It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without
"Lorsqu'un gouvernement est dépendant des banquiers pour l'argent, ce sont
ces derniers, et non les dirigeants du gouvernement qui contrôlent la
situation, puisque la main qui donne est au dessus de la main qui reçoit.
[...] L'argent n'a pas de patrie; les financiers n'ont pas de patriotisme et
n'ont pas de décence; leur unique objectif est le gain." -
(When a government is dependent upon bankers for money, they
and not the leaders of the government control the situation, since the hand
that gives is above the hand that takes. Money has no motherland; financiers
are without patriotism and without decency; their sole object is gain.)
Wer sich zum Wurm macht, soll nicht klagen, wenn er getreten wird. -Immanuel
Die Mehrheit? Was ist die Mehrheit? Mehrheit ist der Unsinn; Verstand ist
stets bei Wen'gen nur gewesen. (The majority
is madness; Reason has still ranked only with the few.)
Jede Wahrheit durchläuft drei Stufen: Erst
erscheint sie lächerlich, dann wird sie bekämpft, schließlich ist sie
selbstverständlich. (All truth passes through 3 stages.
First, it is ridiculed. Second,
it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted
as being self-evident. )
During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary
Die glücklichen Sklaven sind die erbittertsten Feinde der Freiheit. (Happy
slaves are the bitterest enemies of freedom. )
Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830-1916)
I slept and found that life was joy. I woke up and found out that life was
duty. I did my duty and found out that it was joy. (Danke Annalena, für die Übersetzung.)
Le cri : audace ! est un Fiat Lux.
If there is light in the soul, there will be beauty in the person. If there
is beauty in the person, there will be harmony in the house. If there is
harmony in the house, there will be order in the nation. If there is order
in the nation, there will be peace in the world.
Ancient Chinese proverb
(as cited by Elizabeth Kucinich on her blog)
Liberty without learning is always in peril; learning without liberty is
always in vain.
JOHN F. KENNEDY
La passion fait souvent un fou du plus habile homme, et rend souvent les
plus sots habiles. (Passion often renders the most clever man a fool, and even sometimes renders
the most foolish man clever.)
François de La
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of
life is when men are afraid of the light.
He who controls the present controls the past. He who controls the past
controls the future.
Terrorism is war by the poor, and war is terrorism by the rich.
We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.
Edward R. Murrow
Great spirits have always
encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good
intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.
ALBERT CAMUS, The Plague
The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last
to set foot on one's own country as a foreign land.
I will prepare and some day my chance will come.
I have no patience with extreme Rightists who call everyone who disagrees
with them a Communist, nor with the Leftists who shout that the rest of us
are heartless money grubbers.
...in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all
inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our
children's future. And we are all mortal.
John F. Kennedy
The old law about 'an eye for an eye' leaves everybody blind.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The
occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion.
As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.
The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.
Niccolò Machiavelli, Florence, Italy
As night-fall does not come at once, neither does oppression... It is in such
twilight that we all must be aware of change in the air―however slight―lest we become victims of the darkness.
Douglas, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice
Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be
their own governors, must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives. A
popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it,
is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy or perhaps both.
James Madison (4th President of the
To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for
happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.