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most recent addition: 28 December 2005

 

ADVICE:

Ashleigh Brilliant:
"Keep some souvenirs of your past, or how will you ever prove it wasn't all a dream?"

Mahatma Gandhi:
"Be the change you want to see in the world."

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe:
"Without haste, but without rest"

Claes Oldenburg:
"For a thorough use of ice cream cones, buy two; eat one and drop the other."

Mark Twain:
"Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone, you may still exist, but you have ceased to live."
"Why not go out on a limb, that's where all the fruit is."

sign at Sloat Garden Center:
"Please don't close the venus fly-traps! If the plant closes without food inside, the waste of energy can be fatal!"

AESTHETICS:

Roy Adzak:
"Good art is not what it looks like, but what it does to us."

Josef Albers:
"Any ground subtracts its own hue from the colors which it carries and therefore influences."

Francis Bacon:
"There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion."

Jean Cocteau:
"An artist cannot speak about his art any more than a plant can discuss horticulture." -

Colette:
"Just as there are connoisseurs of wine, there are connoisseurs of blue."

Alistair Cooke: Roger Fry:
"I think it was Roger Fry who first coined what he took to be a final definition of a work of art, whether it was a painting, building, poem or Hepplewhite chair. He said that the best works of art are finished products that preserve 'a valuable state of mind'."

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe:
"Art is nature seen through a temperament."
"There is strong shadow where there is much light,"

Pablo Picasso:
"There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, thanks to their art and their intelligence, transform the yellow spot into the sun."

George Bernard Shaw:
"You will think less of the art, when you know the artist."

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BELIEF:

George W. Bush:
"I know what I believe. I will continue to articulate what I believe and what I believe -- I believe what I believe is right."

Lewis Carroll:
"Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."

Arthur C. Clarke:
"It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God, but to create him. "

Jane Marie Cleveland baroness von Fingerlin-Büsching:
"Things are not as they seem; nor are they otherwise."

Lawrence Durrell:
"We are hunting for rational reasons for believing in the absurd."

Mahatma Gandhi:
"I claim no perfection for myself. But I do claim to be a passionate seeker after Truth, which is but another name for God."

André Gide:
"Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it."

Vincent Van Gogh:
"But I always think that the best way to know God is to love many things."

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BON MOTS:

Ashleigh Brilliant:
"My opinions may have changed, but not the fact that I am right."

Groucho Marx:
"Why, a four-year-old child could understand this. Someone get me a four-year-old child"

Edna St. Vincent Millay:
"Parrots, tortoises and redwoods live a longer life than men do; Men a longer life than dogs do; Dogs a longer life than love does."

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BOREDOM:

Dorothy Parker:
"The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity."

Jules Renard:
"Being bored is an insult to oneself."

Susan Sontag:
"Boredom is just the reverse side of fascination: both depend on being outside rather than inside a situation, and one leads to the other."

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BUSH:

Bev Conover, July 2004
"George W. Bush, who as a child stuck firecrackers in frogs and watched them blow up and who as an adult gleefully
mocked condemned killer Karla Faye Tucker for pleading for her life, doesn't grasp the horror of what he has done. He
showed that Monday night when he stood before the cameras at the Army War College, which in itself was an act of
utter disdain and hubris when that institution told him not to invade Iraq."

Alan Hale, astronomer and co-discoverer of the Hale-Bopp Comet:
"An Open Letter to George Walker Bush" 27 August 2002

Top Ten Mexican Nicknames For George W. Bush:
(
from David Letterman's Top Ten List on 6 September 2001)
10. Guacamoron
9. Loco en el Coco
8. El Otro White Meat
7. Tex-Mess
6. Bandito de la Elección
5. El Dorque
4. Los Er
3. No Habla Inglés
2. Adiós In 2004
1. Señorita Cheney

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BUSH - in his own words:

(The curious lingo of our 43rd President - sources include "The Bush Dyslexicon" by Mark Crispin Miller, Jacob Weisberg at slate.com, my sister Donna's web gleanings, et al )


VOCABULARY:
"Barriffs": barriers? tariffs?
"Cuff Links": handcuffs
"Embetterment of mankind" (8/23/02, Stockton CA)
"Grecians": Greeks
"Inebriating": exhilarating
"Keep the peace": wage war
"Kosovians": Kosovars
"Malfeance": malfeasance (7/8/02, Washington DC -- repeated in same speech)
"Nucular": nuclear (repeat offense)
"Obscufate": obfuscate
"Pillared": pilloried
"Preservation": perseverance
"Presumptive": presumptuous
"Securitize": to make secure (5/23/02, Berlin)
"Slovokian": Slovenian
"Subscribe": ascribe
"Subsidation": Subsidization
"Tacular weapons": tactical weapons
"Tenants": tenets
"Terriers": tariffs
"Vile": viable
"Vulcanize": polarize
 
