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Favorite Quotes

"All wars are follies, very expensive and very mischievous ones."
          — Benjamin Franklin

"To rely on the wisdom of the people in power is the worst thing you can do."
          — Howard Zinn (quoted in Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Apr. 2004)

"The whole world is responsible for these murders, and a day will come that we say to the world, 'You supported Americans who killed us.'"
          — Anonymous Iraqi (quoted by Ali al-Fadhily, 10 July 2007)

"War is the tool of small-minded scoundrels who worship the death of others on the altar of their greed."
          — John Cory

"History does not repeat itself, but it delights in patterns and symmetries."
          — Stephen Kinzer

"The higher up the tree the monkey climbs, the more all you can see of the monkey is his ass."
          — Haitian Proverb

"history is studded with unreported holocausts"
          — Author unknown

"In regard to cruelties committed in the name of a free society, some are guilty, while all are responsible."
          — Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

"One of the dirty little ironies of war is that it matters less who wins the war than where it was fought."
          — Ron David (Arabs & Israel for Beginners)

"Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it."
          — Author unknown (incorrectly attributed to Mark Twain)

"Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand."
          — Mark Twain

"When fascism comes to America, it will be wearing Mickey Mouse ears and sporting a Happy Face button."
          — madman (internet name, real name unknown)

"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death."
          — Martin Luther King Jr.

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results."
          — Author unknown (often attributed to Albert Einstein)

"Nuclear power is one hell of a way to boil water!"
          — Albert Einstein

"[W]hen others bear the costs of mistakes, the incentives favour self-delusion. A system that socialises losses and privatises gains is doomed to mismanage risk."
          — Joseph E. Stiglitz

"And the servants of (Allah) most gracious are those who walk on the earth in humility, and when the ignorant address them, they say, 'Peace!'"
          — The Holy Qur'an 25:63 (translation of meaning by Abdullah Yusuf Ali)

"I've long since accepted that being an activist and a writer, futile though it may be, is who I am. The ship may be going down, but like the orchestra on the Titanic, I keep playing."
          — Sandy Leon Vest

"If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man."
          — Mark Twain

"Every time you stop a school, you will have to build a jail. What you gain at one end you lose at the other. It's like feeding a dog on his own tail. It won't fatten the dog."
          — Mark Twain

"The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which."
          — George Orwell (Animal Farm)

"The world is in greater peril from those who tolerate or encourage evil than from those who actually commit it."
          — Albert Einstein

"The established order is never as secure and impervious to change as those who preside over it believe it to be."
          — Jim Wallis

"Assuredly the creation of the heavens and the earth is a greater (matter) than the creation of men: Yet most men understand not."
          — Quran 40:57

"Money has no motherland; financiers are without patriotism and without decency; their sole object is gain."
          — Napoleon Bonaparte

"Greed and stupidity make a lethal cocktail."
          — Dave Jorgenson (quoted in Empire of the Beetle)

"We will someday view this era as one in which the nation turned its back on its public schools, its children, and its educators."
          — Diane Ravitch

"God is with those who patiently persevere."
          — Qur'an 8:66

"Verily God is full of Bounty to mankind, but most of them are ungrateful."
          — Qur'an 10:60

"Fear the cry of the oppressed, for there is no barrier between it and God."
          — The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

"Your actions will determine the kind of rulers that govern you."
          — The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

"How could so many intelligent people be so grievously wrong for such an extended period of time? How could they ignore so much overwhelming evidence that contradicted their most basic theories?"
          — Steven Johnson (The Ghost Map)

"And, indeed, it was a kind of madness, the madness that comes from being under the spell of a Theory."
          — Steven Johnson (The Ghost Map)

"Among bored consumers in post-military societies, [war] has become another entertainment. As for real war, that is like smoking, a habit of the poor."
          — John Gray (Straw Dogs)

"How smooth must be the language of the whites, when they can make right look like wrong, and wrong like right."
          — Black Hawk (Sauk Tribe)

"You can’t build a just civilization out of ignorance and lies."
          — Julian Assange

"We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men."
          — George Orwell

"Between two evils, choose neither; between two goods, choose both."
          — Tryon Edwards

"There have been talks of getting leaders to lead, however, we are the leaders. Remember that!"
          — Idle No More

"I may think that hornets do not have an ideal social organization. But I know better than to poke their nest."
          — Fred Reed

"'We were just following the law' is a lame excuse when you are the one writing the laws in the first instance."
          — William Van Poyck (murdered, June 12, 2013 by State of Florida)

"You call it war; we laugh at your battleships."
          — Anonymous (hacker collective)

"A monopoly on violence is a terrifying monopoly to hold."
          — Deborah Orr

"It's those who are most certain about matters of which they clearly lack firsthand knowledge who should make us most skeptical."
          — Jim Naureckas

“History teaches that Empires always devour themselves.”
          — Ralph Nader

“Popular revulsion for the ruling elite ... is nearly universal.”
          — Chris Hedges

“We lose every war we fight. Actually, ‘lose’ does not adequately describe the nature of our ongoing defeat. Every war we wage implodes, destroying the integrity that sustains us.”
          — Robert C. Koehler

“There’s not much money in the end of civilization, and even less to be made in human extinction.”
          — Guy McPherson

“It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails.”
          — Nelson Mandela

“Research in nature’s laboratory never stops. It explores every possibility. It never lacks funding. It is never demoralized by failed experiments. It cannot be lobbied.”
          — Verlyn Klinkenborg

