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TOP TEN QUOTES

“To rely on the wisdom of the people in power is the worst thing you can do.”
          — Howard Zinn

“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

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

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

“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

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

“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 LeonVest

“Killing lots of people and winning a war are not the same thing.”
          — Fred Reed

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

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

“The earth seemed unearthly. We are accustomed to look upon the shackled form of a conquered monster, but there—there you could look at a thing monstrous and free. It was unearthly.”
          —Joseph Conrad (Heart of Darkness)

“And outside, the silent wilderness ... struck me as something great and invincible, like evil or truth, waiting patiently for the passing away of this fantastic invasion.”
          —Joseph Conrad (Heart of Darkness)

“And this stillness of life did not in the least resemble a peace. It was the stillness of an implacable force brooding over an inscrutable intention. It looked at you with a vengeful aspect.”
          —Joseph Conrad (Heart of Darkness)

“Had he been informed by an indisputable authority that the end of the world was to be finally accomplished by a catastrophic disturbance of the atmosphere, he would have assimilated the information under the simple idea of dirty weather, and no other, because he had no experience of cataclysms, and belief does not necessarily imply comprehension.”
          —Joseph Conrad (Typhoon)

“I have the means to make myself deadly, but that by itself, you understand, is absolutely nothing in the way of protection. What is effective is the belief those people have in my will to use the means. That’s their impression. It is absolute. Therefore I am deadly.”
          —Joseph Conrad (The Secret Agent)

“To tear treasure out of the bowels of the land was their desire, with no more moral purpose at the back of it than there is in burglars breaking into a safe”
          —Joseph Conrad (Heart of Darkness)

“They [Africans] were called criminals, and the outraged law, like the bursting shells, had come to them, an insoluble mystery from the sea.”
          —Joseph Conrad (Heart of Darkness)

“Yes, I would give the stuff [high explosives] with both hands to every man, woman, or fool that likes to come along.”
          —Joseph Conrad (The Secret Agent)

“You should have heard him say, ‘My ivory.’ Oh, yes, I heard him. ‘My Intended, my ivory, my station, my river, my—’ everything belonged to him. It made me hold my breath in expectation of hearing the wilderness burst into a prodigious peal of laughter that would shake the fixed stars in their places. Everything belonged to him—but that was a trifle. The thing was to know what he belonged to, how many powers of darkness claimed him for their own. That was the reflection that made you creepy all over.”
          —Joseph Conrad (Heart of Darkness)

“He had kicked himself loose of the earth. Confound the man! he had kicked the very earth to pieces.”
          —Joseph Conrad (Heart of Darkness)

“They [Africans] were dying slowly—it was very clear. They were not enemies, they were not criminals, they were nothing earthly now—nothing but black shadows of disease and starvation, lying confusedly in the greenish gloom.”
          —Joseph Conrad (Heart of Darkness)

“They [Europeans] were conquerors, and for that you want only brute force—nothing to boast of, when you have it, since your strength is just an accident arising from the weakness of others.”
          —Joseph Conrad (Heart of Darkness)

“The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much.”
          —Joseph Conrad (Heart of Darkness)

STORMY DANIELS

“Standing up to bullies is kind of my thing, They started it.”
          —Stormy Daniels

“You can't have an agreement when one party claims to know nothing about it.”
          —Michael Avenatti

TIM DeCHRISTOPHER

“an unwanted protest is far more powerful than a sanctioned one.”
          —Tim DeChristopher

“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

DIPLOMACY

“the State Department has become a collective insane asylum where the inmates are in control.”
          —Robert Parry

“What the U.S. State Department calls 'diplomacy' is actually aggression by another name and it is questionable whether the U.S. is capable of true diplomacy.”
          —Brian Terrell

EDUCATION

“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

“From a teen’s perspective, society has largely set youth up to fail.”
          —Sofia Barnett

“classrooms were the duct tape securing the smashed bumper on the wreck of a car that was our public education system.”
          —Belle Chesler

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”
          —Albert Einstein

“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

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

“Students reported feeling overstressed and underprepared—meeting the tests with shock, anger, tears, and anxiety. Administrators requested guidelines for handling tests students had vomited on.”
          —Rethinking Schools

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
          —Benjamin Franklin

ALBERT EINSTEIN

“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

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

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”
          —Albert Einstein

