|"Just think how many times you've been given lots of promises by these two old parties -- only to discover when they get into government that nothing really changes."
|"On the one hand information wants to be expensive, because it's so valuable. The right information in the right place just changes your life. On the other hand, information wants to be free, because the cost of getting it out is getting lower and lower all the time. So you have these two fighting against each other."
|Honorable William O. Douglas, U.S.S.C. (1898-1980):
|"We must realize that today's Establishment is the new George III. Whether it will continue to adhere to his tactics, we do not know. If it does, the redress, honored in tradition, is also revolution."
|Senator John McCain (R-AZ):
|"Senator Obama and I have had and argued our differences, and he has prevailed. No doubt, many of those differences remain. These are difficult times for our country, and I pledge to him tonight that I will do all in my power to help him lead us through the many challenges we face. I urge all Americans who supported me to join not only in congratulating him, but offering our next president our good will and honest effort to find the necessary compromises to bridge our differences."
|William Jefferson Clinton:
|"We just had the biggest redistribution of income upwards in the last eight years since the 1920s, and we know how the 1920s ended."
|Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT):
|"If an institution is too big to fail, then that institution is too big to exist."
|Anton Szandor LaVey:
|"It's too bad that stupidity isn't painful. Ignorance is one thing, but our society thrives increasingly on stupidity. It depends on people going along with whatever they are told. The media promotes a cultivated stupidity as a posture that is not only acceptable but laudable."
|Brendan Cathbad Myers:
|"When most pagans think of ethics, they usually think of the the Wiccan Rede -- a highly utilitarian idea which has nothing to do with virtue. I'd like to change that."
|"Not every story has a point. Sometimes you just bend spaghetti to watch it break."
|Horatio, Lord Nelson:
|"I am acting not only without the orders of my commander-in-chief, but, in some measure, contrary to him...I am doing what is right and proper for the service of our king and country. Political courage, in an officer abroad, is as highly necessary as military courage."
|"When the time of our particular sunset comes our thing, our accomplishment won't really matter a great deal. But the clarity and care with which we have loved others will speak with vitality of the great gift of life we have been for each other."
|"...For we couldn't leave her there, you see, to crumble into scale./She'd saved our lives so many times, living through the gale/And the laughing, drunken rats who left her to a sorry grave/They won't be laughing in another day.../
"And you, to whom adversity has dealt the final blow/With smiling bastards lying to you everywhere you go/Turn to, and put out all your strength of arm and heart and brain/And like the Mary Ellen Carter, rise again
"Rise again, rise again - though your heart it be broken/And life about to end/No matter what you've lost, be it a home, a love, a friend./
Like the Mary Ellen Carter, rise again...."
|"That communism is a crypto-religion in line with Judaism and Christianity (both are Abrahamic faiths of West Asian origin) has been alluded to by many great thinkers...Abrahamic religions, whenever they conquer a territory, convert the inhabitants and try to suppress their ancestral culture. Ancestral history becomes a prohibited subject. In Afghanistan and Pakistan pre-Islamic Hindu-Buddhist history is not permitted in schools. China is doing the same in Tibet."
|"I, and other women like me, object to the assertion that sex work is inherently degrading and that no woman pursues this work or experience by choice. Women do make these choices, and I’m among them. And I have no regrets. My perspective on Sawyer was just that - I was a woman who made a choice.
"This isn't to say that degrading and dehumanizing sex work doesn't exist, because it most certainly does. But it does a disservice to everyone when we fail to recognize the differences, the differences in power, autonomy, and freedom."
|Robert A. Heinlein:
|"Thou shalt honor the noble English language, speech of Shakespeare, Milton, and Poe, and it will serve thee all the days of thy life."
|Dr. Dean Radin:
|"Maintaining an open mind is important when examining the unknown, but allowing one's brains to fall out in the process is inadvisable."
|R. U. Sirius:
|"The genius of the hip left 60's was that it resolved the tension between altruism and desire by enclosing the erotic, the atavistic, and the visionary within a philosophy of humanism, unifying the personal and political under an ideal of liberation."
|"Yes, folks, it's that Lenten time of the year when religious extremists around the world take to the streets to whip themselves and get nailed to crosses to celebrate Easter.
No one better get a sexual charge out of it, though, because then whipping and crucifixion would be frowned on by the Church. Let me explain. This is how to tell the SMers apart from the rest of the world:
- We do such things because they feel wonderful and magical. So that's morally wrong.
