"The Citizen is obliged in conscience not to follow the directives of Civil Authorities, when they are contrary to the demands of the moral order, to the fundamental rights of persons, or the teachings of the Gospel. Refusing obedience to civil authorities when their demands are contrary to those of an upright conscience, finds its justification in the distinction between serving God and serving the political community " The Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2242
"I intended to give you some advise, but now I remember how much is left over from last year unused." George Harris
"There are those who will always confuse courtesy with cowardess, & politeness for weakness." Martin Lear
"The world runs on the initiative of about 5% of the people; the rest need orders. The consensus of the other 95% on the subject of one's relationship with: government - banks - tax agencies - courts and corporations (all separate realms) is defective in that such inert abstractions have been accorded superiority over living beings.
Governments are transitory mental contrivances set up by the clever few for the purpose of living off the efforts of the trusting many - a generalization, yes, but also the truth." Cracking the Code, 3rd addition
"Fear can only prevail when the victims are ignorant of the facts." Thomas Jefferson
"We see to what unaccountable lengths men will run when once they leave the plain road of common sense, and violate the law which God has written in the heart. Thus, some have thought they did God a service when they unmercifully butchered and destroyed the lives of the servants of God, while others, upon the contrary extreme, believe that they please God while they sit still and quietly behold their friends and brethren killed by their unmerciful enemies, without endeavouring to defend or rescue them. The one is a sin of omission, and the other is a sin of commission, and it may perhaps be difficult to say, under certain circumstances, which is the most criminal in the sight of Heaven. Of this I am sure, that they are, both of them, great violations of the law of God." Samuel West, 1776
"In carrying the torch of truth round the world, you are bound to scorch somebody's whiskers." Dr Paul Koonin
"During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." George Orwell
"True definition of a pioneer, you have arrows in your back!"
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." Benjamin Franklin
"If you stand for nothing, you shall fall for everything."
"Modern man still is anxious and tempted to surrender his freedom to dictators of all kinds, or to lose it by transforming himself into a small cog in the machine, well fed, and well clothed, yet not a free man but an automation." Eric Fromm
"Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut, that held its ground."
"I have no moral obligation to obey an immoral law."
"Most people, sometime in their lives, stumble across truth. And most jump up, brush themselves off, and hurry on about their business as if nothing had happened." Sir Winston Churchill
"To stand in defence of truth and righteousness when the majority forsake us, to fight the battles of the Lord when champions are few -- this will be our test. At this time we must gather warmth from the coldness of others, courage from their cowardice, and loyalty from their treason." E White
"We live in an age where TV has become fact, and fact has become fiction."
"The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in time of moral crises maintain their neutrality." Dante's Divine Comedy
"If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may be even a worse fate. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves." Winston Churchill - On the eve of Britain's entry into World War II
"Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know now what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!" Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775
"The germ of destruction of our nation is in the power of the judiciary, an irresponsible body - working by night and by day, gaining a little today and a little tomorrow, and advancing its noiseless step like a thief over the field of jurisdiction, until all shall render powerless the checks of one branch over the other and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated." Thomas Jefferson
"I may disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." Voltaire
"In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, it was planned that way. US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects something that cannot be." Thomas Jefferson
"Only when the last tree has died, and the last river been poisoned, and the last fish been caught, will we realise, we cannot eat money." Chief Seattle. Chief of the Dwamish Native Americans
"In an age of militant mediocrity, an 'extremist' is anyone who takes a position." John Loeffler
"If God abhors one sin above another, of which His people are guilty, it is doing nothing in case of an emergency. Indifference and neutrality in a religious crisis is regarded of God as a grievous crime and equal to the very worst type of hostility against God." E White
"Governments do not govern, but merely control the machinery of government, being themselves controlled by the hidden hand. Former British Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli
"The world is governed by very different people from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes. Benjamin Disraeli
"If we believe a thing to be bad, and if we have a right to prevent it, it is our duty to try to prevent it and to damn the consequences." Lord Milner (1854-1925)
"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants. It is it's natural manure." Thomas Jefferson
"You may have to fight when there is no chance of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves." Winston Churchill
"As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air - however slight - lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness." Justice William O. Douglas
"Why should I defend a nation that prevents me from defending my own family?" William Wallace, 2000
"If all morally deficient people were removed from society, there would be a chronic shortage of politicians!" William Wallace, 2000
"During election time politicians tend to 'kiss ass' for a few weeks; then, once elected, they tend to 'kick ass' for a few years!" William Wallace, 2000
"It appears that the only prerequisite for becoming a prime minister in Australia, is a lobotomy!" William Wallace, 2000
"As a commodity, if ignorance was of value, the general public would indeed be rich!" William Wallace, 2000
"Truth is truth even when spoken by a liar." William Wallace, 2000
"The world would be a gay place if it were not for the homosexuals." William Wallace, 2005
"A government above the law is a menace to be defeated." Lord Scarman
"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 in 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!" Alexander Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago
"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free" Goethe
"Those people who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants." William Penn
"Without Justice, there is JUST US!"