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

CHARLES EISENSTEIN

“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

“victories in war so often lead to just more war. The war is won, but the ideals for which it was fought remain as distant as ever.”
          —Charles Eisenstein

“If this planet and our civilization is to heal, it cannot be through winning a contest of force.”
          —Charles Eisenstein

“It is not easy to stay off the warpath. Each new atrocity and outrage renews the invitation into hatred.”
          —Charles Eisenstein

“the purpose of nonviolent action is not to make the other side look bad. That would be a kind of attack, a kind of violence, and a tactic of war. No, the purpose is to invite the other side and onlookers alike to join you in courage.”
          —Charles Eisenstein

“We have tried being reasonable. Perhaps it is time to be unreasonable”
          —Charles Eisenstein

EVOLUTION

“Evolution works with duct tape and paper clips.”
          —Jeremy DeSilva

“Evolution doesn’t act to yield perfection, It acts to yield function.”
          —Matt Cartmill

“The human race is clearly an evolutionary aberrant on a suicidal mission.”
          —Helen Caldicott

JOHN FEFFER

“Many states are held together by little more than surface tension.”
          —John Feffer

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

“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

“How quickly dreams can segue into nightmares.”
          —John Feffer

“It doesn’t take much to turn a well-armed population into a mob.”
          —John Feffer

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

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

“We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.”
          — Benjamin Franklin

“Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.”
          —Benjamin Franklin

“The problem with doing nothing is not knowing when you are finished.”
          —Benjamin Franklin

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
          —Benjamin Franklin

“There never was a good war or a bad peace.”
          —Benjamin Franklin

“A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.”
          —Benjamin Franklin

“It is only when the rich are sick that they fully feel the impotence of wealth.”
          —Benjamin Franklin

“As we enjoy great advantages from the inventions of others, we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours, and this we should do freely and generously.”
          —Benjamin Franklin

“I have no private interest in the reception of my inventions by the world, having never made, nor proposed to make, the least profit by any of them.”
          —Benjamin Franklin

“There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government.”
          —Benjamin Franklin

“He who falls in love with himself will have no rivals.”
          —Benjamin Franklin

GLENN GREENWALD

“In all the many years I’ve worked in defense of free speech, I’ve never seen the principle so blatantly exploited for other ends by people who plainly don’t believe in it as was true of the Hebdo killings.”
          —Glenn Greenwald

“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 mere fact that an act is illegal does not mean it is unjust or even deserving of punishment. Oftentimes, the most just acts are precisely the ones that the law prohibits.”
          —Glenn Greenwald

“digital lynch mobs offer no due process or appeals.”
          —Glenn Greenwald

CHRIS HEDGES

“The problem is not messaging. The problem is the messenger.”
          —Chris Hedges

“History may not repeat itself, but it echoes.”
          —Chris Hedges

“The rot inside the American political system is deep and terminal.”
          —Chris Hedges

“There is a narcotic-like reverie among those barreling toward oblivion.”
          —Chris Hedges

“All hope rooted in self-delusion is fantasy.”
          —Chris Hedges

“Civilizations over the past 6,000 years have unfailingly squandered their futures through acts of colossal stupidity and hubris. We are probably not an exception.”
          —Chris Hedges

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

“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

“when dying regimes collapse, they do so with dizzying speed.”
          —Chris Hedges

“Justice, like truth, is no longer relevant.”
          —Chris Hedges

HISTORY

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

“History warns us that when once-powerful societies collapse, they tend to do so quickly and unexpectedly.”
          — Jared Diamond

“Men can scarcely be blamed for not learning from the history they are taught. There is nothing to learn from it, because it is not true. ”
          —John Glubb

“history is studded with unreported holocausts.”
          — Author unknown

“History is the present. That's why every generation writes it anew. But what most people think of as history is its end product, myth.”
          —E.L. Doctorow

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

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

“This [Donald Trump] is not a man who can learn from the bitter lessons of history.”
          —Ralph Nader

STEPHEN KINZER

“earth-shaking events often happen slowly and quietly.”
          —Stephen Kinzer

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

ROBERT C. KOEHLER

“The path to war is easy and smooth, and nuclear war is easiest of all.”
          —Robert C. Koehler

“The one thing we do not need is another war, certainly not against Planet Earth.”
          —Robert C. Koehler

