Quotes

Patriots flourish

“When a nation is filled with strife, then do patriots flourish”

-- Adlai E. Stevenson

Too broadly underinformed

"Americans are too broadly underinformed to digest nuggets of information that seem to contradict what they know of the world . Instead, news channels prefer to feed Americans a constant stream of simplified information, all of which fits what they already know. That way they don't have to devote more air time or newsprint space to explanations or further investigations. Politicians and the media have conspired to infantilize, to dumb down, the American public. At heart, politicians don't believe that Americans can handle complex truths, and the news media, especially television news, basically agrees."

-- Tom Fenton, former CBS foreign correspondent

The complaints of the privileged

"The complaints of the privileged are too often confused with the voice of the masses."

-- John Kenneth Galbraith

Scientifically designed to prevent over-education

"Our schools have been scientifically designed to prevent over-education from happening...The average American [should be] content with their humble role in life, because they're not tempted to think about any other role."

-- William Harris, U.S. Commissioner of Education, 1889

This nation will remain...

"This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave."

-- Elmer Davis

Newspapers are...

"The newspapers are the cemeteries of ideas."

-- Pierre Joseph Proudhon

We're all mad here.

Alice: But I don't want to go among mad people.
The Cat: Oh, you can't help that. We're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad.
Alice:
How do you know I'm mad?
The Cat:
You must be. Or you wouldn't have come here.
Alice:
And how do you know that you're mad?
The Cat:
To begin with, a dog's not mad. You grant that?
Alice:
I suppose so.
The Cat:
Well, then, you see, a dog growls when it's angry, and wags its tail when it's pleased. Now I growl when I'm pleased, and wag my tail when I'm angry. Therefore I'm mad.

-- from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Roses on my table...

"I would rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck."

-- Emma Goldman

On Doublespeak...

"Doublespeak is language that pretends to communicate but really doesn't. It is language that makes the bad seem good, the negative appear positive, the unpleasant appear attractive or at least tolerable. Doublespeak is language that avoids or shifts responsibility, language that is at variance with its real or purported meaning. It is language that conceals or prevents thought; rather than extending thought, doublespeak limits it."

-- William Lutz, author of Double-Speak

Here's to the crazy ones

"Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round heads in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them. But the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."

-- Think Different, Apple Computers Advertisement