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Pablo Picasso: I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. …

I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.

elvis presley: I don’t know anything about music. In my line you don’t have to. …

I don’t know anything about music. In my line you don’t have to.

Socrates: Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, …

Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity.

Publilius Syrus: It is a bad plan that admits of no modification. …

It is a bad plan that admits of no modification.

Arnold Toynbee: To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization. …

To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization.

Mary Ritter Beard: At no time, at no place, in solemn convention assembled, through no chosen agents, had the American p…

At no time, at no place, in solemn convention assembled, through no chosen agents, had the American people officially proclaimed the United States to be a democracy. The Constitution did not contain the word or any word lending countenance to it, except possibly the mention of ?We, the people? in the preamble….When the Constitution was Read more…

Steven Weinberg: The effort to understand the universe is one of the very few things that lifts human life a little ab…

The effort to understand the universe is one of the very few things that lifts human life a little above the level of farce, and gives it some of the grace of tragedy.

James Q. Wilson: American liberalism, like America in general, is different. Created by the New Deal but drawing on fe…

American liberalism, like America in general, is different. Created by the New Deal but drawing on features of the earlier Progressive movement, liberalism here, unlike the liberalism found in many European nations, never took seriously the idea of nationalizing major industries, only occasionally and then without much conviction proposed any major distribution of income, and Read more…

A Department of Defense study in 1997: Historical data show a strong correlation between US involvement in international situations and an i…

Historical data show a strong correlation between US involvement in international situations and an increase in terrorist attacks against the United States.

Michel Foucault: In defining the effects of power as repression, one adopts a purely juridical conception of such powe…

In defining the effects of power as repression, one adopts a purely juridical conception of such power, one identifies power with a law which says no, power is taken above all as carrying the force of a prohibition. Now I believe that this is a wholly negative, narrow, skeletal conception of power, one which has Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: I actually have a high regard for the American media, because I think there is a high level of profes…

I actually have a high regard for the American media, because I think there is a high level of professional competence in a narrow sense. For example, if some event is taking place somewhere in the world, and I had to choose between the descriptions given by a professional American reporter and reporters from other Read more…

Jimmy Carter: We sent Marines into Lebanon and you only have to go to Lebanon, to Syria or to Jordan to witness fir…

We sent Marines into Lebanon and you only have to go to Lebanon, to Syria or to Jordan to witness first-hand the intense hatred among many people for the United States because we bombed and shelled and unmercifully killed totally innocent villagers — women and children and farmers and housewives — in those villages around Read more…

Patrick Barry: The master’s finest tool was never the weapon that kept his slaves in submission. Nor was it the one …

The master’s finest tool was never the weapon that kept his slaves in submission. Nor was it the one that he provided to the slaves to do his bidding. It is, and has always been, one that will convince a slave they are free in a system of suppression.

Macolm X: If we don’t stand for something, we may fall for anything…

If we don’t stand for something, we may fall for anything

Georg Lukacs: Orthodox Marxism … does not imply the uncritical acceptance of the results of Marx’s investigations…

Orthodox Marxism … does not imply the uncritical acceptance of the results of Marx’s investigations. It is not the ‘belief’ in this or that thesis, not the exegesis of a ‘sacred’ book. On the contrary, orthodoxy refers exclusively to method.

Georg Lukacs: The proletariat only perfects itself by annihilating and transcending itself, by creating the classle…

The proletariat only perfects itself by annihilating and transcending itself, by creating the classless society through the successful conclusion of its own class struggle. The struggle for this society, in which the dictatorship of the proletariat is merely a phase, is not just a battle waged against an external enemy, the bourgeoisie. It is equally Read more…

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John Pilger: Blaming the public for its lack of interest in politics is the self-deluding excuse of media executiv…

Blaming the public for its lack of interest in politics is the self-deluding excuse of media executives who claim an insight into the popular mood, yet are contemptuous of it. In truth, the public has never been more interested in real politics, which it does not associate with the deceptions and gossip of an elective Read more…

Henry Adams: And there she stood, with her eyes fixed on the President and his wife, while the endless stream of h…

And there she stood, with her eyes fixed on the President and his wife, while the endless stream of humanity passed them, shaking hands….And in all that crowd there was no one besides herself who felt the mockery of this exhibition….They thought it was a democratic institution, this droll aping of monarchical forms.

