... one of the elders said to him, 'You think you belong to yourself, but you don't! You are owned by your parents, you are owned by your kinsfolk, you are owned by your village, you are owned by God. You can't just do as you please!'
Social and Cultural Anthropology: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (p. 71). OUP Oxford. Kindle Edition.
I live thanks to the humanity of a man who was a German Catholic bon vivant who gambled with his life and his money and his wife's life and proved the point that humanity still exists.
Film: Schindler's List (Bonus Materials; Shoah Foundation interviews of Jews on the list).
... if we continually bear in mind the royal law of 'doing to others as we would be done by,' we should never think of bereaving our fellow creatures of that valuable blessing, liberty, nor endure to grow rich by their bondage. To live in ease and plenty, by the toil of those, whom violence and cruelty have put in our power, is neither consistent with Christianity nor common justice ...
Anthony Benezet (colonial American settler)
Monthly meeting of The Society of Friends, 1754. [see p 232-5 in Great Issues in American History, by Ver Steeg & Hofstadter, Vintage Books]
If some men are entitled by right to the products of the work of others, it means that those others are deprived of rights and condemned to slave labor.
'Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!' cries she with silent lips. 'Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!'
If an uncompromising stand is to be smeared as 'extremism,' then that smear is directed at any devotion to values, any loyalty to principles, any profound conviction, any consistency, any steadfastness, any passion, any dedication to an unbreached, inviolate truth -- any man of integrity.
." -- Ayn Rand in " 'Extremism' or The Art of Smearing", Chapter 17 of Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal.
The respect and good will that men of self-esteem feel toward other human beings is profoundly egoistic; they feel, in effect: 'Other men are of value because they are of the same species as myself.' In revering living entities, they are revering their own life. This is the psychological base of any emotions of sympathy and any feeling of 'species solidarity'
Virtue of Selfishness - The Ethics of Emergencies
Luckily for the sceptics, and to my intense disappointment, I have now been passed the damning email which confirms that the entire science of global warming is indeed a scam. Had I known that it was this easy to rig the evidence, I wouldn’t have wasted years of my life promoting a bogus discipline. In the interests of open discourse, I feel obliged to reproduce it here.
I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can…I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work – the more I live
George Bernard Shaw
Seen on a billboard memorial for a dead Obstetrician in New Jersey
Zimbabwe is Mine.
A single atomic bomb has the power to completely destroy Israel, while an Israeli counter-strike can only cause partial damage to the Islamic world.
quoted in NRO
Hell is other people.
I realize that I am not the likeliest candidate for this office. I don't fit the typical pedigree.
Barack H. Obama
2008 Convention Acceptance Speech
And guess what this liberal will be all about? This liberal will be all about socializing . . . uh, uh . . . will be about basically taking over, and the government running all of your companies.
Maxine Waters (D-CA)
May 22, 2008, during the House hearing on oil prices. Video link
Those who trust in themselves and in their own merits are, as it were, blinded by their own ‘I’ and their hearts harden in sin. On the other hand, those who recognize themselves as weak and sinful entrust themselves to God and from him obtain grace and forgiveness.
Pope Benedict XVI
(Address to participants in a course organized by the Apostolic Penitentiary, Friday, Mar 7)
It’s almost like the Reichstag fire, kind of reminds me of that. After the Reichstag was burned, they blamed the Communists for it and it put the leader of that country [Hitler] in a position where he could basically have authority to do whatever he wanted. The fact is that I’m not saying [Sept. 11] was a [U.S.] plan, or anything like that because, you know, that’s how they put you in the nut-ball box — dismiss you.
Rep (D) Keith Ellison
You cannot explain God with matter or chemistry or physics. You must experience Him.
Dr. Charles Dickson
Sermon at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Claremont, North Carolina, June 3, 2007
All of these stars... these vast worlds that remain out of reach. If I could, I would annex other planets
Cecil John Rhodes
People who can do nothing else ought to rear people, while the rest work for their happiness and enlightenment.
Professor Katavassov in "Anna Karenina"
Truth may be stretched but can never be broken.
I have to be honest with you. Islam is on very thin ice with me....Through our screaming self-pity and our conspicuous silences, we Muslims are conspiring against ourselves. We're in crisis and we're dragging the rest of the world with us. If ever there was a moment for an Islamic reformation, it's now. For the love of God, what are we doing about it?
The Trouble with Islam : A Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith, 2003
I'm not asking you to change your mind. I'm asking you to change your mouth.
Sexual Harassment Trainer
Mandatory Sexual Harassment Training Course Video
World peace, the final stage of the Holy Call [to convert to Islam], is reached only with the conversion or submission of all mankind to Islam…Muslims believe that expansion through war is not aggression but a fulfillment of the Koranic command to spread Islam as a way to peace. The resort to force to disseminate Islam is not "war," a word that is used only to describe the use of force by non-Muslims. Islamic wars are not "wars" but rather acts of "opening" the world to Islam and expressing Islamic jihad. Relations between Dar al-Islam, the home of peace, and Dar al-Harb, the world of unbelievers, nevertheless take place in a state of war, according to the Koran and to the authoritative commentaries of Islamic jurists. Unbelievers who stand in the way, creating obstacles for the Holy Call, are blamed for this state of war, for the Holy Call can be pursued peacefully if others submit to it. In other words, those who resist Islam cause wars and are responsible for them.
Prominent Muslim scholar, author of nine books, currently a professor at Cornell University, 1996
Liberalism and Western style democracy have not been able to help realize the ideals of humanity. Today these two concepts have failed. Those with insight can already hear the sounds of the shattering and fall of the ideology and thoughts of the liberal democratic systems. We increasingly see that people around the world are flocking towards a main focal point – that is the Almighty God. Undoubtedly through faith in God and the teachings of the prophets, the people will conquer their problems. My question for you is : Do you not want to join them? Mr President, Whether we like it or not, the world is gravitating towards faith in the Almighty and justice and the will of God will prevail over all things.
