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WLKjr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 10:01 PM
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DUer's Favorite "Quotes"
Edited on Sat May-15-04 10:11 PM by WLKjr
Okay. It can be your own favorite, someone elses favorite, from your favorite book, movie, news cast, political figure, parents or whatever.

I have a couple I will list here:

George Orwell "1984"
"WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, IGGNORANCE IS STRENGTH"
George S. Patton Jr.
"Say what you mean and mean what you say."
FDR
"We have nothing to fear, but fear itself."

Okay, now it's your turn.
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 10:06 PM
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1. Lewis Black "Dump the color codes..
we only need three levels from the Homeland Security Dept.: "Jesus Christ!", "God DAMN It" and "F@CK ME""
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Poiuyt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 10:09 PM
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2. War is only over for the dead
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Eric J in MN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 10:10 PM
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3. Howard Dean said
http://www.moveleft.com/moveleft_essay_2004_02_17_howar...

"I want an America...
where CEO's don't make 531 times what workers earn, even as they ship their headquarters to Bermuda and their jobs to China.

where men and women have the chance to go to college, get good jobs, maybe even start their own businesses -- regardless of their background. Where the kitchen table is a place to share dreams -- not to worry and struggle over paying the credit card bills, the mortgage, the tuition payments."

----Howard Dean, February 11, 2004, in Madison, Wisonsin

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WLKjr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 10:13 PM
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4. My personal Dean favorite
was what he said about you having the power to take your country back during the first democratic debates for president. I have the .rm file from c-span and I almost choke up and cry, along with get goosbumps every time I watch it.
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davekriss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 10:15 PM
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5. OK
The illusion of freedom in America will continue as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way, and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theatre.
---Frank Zappa, 1977

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
---President Dwight D. Eisenhower

You're not to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.
---Malcolm X

If you assume that there's no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, there are opportunities to change things, there's a chance you may contribute to making a better world. That's your choice.
--- Noam Chomsky

Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.
--- Jean-Paul Sartre

You must be the change you want to see in the world.
--- Mahatma Ghandi

If you do follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while waiting for you, and the life you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in the field of your bliss, and they open the doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don't be afraid, and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be.
--- Joseph Campbell

Now. Or never.
--- Henry David Thoreau
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Guava Jelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 10:16 PM
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6. here is a bunch

"The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else."


"Roosevelt in the Kansas City Star", 149
May 7, 1918

"History is an agreed upon set of Lies"- Napolean

"The great masses of people will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one. Especially if it is repeated over and over." -- Adolph Hitler


The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie,deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth,persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. John F. Kennedy

"To sin by silence when they should protest, makes cowards of men." --Abraham Lincoln

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed."====Dwight D Eisenhower, Republican General and 34th President of the US

"I believe that religion, generally speaking, has been a curse to mankind - that its
modest and greatly overestimated services on the ethical side have been more
than overcome by the damage it has done to clear and honest thinking.
-- Henry Louis Mencken

"What does it matter to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?" --Mahatma Gandhi

"You know the world is going crazy when the best rapper is a white guy, the best golfer is a black guy, The Swiss hold the America's Cup, France is accusing the U.S. of arrogance, and Germany doesn't want to go to war."Dave Paulsen

I'm reminded of this old quote from Joseph Stefano (PSYCHO)--"the greatness of evil lies in ints awful accuracy. Without that deadly talnet for being in the right place at the right time, evil MUST suffer defeat. For unlike its' opposite, good, evil is allowed NO human failings, no miscalculations, Evil must be perfect...or depend upon the imperfections of others."