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William Blum: Sam Smith, a journalist in Washington, whom some of you are familiar with, in his new book makes the …

Sam Smith, a journalist in Washington, whom some of you are familiar with, in his new book makes the point that Those who think history has left us helpless should recall the abolitionist of 1830, the feminist of 1870, the labor organizer of 1890, and the gay or lesbian writer of 1910. They, like us, Read more…

Friedrich Nietzsche: He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for lon…

He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.

Friedrich Nietzsche: Insanity in individuals is something rare – but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rul…

Insanity in individuals is something rare – but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.

mark pullyblank: Strange that those who oppose tolerance are usually the ones whos personalities require it the most….

Strange that those who oppose tolerance are usually the ones whos personalities require it the most.

Donald Foster: No one who cannot rejoice in the discovery of his own mistakes deserves to be called a scholar. …

No one who cannot rejoice in the discovery of his own mistakes deserves to be called a scholar.

George Bernard shaw: Hatred is the cowards revenge for being intimidated…

Hatred is the cowards revenge for being intimidated

Francois de La Rochefoucauld: It is often merely for an excuse that we say things are impossible. …

It is often merely for an excuse that we say things are impossible.

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Noam Chomsky: [T]he purpose of education…cannot be to control the child?s growth to a specific pre-determined end…

[T]he purpose of education…cannot be to control the child?s growth to a specific pre-determined end, because any such end must be established by arbitrary authoritarian means; rather the purpose of education must be to permit the growing principle of life to take its own individual course, and to facilitate the process by sympathy, encouragement, and Read more…

Heraclitus: Much learning does not teach understanding. …

Much learning does not teach understanding.

Thomas Jefferson: I amused myself with reading seriously Plato?s republic [in the original Greek, of course]. I am wro…

I amused myself with reading seriously Plato?s republic [in the original Greek, of course]. I am wrong however in calling it amusement, for it was the heaviest task-work I ever went through. I had occasionally before taken up some of his other works, but scarcely ever had the patience to go through a whole dialogue. Read more…

Xenophanes: Mortals believe that the gods are born as they are, and have clothes and speech and bodies like their…

Mortals believe that the gods are born as they are, and have clothes and speech and bodies like theirs…But if cattle and horses had hands, and could draw and create works of art like men do, horses would draw pictures of gods like horses, and cattle of gods like cattle, and make the bodies of Read more…

Lily Tomlin: Sometimes I worry about being a success in a mediocre world. …

Sometimes I worry about being a success in a mediocre world.

Leo Tolstoy: Historians are like deaf people who go on answering questions that no one has asked them. …

Historians are like deaf people who go on answering questions that no one has asked them.

Jose Ortega y Gasset: The man[sic] who discovers a new scientific truth has previously had to smash to atoms almost everyth…

The man[sic] who discovers a new scientific truth has previously had to smash to atoms almost everything he had learnt, and arrives at the new truth with hands bloodstained from the slaughter of a thousand platitudes.

George Bernard shaw: Few people think more than two or three times a year; I have made an international reputation for mys…

Few people think more than two or three times a year; I have made an international reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week.

Seneca: The best ideas are common property. …

The best ideas are common property.

William Penn: Inquiry is human; blind obedience brutal. Truth never loses by the one but often suffers by the othe…

Inquiry is human; blind obedience brutal. Truth never loses by the one but often suffers by the other.

Oliver Wendell Holmes: Truth is whatever survives the cleansing fires of skepticism after they have burned away error and su…

Truth is whatever survives the cleansing fires of skepticism after they have burned away error and superstition. The healthy growth of civilization depends on skepticism more than it does on faith.