- They do them to feel miserable and shattered. That's morally right.
|"Online piracy - while it is definitely illegal and immoral - is, as a practical problem, nothing more than (at most) a nuisance. We're talking brats stealing chewing gum, here, not the Barbary Pirates."
|Mark Di Ionno:
|"Want to know why there's no peace in the world? Spend a morning outside family court."
|Tom Clancy (Executive Orders):
|"We all know that the government does take more than it gives back. They've just learned to hide it. The federal budget deficit means that every time you borrow money, it costs more than it should - why? Because the government borrows so much money that it drives up interest rates.
And so every house payment, every car payment, every credit card bill is also a tax. And maybe they give you a break on interest payments. Isn't that nice? Your government gives you a tax break on money you ought not to have to pay in the first place, and then it tells you that you get back more than you pay out.
Does anybody out there really believe that? Does anybody really believe it when people say that the United States can't afford - not to spend more money than it has? Are those the words of Adam Smith or Lucy Ricardo?"
|Joan Kovatch, Jr.:
|"How do you avoid conditioned air, toxic gases, and the stress of being boxed? Get outside whenever you can. Park a bit farther away in the parking lot and enjoy the walk, even in the rain. You know you're not going to die wet and soggy and frostbitten, you've got the resources to get home and change as soon as you want to. Enjoy the wet, the cold, hot, whatever. Walk around a park, get some exercise, enjoy your neighborhood."
|"They don't want people to know - or if they know they don't want it acknowledged - that men have cocks in their pants, that women have tits and cunts under their clothes, that people can say and do whatever they want as long as it doesn't hurt anyone else, that their guns and orders and phony laws and honkie power are all bullshit, that there's no way any common words can 'shock' and 'corrupt' kids who are really hip to the whole deal and who are instead shocked and hurt by the insane disregard for human freedoms that the police and other authorities practice as a matter of course."
|"If the Americans, Dutch, British, and French persist in this attempt to rule other peoples in the world, which they have no right to do, then we are headed in a straight line for the third world war, because these people won't stand for it. If it had not been for Gandhi in India, I feel sure the Indians would have killed countless thousands of English, but his leadership in nonviolence has saved a lot of lives. In return, the British put him in prison."
|"If it weren't for the slight Dutch imperialism that went down on these streets, it is possible that Cookie Monster would have been chasing down biscuits his whole life."
|"Jokes of the proper kind, properly told, can do more to enlighten questions of politics, philosophy, and literature than any number of dull arguments."
|Rabbi Joseph Gelberman:
|"Once there was a great rabbi who for many years had pondered a question, "Where is God?" He asked a friend who was also a rabbi to help him. His friend's answer was simple, "Wherever and whenever he is invited—that's where God is."
|"The difficult task is to explain that depression does not necessarily indicate an inability to accurately assess one's life and one's potential to achieve a satisfactory quality of life. Also, that a person has a right to decide that the treatment options available are not right - or realistic - for them personally.
"It is incredibly depressing if the only way you can prove that it's that bad is if you kill yourself - if no one believes you suffer until you actually manage to kill yourself.
"To address the idea that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem: things did not get better for me after high school. I am now 41 years old."
|Merri Lisa Johnson:
|"Free love doesn't always follow from a lack of self respect; there is something sex-hating in such an equation."
|"Saddam’s principal crime was launching an unprovoked war against Iran that cost over one million casualties. This crime was never mentioned in President Hussein’s trial because, at the time, his principal accomplices were the United States, Britain, and the Arab oil monarchs. Dead men tell no tales."
|"What's maddening about this pope's signature gay bashing is this: When the pope--the dead one, the next one, the one after that--says something stupid about homosexuality, straight Americans listen. The church's efforts have helped defeat gay rights bills, lead to the omission of gays from hate-crime statutes, and helped to pass anti-gay-marriage amendments. But when a pope says something stupid about heterosexuality, straight Americans go deaf. And this pope had plenty to say about heterosexual sex--no contraceptives, no premarital sex, no blowjobs, no jerkin' off, no divorce, no remarriage, no artificial insemination, no blowjobs, no three-ways, no swinging, no blowjobs, no anal. Did I mention no blowjobs? John Paul II had a longer list of "no's" for straights than he did for gays. But when he tried to meddle in the private lives of straights, the same people who deferred to his delicate sensibilities where my rights were concerned suddenly blew the old asshole off. Gay blowjobs are expendable, it seems; straight ones are sacred."