>"To announce that there must be no criticism of the President,
or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong,
is not only unpatriotic and servile,
but is morally treasonable to the American public."
President Theodore Roosevelt

"The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly as necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else." ---Teddy Roosevelt

Peace be with you. ~The Bible: Genesis XLIII. 23~
Seek peace, and pursue it. ~Proverbs 34:14, Bible~
The peace makers shall be called the children of God. ~Bible~

I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it. ~Dwight Eisenhower~

All we are saying is: give peace a chance. ~John Lennon~

Either war is obsolete or men are. ~R. Buckminster Fuller~

One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal we seek, but that it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means. ~Martin Luther King Jr.~

There is nothing that war has ever achieved we could not better achieve without it. ~Havelock Ellis~

War grows out of the desire of the individual to gain advantage at the expense of his fellow man. ~Napoleon Hill~

It isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it. ~Eleanor Roosevelt~

The more we sweat in peace, the less we bleed in war. ~Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit~

But peace does not rest in the charters and covenants alone. It lies in the hearts and minds of all people. So let us not rest all our hopes on parchment and on paper, let us strive to build peace, a desire for peace, a willingness to work for peace in the hearts and minds of all of our people. I believe that we can. I believe the problems of human destiny are not beyond the reach of human beings. ~John F. Kennedy~

Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin. ~Dwight Eisenhower~

You don't have to have fought in a war to love peace. ~Geraldine Ferraro~

There never was a good war or a bad peace. ~Benjamin Franklin~

Peace can endure only so long as humanity really insists upon it, and is willing to work for it and sacrifice for it. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt~

In peace the sons bury their fathers, but in war the fathers bury their sons. ~Croesus~

I would rather have peace in the world than be President. ~Harry S. Truman~

Whatever house you enter, first say, 'Peace to this house!' And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. ~Christian Bible, Bible: New Testament, Luke 10:5,6~

I do not want the peace which passeth all understanding, I want the understanding that bringeth peace. ~ Helen Keller~

Peace is more precious than a piece of land. ~Anwar al Sadat~

We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom. ~Dwight Eisenhower~

It is good to realize that if love and peace can prevail on earth, and if we can teach our children to honor nature's gifts, the joys and beauties of the outdoors will be here forever. ~Jimmy Carter~


Peace is not passive, it is active. Peace is not appeasement, it is strength. Peace does not 'happen,' it requires work. ~Hubert Humphrey~

If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner. ~Nelson Mandela~


Peace with all the world is my sincere wish. I am sure it is our true policy, and am persuaded it is the ardent desire of the government. ~George Washington~

Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind...War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today. ~John F. Kennedy~

War is as outmoded as cannibalism, chattel slavery, blood-feuds, and dueling, an insult to God and humanity...a daily crucifixion of Christ. ~Muriel Lester~


If the human race wishes to have a prolonged and indefinite period of material prosperity, they have only got to behave in a peaceful and helpful way toward one another. ~Winston Churchill~

More than an end to war, we want an end to the beginning of all wars -- yes, an end to this brutal, inhuman and thoroughly impractical method of settling the differences between governments. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt~

I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower~

Non-cooperation with evil is a sacred duty. ~Mahatma Gandhi~

Peace be with you. ~The Bible: Genesis XLIII. 23~

One cannot simultaneously prepare for and prevent war. ~Albert Einstein~

We, the peoples of the United Nations, determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal right of men and women and of nations large and small....And for these ends to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbors...have
resolved to combine our efforts to accomplish these aims. ~Preamble, Charter of the United Nations~

When you're finally up on the moon, looking back at the earth, all these differences and nationalistic traits are pretty well going to blend and you're going to get a concept that maybe this is really one world and why the hell can't we learn to live together like decent people? ~FRANK BORMAN


I heard the bells on Christmas Day. Their old familiar carols play. And wild and sweet the words repeat. Of peace on earth and goodwill to men. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow~

Peace with a club in hand is war. ~Portuguese Proverb~

Peace is the one condition of survival in this nuclear age. ~Adlai E. Stevenson~

I am as deeply concerned about our own troops there as anything else. For it occurs to me that what we are submitting them to in Vietnam is not simply the brutalizing process that goes on in any war where armies face each other and seek to destroy. We are adding cynicism to the process of death, for they must know after a short period there that none of the things we claim to be fighting for are really involved. Before long they must know that their
government has sent them into a struggle among Vietnamese, and the more sophisticated surely realize that we are on the side of the wealthy, and the secure, while we create a hell for the poor. ~Martin Luther King~

TO REPEAT AGAIN AND AGAIN: I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it. ~Dwight Eisenhower~

"Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense." Carl Sagan.

