Even More Quotes #5

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(Hat-Tip to Information Clearing House)

“This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. . . . We pay for a single fighter with a half-million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people. . . . This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.” – President Dwight Eisenhower The “Chance For Peace” speech April 16, 1953

“In the eyes of posterity it will inevitably seem that, in safeguarding our freedom, we destroyed it. The vast clandestine apparatus we built up to prove our enemies’ resources and intentions only served in the end to confuse our own purposes; that practice of deceiving others for the good of the state led infallibly to our deceiving ourselves; and that vast army of clandestine personnel built up to execute these purposes were soon caught up in the web of their own sick fantasies, with disastrous consequences for them and us”. – — Malcom Muggeridge – May 1966

“Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government. And paramount among the responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the people and sending them off to distant lands to die of foreign fevers and foreign shot and shell.” New York Times Co. v. United States – US Supreme Court – June 30, 1971

“Under existing conditions, private capitalists inevitably control, directly or indirectly, the main sources of information (press, radio, education). It is thus extremely difficult, and indeed in most cases quite impossible, for the individual citizen to come to objective conclusions and to make intelligent use of his political rights.” – Albert Einstein

“Repression works only to strengthen and knit the repressed.” – John Steinbeck – Grapes of Wrath

“Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.” Leonardo da Vinci

“To sin by silence when we should protest makes cowards out of men.” Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“By far the most dangerous foe we have to fight is apathy – indifference from whatever cause, not from a lack of knowledge, but from carelessness, from absorption in other pursuits, from a contempt bred of self satisfaction.” – William Osler

“It is easy enough to tell the poor to accept their poverty as God’s will when you yourself have warm clothes and plenty of food and medical care and a roof over your head and no worry about the rent. But if you want them to believe you – try to share some of their poverty and see if you can accept it as God’s will yourself!” – Thomas Merton

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

“Man has no right to kill his brother. It is no excuse that he does so in uniform: he only adds the infamy of servitude to the crime of murder” – Percy Bysshe Shelley

“Keep your language. Love its sounds, its modulation, its rhythm. But try to march together with men of different languages, remote from your own, who wish like you for a more just and human world.” – Dom Helder Camara (1971)

“The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.” – Thomas Paine

“Mental slavery is mental death, and every man who has given up his intellectual freedom is the living coffin of his dead soul.” — Robert G. Ingersoll – (1833-1899) American political leader, orator

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