“Guns are the speech of the inarticulate.”
          —Robert C. Koehler

“War always creates consequences well beyond the imaginations of its planners.”
          —Robert C. Koehler

“Living is a collective, and sacred, endeavor.”
          —Robert C. Koehler

“the planet is, in essence, an elementary school playground: an ‘anarchic realm’ full of other kids, none of whom you can really trust, some of whom are out to get you.”
          —Robert C. Koehler

“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

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

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

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

“We bomb civilians, killing them by the thousands, by the millions, to fight wars we do not win – because winning is not the point, or even possible. ”
          —Robert Koehler

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

“To long for lasting, transcendent peace — to imagine that it’s possible — is to marginalize yourself.”
          —Robert C. Koehler

“Our real threats will not be solved, but they will certainly be amplified, by militarism.”
          —Robert C. Koehler

“The nature of war is to beget war: to magnify trouble, to make matters worse. War always comes home.”
          —Robert C. Koehler

“Good violence is no better than bad violence. Our violence is no better than theirs. Murder is murder.”
          —Robert C. Koehler

“Trump merely puts a face on America’s out-of-control militarism. He didn’t create it.”
          —Robert Koehler

“In the real world, attempting to dominate a situation at gunpoint seldom results in a happy ending. Far more often, it results in tragedy.”
          —Robert C. Koehler

“This is America, where we have the freedom to manifest our lethal fantasies.”
          —Robert C. Koehler

“We sold our soul to the devil and got nothing at all in return.”
          —Robert C. Koehler

“There is only moral breakdown everywhere you turn.”
          —Robert C. Koehler

“Engaging in the game of war is always an act of defeat.”
          —Robert C. Koehler

EUGENE LINDEN

“We see what we want to see and assume that what we see is reality.”
          —Eugene Linden

“The pathetic refrain of recent years—'Nobody saw this coming'—is always a self-serving lie.”
          —Eugene Linden

NATURE

“It is certain that nature is wiser than our statesmen and many doctors. Besides, it is not corrupt.”
          —Stefano Montanari

“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

“Reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled.”
          —Richard P. Feynman

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

“the mental boundaries we keep—between the human and the wild—are more porous than we may have ever imagined.”
          —Gavin Van Horn

“You don’t develop as much as Mother Earth can handle. For us it’s the opposite. You think about how much you can give up to promote more life. Every decision that you make is based on: Do you really need to be doing that?”
          —Leanna Simpson

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

“God's garden has become man's junkyard.”
          —Anthony T. Hincks

“Nature’s resilient, but we’re pushing her to such extremes that eventually it will cause a collapse of the system.”
          — Brad Lister

“Nature does not negotiate, it responds to our intransigence”
          —Kumi Naidoo

“It isn’t just really, really bad; it’s catastrophic.”
          —Dahr Jamail

“The earth seemed unearthly. We are accustomed to look upon the shackled form of a conquered monster, but there—there you could look at a thing monstrous and free. It was unearthly.”
          —Joseph Conrad (Heart of Darkness)

“And outside, the silent wilderness ... struck me as something great and invincible, like evil or truth, waiting patiently for the passing away of this fantastic invasion.”
          —Joseph Conrad (Heart of Darkness)

“And this stillness of life did not in the least resemble a peace. It was the stillness of an implacable force brooding over an inscrutable intention. It looked at you with a vengeful aspect.”
          —Joseph Conrad (Heart of Darkness)

GEORGE ORWELL

“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)

“If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”
          —George Orwell

“At any given moment there is an orthodoxy, a body of ideas which it is assumed that all right-thinking people will accept without question. It is not exactly forbidden to say this, that or the other, but it is ‘not done’ to say it, ... Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with surprising effectiveness. A genuinely unfashionable opinion is almost never given a fair hearing,”
          —George Orwell

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

“The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.”
          — George Orwell

“Progress is not an illusion, it happens, but it is slow and invariably disappointing.”
          — George Orwell

POLITICS & SOCIAL SCIENCE

“A politics based on resentment can lurch in any direction at almost any time.”
          —Robert Reich

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

“In the end, pandemics are a political problem, not a scientific one.”
          —Jeff Goodell

“Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.”
          — Mark Twain

“And oh, what they did! Their geopolitical dreams couldn’t have been grander or more global. ... It was quite a dream and none of it, not one smidgen, came true.”
          —Tom Engelhardt (on the War against Iraq)