"Everybody knows that the Fox News Channel is merely a wing
of the Republican Party, and its viewers use it the same way a
drunk uses a lamp post, for support, not illumination.
--James Carville, Crossfire, 11/21/02

"You know why conservatives love the Saudi government? Because it stands for verything they do. It oppresses women, it forces religion down people's throats, and it loves money above everything else. Those are the three fundamentals of conservatism."James Carville, Crossfire, 11/25/02


"Of course the people don't want war ...but, after all, it is the leaders of the country
who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament or a communist dictatorship ... voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger." -- Hermann Goering, one of the original Nazis at his Nuremberg trial in 1946


The most important thing is for us to find osama bin laden. It's our #1 priority & we will not rest until we find him".....George W. BushSep. 13, 2001

"I don't know where osama is, I really don't care, It's not that important. It's not our priority".....George W. BushMarch 13, 2002

"If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier...just as long as I'm the dictator..."--Washington, DC, Dec 18, 2000, during his first trip to Washington as President-Elect

"Instead of entering a millennium of peace, the world is now, in many ways, a more dangerous place. The greater ease of travel and communication has not been matched by equal understanding and mutual respect," he said.

"War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn to live together in peace by killing each other'schildren." Jimmy Carter 12/10/02

"Through clever and constant application of propaganda people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way around, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise." --Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, 1923

"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


"Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor. It must be demanded by the oppressed." Martin Luther King

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed, second it is violently opposed, & third, it is accepted as self-evident." - Arthur Schopenhauer Philosopher

'If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects what never was and never will be '- Thomas Jefferson

"Mankind has cured most major diseases, put men on the moon, space probes into interstellar space, plumbed the oceans to their depths, created radio, TV, computers, the internet, unraveled the genetic code, and harnessed the power of the atom; all these wonders humans have achieved and yet we still cut our neighbors' throats over whose god has the biggest dick."__Professor Israel Shahak - Israeli Human Rights Activist - 1933~2001

"Yesterday was President's Day, and next week is a new holiday, dedicated to the Bushes... One Term President's Day"- David Letterman03. 19. 03
for aol

To announce that there must be no criticism of the President,
or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong,
is not only unpatriotic and servile,
but is morally treasonable to the American public

President Theodore Roosevelt


"When even one American - who has done nothing wrong -- is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth, then all of Americans are in peril." -- Harry S. Truman



writerman quoted this:

"What do our opponents mean when they apply to us the label "Liberal?" If by "Liberal" they mean, as they want people to believe, someone who is soft in his policies abroad, who is against local government, and who is unconcerned with the taxpayer's dollar, then the record of this party and its members demonstrate that we are not that kind of "Liberal." But if by a "Liberal" they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people -- their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties -- someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a "Liberal," then I'm proud to say I'm a "Liberal."" -- JFK

"We know perfectly well what to expect ... has become the party of great vested interest; corruption at home, aggression to cover it up abroad; trickery of tariff juggles, tyranny of party machine; sentiment by the bucketful, patronage by the pint; openhand at the public exchequer; open door at the public house; dear food for the millions ... and ... cheap labour by the millions...'

"Liberalism is not socialism, and never will be... Liberalism has its own
history and its own tradition. Socialism has its own formulas and aims.
Socialism seeks to pull down wealth; Liberalism would preserve private
interests in the only way in which they can be safely and justly
preserved, namely, by reconciling them with public right. Socialism
would kill enterprise; Liberalism would rescue enterprise from the
trammels of privilege and preference. Socialism assails the pre-eminence
of the individual; Liberalism seeks, and shall seek more in the future,
to build up a minimum standard for the mass. Socialism exalts the rule;
Liberalism exalts the man. Socialism attacks capital; Liberalism attacks
monopoly."
-- Winston Churchill
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Eric J in MN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 10:22 PM
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7. since you quoted the Bible, how about:
Edited on Sat May-15-04 10:22 PM by Eric J in MN
since you quoted the Bible, how about:

Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
Nor learn of more war.

