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.
Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn’t mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar.
I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly.
I think we ought always to entertain our opinions with some measure of doubt. I shouldn’t wish people dogmatically to believe any philosophy, not even mine.
There are three social classes in America: upper middle class, middle class, and lower middle class.
We are born charming, fresh and spontaneous and must be civilized before we are fit to participate in society.
In the end, we will remember not only the actions of our enemies, but silence of our friends.
We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
The real hero is always a hero by mistake; he dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else.
Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
All generalizations are dangerous, even this one.
What this country needs is more free speech worth listening to.
In the end, it is living people, not corpses, creative energy, not destructive rage, which are our only real defense, not just against other goverments trying to kill us, but against our own, also trying to kill us.
Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.
The future is here. It’s just not widely distributed yet.
All things must change to something new, to something strange.
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.
Evil when we are in its power is not felt as evil but as a necessity, or even a duty.
Poverty, which is a tragedy in a poor country, blights our affluent society with something more than tragedy; being unnecessary, it is deeply immoral as well.
The best way to defend civil liberties is to build a movement for social change with a positive programme that has a broad-based appeal, that encourages free and open discussion and offers a wide range of possibilities for work and action.
The assumption that the colonial power is benevolent and has the interests of the natives at heart is as old as imperialism itself. Thus the liberal Herman Merivale, lecturing at Oxford in 1840, lauded the ?British policy of colonial enlightenment? which ?stands in contrast to that of our ancestors,? who cared little ?about the internal Read more…
In general, one would expect any group with access to power and affluence to construct an ideology that will justify this state of affairs on grounds of the general welfare….That is, one might anticipate that as power becomes more accessible, the inequities of the society will recede from vision, the status quo will seem less Read more…
I think it?s entirely natural for history to progress from a period when slavery is considered legitimate to a period where it isn?t. But I think it would be surprising if history went in the other direction. It seems to me that, throughout history, it is quite common to find things that were regarded as Read more…
The basic law of capitalism is you or I, not both you and I.
The blood of maryrs is the seed of liberty.
Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.
Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
Republicans and Democrates are simply two adjoining cheeks of the same ass. They need each other.
It is a crucial act of independent thinking to be skeptical of someone else’s reality.
I told my friends of the cloth that I did not believe Christ was meek and lowly but a real living, vital agitator who went into the temple with a lash and a krout and whipped the oppressors of the poor, routed them out of the doors and spilled their blood and got silver on Read more…
As I have said before, the ever more sophisticated weapons piling up inthe arsenals of the wealthiest and the mightiest can kill the illiterate, the ill, the poor and the hungry but they cannot kill ignorance, illness, poverty or hunger.
There is no historical fact that did not owe its origin to social economics; but it is no less true to say that there is no historical fact that was not preceded, not accompanied, and not succeeded by a definite state of consciousness.
The demand to give up illusions about the existing state of affairs is the demand to give up a state of affairs which needs illusions.
What is more, the ?responsible? attitude is that opposition to the war on grounds of cost is not, as I have said, deplorable, but rather admirable, in keeping with the genius of American politics. American politics is a politics of accommodation that successfully excludes moral considerations. Therefore it is quite proper?a further demonstration of our Read more…
While the state exists there will be no freedom; when freedom exists there will be no state.
Acts of benevolence could coexist with atrocities, and the perpetrators were not aware of any contradiction. Here is revealed the phenomenon in which morality is subtly blended with power.
What our wartime leaders accomplished by their moralizing was not simply to deceive the people of Japan or of the world; more than anyone else they deceived themselves.
Once a newspaper touches a story, the facts are lost forever, even to the protagonists.
The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on. It is never any use to oneself.
It only takes 20 years for a liberal to become a conservative without changing a single idea.
In the Roman empire, only the Romans voted. In modern global capitalism, only the Americans vote. Not the Brazilians.
Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.
Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
I have given two brother-in-laws to war and I stand ready to sacrifice my wife’s mother.
It was, at one time, quite normal to denounce the ?Communists? for their disregard of international law and treaty obligations. Now, however, many Americans tend to scoff at such matters as irrelevant, unrealistic. Suddenly, the Constitution and the system of treaties to which we have committed ourselves?the United Nations Charter in particular?have become ?outmoded,? inappropriate Read more…
If any of you have ever looked at your FBI file, you discover that intelligence agencies in general are extremely incompetent. That?s one of the reasons why there are so many intelligence failures. They just never get anything straight, for all kinds of reasons. Part of it is because of the information they get. The Read more…
We listen with the languor of a people who have never been bombed, who have only been the bombardiers….We have no Hiroshima, no city of the blind and maimed, no professors haggard from long terms in jail…we have never been forced…to recognize our deeds, to bow, to apologize, to promise a life of peace. We Read more…
Resistance is feasible even for those who are not heroes by nature, and it is an obligation, I believe, for those who fear the consequences and detest the reality of the attempt to impose American hegemony.
The President manifestly feels that he is speaking with Churchill?s voice?-the Churchill of 1940?-but to the ears of peoples who have suffered from Western domination in the past, his voice sounds like the Kaiser?s and like Hitler?s.
The economy, along with the political system, education, science, etc., shoud see to it that human beings can move on in life together, and reach their ultimate goal of all-round progress and unity of all