“the survival of the nation depends basically on the loyalty and self-sacrifice of the citizens. The impression that the situation can be saved by mental cleverness, without unselfishness or human self-dedication, can only lead to collapse.”
          —John Glubb

“Anarchy is a poor answer to tyranny.”
          —John Kiriakou

“There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government.”
          —Benjamin Franklin

“Divisions between and within countries have provided fertile ground for this fast-moving virus to grow and gain the upper hand.”
          —Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

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

“democracies, like civilization itself, are inherently fragile”
          —Mike Lofgren

“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 (sometimes incorrectly attributed to Mark Twain)

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”
          — Mark Twain

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

“The American Dream is rapidly becoming the American Illusion, since the US now has the lowest rate of social mobility of any of the rich countries.”
          —Philip Alston

POPE FRANCIS

“Each age tends to have only a meagre awareness of its own limitations.”
          —Pope Francis

“Our relationship with the environment can never be isolated from our re­lationship with others and with God.”
          —Pope Francis

PRISONS

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

“‘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)

“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)

PROBLEM SOLVING

“There is something paternalistic and elitist about this desire to spare the poor ignorant masses the gory details. It is condescending at best, self-defeating at worst. After all, if the full nature of the challenge we face is not known, we cannot expect people take the measures needed to meet it.”
          —John Atcheson

“Our country has more problems than it should tolerate and more solutions than it uses.”
          —Ralph Nader

“our job was to listen, and we talked instead.”
          —Matt Taibbi

“As intellectuals, we can talk ourselves into anything.”
          —Mark Rudd

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

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

“It’s difficult to persuade someone to make a deal, if he is certain you’re planning to kill him, no matter what he does.”
          —Robert Alvarez

“Look for what's missing. ... Few are able to see what isn't there.”
          —Donald Rumsfeld

PROVERBS

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

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

“It is an easy and a vulgar thing to please the mob, and not a very arduous task to astonish them; but essentially to benefit and to improve them, is a work fraught with difficulty, and teeming with danger.”
          —Charles Caleb Colton

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

PSYCHOLOGY

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

“To invade a country, dismantle its institutions, create a failed state, exit from the ensuing chaos, and then return with unending bombing campaigns is imbecility of an order that has few historical parallels.”
          —John Gray

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

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

“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

“'Tis the times' plague when madmen lead the blind.”
          —Shakespeare

FRED REED

“America crumbles economically, politically, culturally, but has the very best bombers.”
          —Fred Reed

“Militaries have a very poor record of predicting outcomes of wars.”
          —Fred Reed

“An isolated incident is business as usual that has been detected.”
          —Fred Reed

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

“Killing lots of people and winning a war are not the same thing.”
          —Fred Reed

“American leadership is of dangerously low quality.”
          —Fred Reed

“By comparison, Alice in Wonderland seems brutally realistic.”
          —Fred Reed

“Hatred is not a policy.”
          —Fred Reed

“Surprisingly, scientists proved as susceptible to herd-think as everyone else, and equally unaware of it.”
          —Fred Reed

“The most tedious thing about atheists is how proud they are of themselves.”
          —Fred Reed

“Advertising thus became more important to the economy than anything it advertised.”
          —Fred Reed

RELIGION

“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

“there is such a thing as a lesser evil, and Hillary is not it.”
          —Michelle Alexander

BERNIE SANDERS

“Nobody in this room or in this country has a right to say ‘I give up.’ You’ve got to jump in and start fighting.”
          —Bernie Sanders

“You can’t have good policy that results in peace if you ignore one side.”
          —Bernie Sanders

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

“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

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

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

“I am proud to say that Henry Kissinger is not my friend. I will not take advice from Henry Kissinger.”
          —Bernie Sanders

“War is never quick, and it is never easy.”
          —Bernie Sanders

“People in my country, the United States, and all over the world are sick and tired of spending billions and billions of dollars on nuclear weapons, war planes, missiles, bombs, and tanks.”
          —Bernie Sanders

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

“The threat of climate change is a very clear example of why we all need to pull together, we are in this together. The United States can't do it alone, Europe can't do it alone, China can't do it alone, and no one country can do this alone.”
          —Bernie Sanders

“If an institution is too big to fail, it is too big to exist”
          —Bernie Sanders