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WLKjr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 10:23 PM
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8. Love that churchill qoute
I am going to print that one off and shove it in the face of my RWnger friends.
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dolo amber Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 10:34 PM
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12. Wow....so many good ones there!
My personal fave at the mo' is by our own Mr. Pitt, and is my sig line. :)

" Two days. That was all it took for the people of Spain to become impatient, to pressure their government for the truth. When they did not get it, they threw that government out on it's ear. For America, a nation approaching the 1,000th day in which their government has not provided the truth of September 11th, this is a lesson to be taken deeply to heart."----Will Pitt, truthout 15 Mar 2004
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JohnOneillsMemory Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 10:28 PM
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9. These are all DU signature quotes I've saved. This site is very 'mindful.'
"There is no reason why good cannot triumph as often as evil. The triumph of anything is a matter of organization. If there are such things as angels, I hope that they are organized along the lines of the Mafia." Kurt Vonnegut

"The individual is handicapped by coming face to face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists."--J. Edgar Hoover


"Individuals have international duties which transcend the national obligations of obediencetherefore have the duty to violate domestic laws to prevent crimes against peace and humanity from occurring." -Nuremberg War Crime Tribunal, 1950


"Well, I was once a child who was wrapped inside a flag, I did my pledge allegiance and yes, often I did brag About my country and her power and the nice things I did have, Now I've studied my land closely and I feel that I've been had. And 'm not sure who people are, I'm not sure who we've become, but you can have your nations anthem and the songs that will be sung" Cary Swinney - The Problem With Humans


"Get your facts first, and then you can distort 'em as much as you please." Twain

"When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world" John Muir 1838-1914

In individuals insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs it is the rule- Nietzsche


I can't understand why people are afraid of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones - John Cage

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world" -- Gandhi

"As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air -- however slight -- lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness." - Justice William O. Douglas

"Oderint dum metuan," or "Let them hate as long as they fear us." -- Caligula


At least two thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity, idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religious or political idols. -Aldous Huxley

Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent, and debate.Hubert H. Humphrey

Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened. (author unknown)

When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.--T. Jefferson

"There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root." -- Henry David Thoreau

"If a horse or lion or slow ox had agile hands for paint and sculpture, the horse would make his god a horse, the ox would sculpt an ox." Xenophanes

(Former president Bill) Clinton stands in the quadrangle at Columbia University after finishing a speech on the 50th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education, the 1954 Supreme Court decision that struck down school segregation.
He repeats advice he gave in his breakfast speech regarding the Arab world, but now for young people of color: "Blaming other people for your problems is self-defeating - even if you're right." AOL TimeWarner news report 2/16/04

"The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic State itself. That, in its essence, is Fascism ownership of government by an individual, by a group or by any controlling private power."--FDR


"Liberty can not be preserved without general knowledge among people." (1765) John Adams


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


All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. -- Edmund Burke

"The masses of the people prefer the ruler to the suppliant and are filled with a stronger sense of mental security by a teaching that brooks no rival than by a teaching which offers them a liberal choice. They have very little idea of how to make such a choice and thus are prone to feel abandoned. Whereas they feel very little shame at being terrorized intellectually and are scarcely conscious of the fact that their freedom as human beings is impudently abused...physical intimidation has its significance for the mass as well as the individual...For the successes which are thus obtained are taken by the adherents as a triumphant symbol of the righteousness of their own cause; while the beaten opponent very often loses faith in the effectiveness of any further resistance."-Adolph Hitler, 'Mein Kampf'

For those who stubbornly seek freedom, there can be no more urgent task than to come to understand the mechanisms and practices of indoctrination. These are easy to perceive in the totalitarian societies, much less so in the system of 'brainwashing under freedom' to which we are subjected and which all too often we serve as willing or unwitting instruments." Noam Chomsky

"You can get a point across better with one good guitar note than with 85 paragraphs of a State of the Union address." Frank Zappa


If you think you're too small to have an effect on anything, then you've never been in bed with a mosquito.

It's impossible to get someone to understand something when his SALARY depends upon his NOT understanding it.