NICKNAMES BESTOWED:
"Balloonfoot" - Colin Powell, Secretary of State
"Boy Genius" - Karl Rove, political advisor and purveyor of dirty tricks
"El Busto" - his failed business Arbusto
"Kenny-Boy" - Key Lay, indictable former CEO of Enron
"Mini-Me" - Barbara Mikulski, 4' 11" tall Senator from Maryland
"Pootie-Poot" - Vladimir Putin, Russian President
"Tree Man" - a forest service official
"Tweetie" - Chris Matthews, news/talk tv host and author
"Woody" - Bob Woodward, reporter/author

GRAMMAR and BEING UNCLEAR ON THE CONCEPT:

EDUCATION:
"You teach a child to read and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test."
"Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?"
"I love the idea of a school in which people come to get educated and stay in the state in which they're educated."
"How do you know if you don't measure if you have a system that simply suckles kids through."
"Reading is the basics for all learning"
"The woman who knew that I had dyslexia -- I never interviewed her."
"Laura and I really don't realize how bright our children is sometimes until we get an objective analysis."

GEOGRAPHY:
"I was raised in the West. The west of Texas. It's pretty close to California. In more ways than Washington, DC, is close to California"
"More and more of our imports come from overseas,"
"I promise you I will listen to what has been said here, even though I wasn't here."
"There needs to be debates, like we're going through. There needs to be town-hall meetings. There needs to be travel. This is a huge country."
"Natural gas is hemispheric. I like to call it hemispheric in nature because it is a product that we can find in our neighborhoods."
"Do you have blacks, too?" --To Brazilian President Fernando Cardoso, Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2001
"We spent a lot of time talking about Africa, as we should. Africa is a nation that suffers from incredible disease."

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS:
"If you're sick and tired of the politics of cynicism and polls and principles, come and join this campaign."
"This is Preservation Month. I appreciate preservation. This is what you do when you run for president. You've got to preserve." -- spoken to several hundred children at an elementary school in Nashua NH that was celebrating what it called Perseverance Month (not Preservation Month).
"The senator has got to understand if he's going to have - he can't have it both ways. He can't take the high horse and then claim the low road,"
"The most important job is not to be governor, or first lady in my case."
"They want the federal government controlling Social Security like it's some kind of federal program."
"The Legislature's job is to write law. It's the executive branch's job to interpret law."
"I am mindful of the difference between the executive branch and the legislative branch. I assured all four of the leaders that I know the difference, and that difference is they pass the laws and I execute them."
"I need to be able to move the right people to the right place at the right time to protect you, and I'm not going to accept a lousy bill out of the United Nations Senate."
"I am mindful not only of preserving executive powers for myself, but for predecessors as well."
"I will have a foreign-handed foreign policy."
"A tax cut is really one of the anecdotes to coming out of an economic illness."
"It's clearly a budget. It's got a lot of numbers in it."
"Things aren't exactly black and white when it comes to accounting."
US VERSUS THEM:
"When I was coming up, it was a dangerous world and you knew exactly who they were. It was us versus them and it was clear who them was. Today we are not so sure who the they are, but we know they're there."
"This is still a dangerous world. It's a world of madmen and uncertainty and potential mential losses."
"The law I sign today directs new funds and new focus to the task of collecting vital intelligence on terrorist threats and on weapons of mass production."
"We cannot let terrorists and rogue nations hold this nation hostile or hold our allies hostile.''
"There's only one person who hugs the mothers and the widows, the wives and the kids upon the death of their loved one. Others hug but having committed the troops, I've got an additional responsibility to hug and that's me and I know what it's like." (Washington DC, 12/11/02)
"The war on terror involves Saddam Hussein because of the nature of Saddam Hussein, the history of Saddam Hussein, and his willingness to terrorize himself." (1/29/03, Grand Rapids MI)
 
OMNIPOTENCE:
"I looked the man in the eye. I was able to get a sense of his soul." (the man = Russian President Vladimir Putin)
"I'm the commander, I do not need to explain why I say things. That's the interesting thing about being the President. Maybe somebody needs to explain to me why they say something, but I don't feel like I owe anybody an explanation..." (Nov 20, 2002; Crawford TX; in an interview with Bob Woodward)
"Who cares what you think?" (March 14, 2002; article by Alan Bisbort in American Politics Journal)

PERSONAL ETHOS:
"I understand small business growth. I was one."
"Well, I think if you say you're going to do something and don't do it, that's trustworthiness."
"I think the American people-I hope the American-I don't think, let me-I hope the American people trust me." (Washington DC, 12/18/02)
"Tell them I have learned from mistakes I may or may not have made."
"There's an old saying in Tennessee -- I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee -- that says, fool me once, shame on -- shame on you. Fool me -- you can't get fooled again."
"I know what I believe. I will continue to articulate what I believe and what I believe -- I believe what I believe is right."
"My pro-life position is I believe there's life. It's not necessarily based in religion. I think there's a life there, therefore the notion of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness."
"It's important for us to explain to our nation that life is important. It's not only life of babies, but it's life of children living in, you know, the dark dungeons of the Internet."
"Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream."
 
