Monday, 29 December 2008


Most of these quotes come from established sources (you will have to Google them to discover their origins.). A few of these quotes I made up myself. Reflect on them and recognise that everything must be taken in context:

“Some see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not.”

"In times of change, the Patriot is a scarce man; brave, hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, however, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing."

"Common experience shows how much rarer is moral courage than physical bravery. A thousand men will march to the mouth of the cannon where one man will dare espouse an unpopular cause."

"You can ignore reality, but you cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring reality."

"A different world cannot be built by indifferent people.

"The price of apathy is to be ruled by evil men."

"A nation or world of people, who will not use their intelligence, are no better than animals that have no intelligence; such people are beasts of burden and steaks upon the table by choice and consent."

"Those who know the least obey the best."

“How fortunate for leaders that men do not think.” ~ Hitler

"A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds."

"Now remember, when things look bad and it looks like you're not gonna make it, then you gotta get mean. I mean plumb, mad-dog mean. 'Cause if you lose your head and you give up then you neither live nor win. That's just the way it is."

"Never accept the proposition that just because a solution satisfies a problem, that it must be the only solution."

"History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people."

"It is not necessary to bury the truth. It is sufficient merely to delay it until nobody cares."

"Speak the truth, even if your voice shakes."

"Never doubt that a small group of concerned citizens can change the whole world. It is the only thing that ever has."

"The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it"

"There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking the root."

"To be forewarned is to be forearmed."

"I don't believe in a no-win scenario."

"One dog barks at something, and a hundred bark at the bark."

"Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted."

"Carefully, carefully, carefully."

"Open mindedness [and good naturedness] is often confused with weakness of character."

"If you don't control your mind, someone else will."


"A tactician can be drowned in his own tactics."

"The Art of War is to make less mistakes than your opponent."

"Let us keep our minds on victory"

"It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are, or what his name is. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong."

"Conclusions based on false premises are almost always wrong."

"Conclusions not substantiated by evidence and based upon faulty reasoning are irrational and almost always wrong."

"Find the premise which is false and bet against it."

"Often people can't separate their assumptions about events/the world, or what they have been told to think about events/the world, from what the physical primary-source evidence says. They assume both will correlate, whereas this is not always true. Reflective thinkers will recognise the disconnects (hopefully) when they see them (after some level of research perhaps!)."

"Those who cannot bravely face danger are the slaves of their attackers."

"There comes a time when silence is Treason."

"How people treat you is their karma; How you react is yours"

"Don't be such a pessimist monster, you have to be an optimist monster."

"Who dares wins."

"If you don't read the paper you are uninformed. If you do read the paper you are misinformed."

"Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth."

"Condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance."

"Unresearched objections to data, based upon ignorance and epitomised by the phrase 'it can't be, therefore it isn't', are not valid objections."

"Ask the right questions and get the right answers."

"Hardness taken to extremes becomes inflexibility"

"Many highly intelligent people are poor thinkers. Many people of average intelligence are skilled thinkers. The power of the car is separate from the way the car is driven."

"Men occasionally stumble on the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened."

"Conspiracy theorists, back in the day, were called Investigative Journalists and Researchers. You know, the people that found out what is actually going on. I take the meaning of "conspiracy theorists" as to be a person who believes powerful people, who have a lot of influence, use their power to gain more influence. It's pretty straight forward when you think about it like this....and if you a look at the opposite side of the spectrum, what's the opposite of a "conspiracy theorist"? A "coincidence theorist" ? Somebody who thinks that eeeeeeeeeeverything happens by coincidence...Take both of these and put them side by side, conspiracy theorist vs. coincidence theorist, which one sounds more insane?"

"Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious."

"Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof."

"He who will not reason is a bigot, he who cannot is a fool, he who dares not is a slave."

"If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers."

" 'New' or radical ideas are always progressions of existing ideas, one's imaginings and the environment."

"Most people prefer to believe their leaders are just and fair even in the face of evidence to the contrary, because once a citizen acknowledges that the government under which they live is lying and corrupt, the citizen has to choose what he or she will do about it."

"When Injustice becomes Law Resistance becomes Duty."

"He who does not bellow the truth when he knows the truth makes himself the accomplice of liars and forgers.”

"Be humble for you are made of the earth. Be noble for you are made of the stars."

"Effort, Patience, Temperance, Respect, Creativity."

"Imagination is more important than Intelligence"

"Those who lack imagination cannot imagine what is lacking."

"Arrogance diminishes wisdom."

"Timing beats speed."

"Organisation beats disorganisation."

"Knowledge beats ignorance."

"Over every possessor of knowledge there is one that is more knowing."

"Don't take for granted the obvious fact that we all see the world through our own set of filters and sets of knowledge."

"Remember, the world is big enough so that there is always more to discover. If there is evidence to show new knowledge then be wise enough to follow the evidence."

"Knowledge might be power, but only when you take action."

"The more you know, the more you can discover, and the more you can do."

"You can swim all day in the Sea of Knowledge and still come out completely dry. Most people do."

“You're entitled to your own opinions. Your are not entitled to your own facts.”

"I'm interested in processes not just "facts" because facts derive from, and can be better understood, via the processes that create them."

"The greatest obstacle to discovering the shape of the earth, the continents and the ocean was not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge."

"In terms of discovering new things, don't throw the baby out with the bath water. Often new knowledge is challenging - coming from strange places or misplaced amongst quackery - and being at odds with some of the existing (not necessarily correct) paradigm. More circumspect minds will think and investigate first rather than issue wholesale dismissals."

"Learning preserves the errors of the past as well as its wisdom."

"Sooner or later, everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences."

"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."

"In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual."

"When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."

"You can only fool me a couple of dozen times before I get suspicious"

"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."

"The struggle of people against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting."

“One of the prevailing sources of misery and crime is in the generally accepted assumption, that because things have been wrong a long time, it is impossible they will ever be right.”

"Hey mate, your rat bastards are just as corrupt as our rat bastards."

"If the truth about 911 isn't important, then what is?"

"Enemies are necessary for the wheels of the U.S. military machine to turn."

"What amazes me are all these people screaming to save the world from carbon dioxide who will not lift a finger against war."

"Nullius in verba."

"Fiat justitia ruat caelum"

Luke Skywalker: "Your overconfidence is your weakness."
The Emperor: "Your faith in your friends is yours."

"Everything in context."

"Think for yourself and CHECK the evidence. Beware of propaganda, trick arguments and misinformation or disinformation."

"Think for yourself and question everything."

"Don't let the bad guys win"

"There is no such a thing in America as an independent press, unless it is out in country towns. You are all slaves. You know it, and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to express an honest opinion. If you expressed it, you would know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid $150 for keeping honest opinions out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for doing similar things. If I should allow honest opinions to be printed in one issue of my paper, I would be like Othello before twenty-four hours: my occupation would be gone. The man who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the street hunting for another job. The business of a New York journalist is to distort 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, or for what is about the same -- his salary. You know this, and I know it; and what foolery to be toasting an 'Independent Press! We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are jumping-jacks. They pull the string and we dance. Our time, our talents, our lives, our possibilities, are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes." ~John Swinton (1829–1901) was a Scottish-American journalist, newspaper publisher, and orator

This list will be updated on occasion.

Please remember, it doesn't take very many people coming together and working together to make a massive difference.     Just think of scientific discoveries, technological breakthroughs, political movements ... organised people with imagination and knowledge can do all sorts of things, and then have millions 'take advantage' of their work. Unless they are put in jail or burnt at the stake, which tends to set back the agenda ... Don't give up or else there will be no change.

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