Quotes From Planet Earth

"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." -Helen Keller

"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny..." -Isaac Asimov

"I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success" -Nikola Tesla

"I hope we shall take warning from the example and crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country." - Thomas Jefferson

"It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning." - Henry Ford, Founder of Ford Motor Company

"...he realized how easy it was to present an appearance of orthodoxy while having no grasp whatever of what orthodoxy meant. In a way, the world-view of the Party imposed itself most successfully on people incapable of understanding it. They could be made to accept the most flagrant violations of reality, because they never fully grasped the enormity of what was demanded of them, and were not sufficiently interested in public events to notice what was happening. By lack of understanding they remained sane. They simply swallowed everything, and what they swallowed did them no harm, because it left no residue behind, just as a grain of corn will pass undigested through the body of a bird." - George Orwell 1984

"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being ruled by your inferiors" - Plato

?I believe that water will one day be employed as fuel, that hydrogen and oxygen which constitute it, used singly or together, will furnish an inexhaustible source of heat and light, of an intensity of which coal is not capable.? ? Jules Verne, The Mysterious Island (1874)

" The Matrix is a system, and that system is our enemy. When you are inside it, you look around and what do you see? Businessmen, Teachers, Lawyers, Carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we do, these people are part of that system and that makes them our enemies. You have to understand that most of these people are not ready to be `unplugged`. And many are so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to defend it " - The Matrix

"The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it." - Chinese Proverb

"Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will then be powerless to vex your mind." - Leonardo da Vinci

"The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men." -Leonardo da Vinci

"Science is but a perversion of itself unless it has, as its ultimate goal the betterment of humanity." -Nikola Tesla -1919

"There's enough alcohol in one year's yield of an acre of potatoes to drive the machinery necessary to cultivate the fields for one hundred years." - Henry Ford

"If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all." -Noam Chomsky

"If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy." - James Madison

"Since, in the long run, every planetary civilization will be eddangered by impacts from space, every surviving civilization is obliged to become space-faring--not because of exploratory or romantic zeal, but for the most practical reason imaginable: staying alive... If our long term survival is at stake, we have a basic responsibility to our species to venture to other worlds." - Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot 1994

"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs."
-Thomas Jefferson
(Letter to the Secretary of the Treasury Albert Gallatin (1802) and later published in The Debate Over The Recharter Of The Bank Bill (1809))

"Many people believe everything others say, even though what they see with their own eyes, should be enough to tell them otherwise." -Terry Goodkind

"Those who surrender liberty for security deserve neither." - Ben Franklin

"In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." -- George Orwell, 1984

"He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice...Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of- country stance - how violently I hate all this; how despicable and ignoble war is...I would rather be torn to shreds than be part of so base an action. It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder." --Albert Einstein

"Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it." - Albert Einstein

"We like nonfiction and we live in fictitious times. We live in a time where we have fictitious election results, that elect a fictitious president.
We live in a time where we have a man sending us to war for fictitious reasons,"
- Michael Moore (film director) 2003

"Even if you are in a minority of one, the truth is still the truth". - Ghandi

"Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so. How do I know? This is what I have done." - Julius Caesar

"Strange times are these in which we live when old and young are taught in falsehoods school. And the one man that dares to tell the truth is called at once a lunatic and fool" - Plato.

"The few who understand the system, will either be so interested in its profits, or so dependent on its favors that there will be no opposition from that class, while on the other hand, the great body of people, mentally incapable of comprehending the tremendous advantages...will bear its burden without complaint, and perhaps without suspecting that the system is inimical to their best interests." - Rothschild Brothers of London communiqué to associates in New York June 25, 1863

"If something's going wrong with this planet we'd better fix it here and not look for some sort of escape." - David Brower

"I come very briefly to this place..." - Laurie Anderson from "Mr. Heartbreak"

"Beware the grin of the binary cat." - unknown

"College isn't the place to go for ideas." - Helen Keller (1916)

"The country is governed for the richest, for the corporations, the bankers, the land speculators
and for the exploiters of labor." - Helen Keller (1911)

"We the people are not free. Our democracy is but a name, We vote? What does that mean?
It means that we choose between Teedledum and Tweedledee. We elect expensive masters to do our work for us,
and then blame them because they work for themselves and for their class." - Helen Keller (1911)

"The wise fools who sit in the high places of justice fail to see that in revolutionary times
vital issues are settled not by statutes, decrees and authorities, but in spite if them." - Helen Keller (1919)

"The few who profit from the labor of the masses want to organize the workers into an army
which will protect the interests of the capitalists." - Helen Keller (1916)

"...you stupid, vulgar, greedy, ugly american death sucker....
...the ugly American; the instrument of control" - William S. Burroughs

"May time and space continually fold themselves into origami wildflowers
yearning for your approval." - Mike Mossey

"Religion -- its what keeps the poor from slaughtering the rich." - unknown

"The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government of the U.S.
since the days of Andrew Jackson." -- Franklin D. Roosevelt in a letter written Nov. 21, 1933 to Colonel E. Mandell House