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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

John F. Kennedy Quotes

Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.

Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.

Liberty without learning is always in peril; learning without liberty is always in vain.

The American, by nature, is optimistic. He is experimental, an inventor and a builder who builds best when called upon to build greatly.

The ancient Greek definition of happiness was the full use of your powers along lines of excellence.

The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.

There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.

We stand for freedom. That is our conviction for ourselves; that is our only commitment to others.

When we got into office, the thing that surprised me the most was that things were as bad as we'd been saying they were.

The men who create power make an indispensable contribution to the Nation’s greatness, but the men who question power make a contribution just as indispensable, especially when that questioning is disinterested, for they determine whether we use power or power uses us. (Amherst College, Oct 26, 1963)

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. (In a speech at the White House, 1962)

And so, my fellow americans: ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man. (Inaugural address, January 20, 1961)

If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich. (Inaugural address, January 20, 1961)

We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth. (October 26, 1963)

For in the final analysis, our most basic common link, is that we all inhabit this small planet, we all breathe the same air, we all cherish our children's futures, and we are all mortal. (Speech at The American University, Washington, D.C., June 10, 1963)

Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings. (Speech at The American University, Washington, D.C., June 10, 1963)

The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all. (Speech at Vanderbilt University, May 18, 1963)

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
(Speech prepared for delivery in Dallas the day of his assassination, November 22, 1963)

Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind. (Speech to UN General Assembly, Sept. 25, 1961)

Saturday, November 19, 2005

In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him for then it costs nothing to be a patriot. ~Mark Twain

Every great historic change has been based on nonconformity, has been bought either with the blood or with the reputation of nonconformists. ~Ben Shahn

In all history, there is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare. Only one who knows the disastrous effects of a long war can realize the supreme importance of rapidity in bringing it to a close. ~Sun Tzu - The Art of War

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Dubya Asks

"Do you have blacks too?"

-- Speaking to an astonished Fernando Cardoss, President of Brazil

(Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, Condoleeza Rice jumped in to rescue President Cardoso from the embarrassment of having to answer that mind bogglingly stupid question. She informed Bush that Brazil has more blacks than any country outside of Africa. In the interest, no doubt, of national security, the White House press corps dutifully did not report the incident. However, it was reported by foreign media - to which Americans wanting to know what their government is doing, have to turn.)

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

The truth that makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear. ~Herbert Sebastien Agar

Without seeking, truth cannot be known at all. It can neither be declared from pulpits, nor set down in articles, nor in any wise prepared and sold in packages ready for use. Truth must be ground for every man by itself out of it such, with such help as he can get, indeed, but not without stern labor of his own. ~John Ruskin

Truth resides in every human heart, and one has to search for it there, and to be guided by truth as one sees it. But no one has a right to coerce others to act according to his own view of truth. ~Mahatma Mohandas K. Gandhi

"Ah yes, truth. Funny how everyone is always asking for it but when they get it they don't believe it because it's not the truth they want to hear." ~Helena Cassadine

Monday, November 14, 2005

The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essense of inhumanity. ~George Bernard Shaw

Those in possession of absolute power can not only prophesy and make their prophecies come true, but they can also lie and make their lies come true. ~Eric Hoffer

Now those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth, and let me remind you they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyranny. ~Barry Goldwater

We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth... For my part, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst; and to provide for it. ~Patrick Henry

Friday, November 11, 2005

Four sorrows ... are certain to be visited on the United States. Their cumulative effect guarantees that the U.S. will cease to resemble the country outlined in the Constitution of 1787.

First, there will be a state of perpetual war, leading to more terrorism against Americans wherever they may be and a spreading reliance on nuclear weapons among smaller nations as they try to ward off the imperial juggernaut.

Second is a loss of democracy and Constitutional rights as the presidency eclipses Congress and is itself transformed from a co-equal 'executive branch' of government into a military junta.

Third is the replacement of truth by propaganda, disinformation, and the glorification of war, power, and the military legions.

Lastly, there is bankruptcy, as the United States pours its economic resources into ever more grandiose military projects and shortchanges the education, health, and safety of its citizens."
~Chalmers Johnson, Sorrows of Empire

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Even the blind can see that economic progress entails the oppression and murder of thousands – that big business rules by sheer power and deceit... A capitalistic society can be maintained only by lies. But we are a long way from revolt. Most pious and even many working people think, “Rich and poor have to be.” They ignore the fact that it is impossible to amass any kind of fortune without cheating, without depriving and hurting others and destroying their lives. They fail to realize that, concentrated in a few hands, big business can steer hundreds of thousands toward certain ruin through unemployment. Why do these facts remain hidden from us? Only because we ourselves are also under the rule of the god who blinds us, which is mammon. ~Eberhard Arnold, public lecture, 1923

Monday, November 07, 2005

The industrial way of life leads to the industrial way of death. From Shiloh to Dachau, from Antietam to Stalingrad, from Hiroshima to Vietnam and Afghanistan, the great specialty of industry and technology has been the mass production of human corpses. ~Edward Abbey

If the bible is universally diffused in Hindustan, what must be the astonishment of the natives to find that we are forbidden to rob, murder and steal; we who in fifty years, have extended our empire...over the whole peninsula...and exemplified in our public conduct every crime of which human nature is capable. What matchless impudence to follow up such practice with such precepts! If we have common prudence, let us keep the gospel at home, and tell them that Machiavelli is our prophet, and the god of the Manicheans our god. ~The Reverend Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)

Mark Twain: The War Prayer


O Lord our God, help us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells;
help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead;
help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the shrieks of their wounded,
writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane of

Thursday, November 03, 2005

They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one's country. But in modern war, there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason. ~Ernest Hemingway

Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism. ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State." ~Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda

"I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong." ~Abraham Lincoln

When even one American-who has done nothing wrong-is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth-then all Americans are in peril. ~Harry S. Truman

Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives. ~James Madison

I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts. ~Abraham Lincoln

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