A Few Pithy Quotations


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“Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts.” – Daniel Moynihan

“From the right to know and the duty to inquire flows the obligation to act.” – Dr. Sandra Steingraber

“Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.” – Benjamin Franklin (quoted in Thimerosal – Let the Science Speak, edited by RFK Jr.)

 “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.” – Upton Sinclair

“For the great enemy of truth is very often not the lie – deliberate, contrived, and dishonest – but the myth – persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the clichés of our forbears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” – John F. Kennedy

“The truth may be puzzling. It may take some work to grapple with. It may be counterintuitive. It may contradict deeply held prejudices. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. But our preferences do not determine what is true.” – Carl Sagan

“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.” – Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

“Our high degree of domesticated followership, obvious in a St. Peter’s Square or a Nuremberg rally, may also underlie the phenomenon of “trendiness,” whether in residential neighbourhoods, restaurants, television culture, or social criticism. Anyone who has ever endured life in the military knows about committed followership and knee-jerk obedience, as no doubt does anyone who has ever served a political master. In our role as domesticates, both our individual and collective docility and tractability have consuming importance. Lock-step followership is deeply rooted in us, if not to “leaders,” who do after all, come and go, but to doctrines.” – from Rogue Primate (by John A. Livingston, 1994)

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

 “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

“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

“Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts.” – Daniel Moynihan

“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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