“it’s possible to be both armed and disempowered, ... perhaps the most dangerous state of all.”
          — Robert C. Koehler

“After the game, the King and the pawn go into the same box.”
          — Italian Proverb

“I have been to the darkest corners of government, and what they fear is light.”
          — Edward Snowden

“But the dance of death is intoxicating. Once it begins you whirl in an ecstatic frenzy. Death’s embrace, which feels at first like sexual lust, tightens and tightens until you suffocate. Now the music has stopped. All we have left are loss and pain.”
          — Chris Hedges

“Free your mind from the disabling assumption that someone is in charge of this: no one is in charge.”
          — Robert Naiman

“You cannot steer and control an ecosystem but you might be able to dance with one.”
          — Chip Ward

“The most eco-friendly thing you can do is be anti-war.”
          — Katherine Ball

“Victory is not a pleasant thing.
Those who are pleased by victory
Are pleased with the slaughter of others.
Those who are pleased with the slaughter of others
Have no just place in this world.”
          — Tao te Ching

“Just a little rain;
Just a little rain;
What have they done to the rain?”
          — Malvina Reynolds

“Having people devoted to attacking you [verbally] – even in unfair, invalid or personal ways – is actually valuable for keeping one honest and self-reflective.”
          — Glenn Greenwald

“The real secret of war for those who experience it isn't the visceral knowledge that people can be filthy and horrible, but that you, too, can be filthy and horrible.”
          — Peter Van Buren

“We have lost our capacity to think straight — a grievous self-inflicted wound.”
          — Haroon Siddiqui

“Loaded with loot and praised to the rafters, America’s uncontained military has no discipline and no direction.”
          — William Astore

“War is evoked with such brainless ease.”
          — Robert C. Koehler

“I wonder now if the U.S. follows any rule of law at all: the Geneva Conventions or even its own Constitution.”
          — Moath al-Alwi (held without charge in Guantánamo since 2002)

“Protests are always criticized as being at the wrong time because those who need to protest are never the people writing the agenda. That’s the value of protest.”
          — Tim DeChristopher

“If you think it's too expensive to take care of veterans, then don't send them to war.”
          — Bernie Sanders

“The world hemorrhages. Refugees flow from its wounds.”
          — Robert C. Koehler

“The history of population transfers is not a pretty one.”
          — John Feffer

“Wars of aggression never were and never will be free of atrocities. The decision to invade another nation is a decision to kill those who resist and get in your way — soldiers or civilians.”
          — Jeff Faux

“Empires, like adolescents, think they’ll live forever. In geopolitics, as in biology, expiration dates are never visible. When death comes, it’s always a shock.”
          — John Feffer

“Who’s ever heard before of a ‘moderate’ with a Kalashnikov?”
          — Robert Fisk

“The collapse is underway, one broken soul at a time.”
          — Robert C. Koehler

“When was the last time you heard anyone in academia publicly criticize a funding agency, no matter how outrageous their behavior?”
          —Marc Edwards

“Not one major Wall Street executive has been prosecuted for causing the near collapse of our entire economy. That will change under my administration.”
          —Bernie Sanders

“The people before you were destroyed because they inflicted legal punishments on the poor and forgave the rich.”
          —The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

“Let us wage a moral and political war against war itself, so that we can cut military spending and use that money for human needs.”
          —Bernie Sanders

“We’re sold the idea of—we’re going to liberate people, we’re fighting terrorism. Then we realize we’re the ones terrorizing people. That torments you psychologically. I’ve lost a few friends to suicide.”
          —Michael Hanes

“I say we keep fighting. Are you with me?”
          —Bernie Sanders

“strangers to the Spirit of God ... they combat without victory, have war without peace, and are in slavery all their days. They spend their strength for that which is not bread and their labor for that which profits not.”
          —John Owen

“The universe does not behave according to our pre-conceived ideas.”
          —Stephen Hawking

“Washington culture is too far up its own backside to see much of anything at all.”
          —Matt Taibbi

“We are living in a time that's so extreme that if it doesn't drive you mad, you are not sane.”
          —Hamza Yusuf

“You have the bullet … I have the word. The bullet dies when detonated, the word lives when spread.”
          —Berta Cáceres

“Never, ever lose your sense of outrage.”
          —Bernie Sanders

“I would certainly not do first strike. Once the nuclear alternative happens, it’s over.”
          —Donald Trump

“The real problem with Trump is that, in his lucid moments, he seems not to want a war with Russia.”
          —John Pilger

“It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don’t want and get it.”
          —Eugene V. Debs

“Each time you refuse the invitation onto the warpath, you become more powerful. Those who can stay peaceful in the face of any terror or threat become virtual miracle-workers.”
          —Charles Eisenstein

“I find it somewhat amusing that you [Donald Trump] are attacking the establishment when the establishment is sitting right behind you.”
          —Bernie Sanders

“Resist writing off absurdities and horrors as normal, as business-as-usual, as just-the-way-the-world-is. ... Allow yourself to witness and feel the effects of a desperate and dying culture.”
          —Jim Tull

“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”
          —Albert Einstein

“And so the comic opera runs to an end. The branch is about to give. The blind man in costume looks up, not down, because he has heard the break- ing of wood underneath his backside. He looks up to the sky quickly again and wonders ... ‘Is it too late to learn to fly?’”
          —Diana Beresford-Kroeger

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