"He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others."
"War is, at first, like a young girl with whom every man desires to flirt. And at the last, it is an old woman. All who meet her feel grieved and hurt."
|Samuel ha-Nagid Poet||War|
"..it does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds.."
|Samuel Adams||Democracy, Politics, America|
"This so-called ill treatment and torture in detention centers, stories of which were spread everywhere among the people, and later by the prisoners who were freed … were not, as some assumed, inflicted methodically, but were excesses committed by individual prison guards, their deputies, and men who laid violent hands on the detainees."
--SS commandant at Auschwitz
|Rudolf Hoess||Democracy, Politics, America|
"He has the attention span of a lightning bolt."
"We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans.We couldn't do it, but God did."
--GOP Rep. Richard Baker, 9/8/05
|Richard Baker||Katrina, Hubris, Politics|
"Authority is the mask for violence."
"America is the place where absolutely everything that is going wrong in the world is being nurtured."
"Only the dead have seen an end to war."
"Conservatism is the domination of society by an aristocracy ... [it] is incompatible with democracy, prosperity and civilization in general. It is a destructive system of inequality and prejudice that is founded on deception and has no place in the modern world."
"... the school of whatever is not nailed down is mine and whatever I can pry loose is not nailed down."
--Day of the Dandilion
"You see, the rich are different from you and me: they have more influence. It’s partly a matter of campaign contributions, but it’s also a matter of social pressure, since politicians spend a lot of time hanging out with the wealthy.
So when the rich face the prospect of paying an extra 3 or 4 percent of their income in taxes, politicians feel their pain - feel it much more acutely, it’s clear, than they feel the pain of families who are losing their jobs, their houses, and their hopes. And when the tax fight is over, one way or another, you can be sure that the people currently defending the incomes of the elite will go back to demanding cuts in Social Security and aid to the unemployed.
America must make hard choices, they’ll say; we all have to be willing to make sacrifices.
But when they say “we,” they mean “you.”
Sacrifice is for the little people."
"He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up."
"An appeal to arms and the God of hosts is all that is left us. But we shall not fight our battle alone. There is a just God that presides over the destinies of nations. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone.
Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?
Forbid it almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death."
|Patrick Henry||Justice, Politics, America|
"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go."
"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.."
"They're not protesting me, per se. Not my company, specifically. More like the world that brought my company into being.
Multinational. Globalization. Capitalism. The ninety-nine percent is, I believe, their catchphrase."
"Occupy Wall Street."
"That's the one. Pretty grandiose name, if you ask me. They are not occupying Wall Street so much as a small rectangle of concrete about a thousand feet away from it."
"I think the name is symbolic."
"It's a revolt against things they don't understand. Imagine our hominid ancestors protesting a drought?
This is like that." "A rain dance, you're saying , this protest."
"It's a primitive tribal response to godlike power, yes."
|Nathan Hill||Politics, Culture|
"What's true? What's false?
In case you haven't noticed, the world has pretty much given up on the old Enlightenment idea of piecing together the truth based on observed data. Reality is too complicated and scary for that.
Instead, it's way easier to ignore all data that doesn't fit your preconceptions and believe all data that does.
I believe what you I believe, and you believe what you believe, and we'll agree to disagree. It's liberal tolerance meets dark age denial-ism. It's very Hip right now."
"We are more politically fanatical than ever before, more religiously zealous, more rigid in our thinking, less capable of empathy. The way we see the world is totalizing and unbreakable. We are completely avoiding the problems that diversity and worldwide communication imply.
Thus nobody cares about antique ideas like true or false."
|Nathan Hill||Advice, Politics, Culture|
"... sometimes a crisis is not really a crisis at all - just a new beginning. Because... if a new beginning is really new, it will feel like a crisis.
Any real change should make you feel, at first, afraid."
|Nathan Hill||Advice, Politics|
"Religion does have at least one useful purpose, it keeps the poor from murdering the rich."
Texas governor, Miriam "Ma" Ferguson, barred the teaching of foreign languages about 80 years ago, saying, "If English was good enough for Jesus Christ, it's good enough for us."
"Rape or other personal assaults on the job with no legal redress as a condition of your employment (all while asserting that you have no employment "contract") is Republican Tort Reform.
30 Republicans voted to keep rape victims from being able to seek justice.
"If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, then we must leave them with something more than the miracles of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning."
Lyndon Johnson upon signing the Wilderness Act of 1964
"The motherfucker's have fucked all the mothers." Unknown lament of the times.
"...but do you believe your actions in this life make a difference in the world to come?' "If we're going to be judged on something in the afterlife, I think it'll probably be our inaction's. It's not difficult to live a pious life, if you think about it, imagining you'll be saved if you stick to a few rules. But think of all the good things you could have done but didn't because you were too lazy or complacent. I think we'll be judged on our potential." "I forget where I first heard the idea, but it does stay with you. I think it's somewhere in the Qur'an."
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