An accounting of the sheer scale and continuity and consequences of American imperial violence is our elite’s most enduring taboo.
Every generation needs a new revolution
What can one say about a country where a museum of science in a great city can feature an exhibit in which people fire machine guns from a helicopter at Vietnamese huts, with a light flashing when a hit is scored? What can one say about a country where such an idea can even be Read more…
A nation that will keep people in slavery for 244 years will ?thingify? them and make them things. And therefore, they will exploit them and poor people generally economically. And a nation that will exploit economically will have to have foreign investments and everything else, and it will have to use its military might to Read more…
Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and establish such creative tension that a community that has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. It seeks so to dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored…I am not afraid of the word tension. I have earnestly worked and Read more…
Sometimes only truth expressed with simplicity can overcome lies entrenched with complexity.
I should like to be able to love my country and love justice.
Frankly, I was horrified by life, at what a man had to do simply in order to eat, sleep, and keep himself clothed. So I stayed in bed and drank. When you drank the world was still out there, but for the moment it didn?t have you by the throat.
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. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its Read more…
Is there any man, is there any woman, let me say any child here, who does not know that the seed of war in the modern world is industrial and commercial rivalry?
Predatory capitalism?is not a fit system for the mid-twentieth century. It is incapable of meeting human needs that can be expressed only in collective terms, and its concept of competitive man who seeks only to maximize wealth and power, who subjects himself to market relationships, to exploitation and external authority, is antihuman and intolerable in Read more…
Being a policeman warps a man’s mind… There seems no way of avoiding this.
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear?not absence of fear.
So many windmills, So few Quixotes
The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning, but without understanding.
All professions are conspiracies against laity.
The people never give up their freedom except under some delusion.
An evil exists that threatens every man, woman, and child of this great nation. We must take steps to ensure our domestic security and protect our homeland.
All physical theories?ought to lend themselves to so simple a description that even a child could understand them.
Most conversations are simply monologues delivered in the presence of witnesses.
Most people ignore most poetry because most poetry ignores most people.
So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.
A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don’t need it.
The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.
Get happiness out of your work or you may never know what happiness is.
Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.
For most men life is a search for the proper manila envelope in which to get themselves filed.
The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced.
The average Ph.D. thesis is nothing but a transference of bones from one graveyard to another.
There are no problems; only people without solutions.
To suggest that war can prevent war is a base play on words and a despicable form of warmongering. The objective of any who sincerely believe in peace clearly must be to exhaust every honorable recourse in the effort to save the peace. The world has had ample evidence that war begets only conditions that Read more…
Do not dig valleys deeper to increase hills.
Dance to the music that is played.
Warrior, heed this When you battle with demons Aim not at their hearts.
Patriarchal systems implode, unfortunately, too slowly.
The more ambitious wars are, the greater the likelihood that they will go awry. Wars usually become nightmares that last far longer than expected, and their ultimate consequences can rarely be predicted. These monumental legacies of failure have shaped the past century profoundly and have altered decisively the existences of countless millions: destroyed their lives, Read more…
I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.
In all recorded history there has not been one economist who has had to worry about where the next meal would come from.
Fall is my favorite season in Los Angeles, watching the birds change color and fall from the trees.
The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.
Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.
Just because a message comes from heaven doesn’t mean its not stupid.
Academism results when the reasons for the rule change, but not the rule.
Can’t is a word in the vocabulary of men who never did
The disappearance of a sense of responsibility is the most far-reaching consequence of submission to authority.
What we hope ever to do with ease we must learn first to do with diligence.
Chance favors the prepared mind.
Remember! Things in life will not always run smoothly. Sometimes we will be rising toward the heights – then all will seem to reverse itself and start downward. The great fact to remember is that the trend of civilization itself is forever upward, that a line drawn through the middle of the peaks and the Read more…
I have made this [letter] longer, because I have not had the time to make it shorter.
Education is a method whereby one acquires a higher grade of prejudices.