“We can have democracy in this country or we can have great concentrated wealth in the hands of a few, but we cannot have both.” Louis Brandeis, Supreme Court Justice, 1941

“A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.”  Edward R. Murrow

“Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.”  Thomas Jefferson

 “All great truths begin as blasphemies.” — George Bernard Shaw

“I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.” – Albert Einstein

“The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubt, while the stupid people are full of confidence.”  Charles Bukowski

“Live like the revolution is over and we won.” – Abbie Hoffman.

“Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.”   Henry David Thoreau

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”   Jimi Hendrix  (a succinct version of William Gladstone’s: “We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace.” (William Gladstone 1809-1898)

If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.”   Emma Goldman

“I’m a bit of a tree-hugging, Hindu-tattooed, veggie meditator myself but first and foremost I want to have a fucking laugh.”  Russell Brand

“The truth Is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” Winston Churchill

“Power concedes nothing without a demand . . . The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.” Frederick Douglass

“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.”  Albert Einstein

“Dream as if you’ll live forever; Live as if you’ll die today.”  James Dean

“Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it with use.” ~Ruth Gordon

“Fascism should more appropriately be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power.”  Benito Mussolini

“Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions but those who kindly reprove thy faults.”  Socrates

“At any moment, you have a choice, that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it.”  Nhat Hahn

“To do nothing is sometimes a good remedy.”  Hippocrates

“I am truly free only when all human beings, men and women, are equally free.The freedom of other men, far from negating or limiting my freedom, is, on the contrary, its necessary premise and confirmation.” Mikhail Bakunin

51 thoughts on “Quotes

  1. “I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.” Thomas Edison, 1931

    [Just think: Edison (–> solar energy from more efficient, avian-friendly panels) and Tesla (–> more efficient, low-cost battery for round-the-clock solar energy storage) could have prevented our current energy crisis from ever happening!]

  2. “The trouble is that not enough people have come together with the firm determination to live the things which they say they believe.”

    Eleanor Roosevelt

  3. The first man who, having fenced in a piece of land, said “This is mine,” and found people naïve enough to believe him, that man was the true founder of civil society. From how many crimes, wars, and murders, from how many horrors and misfortunes might not any one have saved mankind, by pulling up the stakes, or filling up the ditch, and crying to his fellows: Beware of listening to this impostor; you are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody.
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on Inequality, 1754

  4. ‘Small minds talk about people, average minds talk about events, great minds talk about ideas.’ Eleanor Roosevelt

    • and then i had to go out and play with humans and found the best ones played occupy earth together! <3 u and carolann ….. its beautiful!

  5. When all the trees have been cut down,
    when all the animals have been hunted,
    when all the waters are polluted,
    when all the air is unsafe to breathe,
    only then will you discover you cannot eat money.
    – Cree Prophecy

  6. When a social movement adopts the compromises of legislators, it has forgotten its role, which is to push and challenge the politicians, not to fall in meekly behind them. –Howard Zinn

  7. We do know that if the profits were taken out of the wars, they would come to a screeching halt, since no other reason appears to exist for waging them
    –Jack Balkwill

  8. Every day, rights guaranteed by US laws as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are violated against the people of the United States and around the world. Let us recognize that these rights are our inalienable rights and that only we can ensure that we have them. – Popular Resistance

  9. Re James Dean quote. He wrongly paraphrased an existentialist, whose quote is, “Live as if you’ll die tomorrow”!!!%$^^%$!!!

      • Reply to Hippocrates [“To do nothing is sometimes a good remedy.”]: It is impossible ‘to do nothing’: to ‘do nothing’ is ‘to do’ is ‘to act’ is ‘to impact’ is ‘something’ of an oxymoron. Living–being alive–has an effect: we displace atoms, eg, as a consequence of living; by implication, living is doing something, not nothing.

  10. “…our entire economic paradigm is a threat to ecological stability. And indeed that challenging this economic paradigm – through mass-movement counter-pressure – is humanity’s best shot at avoiding catastrophe.”
    [last name Werner]

  11. To paraphrase Margaret Meade: ~ ‘Never doubt that an individual can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.’

    • On second thought, the world has been changed myriad times, in myriad ways, by myriad means, for myriad reasons. Still, to extend “I think, therefore I am” which was how Rene Descartes paraphrased St Augustine, let me suggest: ‘I (have an) impact, therefore I am.’

  12. “This we know: the Earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the Earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.” Chief Seattle

  13. If you are depressed, you are living in the past.
    If you are anxious, you are living in the future.
    If you are at peace, you are living in the present.
    Lao Tzu

  14. “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Albert Einstein

    Know thyself.

    To thine own self be true.

    • “Know thyself” is an ancient Greek aphorism; one of the Delphic maxims inscribed at the temple of Apollo, according to Wikipedia.

      “To thine own self be true” is actually a Shakespearean quote from the character Polonius in Hamlet.

      This above all: to thine own self be true,
      And it must follow, as the night the day,
      Thou canst not then be false to any man.
      Farewell, my blessing season this in thee!

  15. “The power of the Executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers, is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist.”
    Winston Churchill

    • Yes, we are currently living in an authoritarian police state reigned over by an imperial president who doesn’t think he needs Congress’s approval to declare war, indefinitely detain U. S. citizens without charge or trial, or to try to push through sweeping multinational agreements, and who believes it is his prerogative to disregard the Constitution and International law!

  16. “General, your tank is a powerful vehicle.
    It smashes down forests and crushes a hundred men.
    But it has one defect: it needs a driver.”
    Bertolt Brecht

    • All of those seem like defects to me. Even worse than humans fighting in wars are the drones we now have; next it will be robot warriors and that will be infinitely worse because wars will be able to be conducted without any feeling or thought.

      • Sorry, I can’t make any sense of that first sentence [“All of those seem like defects to me.”] There are, in fact, few tools as powerful or powerfully effective as tanks at smashing forests and crushing a hundred men! Of course, Brecht presupposed properly assembled and properly maintained tanks, ie, those without defects. Why shouldn’t he have?

        More on drones anon…

          • You’ve misunderstood Brecht’s point entirely, which is what makes the quote interesting; the rare twist with which he ends it is what makes it brilliant!!!

            • Brecht’s point being: the most fearsome weapon of the day (eg, drones, nuclear bombs) is harmless without an operator, a deliverer, a driver!

  17. We were warned by Franklin Roosevelt in the aftermath of the Great Depression, when in 1936 he called out “Economic Royalists” who today would be billionaires, saying:

    “A small group had concentrated into their own hands an almost complete control over other people’s property, other people’s money, other people’s labor, other people’s lives. For too many of us life was no longer free; liberty no longer real; men could no longer follow the pursuit of happiness … These economic royalists complain that we seek to overthrow the institutions of America. What they really complain of is that we seek to take away their power. Our allegiance to American institutions requires the overthrow of this kind of power.”

  18. “When the people fear the government there is tyranny; when the government fears the people there is liberty.” Thomas Jefferson

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