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

“How come the physicists, engineers, and military personnel who have laced the world with nuclear weapons ready to launch never factored into their equations the probability that an immature, petulant man-baby could hold the trigger for our destruction in his hands?”
          —Helen Caldicott

“Ask God for beneficial knowledge and seek refuge with God from knowledge that is of no benefit.”
          —The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

“I hate statistics. What I got to know, I keep in my head.”
          —Jay Hanna “Dizzy” Dean

“Surprisingly, scientists proved as susceptible to herd-think as everyone else, and equally unaware of it.”
          —Fred Reed

“we should not blindly follow experts.”
          —Zhu Tao

“these worst-case [climate] projections have continued to prove stubbornly accurate in the 21st century so far.”
          —Peter Brannen

“Earth’s history is very starkly telling us ... that we have been missing something crucial in the models we use to predict the future.”
          —Peter Brannen

“As we enjoy great advantages from the inventions of others, we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours, and this we should do freely and generously.”
          —Benjamin Franklin

“Science stops where politics begins.”
          —Author Unknown

“dollar bills alone are no match against a virus.”
          —Michael Osterholm

“A vaccine is meant to train the immune system to do something that will hopefully continue for the rest of the person’s life. If that thing happens to be bad, then the problem is lifelong.”
          —Michael Kinch

"biology does a great job of showing the limitations of logical thought.”
          —Michael Kinch

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

“Scientists are subject to perception bias.”
          —Tim Tinker

“The most significant characteristic of modern civilization is the sacrifice of the future for the present, and all the power of science has been prostituted to this purpose.”
          —William James

“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? ... 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)

“The notion that technology will stave off the most catastrophic effects of global warming is not just wrong, it’s repellent.”
          —Paul Kingsnorth

“If there was a decision to do geoengineering tomorrow, it would be done by white western men, and that isn't good.”
          —Matthew Watson

“I am convinced the devil lives in our phones and is wreaking havoc on our children.”
          —Athena Chavarria

“They can snow all their clients
By calling it (hah) Science.”
          —Tom Lehrer

“You don’t get an accurate number by adding an inaccurate one to an accurate one.”
          —Gavin Schmidt

“Science selects for conservatism. Academia selects for extreme conservatism.”
          —Guy McPherson

SCRIPTURE

“Assuredly the creation of the heavens and the earth is a greater (matter) than the creation of men: Yet most men understand not.”
          — The Holy Qur'an 40:57

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

“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

“God is with those who patiently persevere.”
          — The Holy Qur'an 8:66

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

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

“Ask God for beneficial knowledge and seek refuge with God from knowledge that is of no benefit.”
          —The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

“If you hear of a plague in a land, then do not go into it. If it happens in land where you are, then do not go out of it.”
          —The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

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

“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

“How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished!”
          —2 Samuel 1:27 (KJV)

EDWARD SNOWDEN

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

“The best way to protect somebody is to protect everybody—especially the most vulnerable among us.”
          —Edward Snowden

GRETA THUNBERG

“Asperger is not a disease, it's a gift.”
          —Greta Thunberg

“‘We need to step up our game’ all our leaders keep saying. Well then, please go ahead! You don’t need UN summits, treaties or ‘deals’ to start lowering emissions. Nor do you need to wait for anyone else. You can start right this second! No-one is stopping you.”
          —Greta Thunberg

“People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosytems are collapsing. We are at the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!”
          —Greta Thunberg

“There are no gray areas when it comes to survival.”
          —Greta Thunberg

“I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is.”
          —Greta Thunberg

“I think it's very insane and weird that people come here [Davos] in private jets to discuss climate change. It's not reasonable.”
          —Greta Thunberg

“I don’t care if what I’m doing – what we’re doing – is hopeful. We need to do it anyway. Even if there’s no hope left and everything is hopeless, we must do what we can.”
          —Greta Thunberg

DONALD TRUMP

“A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.”
          —Benjamin Franklin

“He who falls in love with himself will have no rivals.”
          —Benjamin Franklin

“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

“Sometimes, God uses unusual people, people that are not exactly on the straight and narrow. And I believe God is using Mr. Trump. Like I said I don’t like his style, but I believe God is using him. He doesn’t answer to people, he does whatever.”
          —Kathy Casillas

“The fact that the messenger is deranged doesn’t mean the message itself contains no significant truths.”
          —Gary Younge