IN OTHER WORDS:
"I understand that the unrest in the Middle East creates unrest throughout the region."
"This is a nation that loves our freedom, loves our country."
"Our nation must come together to unite."
"It's very important for folks to understand that when there's more trade, there's more commerce."
"We want anybody who can find work to be able to find work."
"Drug therapies are replacing a lot of medicines as we used to know it."
"One of the common denominators I have found is that expectations rise above that which is expected."
'This campaign not only hears the voices of the entrepreneurs and the farmers and the entrepreneurs, we hear the voices of those struggling to get ahead."
"In other words, I don't think people ought to be compelled to make the decision which they think is best for their family."
"I'm a patient man. And when I say I'm a patient man, I mean I'm a patient man."
"And so, in my State of the -- my State of the Union -- or state -- my speech to the nation, whatever you want to call it, speech to the nation -- I asked Americans to give 4,000 years -- 4,000 hours over the next -- the rest of your life -- of service to America. That's what I asked -- 4,000 hours."

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"We ought to make the pie higher."
"I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family."
"I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully."
"I think we need not only to eliminate the tollbooth to the middle class, I think we should knock down the tollbooth."
"Will the highways on the Internet become more few?"
"What I'm against is quotas. I'm against hard quotas, quotas that basically delineate based upon whatever. However they delineate, quotas, I think, vulcanize society."
"If a person doesn't have the capacity that we all want that person to have, I suspect hope is in the far distant future, if at all."
"One year ago today, the time for excuse-making has come to an end." (Washington DC, 8 Jan 2003)
"They misunderestimated me."

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JON CARROLL PULL-QUOTES (copyrighted material, loosely compiled here for our enjoyment and for the promotion of Mr Carroll's column in the San Francisco Chronicle. What could be illegal about that?):

"In my automobile, I am the master of all I survey, or at least most of what I survey, or at least my dashboard, except I have no idea why the 'check engine' light is on." -- 3 March 2005
"This pointed stick you see in my hand is not in fact a pointed stick, nor is it in my hand. I blame the media." -- 9 Dec 2005

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CAUSE AND EFFECT:

Max Ernst:
"Dada resulted from the absurdity, the whole immense stupidity of that imbecile war." [WWI]

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COMMUNICATION:

Mike Bass:
"I think people never hear what they say, and speech is a mocking sound instead of a jazz concert."

Mark Twain:
"The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug."
"The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause."

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FALLACIOUS ARGUMENTS (site covering the topic) / OUTRAGEOUS STATEMENTS:

George W Bush:
"You're either with us, or you're against us."

King George III of England:
"I desire what is good, therefore, everyone who does not agree with me is a traitor."

Jerry Falwell:
"I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians ... the A.C.L.U., People for the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America, I point the finger in their face and say, You helped this happen." (regarding the attacks of 9/11/2001)

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HUMOR:

Frank A. Clark:
"I think the next best thing to solving a problem is finding some humor in it. "

Tom Lehrer:
"Political satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize."

Friedrich Nietzsche
"Not by wrath does one kill, but by laughter."

Will Rogers:

"I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts."

18th Century maxim:
"The arrival of a single clown has a more healthful impact on the health of a village than that of twenty asses laden with medications."

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INSULTS:

Edward Flaherty:
"You couldn't get a clue during the clue mating season in a field full of horny clues if you smeared your body with clue musk and did the clue mating dance."

Jules Renard:
"Being bored is an insult to oneself."

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HENRY JAMES, phrases from:

from The Wings of the Dove:
"...the false gods of her taste..."
"...he was more a respecter, in general, than a follower of custom..."
"It is nothing new indeed that generous young persons often admire most what nature hasn't given them..."
"...the religion of foreign things..."
"...and words reached her from here and there like plashes of a slow, thick tide..."
"...a high-water mark of the imagination..."
"...an assault of reminders..."
"...it was in the fine folds of the helplessly expensive little black frock..."
"...the adventure of not stirring..."
"He faced her through it with the remains of his expression
..."

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JUSTICE:

Cardinal Richelieu:
"Give me six lines written by the most honorable of men, and I will find an excuse in them to hang him."
[variant: "If you give me six lines written by the most honest man, I will find something in them to hang him."]

