Sunday, January 22, 2017

Monuments II

"When smashing monuments, save the pedestals--they always come in handy"
--Stanislaw Lem

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Except II

"I sit on a man’s back, choking him and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by all possible means--except by getting off his back."
--Leo Tolstoy

Friday, January 20, 2017

Effective IV

"The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history."
--George Orwell

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Revolutionary

"Revolutionary movements attract those who are not good enough for established institutions as well as those who are too good for them."
--George Bernard Shaw

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Collective

"I believe that the human race has developed a form of collective schizophrenia in which we are not only the slaves to this imposed thought behavior, but we are also the police force of it. The reason most people don't express their individuality and actually deny it, is not fear of what prime ministers think of us or the head of the federal reserve, It's what their families and their friends down at the bar are going to think of them."
--David Icke
Source: Leading Edge Newspaper, July/August 1996

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Scoundrels II

"Even the best-intentioned of great men need a few scoundrels around them; there are some things you cannot ask an honest man to do."
--La Bruyere

Monday, January 16, 2017

Silence VI

"There comes a time when silence is betrayal."
--Martin Luther King Jr.


"I didn’t come to Selma to make his job difficult.  I really did come thinking that I could make it easier. If the white people realize what the alternative is, perhaps they will be more willing to hear Dr. King"
--Malcolm X to Coretta Scott King, private meeting, early 1965, while Martin was jailed in Selma, Alabama

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Expands

"As the circle of knowledge expands, so does the Sphere of darkness that encompasses it."
--Albert Einstein
(1879-1955) Physicist and Professor, Nobel Prize 1921

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Liberties IV

"Whenever we take away the liberties of those whom we hate,
we are opening the way to loss of liberty for those we love."
--Wendell L. Willkie
(1892-1944) Republican presidential candidate, 1940

Friday, January 13, 2017

Stranger

"Truth would quickly cease to be stranger than fiction, once we got as used to it."
--H.L. Mencken

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Cure II

"Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you"
--Carl Jung

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Sane II

"When you're the only sane person, you look like the only insane person."
--Criss Jami

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Horrible II

"I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity."
--Edgar Allan Poe

Monday, January 09, 2017

Base

"It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority. Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people."
--Giordano Bruno (1548-1699)
Source: On Shadows of Ideas

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Nat Hentoff, RIP

June 10, 1925 - January 7, 2017


"Whenever I see that kind of story, where everybody agrees, I know there's something wrong."


"Most of us lead or are led by lives of patterned regularity. Diurnally, surprises are relatively few. And except for economic or physical uncertainties, we neither face nor court significant degrees of risk because a fundamental drive in the vast majority of us is toward the attainment of as much security as is possible.

In this sense, jazzmen, of all musicians, are our surrogates for the unpredictable, our paladins of constant change."

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Nannyism

"Nannyism is fascism on training wheels."
--R. L. Root

Friday, January 06, 2017

Root

"The goal of a free nation is to reveal by example the enlightened possibilities of the human race, not to wield its power of destruction and death over the helpless, the poor, the starving and the war torn masses. The goal of a free nation must be no different outside its borders than within them. In America we do not massacre whole towns because they may be the chosen domicile of a criminal or a conspiracy of criminals. Instead we carefully root out the felons and bring them to justice."
--Gerry Spence

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Plunderers

"Plunderers of the world, when nothing remains on the lands to which they have laid waste by wanton thievery, they search out across the seas. The wealth of another region excites their greed; and if it is weak, their lust for power as well.

Nothing from the rising to the setting of the sun is enough for them. Among all others only they are compelled to attack the poor as well as the rich. Robbery, rape, and slaughter they falsely call empire--and where they make a desert, they call it peace."

