quotations III



"  when the rich make war, its the poor that die." 

                                                        ~ jean-paul sarte



"  our lives begin to end when we stop talking about things that matter."

                                                        ~ rev. dr. martin luther king jr.



"  any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. 
it takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction."  

                                                        ~ albert einstein



"  one of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics
is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."

                                                        ~ plato



"  my blood is drunk by the roots of the tree from
which one day the fruit of freedom will ripen."

                                                        ~ nelson mandela



"  im only cynical because i need to be.

                                                        ~ jennifer ray



"  no matter how cynical you become, it is never enough to keep up."

                                                        ~ lily tomlin



"  in the depth of winter,  i finally learned that
there was within me, an invincible summer."     

                                                        ~ camus 



"  ours could be the time when regard for the sacredness of all living beings
becomes more important than dominating and conquering others."

                                                         ~ kathleen fischer



"  open your polling places to all your people... there is no constitutional issue here.  the command of the constitution is plain.  there is no moral issue.  it is wrong... to deny any of your fellow americans the right to vote.  there is no issue of states' rights or national rights.   there is only the struggle for human rights."

                                                        ~ lyndon baines johnson
                                                           march, 1965



"  government is merely a servant - merely a temporary servant. 
it cannot be its prerogative to determine what is right and
what is wrong and decide who is a patriot and who isn't. 
its function is to obey orders, not originate them."

                                                        ~ mark twain



theres less to go around, if everyone counts."

                                                        ~ bob pollard



"  we will either find a way or make one."

                                                        - hannibal


"Truth crushed to earth shall rise again"?

"  the interests of society require the observation of
those moral precepts... in which all religions agree."

                                                        ~ thomas jefferson



"  look into your heart... who looks outside, dreams.  who looks inside, awakens!"     

                                                        ~ carl jung



"  commitment is healthiest when it is not without doubt but in spite of doubt."

                                                        ~ rollo may



"  the human race is divided into two classes: those who go ahead and do something,
and those who sit still and inquire, 'why wasn't it done the other way?' "

                                                        ~ oliver wendell holmes, jr.



"  it's a drifting time, people are fascinated by screens, no idea what's on the other side."

                                                        ~ greg brown



"  first they arrested the communists -- but I was not a communist, so i did nothing. then they came for the social democrats, but i was not a social democrat, so i did nothing. then they arrested the trade unionists -- and i did nothing because i was not one. and then they came for the jews and the catholics, but i was neither a jew nor a catholic and i did nothing. at last they came and arrested me -- and there was no one left to do anything about it."

                                                        ~ rev. martin niemoller
                                                           nazi prison survivor



"  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!"

                                                        ~ theodore roosevelt



"  honestly, i think we should just trust our president in every
decision that he makes and we should just support that." 

                                                        ~ britney spears



this chamber is, for the most part, silent -- ominously, dreadfully silent. there is no debate, no discussion, no attempt to lay out for the nation the pros and cons of this particular war. there is nothing.  we stand passively mute in the united states senate, paralyzed by our own uncertainty, seemingly stunned by the sheer turmoil of events. only on the editorial pages of our newspapers is there much substantive discussion of the prudence or imprudence of engaging in this particular war.  and this is no small conflagration we contemplate. this is no simple attempt to defang a villain. no. this coming battle, if it materializes, represents a turning point in u.s. foreign policy and possibly a turning point in the recent history of the world.

                                                       ~ hon. senator robert byrd
                                                          senate floor speech
                                                          february 12, 2003



"  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."  

                                                        ~ dwight d. eisenhower



  we all inhabit this small planet. we all breathe the same air.
we all cherish our children's future. and we are all mortal."

                                                        ~ john f. kennedy



"  look at yourselves. some of you teen-agers, students. how do you think i feel - and i belong to a generation ahead of you - how do you think i feel to have to tell you, 'we, my generation, sat around like a knot on a wall while the whole world was fighting for its human rights - and you've got to be born into a society where you still have that same fight .'  what did we do, who preceded you? i'll tell you what we did. nothing.  and don't you make the same mistake we made."

                                                        ~ malcolm X



"  i'm reluctant to use fancy polysyllables like philosophy
to refer to what seems ordinary common sense."

                                                        ~ noam chomsky 



"  there's an interesting pattern going on. when i write a political column for the chicago sun-times, when liberals disagree with me, they send in long, logical e-mails explaining all my errors. i hardly ever get well-reasoned articles from the right. people just tell me to shut up. that's the message: 'shut up. don't write anymore about this. who do you think you are?'"

                                                        ~ roger ebert



"  a nation, as a society, forms a moral person, and every member
of it is personally responsible for his society."

                                                        ~ thomas jefferson



"  there is nothing more likely to start disagreement
among people or countries than an agreement."

                                                        ~ e. b. white



"  i think the real issue is the danger that these chemical or biological or radiological, or even nuclear weapons could fall into the hands of terrorists. and I think they are weapons of mass terror.  that is what concerns us, that we are trying in every way we know how to deal with the iraqi issue peacefully."

                                                       ~ paul wolfowitz
                                                          january, 2003



"  i'm not concerned about weapons of mass destruction."

                                                        ~ paul wolfowitz
                                                           july, 2003



"  the people never give up their liberties but under some delusion."

                                                        ~ edmund burke



"  republics fall when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people in order to betray them."

                                                        ~ joseph story



"  the right of voting for representatives is the primary right by which all other rights are protected.  to take away this right is to reduce a man to slavery."

                                                        ~ thomas paine



"  what kind of peace do I mean?  what kind of peace do we seek?  not a pax americana enforced on the world by american weapons of war.  not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave.  i am talking about genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living, the kind that enables men and nations to grow and to hope and to build a better life for their children - not merely peace for americans but peace for all men and women - not merely peace in our time but peace for all time."

                                                          ~   john f. kennedy
                                                              @ american university, june 10, 1963




will not be televised"

~ gil scott heron