Iranian dictator Mahmood Ahmadi-Najad
Ending of letter from "President" Mahmood Ahmadi-Najad to President George Bush
"Bin Laden our beloved, Denmark must be blown up," protesters in Ramallah chanted.
Tribalist Mystics in Palestine
Insane? HA! That's so easy so convienient and so WRONG. Crazy people push shopping carts down streets and talk nonsense. Crazy people sit in padded cells and soil their pants. A madwoman couldn't have pulled this off. No. There's a word for what I am but nobody uses it anymore. Nobody wants to see the simple truth. If they did they'd kill people like me as soon as we revealed ourselves. But they don't. They blather about psychology and say nobody is truly EVIL. That's why I've won. That's why I always win.
The character Ava--Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
I'm passionately involved in life - to be alive, to have music, to walk, to see - it's all a miracle. Music is not a hobby not even a passion. Music is me.
Don, get a clue. Rand chose the dollar sign as her personal symbol. It's Objectivism's cross, its crescent, its star of David. If the dollar sign doesn't represent materialism, nothing does.
I believe in death. The U.S.A. believes in life. That is the difference between us.
Osama bin Laden
National Geographic's "Inside 9/11"
How would you feel if you lived on an island populated, apart from yourself, exclusively by retarded, malicious chimpanzees? Well, that's how I feel. Don't laugh, because your'e one of those retarded, malicious chimpanzees.
Today, at the news conference announcing his new position as head coach of the National Hockey League's Phoenix Coyotes, the best player to play the game and part owner of the franchise, Wayne Gretzky made two statements replete with pride in both his abilities and property, as well as integrity in his actions:
1. "I wasn't naturally gifted with size or speed. Everything I did in hockey, I worked for. And that's the way I'll be as a coach."
2. "I have an investment in the team, an ownership stake in this team and I felt like I was the best person to coach this team."
Every place outside of the USA is an absolute hellhole. As much as we can complain about the US's lack of freedom, I just can't stand when they force women to dress like BATMAN, when they leave little girls out to die. I mean, at least we address the issues of equality and freedom, which are not even addressed in a place like Egypt or China or India.Other countries are pieces of s**t, so they have a holier-than-thou attitude. I think the most insulting thing you can say about anybody is that they're more popular in another country.
Scattered showers, my ass!
Noah, upon being handed the long-range weather forecast
Ancient, Apocryphal & Salacious (my accountants)
The fact that some people, like Bidinotto's environmentalists, might value the natural world so much as to accept human death for it is not an example of an outlier ethical system, but of one that simply differs in values from Bidinotto's.
New West, a Montana blog: http://www.newwest.net/index.php/topic/article/1254/C38/L38#comments
“I know nothing that is greater than the Appassionata. I'd like to listen to it every day. It is marvelous superhuman music. I always think with pride – perhaps it is naive of me – what marvelous things human beings can do! But I can't listen to music too often. It affects your nerves, makes you want to say stupid nice things, and stroke the heads of people who could create such beauty while living in this vile hell. And now you must not stroke anyone's head: you might get your hand bitten off. You have to hit them on the head, without any mercy, although our ideal is not to use force against anyone. Hm, hm, our duty is infernally hard.”
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
quoted by Maxim Gorky (about Beethoven)
Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door.
Statue Of Liberty
Inscription On The Statue Of Liberty
I was sitting outside the -- the classroom, waiting to go in, and I saw an airplane hit the tower of a -- of a -- you know, the TV was obviously on, and I -- I used to fly myself, and I said, "Well, there's one terrible pilot."
President George W. Bush
Oh, on another note, I find it interesting that an avowed Pagan hedonist is more tolerated here than a Catholic or Christian. Why is that?
The MUSLIMS are actually KILLING INNOCENT PEOPLE all over the WORLD, and I'm not! Why the Hell aren't THEY being called "genocidists", but I am?!
I think they're going to regret doing this, and they better hope we don't win.
Kerry '04 spokesman, commenting on Sinclair Broadcasting's production of a documentary critical of Kerry's Vietnam anti-war activism.
I'll be back. I'm not afraid. Not afraid whatsoever.
After her sentencing today (July 16, 2004)
We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
Aesop (ca. 550 BC)
Whitman William B. The Quotable Politician. Guilford, CT: Lyons Press, 2003.
An open mind is like an open wound: easily infected and subject to rot.
James Hetfield, Metallica
When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
Arthur Conan Doyle
Shanahan John M. The Most Brilliant Thoughts of All Time (In Two Lines or Less). New York: HarperCollins, 1999.
Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.
Arthur Conan Doyle
Shanahan John M. The Most Brilliant Thoughts of All Time (In Two Lines or Less). New York: HarperCollins, 1999.
There is in a man an upwelling spring of life, energy, love, whatever you like to call it. If a course is not cut for it, it turns the ground round it into a swamp.
Shanahan, John M. The Most Brilliant Thoughts of All Time (In Two Lines or Less). New York: HarperCollins, 1999
The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a bit longer.
Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.
The people of the various provinces are strictly forbidden to have in their possession any swords, bows, spears, firearms or other types of arms. The possession of these elements makes difficult the collection of taxes and dues, and tends to permit uprising.
August 29, 1558
The great power of the project is that it's absolutely irrational. And that disturbs, angers the sound human perception of a capitalist society. That is also a part of the project, this is the idea of the project, to put in doubt all the values.