s just never enough to keep up.”

-- Lilly Tomlin

Litany against fear

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.

The litany against fear is an incantation spoken by fictional characters in Frank Herbert's 1965 novel Dune, and its sequels, in order to focus their minds in times of peril.
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