--Tacitus

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Profitable

"As long as people will accept crap, it will be financially profitable to dispense it."
--Dick Cavett

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Saints

"Don't fool yourself, my dear. You're much worse than a bitch. You're a saint. Which shows why saints are dangerous and undesirable."
--Ayn Rand,
"The Fountainhead"

Monday, January 02, 2017

Break III

"The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry."
--Ernest Hemingway,
"A Farewell to Arms" (1929)

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Daily II

"We can remake the world daily."
--Paul Wellstone

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Responsibility V

But this Nation was not founded solely on the principle of citizens' rights. Equally important, though too often not discussed, is the citizen's responsibility. For our privileges can be no greater than our obligations. The protection of our rights can endure no longer than the performance of our responsibilities. Each can be neglected only at the peril of the other. I speak to you today, therefore, not of your rights as Americans, but of your responsibilities. They are many in number and different in nature. They do not rest with equal weight upon the shoulders of all. Equality of opportunity does not mean equality of responsibility. All Americans must be responsible citizens, but some must be more responsible than others, by virtue of their public or their private position, their role in the family or community, their prospects for the future, or their legacy from the past. Increased responsibility goes with increased ability, for "of those to whom much is given, much is required."
--John F. Kennedy
May 18, 1963, speech at Vanderbilt University

Friday, December 30, 2016

Suppose III

At the University of Natal in Durban, I was told the church to which most of the white population belongs teaches apartheid as a moral necessity. A questioner declared that few churches allow black Africans to pray with the white because the Bible says that is the way it should be, because God created Negroes to serve. 'But suppose God is black', I replied. 'What if we go to Heaven and we, all our lives, have treated the Negro as an inferior, and God is there, and we look up and He is not white? What then is our response?' There was no answer. Only silence. 
--Robert F. Kennedy
"Suppose God is Black", interview in Look Magazine (August 23, 1966)

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Muddy

"They muddy the water, to make it seem deep."
--Friedrich Nietzsche
[1844-1900]

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Cowboy

"On December 16th, 1961 the world turned upside down and inside out, and I was born screaming at America. It was the tail end of the American Dream. Just before we lost our innocence irrevocably when the TV eye brought the horror of our lives into our homes for all to see. I was told when I grew up I could be anything I wanted a fireman, a policeman, a doctor, even president it seemed, and for the first time in the history of mankind something new called an astronaut. But like many kids growing up on a steady diet of westerns I always wanted to be the cowboy hero that lone voice in the wilderness fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth, and justice. And in my heart of hearts I still track the remnants of that dream wherever I go in my never ending ride into the setting sun."
--Bill Hicks

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Ambition III

"It was true that I didn't have much ambition, but there ought to be a place for people without ambition, I mean a better place than the one usually reserved. How in the hell could a man enjoy being awakened at 6:30 a.m. by an alarm clock, leap out of bed, dress, force-feed, shit, piss, brush teeth and hair, and fight traffic to get to a place where essentially you made lots of money for somebody else and were asked to be grateful for the opportunity to do so?"
--Charles Bukowski
"Factotum" (1975)

Monday, December 26, 2016

Single-Mindedness

"Single-mindedness is all very well in cows or baboons; in an animal claiming to belong to the same species as Shakespeare it is simply disgraceful."
--Aldous Huxley,
"Do What You Will" (1929).

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Precious

"Their life appears just as precious to them as is ours to us...the gift of life carries with it the gift of the right of life, in the sense at least of an equal right to life with all other creatures of the divine power and grace."
--Rev. Francis Wood

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Deciphering

"Ivanov came to quite the same conclusion, though life supplied him with quite different material to think about. He puts it like this: many lives have a mystical sense, but not everyone reads it right; more often than not it is given to us in cryptic form, and when we fail to decipher it we despair because our lives seem meaningless--the secret of a great life is often a man’s success in deciphering the mysterious symbols vouchsafed to him, understanding them, and so learning to walk in the true path."
--Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
"The Oak and the Calf" (1975)

Friday, December 23, 2016

Theory

"But frankly--may I so speak?--your CIA people’s theory strikes me as a miserable bundle of random suspicions, a few separate facts strung together by an intricate structure of ad hoc theorizing, in which everyone is credited with enormous powers for intrigue. A much simpler view can be entertained with more common sense, and as a CIA employee you must be aware that, like all intelligence agencies, it lacks the faculty of common sense."
--Philip K. Dick,
"Clans of the Alphane Moon" (1964)