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Joe Hill: If the workers took a notion they could stop all speeding trains; every ship upon the ocean they can …

If the workers took a notion they could stop all speeding trains; every ship upon the ocean they can tie with mighty chains. Every wheel in the creation every mine and every mill; fleets and armies of the nation, will at their command stand still

Ben Harper: As long as someone else controls your history the truth shall remain just a mystery…

As long as someone else controls your history the truth shall remain just a mystery

Elizabeth Hardwick: The raging productivity of the Victorians shattered nerves and punctured stomachs, but it was a thing…

The raging productivity of the Victorians shattered nerves and punctured stomachs, but it was a thing noble, glorious, awesome in itself

Woody Guthrie: Most everybody I see knows the truth but they just don’t know that they know it…

Most everybody I see knows the truth but they just don’t know that they know it

: When asked whether or not we are Marxists, our position is the same as that of a physicist or a biolo…

When asked whether or not we are Marxists, our position is the same as that of a physicist or a biologist who is asked if he is a ‘Newtonian’ or if he is a ‘Pasteurian’

: Let me say, with the risk of appearing ridiculous, that the true revolutionary is guided by strong fe…

Let me say, with the risk of appearing ridiculous, that the true revolutionary is guided by strong feelings of love.? Above all, always be capable of feeling any injustice committed against anyone anywhere in the world

Antonio Gramsci: It is necessary, with bold spirit and in good conscience, to save civilization?. We must halt the dis…

It is necessary, with bold spirit and in good conscience, to save civilization?. We must halt the dissolution that corrupts the roots of human society. The bare and barren tree can be made green again. Are we not ready?

Antonio Gramsci: To create a new culture does not only mean to make original discoveries on an individual basis. It al…

To create a new culture does not only mean to make original discoveries on an individual basis. It also and especially means to critically popularize already discovered truths, make them, so to speak, social, therefore give them the consistency of basis for vital actions, make them coordinating elements of intellectual and social relevance

: The outcome of today’s struggles does not matter. It does not matter in the final count that one or t…

The outcome of today’s struggles does not matter. It does not matter in the final count that one or two movements were temporarily defeated because what is definite is the decision to struggle which matures every day, the consciousness of the need for revolutionary change, and the certainty that it is possible

Stephen Jay Gould: I am somehow less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein’s brain than in the near cert…

I am somehow less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein’s brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops

Emma Goldman: I would rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck…

I would rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck

Emma Goldman: Since woman’s greatest misfortunes has been that she was looked upon as either angel or devil, her tr…

Since woman’s greatest misfortunes has been that she was looked upon as either angel or devil, her true salvation lies in being placed on earth; namely, in being considered human, and therefore subject to all human follies and mistakes

Emma Goldman: Conceit, arrogance and egotism are the essentials of patriotism…. Patriotism assumes that our globe…

Conceit, arrogance and egotism are the essentials of patriotism…. Patriotism assumes that our globe is divided into little spots, each one surrounded by an iron gate. Those who had the fortune of being born on some particular spot, consider themselves better, nobler, grander, more intelligent than the living beings inhabiting any other spot. It is, Read more…

Emma Goldman: Why haven’t you raised your voice against these evils, against this machinethat is sapping the life b…

Why haven’t you raised your voice against these evils, against this machine that is sapping the life blood of the revolution? I asked. He gave two reasons. As long as Russia was being attacked by the combined Imperalist, and Russian women and children were dying from the effects of the blockade, he could not join Read more…

Rudolf Giuliani: Freedom is about authority. Freedom is about the willingness of every single human being to cede to l…

Freedom is about authority. Freedom is about the willingness of every single human being to cede to lawful authority a great deal of discretion about what you do

William Golding: The Lord of the Flies hung in space before him. What are you doing out here all alone? Aren?t you afr…

The Lord of the Flies hung in space before him. What are you doing out here all alone? Aren?t you afraid of me? Simon shook. There isn?t anyone to help you. Only me. And I?m the beast. Simon?s mouth labored, brought forth audible words. Pig?s head on a stick.