"The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost invariably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And if he is not romantic personally, he is apt to spread discontent among those who are." - H.L. Mencken


"God created truth. Then the devil came along to help organize the truth, and called it religion."
-Deepak Chopra

People rarely win wars, governments rarely lose them. People get killed. Governments moult and regroup, hydra-headed. They first use flags to shrink-wrap peoples' minds and suffocate real thought, and then as ceremonial shrouds to cloak the mangled corpses of the willing dead.
-Arundhati Roy

"Fascism is not defined by the number of its victims, but by the way it kills them." -- Sartre

"The hottest places in hell are reserved for those, who in a time of great crisis, maintain their neutrality." Dante

To do evil a human being must first of all believe that what he's doing is good... Ideology - that is what gives evildoing its long-sought justification and gives the evildoer the necessary steadfastness and determination. That is the social theory which helps to make his acts seem good instead of bad in his own and others' eyes, so that he won't hear reproaches and curses but will receive praise and honors.
-Alexander Solzhenitsyn

"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance of the laws of our country."- Thomas Jefferson 1816


"Americans like to talk about Democracy but, when put to the test, usually find it to be an 'inconvenience.' We have opted instead for an authoritarian system *disguised* as a Democracy. We pay through the nose for an enormous joke-of-a-government, let it push us around, and then wonder how all those assholes got in there." -Frank Zappa, American hero


"Mere factual innocence is no reason not to carry out a death sentence properly reached." - Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, First Clinically Insane Member of the Supreme Court


"Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions."-Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

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Guava Jelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 10:28 PM
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10. hear are some goodones about fear
"let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself"
Franklin D. Roosevelt, Inaugural Address, March 4, 1933

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.

- Dostoyevsky

If someone betrays you once it is their fault, if someone betrays you twice it is your fault.

- Elenor Roosevelt

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every expierence in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself. "I lived through this horror. I can take teh next thing that comes along."

- Elenor Roosevelt, You Learn By Living. 1960

The only thing we have to fear is fear it'self - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified, terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance

- Fdr - First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1933

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."

- Frank Herbert, Dune - Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear

One of the things which danger does to you after a time is -, well, to kill emotion. I don't think I shall ever feel anything again except fear. None of us can hate anymore - or love.

- Graham Greene - The Confidential Agent (1939)

the things you fear are undefeatable, not by there nature, but by your approach

- Jewel Kiltcher (Singer)

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.

- John Stuart Mill

Never fear shadows.... that always means there is a light shining somewhere.

- Jonathan Santos

I think guns do kill people, though I suspect hate-mongering white supremacist groups that trade in fear and ignorance have something to do with it as well.

- Peter Hyman

that feeling isn't fear, it's just telling you to MOVE !!

- Rancid

Anyone who clings to the historically untrue -- and -- thoroughly immoral doctrine that violence never solves anything I would advise to conjure up the ghosts of Napoleon Bonaparte and the Duke of Wellington and let them debate it. The ghost of Hitler would referee. Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor; and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Breeds that forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and their freedoms.

- Robert Heinlein

Most people live dejectedly in wordly joys or sorrows. They sit on the sidelines and do not join in the dance. The knights of infinity are dancers and possess elevation. They rise up and fall down again, and this is no mean pastime, nor unpleasant to behold.

- Sren Kierkegaard, "Fear and Trembling"

The violent have been victorious for most of history because they kindled the fear with which everyone is born.

- Theodore Zeldin, "An Intimate History of Humanity"

Is it that they fear the pain of death or could it be they fear the joy of life?

- Toad The Wet Sprocket - Pray Your Gods

Life is only a outer layer, for reality is only realized by the insane.

- Valleix Herard
Related Quotes

Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours.