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

“Trump merely puts a face on America’s out-of-control militarism. He didn’t create it.”
          —Robert Koehler

“Money increasingly sets the terms for debate in the Trump era, not law or ethics.”
          —Juan Cole

“We had real brilliant thinkers that didn't know what the hell they were doing.”
          —Donald Trump

“This [Donald Trump] is not a man who can learn from the bitter lessons of history.”
          —Ralph Nader

TRUTH

“Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
          —Lewis Carroll

“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.”
          —Voltaire

“We live in a post-truth era, where facts don’t matter anymore.”
          —Damien Spleeters

“It's no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.”
          — Mark Twain

“Sounded like the Truth;
Seemed the better way;
Sounded like the Truth;
But it's not the Truth today.”
          —Leonard Cohen

“A half-truth is the most cowardly of lies.”
          — Mark Twain

“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”
          — popularized by Mark Twain, attributed to Benjamin Disraeli

“The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.”
          — George Orwell

“Justice, like truth, is no longer relevant.”
          —Chris Hedges

MARK TWAIN

“A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.”
          — Mark Twain

“A half-truth is the most cowardly of lies.”
          — Mark Twain

“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”
          — popularized by Mark Twain, attributed to Benjamin Disraeli

“Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.”
          — Mark Twain

“It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.”
          — Mark Twain

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”
          — Mark Twain

“It's no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.”
          — Mark Twain

“All generalizations are false, including this one.”
          — Mark Twain

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

“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

VIOLENCE

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

“I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.”
          —Mohandas Gandhi

“Guns are the speech of the inarticulate.”
          —Robert C. Koehler

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

“I'm a good shot, but I don't carry a gun because that's the best way to get shot.”
          —Judith Coburn

“In the real world, attempting to dominate a situation at gunpoint seldom results in a happy ending. Far more often, it results in tragedy.”
          —Robert C. Koehler

“To convince somebody to put down a gun, you first have to convince them they will not be harmed.”
          —Christine Ahn and Gloria Steinem

WAR

“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

“War is never quick, and it is never easy.”
          —Bernie Sanders

“How long can civilization survive, if we cannot learn to give up war and work cooperatively?”
          —Steve Downs

“The most intimate betrayal is to be sent to kill or die for nothing by your countrymen.”
          —Erik Edstrom

“People in my country, the United States, and all over the world are sick and tired of spending billions and billions of dollars on nuclear weapons, war planes, missiles, bombs, and tanks.”
          —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

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

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

“There never was a good war or a bad peace.”
          —Benjamin Franklin

“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)

“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)

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

“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)

“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.

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

“empires come home, folks, even if the troops never seem to.”
          —Danny Sjursen

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

“The bombs may be smart, but the acts couldn’t be dumber.”
          —Tom Engelhardt

“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

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

“Four American presidents have made war in the region without success, and whoever follows Obama into the Oval Office will be number five.”
          —Peter van Buren

“when you have to repeatedly explain how much you're winning, you’re likely not winning much of anything at all.”
          —Peter van Buren

“The enormous expenditure of energy, scientific sophistication and wealth on the military is the main cause of poverty, inflation and despair in the world.”
          —Petra Kelly

“it is almost inevitable that military force will, at best, end up solving nothing. In fact, it almost always makes thing worse."
          —Digby

“Societies based on conquest cannot be sustained”
          —Leanne Simpson

“U.S. special ops touched down in 150 countries between 2011 and 2014. And the results of all this activity have been remarkably repetitive and should by now be tragically predictable: lots of chaos spread, lots of casualties inflicted, and in every case, mission unaccomplished.”
          —William Astore

“Our real threats will not be solved, but they will certainly be amplified, by militarism.”
          —Robert C. Koehler

“The nature of war is to beget war: to magnify trouble, to make matters worse. War always comes home.”
          —Robert C. Koehler

“Good violence is no better than bad violence. Our violence is no better than theirs. Murder is murder.”
          —Robert C. Koehler

WEALTH

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

“What you see quite clearly today, is the wealthy undermining the very system that made them wealthy, and a total failure to see how ruinous that is in the long term.”
          —Sean Illing

“To think that we can preserve the rich people, and let the poor people suffer, is a stupid mistake.”
          —António Guterres

“People in my country, the United States, and all over the world are sick and tired of spending billions and billions of dollars on nuclear weapons, war planes, missiles, bombs, and tanks.”
          —Bernie Sanders