Martin Gardner: Biographical history, as taught in our public schools, is still largely a history of boneheads: ridi…

Biographical history, as taught in our public schools, is still largely a history of boneheads: ridiculous kings and queens, paranoid political leaders, compulsive voyagers, ignorant generals?the flotsam and jetsam of historical currents.

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Noam Chomsky: No one can fail to see that to the extent that he restricts his protest, to the extent that he reject…

No one can fail to see that to the extent that he restricts his protest, to the extent that he rejects actions that are open to him, he accepts complicity in what the government does. Some will act on this realization, posing sharply a moral issue that no person of conscience can evade.

Karl Popper: In all or almost all civilizations we find something like religious and cosmological teaching, and in…

In all or almost all civilizations we find something like religious and cosmological teaching, and in many societies we find schools. Now schools, especially primitive schools, all have, it appears, a characteristic structure and function. Far from being places of critical discussion they make it their task to impart a definite doctrine, and to preserve Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: There are a vast number of people who are uninformed and heavily propagandized, but fundamentally dec…

There are a vast number of people who are uninformed and heavily propagandized, but fundamentally decent. The propaganda that inundates them is effective when unchallenged, but much of it only goes skin deep. If they can be brought to raise questions and apply their decent instincts and basic intelligence, many people quickly escape the confines Read more…

F.E. Trainer: We must live more simply so that the poor may simply live….

We must live more simply so that the poor may simply live.

Mikhail Bakunin: I am truly free only when all human beings around me,men and women alike,are equally free….

I am truly free only when all human beings around me,men and women alike,are equally free.

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Noam Chomsky: As a final example of this failure of skepticism, consider the remarks of Henry Kissinger in concludi…

As a final example of this failure of skepticism, consider the remarks of Henry Kissinger in concluding his presentation in a Harvard-Oxford television debate on American Vietnam policies. He observed, rather sadly, that what disturbs him most is that others question not our judgment but our motives?a remarkable comment on the part of one whose Read more…

Jakob Stensgaard: Perhaps there was never in the history of man a more shameful and wretched sight than the sons and da…

Perhaps there was never in the history of man a more shameful and wretched sight than the sons and daughters of Thomas Jefferson and Walt Whitman enslaved by the terrorism of their own government anno 2002 and then forced to turn the rest of the free world into a global policestate.

Julia King: Around the time my mother taught me how to tie my shoes, she also taught me how to protest. Her rules…

Around the time my mother taught me how to tie my shoes, she also taught me how to protest. Her rules were simple: Look respectable, act respectable, and don’t give the opposition any ammunition. Together we buttoned those top buttons and combed our hair for peace, civil rights, the ERA. You name it, we marched Read more…

Thorstein Veblen: The leisure class is in great measure sheltered from the stress of those economic exigencies which pr…

The leisure class is in great measure sheltered from the stress of those economic exigencies which prevail in any modern, highly organised industrial community. The exigencies of the struggle for the means of life are less exacting for this class than for any other; and as a consequence of this privaleged position we should expect Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: American power is so great that no outside force can call us to account; hence the overwhelming urgen…

American power is so great that no outside force can call us to account; hence the overwhelming urgency of the effort to overcome the effects of a generation of indoctrination and a long history of self-adulation. We will simply compound the tragedy of Vietnam if we do not exploit this opportunity to break loose from Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: In considering how human rights might serve as a ?guiding value? in American foreign policy, one shou…

In considering how human rights might serve as a ?guiding value? in American foreign policy, one should not dismiss the historical record, which is ample. There is indeed a close relationship between human rights and American foreign policy. There is substantial evidence that American aid and diplomatic support increase as human rights violations increase, at Read more…

Joseph Stalin: A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic. …

A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.

C. P. Snow: When you think of the long and gloomy history of man, you will find more hideous crimes have been com…

When you think of the long and gloomy history of man, you will find more hideous crimes have been committed in the name of obedience than have ever been committed in the name of rebellion.

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