Henry George: This association of poverty with progress is the great enigma of our times. It is the central fact fr…

This association of poverty with progress is the great enigma of our times. It is the central fact from which spring industrial, social, and political difficulties that perplex the world, and with which statesmanship and philanthropy and education grapple in vain. From it come the clouds that overhang the future of the most progressive and Read more…

Mahatma Ghandi: An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind…

An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind

John Kenneth Galbraith: The complaints of the privileged are too often confused with the voice of the masses…

The complaints of the privileged are too often confused with the voice of the masses

John Kenneth Galbraith: The accepted ideas of any period are singularly those that serve thedominant economic interest…What…

The accepted ideas of any period are singularly those that serve the dominant economic interest…What economists believe and teach, whether in the United States or in the Soviet Union, is rarely hostile to the institutions — the private business enterprise, the Communist Party — that reflect the dominant economic power. Not to notice this takes Read more…

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Barbara Garson: As it happens, there are no columns in standard double-entry book-keeping to keep track of satisfacti…

As it happens, there are no columns in standard double-entry book-keeping to keep track of satisfaction and demoralization. There is no credit entry for feelings of self-worth and confidence, no debit column for feelings of uselessness and worthlessness. There are no monthly, quarterly, or even annual statements of pride and no closing statement of bankruptcy Read more…

Erich Fromm: He who is morally impressed by power is never in a critical mood, and he is never a revolutionary cha…

He who is morally impressed by power is never in a critical mood, and he is never a revolutionary character

Eric Fromm: The lack of objectivity, as far as foreign nations are concerned, is notorious. From one day to anoth…

The lack of objectivity, as far as foreign nations are concerned, is notorious. From one day to another, another nation is made out to be utterly depraved and fiendish, while one’s own nation stands for everything that is good and noble. Every action of the enemy is judged by one standard – every action of Read more…

Paulo Friere: Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the pow…

Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral

Milton Friedman: Viewed as a means to the end of political freedom, economic arrangements are important because of the…

Viewed as a means to the end of political freedom, economic arrangements are important because of their effect on the concentration or dispersion of power. The kind of economic organization that provides economic freedom directly, namely, competitive capitalism, also promotes political freedom because it separates economic power from political power and in this way enables Read more…

Milton Friedman: Viewed as a body of substantive hypotheses, theory is to be judged by its predictive power for the cl…

Viewed as a body of substantive hypotheses, theory is to be judged by its predictive power for the class of phenomena which it is intended to explain.

Michel Foucault: The essential political problem for the intellectual is not to criticize the intellectual contents su…

The essential political problem for the intellectual is not to criticize the intellectual contents supposedly linked to science, or to ensure that his own scientific practice is accompanied by a correct ideology, but that of ascertaining the possibility of constituting a new politics of truth. The problem is not changing peoples’ consciousnesses – or what’s Read more…

Milton Freidman: The greatest problem facing our country is the breaking down into two classes, those who have and tho…

The greatest problem facing our country is the breaking down into two classes, those who have and those who have not. The growing differences between the incomes of the skilled and the less skilled, the educated and the uneducated, pose a very real danger. If that widening rift continues, we’re going to be in terrible Read more…

Admiral John Arbuthnot Fisher: If you rub it in, both at home and abroad, that you are ready for instantwar, with every unit of your…

If you rub it in, both at home and abroad, that you are ready for instant war, with every unit of your strength in the first line and waiting to be first in, and hit your enemy in the belly and kick him when he is down, and boil your prisoners in oil (if you Read more…

John T. Flynn: The enemy aggressor is always pursuing a course of larceny, murder, rapine and barbarism. We are alwa…

The enemy aggressor is always pursuing a course of larceny, murder, rapine and barbarism. We are always moving forward with high mission, a destiny imposed by the Deity to regenerate our victims while incidentally capturing their markets, to civilize savage and senile and paranoidal peoples while blundering accidentally into their oil wells or metal mines

Erik Erikson: Hope is the basic ingredient of all vitality…

Hope is the basic ingredient of all vitality

Frederick Engels: Let us not flatter ourselves for our human victories over nature. For every such victory, it takes it…

