A Few Pithy Quotations

 

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“You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him think.” – Rebecca Solnit      

“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” – William Faulkner

“I do not want to talk about what you understand about this world. I want to know what you will do about it. I do not want to know what you hope. I want to know what you will work for. I do not want your sympathy for the needs of humanity. I want your muscle.” ~ Robert Fulghum

“Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy, it is absolutely essential to it.” – Dr. Howard Zinn ** ** quotes about civil disobedience

“You assist an evil system most effectively by obeying its orders and decrees.” – Mohandas Gandhi

“To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” – Voltaire

“The people’s silence is a tyrant’s greatest advocate. The less captives talked, the less they knew; the less they knew, the more they feared; and the more they feared, the more easily others could manipulate them to their own ends, the more easily the captives could be controlled.” – John Kramer, Blythe ** quotes about silence

“What luck for the rulers that the people do not think!” – Adolph Hitler

“There is not much truth being told in the world. There never was. This has proven to be a major disappointment to some of us.” – Anne Lamott in the prelude to Grace (Eventually) – Thoughts on Faith ** more quotes on truth

On the freedom of the press: “John Swinton, a prominent journalist in New York in 1880, at a banquet, reportedly responded to a toast to the “independent press,” by saying: “There is no such thing as an independent press. You know it and I know it. … What folly is this toasting an independent press? “We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks; they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.”

“The twentieth century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: the growth of democracy; the growth of corporate power; and the growth of propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy.” – Alex Carey

“The great end of life is not knowledge but action.” – Thomas Henry Huxley ** more quotes about action

“A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.” – Paul Dudley White, physician (1886-1973) ** walking quotes

“Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it’s the only thing.” – Albert Schweitzer

“Gratitude for the gift of life is the primary wellspring of all religions, the hallmark of the mystic, the source of all true art.” - Joanna Macy in World as Lover, World as Self – Courage for Global Justice & Ecological Renewal ** quotes about gratitude

“Each day we are born again to start our life anew.  What we do today is what matters most.” – Buddha

“Hoard each joyous moment that comes to you. No one knows how it will all end.” – Háfiz

“Just to live is holy. To be is a blessing.” – Rabbi Abraham Heschel

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