"There is no such thing, at this date of the world's history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it.
There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone.
The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press?
We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes."
John Swinton (1829-1901) pre-eminent New York journalist & head of the editorial staff at the New York Times. Quoted one night around 1880. Swinton was the guest of honour at a banquet given him by the leaders of his craft. Someone who knew neither the press nor Swinton offered a toast to the independent press. Swinton outraged his colleagues by making the above statement.
"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." Former Republican President Theodore Roosevelt, in challenge to President Woodrow Wilson's crackdown on dissent following America's entry into World War I (1918)
He who knows nothing is nearer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors. Thomas Jefferson
I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of society but the people themselves, and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion. Thomas Jefferson
"Those who control the past, control the future; and those who control the present, control the past." George Orwell
"Suppose I am an idiot. And suppose I am a member of Congress. But I repeat myself." Mark Twain
"Civil disobedience. . . is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that numbers of people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of the leaders of their government and have gone to war, and millions have been killed because of this obedience. . Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity and war and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves, and all the while the grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem." Howard Zinn, "Failure to Quit," p. 45.
"Poor people have access to the courts in the same sense that Christians had access to the lions.'' Judge Earl Johnson Jr
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. Edmund Burke
Whoso would ever become a man, must be a non-conformist." Ralph Waldo Emerson
It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it." Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658) British Lord General of the Army, Lord Protector of the Realm. Source: Address, First Protectorate Parliament, 1654
Individual liberty is individual power, and as the power of a community is a mass compounded of individual powers, the nation which enjoys the most freedom must necessarily be in proportion to its numbers the most powerful nation." John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) 6th US President. Source: Letter to James Lloyd, 1 October 1822
The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men." Plato
Instead of sitting down satisfied with the efforts we have already made, which is the wish of our enemies, the necessity of the times, more than ever, calls for our utmost circumspection, deliberation, fortitude and perseverance. Let us remember, that 'if we suffer tamely a lawless attack upon our liberty, we encourage it, and involve others in our doom.' It is a very serious consideration, which should deeply impress our minds, that millions yet unborn may be the miserable sharers in the event." Samuel Adams, speech in Boston, 1771
The evils of government are directly proportional to the tolerance of the people." Frank Kent
The burning of an author's books, imprisonment for opinion's sake, has always been the tribute that an ignorant age pays to the genius of its time." Joseph Allen (1749-1827) Delegate Source: Massachusetts Constitutional Convention, 1788
The right to discuss freely and openly, by speech, by the pen, by the press, all political questions, and to examine the animadvert upon all political institutions is a right so clear and certain, so interwoven with our other liberties, so necessary, in fact, to their existence, that without it we must fall into despotism and anarchy." William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878) Source: New York Evening Post, 18 November 1837
Without an unfettered press, without liberty of speech, all of the outward forms and structures of free institutions are a sham, a pretense -- the sheerest mockery. If the press is not free; if speech is not independent and untrammeled; if the mind is shackled or made impotent through fear, it makes no difference under what form of government you live, you are a subject and not a citizen." William E. Borah (1865-1940) U. S. Senator Source: Remarks to the Senate, 19 April 1917
It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong." Voltaire
Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear." Harry S Truman
Size does matter. The bigger your education, the deeper your paradigm." Beagle's Fourth Ideological Insight
Tyranny expands to fill the amount of passivity available for its implementation." Beagle's First Law of Governance
Tyranny is neither created nor destroyed, it just changes suits." Beagle's Second Law of Governance
The result of an irresistible freedom force meeting an immovable tyrannical object is, well, revolution." Beagle's Third Law of Governance
The desire for freedom varies inversely with the number of cable channels available." Beagle's Fourth Law of Governance
Democracy is three wolves and a sheep sitting down to vote on what to have for dinner." The rights of the sheep in this system are by no means guaranteed.
Turn or burn - Believe or grieve - Love it or shove it." Martin Lear
Fear, Ignorance & Superstition, an occultic tripod to control law and religion." Martin Lear
If you want to make someone angry, tell him a lie; if you want to make him furious, tell him the truth. All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed, second it is violently opposed, and third, it is accepted as self-evident." - Arthur Schopenhauer Philosopher, 1788-1860
The world is trying the experiment of attempting to form a civilized but non-Christian mentality. The experiment will fail; but we must be very patient in awaiting its collapse; meanwhile redeeming the time: so that the Faith may be preserved alive through the dark ages before us; to renew and rebuild civilization, and save the world from suicide." T.S. Eliot (circa 1930)
"Freedom is not free. It will cost you your delusions."
"If you want to bind a slave forever you should make him proud of his chains."
"Tired of being harassed by your parents?
Act now! Move out, get a job and pay your own bills!
Do it while you still know everything!"