Words to Live By

Edward Abbey

Edward Abbey

  • In social affairs, I'm an optimist. I really do believe that our military- industrial civilization will soon collapse.
  • The tragedy of modern war is not so much that the young men die but that they die fighting each other–instead of their real enemies back home in the capitals.
  • Our "neo-conservatives" are neither new nor conservative, but old as Babylon and evil as Hell.
  • There never was a good war or a bad revolution.
Ambrose Bierce

Ambrose Bierce

  • Conservative, n: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal who wishes to replace them with others.
  • Patience, n. A minor form of despair, disguised as a virtue.
  • War is God's way of teaching Americans geography.
Smedley Butler

Smedley Butler

  • War is just a racket… I spent thirty- three years and four months in active military service as a member of this country's most agile military force, the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle- man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism… During those years, I had, as the boys in the back room would say, a swell racket. Looking back on it, I feel that I could have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.
Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky

  • I have often thought that if a rational Fascist dictatorship were to exist, then it would choose the American system.
  • Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.
  • If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.
Eugene Debs

Eugene V. Debs

  • While there is a lower class I am in it; while there is a criminal element I am of it; while there is a soul in prison, I am not free
  • I have no country to fight for; my country is the earth, and I am a citizen of the world.
  • It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.
Vladimir Lenin

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

  • A lie told often enough becomes truth
  • Can a nation be free if it oppresses other nations? It cannot.
  • While the State exists there can be no freedom; when there is freedom there will be no State.
Karl Marx

Karl Marx

  • Catch a man a fish, and you can sell it to him. Teach a man to fish, and you ruin a wonderful business opportunity.
  • Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.
  • Workers of the world unite; you have nothing to lose but your chains.
HL Mencken

H.L. Mencken

  • Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good.
  • In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican.
  • I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.
George Orwell

George Orwell

  • In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
  • Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
  • War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.
AJP Taylor

A.J.P. Taylor

  • Human blunders usually do more to shape history than human wickedness.