- Swedish Proverb, In Proverbs

Fear is only as deep as the mind allows

- Japenese proverb, In Proverbs

Fear is the path to the Dark Side; fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. - Yoda/Star Wars Episode 1

There are no devils in Hell, they are all here. -- William Shakespeare

You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you. - Eric Hoffer
Never feel self-pity, the most destructive emotion there is. How awful to be caught up in the terrible squirrel cage of self. -- Millicent Fenwick
As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.
-- Proverbs 26:2
It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, "Always do what you are afraid to do." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
No one loves the man whom he fears. -- Aristotle
Often fear of one evil leads us into a worse. -- NIcholas Boileau-Despresaux
The most dangerous person is the fearful; he is the most to be feared. -- Lidwig Borne
No passion so effectually robs the mond of all its poers of acting and reasoning as fear.
-- Edmund Burke
Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. -- Marie Curie
If a man harbors any sort of fear, it percolates through all his thinking, damages his personality, makes him landlord to a ghost. -- Lloyd Cassel Douglas
Fear has its use, but cowardice has none. I may not put my hand into the jaws of a snake, but the very sight of the snake need not strike terror into me. The trouble is that we often die many times before death overtakes us. -- Mahatma Gandhi
There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them. -- Andre Gide
We must face what we fear; that is the case of the core of the restoration of health.
-- Max Lerner
He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat. -- Napoleon I
As fear is close companion to falsehood, so truth follows fearlessness. -- Jawaharlar Nehru
A man who is afraid will do anything. -- Jawaharlar Nehru
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt
The experience of overcoming fear is extraordinarily delightful.
-- Bertrand Arthur William Russell
Worry is a form of fear, and all forms of fear produce fatigue. A man who has learned not to feel fear will find th fatigue of daily life enormously diminished.
-- Bertrand Arthur William Russell
Fear of self is the greatest of all terrors, the deepest of all dread, the commonest of all mistakes. From it grows failure. Because of it, life is a mockery. Out of it comes despair.
-- David Seabury
Fear follows crime, and is its punishment. -- Voltaire
"Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark."
---- Francis Bacon

"The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear."
--- H.P. Lovecraft

"In politics, what begins in fear usually ends in folly."
----Coleridge
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thebigidea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 10:29 PM
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11. "They say fear is a man's best friend." - John Cale
Edited on Sat May-15-04 10:30 PM by thebigidea
as to favorite quotes, mine would have to be Phil Dick's:

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eileen from OH Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 10:34 PM
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13. "Dying is easy - comedy is hard."
Attributed variously to Edmund Gwenn, Edward Kean, Oscar Wilde and Sir Donald Wolfitt.

eileen from OH
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Martin Eden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:02 PM
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16. I'm not afraid of death;
Edited on Sat May-15-04 11:02 PM by Martin Eden
I just don't want to be there when it happens.
-- Woody Allen
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DoNotRefill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 10:46 PM
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14. "there is nothing so passionate...
Edited on Sat May-15-04 10:53 PM by DoNotRefill
as a vested interest disguised as an intellectual conviction."--Frank Herbert

"Germans who wish to use firearms should join the SS or SA -ordinary citizens don't need guns, as their having guns doesn't serve the State."--Heinrich Himmler.


"People who like assault weapons should join the United States Army, we have them."--Wes Clark

"The best argument for coming out as a pro-gun nut relates to the need for an adjustment to the long-term strategy of the Democratic Party. For too long, both parties have treated the Constitution like a Chinese menu. Republicans whittle away at the Fourth Amendment's protection against unreasonable searches and smear opponents who exercise their First Amendment right to free speech. Democrats rail against the states rights expressed by the Tenth Amendment and absurdly argue that the placement of a comma reflects the founders' original intent to limit gun ownership to members of 18th century militias. Aside from its fundamental intellectual dishonesty, our politicians' take-some-leave-others attitude deviates from most citizens' belief that every section of the Constitution holds equal weight."--Ted Rall
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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 10:53 PM
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15. Greater Than The Tread Of A Mighty Army
is an idea who's time has come. Victor Hugo


Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream by night. Edgar Allan Poe
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shugah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:03 PM
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17. a few
i like:

ya don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. ~bob dylan

i want to change the world! ~from the inuyasha theme song

president clinton feels nations pain, breasts. ~headline from the onion

it is by the goodness of god that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them. ~mark twain

the political and commercial morals of the united states are not merely food for laughter, they are an entire banquet. ~mr. clemens again

in general the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give it to the other.
~voltaire

when the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.
~thomas jefferson

they that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither safety nor liberty.
~benjamin franklin

i don't want to be a soldier, momma, i don't want to die ~john lennon



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Spider Jerusalem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:04 PM
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18. The quote in my signature.
Here are some others:

