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Famous Quotes

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”

— Helen Keller

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

— Peter F. Drucker

"The real advantage which truth has, consists in this, that when an opinion is true, it may be extinguished once, twice, or many times, but in the course of ages there will generally be found persons to rediscover it, until some one of its reappearances falls on a time when from favorable circumstances it escapes persecution until it has made such head as to withstand all subsequent attempts to suppress it."

--John Stuart Mill, On Liberty (1859)

“The more we take the welfare of others to heart and work for their benefit, the more benefit we derive for ourselves. This is a fact we can see.

“And the more selfish we remain and self-centered, the more selfish our way of life is, the lonelier we feel and the more miserable. This is also a fact we can see.”

— Dalai Lama

"The citizen who sees his society's democratic clothes being worn out and does not cry it out, is not a patriot, but a traitor."

--Mark Twain

“The truth of a thing is the feel of it, not the think of it.”

— Stanley Kubrick

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

— Albert Einstein

“All know that the drop merges into the ocean, but few know that the ocean merges into the drop.”

— Kabir

“Conventional wisdom would have one believe that it is insane to resist this, the mightiest of empires... But what history really shows is that today’s empire is tomorrow’s ashes, that nothing lasts forever, and that to not resist is to acquiesce in your own oppression. The greatest form of sanity that anyone can exercise is to resist that force that is trying to repress, oppress, and fight down the human spirit.”

— Mumia Abu-Jamal, world-renowned journalist, political prisoner in America on death row for over a decade

“If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.”

— John Irving

“Today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope.”

— Peace Pilgrim

"The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are."

--Marcus Aurelius

“Seek first to understand and then to be understood. Most people do not listen with the intent to understand: they listen with the intent to reply. They’re filtering everything through their own paradigms, reading their autobiography into other people’s lives.”

— Steven R. Covey, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

“Life shrinks or expands according to one’s courage.”

— Anais Nin

“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.”

— Seneca, Stoic philosopher

"The truth will set you free, but first, it will piss you off!"


"No free man shall ever be de-barred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain their right to keep and bear arms is as a last resort to protect themselves against tyranny in government."

-- Thomas Jefferson

"I'm tired of being ruled by the Skull and Bones. The only place they belong are on punk-rock albums!"

-- Jello Biafra

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

— Marcel Proust

"Open your eyes, and get off of your knees."

--David Icke. So what if he believes in aliens?

"My instinct as an individualist and artist has always warned me most urgently against this capacity of men for becoming drunk on collective suffering, collective pride, collective hatred, and collective honor. When this morbid exaltation becomes perceptible in a room, a hall, a village, a city, or a country, I grow cold and distrustful; a shudder comes over me, for already, while most of my fellow men are still weeping with rapture and enthusiasm, still cheering and venting protestations of brotherhood, I see blood flowing and cities going up in flames."

--Hermann Hesse, author

“In relationship lies all the work that needs to be done on the spiritual path: the confrontation with our holding, grief, fear, distrust, and judgment.

“In the deepest spiritual practices, one discovers that pure awareness and pure love are indistinguishable.”

— Steven Levine

"Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day."

--Thomas Jefferson

"Love is the only truth. Everything else is illusion."

-David Icke

“Just as a picture is drawn by an artist, surroundings are created by the activities of the mind.”

— Buddha

"And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music."

-- Frederick Nietzsche

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains set lightly upon you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen."

--Samuel Adams

"If you are going to tell people the truth, you had better make them laugh or they will kill you."

--Oscar Wilde

"My greatest wealth is the deep stillness in which I strive and grow and win what the world cannot take from me with fire or sword."

-- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

"The more individuals capable of watching the world theater calmly and critically, the less danger of monumental mass stupidities - first of all, wars."

--Hermann Hesse, author

"We have no honorable intentions in Vietnam. Our minimal expectation is to occupy it as an American colony and maintain social stability for our investments. This tells why American helicopters are being used against guerrillas in Colombia and Peru. Increasingly the role our nation has taken is the role of those who refuse to give up the privileges and pleasures that come from the immense profits of overseas investment."

--Martin Luther King, Jr., "A Time to Break the Silence" speech given at Riverside Church New York City April 4, 1967

“Movement overcomes cold. Stillness overcomes heat.”

— Lao Tzu

“Everybody thinks of changing humanity and nobody thinks of changing himself.”

— Leo Tolstoy

“In the age of natural science, since about the middle of the nineteenth century, the civilized activities of mankind are gradually sliding downward, not only into the lowest regions of nature, but even beneath nature. Technical science and industry become sub-nature.

“This makes it urgent for man to find in conscious experience a knowledge of the spirit, wherein he will rise as high above nature as in his sub-natural technical activities he sinks beneath her. He will thus create within him the inner strength not to go under.”

— Rudolf Steiner

“We must be the change we wish to see in the world.”

— Mahatma Gandhi

“Non-cooperation with injustice is a sacred duty.”

— Mahatma Gandhi

“Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.”

— Paulo Freire

“Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.”

— Benjamin Franklin, July 1776

"It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government."

-- Thomas Paine

"Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right and a desire to know; but besides this, they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to know that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean of the characters and conduct of their rulers."

--John Adams

"Let me now warn you in the most solemn manner. Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all. The Nation which indulges toward another an habitual hatred or an habitual fondness is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to its animosity or to its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interest."

--President George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796
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