Let us not flatter ourselves for our human victories over nature. For every such victory, it takes its revenge on us. ? At every step we are reminded that we by no means rule over nature like a conqueror over a foreign people, like someone standing outside nature. But that we with flesh, blood and Read more…

Meister Ekhart: God is voluptuous and delicious…

God is voluptuous and delicious

Albert Einstein: The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on a…

The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing

Dwight D. Eisenhower: Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field…

Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field

Albert Einstein: Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved through understanding…

Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved through understanding

Albert Einstein: Concepts which have proved useful for ordering things easily assume so great an authority over us, th…

Concepts which have proved useful for ordering things easily assume so great an authority over us, that we forget their terrestrial origin and accept them as unalterable facts. They then become labeled as ` conceptual necessities,? etc. The road of scientific progress is frequently blocked for long periods by such errors. It is therefore not Read more…

Albert Einstein: The illusion that we are separate from one another is an optical delusion of our consciousness…

The illusion that we are separate from one another is an optical delusion of our consciousness

Albert Einstein: It is of great importance that the general public be given the opportunity to experience, consciously…

It is of great importance that the general public be given the opportunity to experience, consciously and intelligently, the efforts and results of scientific research. It is not sufficient that each result be taken up, elaborated, and applied by few specialists in the field. Restricting the body of knowledge to a small group deadens the Read more…

Albert Einstein: Darwin’s theory of the struggle for existence and the selectivity connected with it has by many peopl…

Darwin’s theory of the struggle for existence and the selectivity connected with it has by many people been cited as authorization of the encouragement of the spirit of competition. Some people also in such a way have tried to prove pseudoscientifically the necessity of the destructive economic struggle of competition between individuals. But this is Read more…

Albert Einstein: Modern anthropology has taught us, through comparative investigation of so-called primitive cultures,…

Modern anthropology has taught us, through comparative investigation of so-called primitive cultures, that the social behavior of human beings may differ greatly, depending upon prevailing cultural patterns and the types of social organization which predominate in society. It is on this that those who are striving to improve the lot of man may ground their Read more…

Leo Durocher: Nice guys finish last…

Nice guys finish last

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Barbara Ehrenreich: People?s lives are in turmoil. There is a sense of crisis for men as well as for women, and for child…

People?s lives are in turmoil. There is a sense of crisis for men as well as for women, and for children too. Do we have an idea or even a glimmering about how people can and should live, not as victims as in the past for women, nor as atoms just whirling around on their Read more…

W.A. Duncan: Business knows no pity, and cares for justice only when justice is seen to be better policy. If it ha…

Business knows no pity, and cares for justice only when justice is seen to be better policy. If it had power to control the elements, it would grasp in its iron clutches the waters, sunshine and air and resell them by measure, and at exorbitant prices to the millions of famished men, women and children

Mary Crow Dog: 1. Let Jesus save you. 2. Come out of your blanket, cut your hair, and dress like a white man. 3. Hav…

1. Let Jesus save you. 2. Come out of your blanket, cut your hair, and dress like a white man. 3. Have a Christian family with one wife for life only. 4. Live in a house like your white brother. Work hard and wash often. 5. Learn the value of a hard-earned dollar. Do not Read more…

Frederick Douglass: Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowi…

Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. …Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. …Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found the exact amount Read more…

Denis Diderot: Watch out for the fellow who talks about putting things in order! Putting things in order always mean…

Watch out for the fellow who talks about putting things in order! Putting things in order always means getting other people under your control

Charles Dickens: Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen pounds and six, result happiness. Annual inc…

Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen pounds and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditures twenty pounds ought and six, result misery

John DeLorian: When we should have been planning switches to smaller, more fuel efficient, lighter cars in the late …

When we should have been planning switches to smaller, more fuel efficient, lighter cars in the late 1960s, in response to a growing demand in the marketplace, GM refused because `we make more money on big cars.? It mattered not that customers wanted the smaller cars, or that a national balance of payments deficit was Read more…

Charles Dickens: Facts, facts, facts…

Facts, facts, facts

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