|"How can we have confidence in the white people? When Jesus Christ came on earth, you killed him and nailed him on a cross. You thought he was dead, but you were mistaken. You have Shakers among you, and you laugh and make light of their worship. Everything I have said to you is the truth."
|Rev. Dr. Rebecca Ann Parker, D.D., D.Min.:
|"God required his son to suffer in order to save the world. That is an image of God as a child abuser, and Jesus is imaged as the perfect victim. He accepts the abuse and does it silently. He is praised in his religious community for accepting abuse as the highest form of love...If this is the virtue of God's son...how is the victim of the priest's abuse going to find a justification for raising a protest?...How is the church going to see the perpetrators of abuse clearly if it can't see its own conceptualization of God as abuser?"
|"After September 11, some credited God with ensuring that there were far fewer people than usual both in the hijacked planes and in the targeted buildings. You'd think that God could have simply tipped off the FBI."
|"Is Christianity so weak that its foundations might be shaken by children reading 'Harry Potter?'"
|Daniel M. Ryan:
|"Any peace movement that goes out of its way to treat military personnel as if they were human beings too, is likely to result in reciprocal respect from the military. Mutual respect will result in an alarming number of veterans, and even of active-duty personnel, believing seriously that a state of peace is a better way to be than a state of war, even war for conquest and glory."
|"Complicated people have both sides, the light and the darkness. You just have to keep an eye on that darkness, so that it doesn't swallow you up. Just let it feed the art you wanna make and things you gotta say."
|Rev. Eloy Cruz:
|"You only have to have two loves in your life—for God, and for the person in front of you at any particular time."
|Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.:
|"We keep hearing that Iraq is 'on the brink' of civil war, but how will we know when we move from brink to reality? The Sunnis hate the ruling Shiites, the Kurds hate them both, and everyone hates the Christians and Jews. It's all about a struggle for power: who gets to twist the thumbscrews, and whose thumbs are screwed. If this is the brink, the reality will be unbearable."
|Hon. Andrew Napolitano, J.S.C.(ret.):
|"President Bush does not recognize the constitutional limitations imposed on his office. His only concern is with victory over ‘the enemy,’ whoever that may be."
|"What have you gotten for your $300 billion, your 2,600 dead, your 8,000 seriously maimed in Bush's ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? Stability? Don't make me laugh. Security? America is hated in more parts of the world today than at any time in its history. What has Bush done right?"
|Brig. Gen. James C. Walker, USMC JAG:
|"I'm not aware of any situation in the world where there is a system of jurisprudence that is recognized by civilized people where an individual can be tried without -- and convicted without -- seeing the evidence against him. And I don't think that the United States needs to become the first in that scenario."
|Franklin Delano Roosevelt:
|"Nature still offers her bounty and human efforts have multiplied it. Plenty is at our doorstep, but a generous use of it languishes in the very sight of the supply. Primarily this is because the rulers of the exchange of mankind's goods have failed, through their own stubbornness and their own incompetence, have admitted their failure, and abdicated. Practices of the unscrupulous money changers stand indicted in the court of public opinion, rejected by the hearts and minds of men.
"True they have tried, but their efforts have been cast in the pattern of an outworn tradition. Faced by failure of credit they have proposed only the lending of more money. Stripped of the lure of profit by which to induce our people to follow their false leadership, they have resorted to exhortations, pleading tearfully for restored confidence. They know only the rules of a generation of self-seekers. They have no vision, and when there is no vision the people perish.
"The money changers have fled from their high seats in the temple of our civilization. We may now restore that temple to the ancient truths. The measure of the restoration lies in the extent to which we apply social values more noble than mere monetary profit.
"Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. The joy and moral stimulation of work no longer must be forgotten in the mad chase of evanescent profits. These dark days will be worth all they cost us if they teach us that our true destiny is not to be ministered unto but to minister to ourselves and to our fellow men."
|"Engineers paint because they are engineers, and their careful training has taught them that when you have ordered paint, or when you become aware that someone, it does not matter who, has ordered paint, and when the paint has been duly purchased and received and accounted for, then it would be a waste not to use the paint ot paint something."
|"If you sponsor an election or promote democracy and freedom around the world, then when people make their own decision about their leaders, I think that all the governments should recognize that administration and let them form their government."
|"They keep talking about drafting a constitution for Iraq. Why don't we just give them ours? It was written by a lot of really smart guys, it's worked for over 200 years, and we're not using it anymore."
|"They shall grow not old… as we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning
We will remember them."
