History would be an excellent thing, if only it were true.
– Leo Tolstoy
All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.
— Galileo Galilei
I politikken må sannheten vente til noen får bruk for den.
– Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson (1832-1910) (fra «Paul Lange og Tora Parsberg»)
None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)
It was not crushed using the tanks.
It was crushed using the banks.
– Yanis Varoufakis (1961-) (tale 23.08.15 i Frankrike)
Just look at us. Everything is backwards; everything is upside down. Doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, universities destroy knowledge, governments destroy freedom, the major media destroy information and religions destroy spirituality….
None so deaf as those that will not hear. None so blind as those that will not see.
– Matthew Henry (1662-1714)
All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.
– Thomas Paine (1737-1809)
Your mind is like a parachute, it doesn’t work unless it’s open.
– Jordan Maxwell
Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.
– John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton (1834-1902)
The finest trick of the devil is to persuade you that he does not exist.
– Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867)
We spend billions of dollars trying to understand the origins of the universe, while we still don’t understand the conditions for a stable society, a functioning economy, or peace.
– Dirk Helbing (Professor of Sociology at ETH in Zurich)
The key to creating an effective spy or assassin rests in splitting a man’s personality, or creating multipersonality, with the aid of hypnotism…. This is not science fiction. … I have done it.
– George Estabrooks (1895-1973), Canadian-American psychologist
It is not enough for journalists to see themselves as mere messengers without understanding the hidden agendas of the message and myths that surround it.
– John Pilger (1939-)
There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know.
– Harry Truman (1884-1972; President 1945-1953)
Sincerity is an openness of heart; we find it in very few people; what we usually see is only an artful dissimulation to win the confidence of others.
– François de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)
They must find it difficult, those who have taken authority as truth, rather than truth as authority.
– Gerald Massey (1828-1907)
Den maktorienterte logikken i finans og politikk er rent kunnskapsteoretisk hverken i stand til å forstå og beskrive systemer, eller å beskrive og forstå de utfordringen menneskene står overfor her på jorden – og er da heller ikke i stand til å løse dem. Man må antakeligvis være rakettforsker for ikke å forstå dette i dag.
– Johan Nygaard på «Steigan», i 2. avsnitt under pkt. 3
The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
– H. L. Mencken (1880-1956)
The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos.
– H. L. Mencken (1880-1956)
Akkurat nå svømmer vi rundt i et råttent havnebasseng fullt av politiske maneter. Det er ikke en ryggrad å se.
– Christian Kristiansen
«Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say,»
– Edward Snowden (1983-)
Watch your thoughts for they become words,
Watch your words for they become actions,
Watch your actions, for they become habits,
watch your habits for they become your character,
Watch your character for it becomes your destiny.
(Muligens ukjent opphav, men blir hevdet sagt av Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1882)
What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do.
– John Ruskin (1819-1900)
Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.
– Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)
Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world would do this, it would change the earth.
– William Faulkner (1897-1962)
If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the opressing.
– Malcolm X (1925-1965)
America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to decadence without the usual interval of civilization.
– Georges Clemenceau (1841-1929)
How can you have a war on terrorism when war itself is terrorism?
– Howard Zinn (1922-2010)