Classic Quotes



ORIGINAL POST
Posted by Ed 14 mths ago

"Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.”  – Friedrich Nietzsche

“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” -Arthur Schopenhauer

“The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it’s profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater.” -Frank Zappa

“At the end fiat money returns to its inner value—zero.” – Voltaire

“When you’re born, you get a ticket to the freak show. When you’re born in America, you get a front-row seat.” -George Carlin

“Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.” -Mark Twain

“For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.” -Carl Sagan

“Some day the earth will weep, she will beg for her life, she will cry with tears of blood. You will make a choice, if you will help her or let her die, and when she dies, you too will die.” -John Hollow Horn, Oglala Lakota, 1932

“Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it.” -John Lennon

“When the herd is all running toward a cliff, the one running in the opposite direction seems crazy”  -Anonymous

“The general population doesn’t know what’s happening, and it doesn’t even know that it doesn’t know.” -Noam Chomsky

“But man is a part of nature, and his war against nature is inevitably a war against himself.”― Rachel Carson

“I believe that it is better to tell the truth than a lie. I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant.”-H. L. Mencken

“I know very few people who are dreaming of a world for their grandchildren”
-Kurt Vonnegut

“Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful day of your life.” – Mark Twain

“IGNORANCE is not just what you don’t know. It’s also what you WON’T know” -Aron Ra

“The most common of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind” — H. L. Mencken

“Investigate what is, and not what pleases.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


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COMMENTS
Ed 11 mths ago
“People of privilege will always risk their complete destruction rather than surrender any material part of their advantage.” - John Kenneth Galbraith

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Ed 11 mths ago
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Ed 10 mths ago
“The scientific method is not used to prove anything, rather you disprove all other possible avenues until you arrive at a possibility that can’t be disproved, and that remaining possibility is your answer for the time being.”

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Ed 9 mths ago
"An influencer is a moron who influences people to become morons"  Anonymous

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Ed 8 mths ago
“We’ll Know Our Disinformation Program Is Complete When Everything the American Public Believes Is False” William Casey Director CIA under President Reagan.

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Ed 8 mths ago
'If we are not running out of oil then why are we smashing rock and sucking out the oil --- why  are we are steaming oil out of sand --- and we are drilling miles beneath the ocean to get oil?'  Anonymous Oil Executive

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Ed 7 mths ago
“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family?
 
Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?
 
The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt!
 
If…if…We didn’t love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation…. We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”
 

Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
 

The Gulag Archipelago

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Ed 6 mths ago
“Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.” – H.L. Mencken

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Ed 6 mths ago
“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.” – H.L. Mencken

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Ed 5 mths ago

“Governments don’t want a population capable of critical thinking, they want obedient workers, people just smart enough to run the machines and just dumb enough to passively accept their situation. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own, and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought, and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the state houses, the city halls, they got the judges in their back pockets and they own all the big media companies, so they control just about all of the news and information you get to hear.”   ~ George Carlin


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Ed 5 mths ago
The graveyards are full of indispensable people.  — Charles de Gaulle

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Ed 4 mths ago
“The growth of knowledge depends entirely on disagreement.”  Karl Popper

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Ed 3 mths ago

“Care About What Other People Think, And You Will Always Be Their Prisoner.” – Lao Tzu

“It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.” – Charlie Chaplin


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Ed 3 mths ago
“Don’t you talk to me about progress.  Progress just means bad things happen faster.”  Terry Pratchett

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Ed 55 days ago
'The most ignorant, uneducated, unimaginative and unthinking among us – who are not ashamed to ignore all the patient, thoughtful findings over centuries – would invade our schools, libraries and homes, become our guides and leaders, and impose their feeble and childish beliefs.' - Prof Isaac Asimov 1994

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Ed 55 days ago
'I have approximate answers, possible beliefs, and different degrees of certainty about different things. Yet, I am not absolutely sure of anything. I do not feel frightened by not knowing things, by being lost in a mysterious universe without having any purpose. Most of your actions are based on incomplete knowledge.' - Prof Richard Feynman 1999

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Ed 33 days ago
“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.” – H. L. Mencken

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Ed 26 days ago
“I’ve noticed a fascinating phenomenon in my thirty years of teaching: schools and schooling are increasingly irrelevant to the great enterprises of the planet. No one believes anymore that scientists are trained in science classes or politicians in civics classes or poets in English classes. The truth is that schools don’t really teach anything except how to obey orders.”  - John Taylor Gatto
 
 
“When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.”   – Frederic Bastiat
 

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Ed 18 days ago

“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


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Ed 14 days ago
“None are so hopelessly enslaved, as those who falsely believe they are free. The truth has been kept from the depth of their minds by masters who rule them with lies. They feed them on falsehoods till wrong looks like right in their eyes.”  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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