Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been two hundred years.
These nations have progressed through this sequence:
From bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependence; from dependency back again into bondage.
Sir Alex Fraser Tyler. (1742-1813) Scottish jurist and historian
"I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war. God grant that my suspicions may prove groundless."
U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, Nov. 21, 1864 - (letter to Col. William F. Elkins)
"The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government of the U.S. since the days of Andrew Jackson."
Franklin D. Roosevelt
In such a world of conflict, a world of victims and executioners, it is the job of thinking people, not to be on the side of the executioners.
- Albert Camus
The pioneers of a warless world are the youth that refuse military service.
- Albert Einstein
"There is no subjugation so perfect as that which keeps the appearance of freedom, for in that way one captures volition itself."
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau-Emile
On the Events of September 11, 2001
"The events of September 11 not only took thousands of innocent American lives, they have been repeatedly used to justify previously unthinkable policies of domestic repression, preemptive attacks, torture, and endless war.
"We know most of these policies had been championed by powerful voices within this government long before 9/11, but without these outrageous 'surprise attacks' they could have never come to pass. If the 9/11 Report is dangerously inaccurate, as more and more evidence now indicates, the nation still needs an honest investigation of what really happened and why no one has ever been held accountable. In particular, we need to know whether the behavior of officials who seem to have profited most handsomely from 9/11 and its dark wake should be looked at once again.
- DC Emergency Truth Convergence spokesperson, Peter Phillips
What is Christianity?
It started in Palestine as a way of life...
...moved to Greece and became a philosophy...
...moved to Rome and became an institution...
...moved to Europe and became a civilization...
...moved to America and became a corporate enterprise.
- Author Unknown
The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western world. No First World country has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media all objectivity - much less dissent. - Gore Vidal
A time comes when silence is betrayal. Even when pressed by the demands of inner truth, men do not easily assume the task of opposing their government's policy, especially in time of war. Nor does the human spirit move without great difficulty against all the apathy of conformist thought, within one's own bosom and in the surrounding world. - Martin Luther King Jr.
We don't have democracy, America has never had democracy. In fact, the founding fathers were afraid of democracy. What we have instead is a republic that allows rich white men to get on with business. - Gore Vidal
Please excuse my monocultural myopia,
I come from a culture much soapier.
But once home I'll find,
I've been all too blind,
cos Australia ain't no utopia!
Dr Evan Robertson
One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
Learn as much by writing as by reading.
- Lord Acton
The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write a book about it.
Benjamin Disraeli (1804 - 1881)
I take the view, and always have, that if you cannot say what you are going to say in twenty minutes you ought to go away and write a book about it.
Lord Brabazon (1884 - 1964)
Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
Cyril Connolly (1903 - 1974)
Worship may be like a sweet-smelling aroma to the Lord, but religion gets up His nose!
Only a Rumor by Soren Kierkegaard
Although the scribes could explain where the Messiah should be born, they remained quite unperturbed in Jerusalem. They did not accompany the Wise Men to seek him. Similarly we may know the whole of Christianity, yet make no movement. The power that moved heaven and earth leaves us completely unmoved.
What a difference! The three kings had only a rumor to go by. But it moved them to make that long journey. The scribes were much better informed, much better versed. They sat and studied the Scriptures like so many dons, but it did not make them move. Who had the more truth? The three kings who followed a rumor, or the scribes who remained sitting with all their knowledge?
What a vexation it must have been for the kings, that the scribes who gave them the news they wanted remained quiet in Jerusalem! We are being mocked, the kings might have thought. For indeed what an atrocious self-contradiction that the scribes should have the knowledge and yet remain still. This is as bad as if a person knows all about Christ and his teachings, and his own life expresses the opposite. We are tempted to suppose that such a person wishes to fool us, unless we admit that he is only fooling himself.
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