Truth resides in every human heart, and one has to search for it there, and to be guided by truth as one sees it. But no one has a right to coerce others to act according to his own view of truth. - Mohandas K. Gandhi

The happiness and prosperity of our citizens is the only legitimate object of government. - Thomas Jefferson

If we cannot end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. - John F. Kennedy

Every effort to confine Americanism to a single pattern, to constrain it to a single formula, is disloyalty to everything that is valid in Americanism. - Henry Steele Commager

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetuate it. - Martin Luther King Jr

Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us. - Justice William O. Douglas
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corporatewhore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:08 PM
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19. My personal fav from hugo chavez....
Edited on Sat May-15-04 11:09 PM by corporatewhore
Sept 11's we've created "The FTAA is the Path to HELL"- Hugo Chavez
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Straight Shooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:24 PM
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20. 1 each from Jefferson, Voltaire, Nietzsche, and Pitt
Thomas Jefferson, taken from a letter to Dr. Benjamin Rush, September 23, 1800 - "I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."

Voltaire, A Philosophical Dictionary, 1764 - "In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give it to the other."

Friedrich Nietzsche - "Madness is rare in individuals, but in groups, parties, nations, and ages it is the rule."

William Pitt 1783 - "Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves."
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indigobusiness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:31 PM
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21. Ladies and Gentlemen, take my advice. Pull down your pants...
Edited on Sat May-15-04 11:33 PM by indigobusiness
and slide on the ice. Kurt Vonnegut

America...just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable. Hunter S. Thompson

"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."--John Kenneth Galbraith

"Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, if you listen carefully, you can hear her breathing." -- Arundhati Roy


I abhor war and view it as the greatest scourge of mankind.
Thomas Jefferson

"....is all that we see or seem....but a dream within a dream?" ~Edgar Allen Poe~

The Right Wing are the Bad Guys,but they know what they want--everybody else's money. And they like to screw everyone along the way. Gore Vidal
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paulk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:37 PM
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22. not about politics, but
I've had this hanging on the wall of my music studio for thirteen years now -

"The intellectual aspects of art are not art, nor does a comprehension of them enable art to be made". - Thomas Hart Benton


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davekriss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:37 PM
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23. I cried more than all the children in the world
...it was then the Woman disappeared. I shed more tears than God would have dared to ask.

I went out into the endless city. (O fatigue!) Drowning in the deaf night and in flight from happiness. It was like a winter night, with a fall of snow to smother the world with precision. I cried to friends: "Where is she hiding?" and they gave me false answers. I stood before the windows of the place she goes every night; I ran through an endless garden. Everywhere I was turned away. At all of this I cried incessantly. I went down at last to a place full of dust, where I sat upon the girders, and in that night wept out all the tears in my body -- yet my tears returned, to be wept out again and again.

I understood she returned to her everyday life; that mercy would turn in its orbit more slowly than any sun. She never came back, and will never come back, my adorable, who visited me in my room -- which I would never have thought possible. This time, believe me, I cried more than all the children in the world.

---Rimbaud, The Wastelands of Love

***

These passages imprinted themselves on my brain after an early love fell apart. I raise it now because, curiously (to me), after 20+ years, the phrases "I shed more tears than God would have dared to ask...yet my tears returned, to be wept out again and again...this time, believe me, I cried more than all the children in the world" have resonated again, several times, since December 12, 2000. On 9-11, of course; and again when the bombs began to drop on Afghanistan; once again when we attacked Irag; and still again when reading the first thread here about viewing the Berg video. It never ends. Disappointment dwells just below the surface, ready to be plucked again to sound its sour note. So much happens; has happened so quickly these last few years. Our tears fill oceans.