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

“Money divides communities and does not satisfy the needs of the people.”
          —Chief Joey Dearling (KhoiSan tribe)

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

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

“[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

“Most Americans couldn’t care less about economic growth because for years they’ve got few of its benefits, while suffering most of its burdens.”
          —Robert Reich

“It is only when the rich are sick that they fully feel the impotence of wealth.”
          —Benjamin Franklin

“I had supposed that most people liked money better than almost anything else, but I discovered that they liked destruction even better.”
          —Bertrand Russell

“There is nothing boring about going broke in 2019."
          —Donna Smith

UNSORTED

“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

“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 LeonVest

“The cry of the poor is not always just, but if you don't listen to it, you will never know what justice is.”
          —Howard Zinn

“Remember that we are all just frightened animals trying to survive. Help those in need. Be a good neighbor. Educate, don’t disinform.”
          —Richard Heinberg

“those who profit from disease have no incentive to protect health.”
          —Jonathan Cook

“A year of Covid has shown how disruptive our meddling can be and how fragile the systems of progress we think we have permanently created really are.”
          —Jonathan Cook

“Courage is being scared to death, but remaining resolute.”
          —Ilhan Omar

“Betting on outsiders to provide security is never a good gamble.”
          —Javad Zarif

“it’s important to contextualize the death penalty. It’s not like it’s the one bad thing the system does.”
          —Janine Jackson

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

“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)

“Slavery is the legal fiction that a person is property. Corporate personhood is the legal fiction that property is a person”
          —Anonymous

“we advocate to deaf ears who tell us all not to believe your eyes.”
          —Cosmic Charlie

“Political parties, government agencies, the media, and most other institutions are perfectly willing to meet the market demand for confident answers, whether they're warranted or not.”
          —Rex Douglass

“every civilization expresses itself most pretentiously, compounds its partial and universal values most convincingly, and claims immortality for its finite existence at the very moment when the decay which leads to death has already begun.”
          —Reinhold Niebuhr

“When you go to dig your fields, or make a pot from clay, you are disturbing the balance of things. When you walk, you are moving the air, breathing it in and out. Therefore you must make payments.”
          —Arhuaco saying

“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

“Progress might have been alright once, but it has gone on too long.”
          —Ogden Nash

“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 breaking 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

“Sometimes, reality outraces our capacity for satire.”
          —John Acheson

“More Americans died of alcohol poisoning (booze terror!) on New Year's Eve than terrorism.”
          —Peter Van Buren

“The colonizer, oppressor, invader is always blind to his crimes. He sees only the violent reaction – however minuscule – of the people whom he subjugates.”
          —Ramzi Baroud

“Mass shootings and mass burnings. Welcome to the new America.”
          —Stephen Pyne

“So who are the 'good guys'? There may not be any.”
          —Will Bunch

“It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation.”
          —Ray McGovern

“Empires do not have friends… they have subjects.”
          —Jerry Robinson

“On social media, repetition substitutes for validation.”
          —Russel Muirhead

“The trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.”
          —Bertrand Russell

“Even invasions undertaken with good intentions generally end in tears.”
          —Gwynne Dyer

“Progress is a fact. Even so, faith in progress is a superstition.”
          —John Gray

“I end devoted to the same goal I had when I started: not to settle anything, but to unsettle everything”
          —Steven Salaita

“Earth's military crisis, its climate crisis, and the paralyzing economic inequalities that burden impoverished people are linked.”
          —Kathy Kelly

“Resilience, not dominance, is the real strength, especially in hard times. And the secret to resilience is connected diversity, cohesion, cooperative coexistence.”
          —Tim Hollo

“I’ve given up political strategising. The political process is just too slow for the problems we face.”
          —Michael Mobbs

“What is truly possible never reveals itself until we take the risk to seek it.”
          —Jim Shultz

“If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don't care for human beings.”
          —Nelson Mandela

“The changes are subtle—until they’re not.”
          —Naomi Klein

“Variation should always be expected.”
          —Karin Sigloch

“Due to travel restrictions, the U.S. will be attempting coups only in its own capital. Normal worldwide services will resume shortly.”
          —World Beyond War

“Fundamentally, language is still a very subtle thing”
          —Tom Mitchell

“Once trust is broken, it’s not easily regained.”
          —K Sujatha Rao