"The only thing constant is change"
Heraclitus of Ephesus (~500 BCE)
"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane."
"Better three hours too soon than a minute too late."
"It's much better to do good in a way that no one knows anything about it."
"Instead of the triumph of democracy and progress, we got violence, poverty and social disaster -- and nobody cares a bit about human rights, including the right to life. I cannot help asking those who have forced that situation: Do you realize what you have done?"
Vladimir Putin addressing the United Nations in September 2015
"Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future, too."
"Is there any point in public debate in a society where hardly anyone has been taught how to think, while millions have been taught what to think?"
"It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get."
"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection."
"When men are full of envy they disparage everything, whether it be good or bad."
"The whole concept of sanity in a society where spiritual values have lost their meaning is itself meaningless."
Thomas Merton, Raids on the Unspeakable
"In America, the criminally insane rule and the rest of us, or the vast majority of the rest of us, either do not care, do not know, or are distracted and properly brainwashed into acquiescence."
"It's dangerous to be right, when the government is wrong."
"The only element in the universe more common than hydrogen is stupidity."
"When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it."
"Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account."
"In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity"
"Anyone who has proclaimed violence his method inexorably must choose lying as his principle."
"An attack on Iran would be an act of political folly, setting in motion a progressive upheaval in world affairs. With the U.S. increasingly the object of widespread hostility, the era of American preponderance could even come to a premature end."
"I never would have agreed to the formulation of the Central Intelligence Agency back in forty-seven, if I had known it would become the American Gestapo."
Harry S. Truman
"Look, all administrations, all governments lie, all officials lie and nothing they say is to be believed. That's a pretty good rule."
"I'm afraid, based on my own experience, that fascism will come to America in the name of national security."
"There never was an idea stated that woke men out of their stupid indifference but its originator was spoken of as a crank."
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
"You can sway a thousand men by appealing to their prejudices quicker than you can convince one man by logic."
Robert A. Heinlein
"It is the peculiar quality of a fool to perceive the faults of others and to forget his own."
"I confess, without shame, I am sick and tired of fighting... tis only those who have never heard a shot, never heard the shriek and groans of the wounded and lacerated ... that cry aloud for more blood, more vengeance, more desolation."
William Tecumseh Sherman
"It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."
"In a society governed passively by free markets and free elections, organized greed always defeats disorganized democracy."
"The intelligence community is 'institutionally committed to objectivity and telling the truth.'"
former CIA director John E. McLaughlin Yea, right. Like they did with Vietnam, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Libya
"Take care of your cents: dollars will take care of themselves."
"It is the duty of every patriot to protect his country from its government."
"It's not a matter of what is true that counts but a matter of what is perceived to be true."
"I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots."
"News is what people want to keep hidden; everything else is publicity."
"Five enemies of peace inhabit with us--avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride; if these were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace."
"America is a land of enchantment, virtually the entire population is in a trance induced by the magic spell of mass media."
"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
"Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the government take care of him, better take a closer look at the American Indian."
"To initiate a war of aggression, therefore, is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole."
Nuremburg War Tribunal
"Lucky is he who has been able to understand the causes of things."
"And the best plan is, as the popular saying was, to profit by the folly of others."
Pliny the Elder
"It's unnatural and unhealthy for a nation to be engaged in global crusades for some principle or idea while neglecting the needs of its own people."
Sen. J. William Fulbright
"Faith in the fiat-currency system relies on the perception that central banks are acting responsibly. Should there be a a loss of confidence in the dollar as a store of wealth, there could be significant capital flight, even a collapse in the currency."
"We have two lives, and the second begins when we realize we only have one."
"We used to wonder where war lived, what made it so vile. And now we realize that we know where it lives... inside ourselves."
"There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces on the side of destruction and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose."
J M Keynes
"She goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own."
John Quincy Adams
"Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all."
"The object of terrorism is terrorism. The object of oppression is oppression. The object of torture is torture. The object of murder is murder. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?"
George Orwell, 1984
"I never would have agreed to the formulation of the Central Intelligence Agency back in forty-seven, if I had known it would become the American Gestapo."
"Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it."
"If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess highest seats in government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin."
"Now a promise made is a debt unpaid, and the trail has its own stern code."
Robert W. Service
"The working class are not capable of making important decisions. That's why they are 'working class' instead of leaders and professionals."
"I was the CIA director. We lied, we cheated, we stole. It's - it was like - we had entire training courses."
Mike Pompeo Texas A&M University (April 15, 2019)
"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves."
"Israeli spies have done more harm and have damaged the United States more than the intelligence agents of all other countries on earth combined... They are the gravest threat to our national security."