|"If we can't respond faster than this to an event we saw coming across the Gulf for days, then why do we think we're prepared to respond to a nuclear or biological attack?"
|"Evil lies with those who set an evil chain of causation in motion, not with those caught up in the effects of the causes."
|"If we do not tell the universe the truth about itself, if we don't treat it and the people in it as what they are - real, and precious - it will turn against us, and none of our affairs will prosper."
|A. A. Berger:
|"Mickey Mouse is sadistic, asexual, and anal while Ignatz Mouse, the hero of Krazy Kat, is playful, sexual, and phallic."
|"If a doctor were called on to treat typhoid fever he would probably try to find out what kind of milk or water the patient drank, and perhaps clean out the well so that no one else could get typhoid from the same source. But if a lawyer was called on to treat a typhoid patient, he would give him thirty days in jail, and then he would think that nobody else would ever dare to take it. If the patient got well in fifteen days, he would be kept until his time was up; if the disease was worse at the end of thirty days, the patient would be released because his time was out."
|Sidney W. A. Dekker:
|"The cause-consequence equivalence dictated by Newton's third law of motion is quite inappropriate as a model for organizational accidents."
|"I want to connect with people who live, make love, nurture, battle, dream, sing, and sacrifice with the sense that sex is more than just flesh, but hardly an ethereal affair."
|"While lawyers and judges have engaged in a minuet of death, the American Civil Liberties Union, which would be passionately criticizing state court decisions and demanding due process if Terri were a convict on death row, has shamefully served as co-counsel for her husband, Michael Schiavo, in his insistent desire to have her die."
|"Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Petty power corrupts out of all proportion."
|"Until this administration and the federal government can ensure that we have control of our borders and ports, the Homeland Security Department is simply a federal bureaucracy indulging in nothing less than a sham, spending billions of dollars in taxpayer money to game the American people."
|"Why do people say suicide is a egotistical act? Because you leave sad people behind you. Yes, but perhaps if those people had seen earlier how desperate my heart was, they would not be sad and I would not be dead."
|Donna Lieberman, NYCLU:
|"So what we have is 75 convictions out of about 1,800 arrests. That's a horrible record. Hundreds of people were punished for doing nothing wrong, for exercising their First Amendment right."
|"You know, we have the solution on how to do all the security: Have a man and woman at each gate leading to the airplane strip. They're stripped from the waist down, and every passenger has to lean over and lightly kiss the genitals of the person of the same sex and then have a piece of bacon. And all hijacking just goes away."
|Editorial staff of The New Republic:
|"The Bush administration has always had a peculiar human resources policy. It doesn't punish incompetence. Instead, it rewards it with extensions of tenure and promotions, so long as the incompetents prove their absolute loyalty."
|Dr. Charles W. Stratton:
|"A bactericidal effect is desired because, to put it succinctly, dead bugs don’t mutate. In other words, if microbial pathogens causing infection are killed by antimicrobial therapy, rather than inhibited, mutations that might already exist or occur under the selective pressure of the antimicrobial agent are less likely to be promulgated."
|Laura Sessions Stepp:
|"If you can't imagine letting your 150 closest friends know that you're in the shower, it's a good bet you're 30 or older."
|"Does it make any rational sense to you that we're going to pass a law someplace that says we're not going to prevent minors from buying 'Passion of the Christ' or 'Kill Bill' or 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' in a local store but you can't buy 'Resident Evil?"
|Ronald Wilson Reagan:
|"We are a nation that has a government — not the other way around. And this makes us special among the nations of the Earth. Our government has no power except that granted it by the people. It is time to check and reverse the growth of government which shows signs of having grown beyond the consent of the governed."
|"For years it has been my belief that the ideal US president for Middle East peace would be one who had the ethics of a Carter, the popularity of a Reagan and the strategic audacity of a Nixon. Alas, we have a president who has the ethics of a Nixon, the popularity of a Carter and the intellectual agility of a Reagan."
|"Many Americans view their country's war with Iraq as a humanitarian effort undertaken to liberate the sorely oppressed Iraqi people from a monster of a leader, and they are therefore angered by a seeming lack of gratitude on the part of those they are rescuing. Because the issue is so clear-cut to them, they find it hard to accept that some Iraqis may continue to be resentful of the coalition forces that invaded their land, bombed their cities, killed some of their citizens, and are still occupying their country."
