Quotes

Central America was 'never ours to lose'

"The United States has to realize it does not own Central America or any other part of the world, and that people have a right to shape their own destiny, to choose the type of government they want. We don't lose Cuba, we don't lose Nicaragua, because they were never ours to lose."

-- Sister Ita Ford, one of four U.S. churchwomen slain by Salvadoran soldiers in 1980

Any writer, I suppose...

"Any writer, I suppose, feels that the world into which he was born is nothing less than a conspiracy against the cultivation of his talent."

--James A. Baldwin

He tried to read an elementary economics text...

"He tried to read an elementary economics text; it bored him past endurance, it was like listening to somebody interminably recounting a long and stupid dream. He could not force himself to understand how banks functioned and so forth, because all the operations of capitalism were as meaningless to him as the rites of a primitive religion, as barbaric, as elaborate, and as unnecessary. In a human sacrifice to deity there might at least be a mistaken and terrible beauty; in the rites of the money-changers, where greed, laziness, and envy were assumed to move all men's acts, even the terrible became banal."

-- Ursula K. Le Guin, The Disposessed

The Power of Things

"You only have power over people as long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything he's no longer in your power -- he's free again."

-- Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Nobel Prize-Winning Author

Nothing happens by accident

"In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, it was planned that way."

-- Franklin D. Roosevelt

The door to hell

"The door to hell is locked from the inside."

--Unknown

The really well-trained dog...

"Circus dogs jump when the trainer cracks the whip, but the really well-trained dog is the one that turns somersaults when there is no whip."

-- George Orwell

The world is a dangerous place...

"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing."

-- Albert Einstein

When an American says that he loves his country...

"When an American says that he loves his country, he means not only that he loves the New England hills, the prairies glistening in the sun, the wide and rising plains, the great mountains, and the sea. He means that he loves an inner air, an inner light in which freedom lives and in which a man can draw the breath of self-respect."

-- Adlai Stevenson

If you want the truth...

"If you want the truth to stand clear before you, never be for or against. The struggle between 'for' and 'against' is the mind's worst disease."

-- Sent-ts'an, c. 700 C.E.