"In their weakness they imagine that the ideas are their own"
No society can surely be flourishing and happy when part of the members are poor and miserable.
- Adam Smith; Wealth of Nations
"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 and how you do it."
-- Rudolph Giuliani, Mayor of New York City
quoted in Newsday 4/20/98
'The future's there for anyone to change,
still you know it seems, that its easier sometimes to change the past."
- Jackson Browne "Fountain of Sorrow"
Some men see things as they are and ask why.
Others dream things that never were and ask why not.
- George Bernard Shaw
"Some men see things as they are, and say why,
I dream things that never were, and say why not?"
- George Bernard Shaw (used by Robert Kennedy)
"We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people."
- Martin Luther King Jr
"There's a consensus out that it's OK to kill when your government decides who to kill. If you kill inside the country you get in trouble. If you kill outside the country, right time, right season, latest enemy, you get a medal."
Joan Baez, Daybreak (1966)
"It is poverty that starves people to death or stupefaction: not a callous whim of nature...droughts and floods only kill the poor, only tip over the people who have already been pushed to the brink."
Chris Brazier, New Internationalist
"The pacifists' task today is to find a method of helping and healing which provides a revolutionary constructive substitute for war."
Vera Brittain, The Rebel Passion, (1964)
"It is ironical that in an age when we have prided ourselves on our progress in the intelligent care and teaching of children we have at the same time put them at the mercy of new and most terrible weapons of destruction."
Pearl Buck, What America Means to Me, (1943)
"It occured to me that we live in a lunatic world where the only way to maintain peace is to have an enormous war-making machine."
Ilka Chase, Free Admission (1948)
"The responsibility of the writer as a moral agent is to try to bring the truth about matters of human significance to an audience that can do something about them."
"I prefer the most unfair peace to the most righteous war."
"The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe."
"Silos used to be for wheat for bread
Now they store warheads to make more wardead dead."
John Fandel, Incident at Damascus, Arkansas
"Over-consumption is a cancer eating away at our spiritual vitals. It distances us from the great masses of broken bleeding humanity. It converts us into materialists. We become less able to ask the moral questions."
"It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd... Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can't build my hopes on a foundation of confusion, misery and death... and yet... I think... this cruelty will end, and that peace and tranquillity will return again."
"If we are to have real peace, we must begin with the children."
"The contention that a standng army and navy is the best security of peace is about as logical as the claim that the most peaceful citizen is he who goes about heavily armed."
Emma Goldman, "Patriotism," Anarchism (1910)
"'Readiness, far from assuring peace, has at all times and in all countries beeen instrumental in precipatating armed conflicts."
Emma Goldman, Living my Life (1931)
"Militarism is the most energy-intensive, entropic activity of humans, since it converts stored energy and materials directly into waste and destruction without any useful intervening fulfillment of basic human needs. Ironically, the net effects of military, as opposed to civilian, expenditures is to increase unemployment and inflation."
Hazel Henderson, The Politics of the Solar Age (1981)
"If you are Christians and love peace," said a New Zealand savage to a civilized Englishman, "why do you bring us gunpowder and muskets?"
House of Commons Hansard, 1845.
"Arise then, women of this day! Arise, all women who have hearts, whether your baptism be that of water or of tears! Say firmly, 'We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies. Our husbands shall not come to us, reeking of carnage, for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience. We women of one country will be too tender of those of another country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs. 'From the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with our own, it says, 'Disarm! Disarm!'"
Julia Ward Howe "Mother's Day Proclamtion" (1870)
"To parody the words of Winston Churchill, never have so many been manipulated so much by so few."
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World Revisited
"If we in Asia want to speak credibly for Asian values, we must be prepared to also champion those ideals which are universal and belong to humanity as a whole...It is altogether shameful, if ingenious, to cite 'Asian values' as an excuse for autocratic practices and the denial of basic rights and civil liberties."
Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister
"And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more."
"If you put an end to oppression, to every gesture of contempt, and to every evil word; if you give food to the hungry and satisfy those who are in need, then the darkness around you will turn to the brightness of noon."
Isaiah 58: 9-10
"In a world of so much wealth, entire populations are in their death throes. This could be called genocide by indifference or self-interest."
"A little rebellion is a medicine necessary for the sound health of Government."
"One hour of justice is worth an age of praying."
"Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living."
"Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings."
Helen Keller, My Religion (1927)
"Militarism ... is one the chief bulwarks of capitalism, and the day that militarism is undermined, capitalism will fail."
Helen Keller, The Story of My Life (1902)
"Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind...War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today."
John F. Kennedy