|Hon. Emmet G. Sullivan, U.S.D.J.:
|"The women and men of our armed forces put their lives on the line every day to preserve and safeguard the freedoms that all Americans cherish and enjoy. Absent an informed consent or presidential waiver, the United States cannot demand that members of the armed forces also serve as guinea pigs for experimental drugs."
|Sherry F. Colb, Esq.:
|"Is Justice Scalia truly stumped by the task of distinguishing between two men having consensual sex and an act of intercourse between a man and a sheep? Does the meaning of "consenting adult" cross the species barrier for Justice Scalia?"
|Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB:
|"It may be time for us to realize that in a country that prides itself on being democratic, we are our government. And the rest of the world is figuring that out very quickly."
|"America has embraced values that cannot create a sustainable society and world. Currently, we organize our activities around beliefs that are inherently life-destroying. We believe that growth can be endless, that competition creates healthy relationships, that consumption need have no limits, that meaning is found in things, and that aggression brings peace. Societies that use these values end up, as do all voracious predators in nature, dead."
|Thich Nhat Hanh:
|"Nonviolence and compassion are the foundations of a peace movement. If you don't have enough peace and understanding and loving-kindness within yourself, your actions will not truly be for peace."
|"Tone down the emotion and share the information. You might be amazed at what can happen."
|H. L. Mencken:
|"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed – and thus clamorous to be led to safety – by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary."
|Lt. Col. Carol Barkalow (USMA 1980):
|"How can you arbitrarily disregard half your population, when you're looking for your best and brightest?"
|"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."
|J. Michael Straczynski:
|"You know, I used to think it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought, wouldn't it be much worse if life were fair, and all the terrible things that happen to us come because we actually deserve them? So, now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe."
|David J. Wolpe:
|"There is a marvelous story of a man who once stood before God, his heart breaking from the pain and injustice in the world. 'Dear God,' he cried out, 'look at all the suffering, the anguish and distress in your world. Why don't you send help?' God responded, 'I did send help. I sent you.'"
|Roger Hodgson :
|"Won't you please, please tell me what we've learned? I know it sounds absurd; but please tell me who I am."
|Gordon R. Dickson:
|"Wars invariably get fought for abstract reasons. Wars may be instigated by the middle-aged and elderly; but they're fought by youth. And youth needs more than a practical motive for tempting the tragedy of all tragedies - the end of the universe - which is dying, when you're young."
|"I am my own person, heart and mind and spirit, and I alone of all the universe know the steps of my path. They are indelibly etched in the core of my being."
|Edgar Allan Poe:
|"From childhood's hour I have not been / As others were— / I have not seen / As others saw— / I could not bring / My passions from a common spring."
|"The mention of United States Government agencies in this document is to provide proper credit only and in no way should be taken as endorsement of this page, site, or suicide in general in any way, shape, or form by the Government of the United States of America. Just in case anyone could possibly think that of a government that denies an eyeglass exam to a suicidal person trying to get training to get off disability because proper vision is 'not vital to working as a computer programmer' (U.S. Social Security Administration)"
|"I call this the 'Western Dismissal' -- this takes place in our society when folks really don't want to hear what you have to say about what you feel in your soul so they tell you to go to a shrink, therefore, they wash their hands of the situation."
|John M. Ford:
|"...while too many are dying for fear's sake right now, it is nothing compared to those who will die if those fears take their true shape, and if the naked stars see what we have done to one another."
|Mercedes Lackey :
|"If you do not touch, you do not live. If you seal yourself away inside your barriers, you seal out the love with the pain. And though love sometimes brings pain, you have no way of knowing if the pain you feel now might not bring you to love again."
|Dumuzi, channeled by Claudia Manifest:
|"Don't get me wrong now, these were not lowly surroundings that Mom was forced into because the Motel 6 was full. Back in our day, the Ziggurat, the Temple, was also the storehouse, the sheepfold, the stronghold, and the womb of the Great Mother. The sacred and the mundane weren't so neatly divided into separate boxes back then."
|"You can't live your life by principles alone; you have to have compassion, too. If you don't, the best principles in the world can be corrupted into inhumanity. It's people that matter, not causes."
|"The darkness is death - we can speak, but we are not heard. We can scream but they turn their backs. We can run, but we cannot catch them. It is the dream where arms and legs won't work they way they should, and the air is too thick to breathe. Loved ones walk a mile ahead, forgetting to stop as we fall behind. This is the reality of the darkness. We are buried alive inside ourselves."
|T. Thorn Coyle:
|"Humans have tried war for thousands of years and it has gotten us nowhere. To think it is still the answer is naive."