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STORMY DANIELS
TIM DeCHRISTOPHER
DIPLOMACY
EDUCATION
ALBERT EINSTEIN
CHARLES EISENSTEIN
JOHN FEFFER
GLENN GREENWALD
CHRIS HEDGES
HISTORY
STEPHEN KINZER
ROBERT C. KOEHLER
EUGENE LINDEN
NATURE
GEORGE ORWELL
POLITICS
PRISONS
PROBLEM SOLVING
PROVERBS
PSYCHOLOGY
FRED REED
RELIGION
BERNIE SANDERS
SCIENCE
SCRIPTURE
EDWARD SNOWDEN
DONALD TRUMP
TRUTH
MARK TWAIN
VIOLENCE
WAR
WEALTH
UNSORTED
TOP FIVE QUOTES

“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

“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

“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'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

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 DeCristopher

“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

“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

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

"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

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

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

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

“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

HISTORY

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

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

“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

“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 Koehler

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

“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

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

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)

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

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

“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)

“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

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

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

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

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

SCIENCE

“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

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

“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)

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)

“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

DONALD TRUMP

“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

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

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

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

“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

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

“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

“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

“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

WEALTH

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

“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

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

“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)

“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