OK, OK, just a blue night.
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On the Road Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:56 PM
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24. Ken Kesey:
"Don't be part of their movie. Make them part of your movie."
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wyldwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:58 PM
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25. Wesley Clark
"I don't think it's patriotic to dress up in a flight suit and prance around."

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Cleita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-16-04 12:06 AM
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26. I had this on my signature for a long time.
Edited on Sun May-16-04 12:09 AM by Cleita
Others also did variations on it.

"Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country." Hermann Goering.

So I got a letter recently from Congressperson Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader of the House, that stated among many, many truths that she laid out about this maladministration, this ancedote and quote:

"An op-ed by Paul Krugman in the New York Times noted, 'What that scene demonstrated ( the cutting of veterans benefit by the House by 28.3 billion) was the belief of the Republican leadership that if it wraps itself in the flag, and denounces critics as unpatriotic,it can get away with anything'."
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-16-04 12:16 AM
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27. Pittsburgh Steeler Mean Joe Greene
"This ain't a game for pussies!"
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Hekate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-16-04 02:23 AM
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28. My sig line has been my mantra that keeps me going in BushTimes
From Hekate's personal meditations:

"Blessed art Thou, O Lady our Goddess, Mother of the Universe, who has kept us alive, and has preserved us, and enabled us to reach this day." (I recast an old blessing when something longed-for arrived quite suddenly)

Know Thy Enemy

"The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women.
It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism
and become lesbians." Pat Robertson, The Christian Coalition, August 1992 fund-raising letter
"Presumably on the same day." Ellen Goodman, Columnist, Boston Globe, October 20, 1992


From Woman and Nature, by Susan Griffin:

"This Earth -- What She Is to Me
This earth is my sister; I love her daily grace, her silent daring, and how loved I am -- how we admire this strength in each other, all that we have lost, all that we have suffered, all that we know: we are stunned by this beauty -- and I do not forget: what she is to me, what I am to her."

From the writings of Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhist monk:

"Putting the Little Pain to Sleep
The rain is falling softly.
I listen deeply to the sorrow within myself.
Please go to sleep, my dear little pain.
Let me embrace you tenderly, and let my in-breath and out-breath
continue to lull you to sleep.
Day and night I water the seeds of compassion and forgiveness,
so that tomorrow the flowers of joy can bloom.
Go to sleep my little knots;
tomorrow there will be a transformation
and we shall be able
to help love to be reborn again."

"May I be happy, may I be peaceful, may I be free."

From The Flag, by Mike Boehm, Chair of the My Lai Peace Park Project and Viet Nam vet:

"I looked into the eyes of my enemy
And saw myself
To kill him would be suicide
To love him would be salvation..."

From The Lord of the Rings, by JRR Tolkein

"I wish the Ring had never come to me... I wish none of this had happened." Frodo
"So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." Gandalf

From Women Who Run With the Wolves, by Clarissa P. Estes

"Where does Wild Woman live?
At the bottom of the well,
in the headwaters,
in the ether before time.
She lives in the tear and the ocean.
She lives in the cambria of trees, which pings as it grows.
She is from the future and from the beginning of time.
She lives in the past and is summoned by us.
She is in the present and keeps a chair at our table,
stands behind us in line,
and drives ahead of us on the road.
She is in the future
and walks backward in time to find us now.
She lives in the green poking through the snow,
she lives in the rustling stalks of dying autumn corn,
she lives where the dead come to be kissed
and the living send their prayers.
She lives in the place where language is made.
She lives on poetry and percussion and singing.
She lives on quarter notes and grace notes,
and in a cantata, in a sestina, and in the blues.
She is the moment just before inspiration bursts upon us.
She lives in a faraway place
that breaks through to our world."


Hekate
(who remembered to hope when she read all this in her journal)
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lostnfound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-16-04 03:30 AM
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29. The struggle of man against power is the struggle of..
Edited on Sun May-16-04 03:33 AM by lostnfound
memory against forgetting. -- Milan Kundera
I think another DUer used it as a sig line.


Also I'm really thinking about "Love Your Enemies" lately. (It's so easy to find yourself hating some of these guys.. it appears the world's struggle is right there echoing inside all of us, in one form or another.)
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