Admiral Bobby Inman
"You know very well, and the stupid Americans know equally well, that we control their government, irrespective of who sits in the White House. You see, I know it and you know it that no American president can be in a position to challenge us even if we do the unthinkable. What can they (Americans) do to us? We control congress, we control the media, we control show biz, and we control everything in America. In America you can criticize God, but you can't criticize Israel..."
Israeli spokeswoman, Tzipora Menache (she doesn't exist. This was a Mossad
disinformation stunt that took readers to a page where they got a virus. But
the quote does have a mirror to the heart of Zionism)
"The only adequate guarantee for the uniform and stable value of a paper currency is its convertibility into specie [gold] -- the least fluctuating and the only universal currency."
"[Markets] cannot work properly if the money, which they assume as a stable measuring-rod, is undependable. Unemployment, the precarious life of the worker, the disappointment of expectation, the sudden loss of savings, the excessive windfalls to individuals, the speculator, the profiteer--all proceed, in large measure, from the instability of the standard of value."
John Maynard Keynes
"Where they make a desert, they call it peace."
Calgacus, the Scot
"Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it with religious conviction."
"Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence, the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government."
"It's stunning how much time US political leaders spend defending a foreign nation even if it means attacking free speech rights of Americans."
"They call it the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it."
"You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks."
"I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all members of the military profession I never had an original thought until I left the service."
USMC General Smedley Butler
"The greatest wealth is to live content with little."
"If the people were to ever find out what we have done, we would be chased down the streets and lynched."
George H. W. Bush
"Democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where 51 percent of the people may take away the rights of the other 49."
"Gold has worked down from Alexander's time ... When something holds good for two thousand years I do not believe it can be so because of prejudice or mistaken theory."
Bernard M. Baruch
"When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven't."
"Cryptocurrencies are, in a nutshell, a bubble, a Ponzi scheme and an environmental disaster."
BIS head Agustin Carstens
"When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself."
"Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit
Voltaire, 1694 - 1778
"If my sons did not want wars, there would be none."
Gutle Schnaper, Mayer Amschel Rothschild's wife
"A nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master, and deserves one!"
"He who is the author of a war, lets loose the whole contagion of hell, and opens a vein that bleeds a nation to death."
"If the freedom of speech be taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led like sheep to the slaughter."
"If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability."
"They have plundered the world, stripping naked the land in their hunger... they are driven by greed, if their enemy be rich; by ambition, if poor... They ravage, they slaughter, they seize by false pretenses, and all of this they hail as the construction of empire. And when in their wake nothing remains but a desert, they call that peace."
"Calling the cops is like opening a box of chocolates -- you never know which one will kill your dog."
"There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare."
"The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it."
"A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government."
"The desire of gold is not for gold. It is for the means of freedom."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"One only dies once, and if one does not die well, a good opportunity is lost and will not present itself again."
"To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticise"
Credited to Voltaire
"Predictions are hard, especially about the future."
"When once the forms of civility are violated, there remains little hope of return to kindness or decency."
"A lie told once is a lie but a lie told a thousand times becomes the truth."
"The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower becomes the lender's slave."
"The state of Israel must invent dangers, and to do this it must adopt the methods of provocation and revenge."
Moshe Sharett, Israeli's first Foreign Minister
"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country... the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph."
Thomas Paine, December 1776
"I think that the undecideds could go one way or the other."
George Bush, 1988
"We move toward a lofty ideal. 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
"Step right up folks, cheap debt, low taxes, management fees, dividend recaps, rising leverage...There's no end to the good times!"
Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein He left out, "It's different this time."
"Any man can make mistakes, but only an idiot persists in his error."
Marcus Tullius Cicero, (106-43 BC)
"I hear this term deep state all the time. There is no deep state, but there is a deep culture and a commitment to the rule of law, equal protection of the laws."
James Comey April 25, 2018 It would have made more sense on April 1
"Israel should aim to bring about the fragmentation of the Arab world into a mosaic of ethnic and confessional groupings. Every kind of inter-Arab confrontation, would prove to be advantageous to Israel in the short term."
Oded Yinon February 1982
"Tell people what they want to hear and you can be wrong indefinitely without penalty. Confirmation is in much higher demand than information."
"As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly."
"It is a dark day in our nation when high-level authorities will seek to use every method to silence dissent. But something is happening, and people are not going to be silenced."
Martin Luther King
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear."
"A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny."
"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
"All states, because they live parasitically off the population on an ongoing basis, depend on eliciting the compliance of the people in some degree; no state can survive a mass refusal to obey."
Etienne de La Boetie (1530-63)