Quotes

Some of these quotes used to appear on my work home page, but someone from the American office complained about them being both unpatriotic and inappropriate, so I had to remove them.

I add to them from time to time when I see something interesting or amusing.

Quoteth the Soup Dragon

It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds.

Sam Adams

The opposite of a fact is falsehood, but the opposite of one profound truth may very well be another profound truth.

Niels Bohr

You can’t make up anything anymore. The world itself is a satire. All you’re doing is recording it.

Art Buchwald

If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we’ve got to acknowledge that He commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don’t want to do it.

Stephen Colbert

Cutting Libraries in a Recession is like cutting Hospitals in a Plague.

Eleanor Crumblehulme

I read about an Eskimo hunter who asked the local missionary priest, ‘If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?’ ‘No,’ said the priest, ‘not if you did not know.’ ‘Then why,’ asked the Eskimo earnestly, ‘did you tell me?’

Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, 1974

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some 50 miles of concrete highway. We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people. This, I repeat, is the best way of life to be found on the road. the world has been taking. This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.

Dwight D. Eisenhower, President of the United States 1953

Obama is not a brown-skinned anti-war socialist who gives away free healthcare. You’re thinking of Jesus.

John Fugelsang

We could really speed up the whole process of drug improvement if we did not have all the rules on human experimentation. If companies were allowed to use clinical trials in Third World countries, paying a lot of poor people to take risks that you wouldn’t take in a developed country, we could speed up technology quickly. But because of the Holocaust …

Francis Fukuyama, a member of President Bush’s Council on Bioethics and director of the Human Biotechnology Governance Project

What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof.

Christopher Hitchens

The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference and under nourishment

Robert Hutchins

I don’t trust a man who uses the word evil eighteen times in ten minutes. If you’re half evil, nothing soothes you more than to think the person you are opposed to is totally evil.

Norman Mailer

I’m not anti-Bush; I’m anti-Bush behavior. In other words, I’m against cheating, greed, cruelty, racism, imperialism, religious fundamentalism, treason, and the seemingly limitless capacity for hypocrisy shown by Bush and his Administration.

Viggo Mortensen in The Progressive

Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.

Daniel Patrick Moynihan

We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.

Edward R. Murrow, Journalist

We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine; and remember that we are not descended from fearful men. Not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate, and to defend causes that were for the moment unpopular.

Edward R. Murrow, See it Now broadcast, March 9th 1954

Climate change is a modern version of Pascal’s wager… we do better if we believe and act, even if we turn out to be wrong.

Tim O’Reilly (@timoreilly)

Pursue something so important that even if you fail, the world is better off with you having tried.

Tim O’Reilly (@timoreilly)

Wherever there’s injustice, oppression, and suffering, America will show up six months late and bomb the country next to where it’s happening.

P.J. O’Rourke in Peace Kills: America’s Fun New Imperialism

In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

George Orwell

In February [2002], CIA lawyers prudently asked for and obtained from the administration a formal exemption from President Bush’s pledge to abide by “the spirit” of the Geneva Conventions. The CIA was aware, if no one else seemed to be, that the new White House policy authorized American officers to commit acts for which the Second World War Allies had hanged Gestapo and SS officers and Japanese prison-camp commanders.

William Pfaff, Columnist and Foreign Policy Writer

The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him.

Leon Tolstoy – 1897

My kind of loyalty was loyalty to one’s country, not to its institutions or its officeholders.

Mark Twain

We have the best government that money can buy.

Mark Twain

Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much.

Oscar Wilde

Leave a Reply