Voltaire:
"Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers."

from The Grab Bag in the San Francisco Chronicle:
"Q. 'Legal literature mentions that a magistrate in 19th Century Victoria, BC ­ Matthew Baillie Begbie ­ supposedly was some sort of Solomon in the way he made decisions. Describe one.'
A. He settled an inheritance dispute between two brothers over who was to get the farm. 'You, James,' said the judge, 'will divide the farm into equal parts. You, John, will get first choice.' It was typical."

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LISTS:

Sins, deadly:
Anger, Envy, Gluttony, Greed, Lust, Pride, and Sloth [all nicely alphabetized for you]

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THE MUSE:

Myrtle Auvil:
"Not all of us have to possess earthshaking talent. Just common sense and love will do."

Albert Einstein:
"Imagination is more important than knowledge"

Linus Pauling:
"The best way to get a good idea is to get a lot of ideas."

unknown:
"It's better to be sorry for what you did, than for what you didn't do."



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MISCELLANEA:

Aristotle
"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe:
"There is strong shadow where there is much light,"

Voltaire:
"The happiest of all lives is a busy solitude"

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POLITICS (ideal):

Mahatma Gandhi:
"I will give you a talisman. Whenever you are in doubt, or when the self becomes too much with you, apply the following test. Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man [woman] whom you may have seen, and ask yourself, if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him [her]. Will he [she] gain anything by it? Will it restore him [her] to a control over his [her] own life and destiny? In other words, will it lead to swaraj [freedom] for the hungry and spiritually starving millions? Then you will find your doubts and your self melt away."

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POLITICS (real -- and lampooned):

Benjamin Disraeli:
"The world is weary of statesmen whom democracy has degraded into politicians."

H L Mencken:
"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the public alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary."

P J O'Rourke:
"Politicians are interested in people. Not that this is always a virtue. Fleas are interested in dogs."

Will Rogers:
"I don't know how a lot of these nations existed as long as they have till we could get some of our people around and show 'em how to be good and pure like us."
"I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts."

Bertrand Russell :
"The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt."

Harry S Truman:
"If a voter has a choice between a Republican and a Democrat who acts like a Republican, he'll vote for the Republican every time."

Mark Twain:
"Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself."

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SCIENCE:

John Bradbury:
"Light is darkness, lit up."

Arthur C. Clarke
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."

from The Grabbag in the San Francisco Chronicle:
"Black velvet in the sunshine is 4,000 times brighter than snow under a full moon."

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THE SEXES:

Isabel Allende:
"For women the best aphrodesiacs are words. The G-spot is in the ears. He who looks for it below there is wasting his time."

Katherine Hepburn:
"Sometimes I wonder if men and women really suit each other. Perhaps they should live next door and just visit now and then."

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SONG LYRICS:

Bob Dylan, "Bob Dylan's 115th Dream"
'I was riding on the Mayflower
When I thought I spied some land
I yelled for Captain Arab
I have yuh understand
Who came running to the deck
Said, "Boys, forget the whale
Look on over yonder
Cut the engines
Change the sail
Haul on the bowline"
We sang that melody
Like all tough sailors do
When they are far away at sea

"I think I'll call it America"
I said as we hit land
I took a deep breath
I fell down, I could not stand
Captain Arab he started
Writing up some deeds
He said, "Let's set up a fort
And start buying the place with beads"
Just then this cop comes down the street
Crazy as a loon
He throw us all in jail
For carryin' harpoons

Ah me I busted out
Don't even ask me how
I went to get some help
I walked by a Guernsey cow
Who directed me down
To the Bowery slums
Where people carried signs around
Saying, "Ban the bums"
I jumped right into line
Sayin', "I hope that I'm not late"
When I realized I hadn't eaten
For five days straight

I went into a restaurant
Lookin' for the cook
I told them I was the editor
Of a famous etiquette book
The waitress he was handsome
He wore a powder blue cape
I ordered some suzette, I said
"Could you please make that crepe"
Just then the whole kitchen exploded
From boilin' fat
Food was flying everywhere
And I left without my hat

Now, I didn't mean to be nosy
But I went into a bank
To get some bail for Arab
And all the boys back in the tank
They asked me for some collateral
And I pulled down my pants
They threw me in the alley
When up comes this girl from France
Who invited me to her house
I went, but she had a friend
Who knocked me out
And robbed my boots
And I was on the street again

Well, I rapped upon a house
With the U.S. flag upon display
I said, "Could you help me out
I got some friends down the way"
The man says, "Get out of here
I'll tear you limb from limb"
I said, "You know they refused Jesus, too"
He said, "You're not Him
Get out of here before I break your bones
I ain't your pop"
I decided to have him arrested
And I went looking for a cop

I ran right outside
And I hopped inside a cab
I went out the other door
This Englishman said, "Fab"
As he saw me leap a hot dog stand
And a chariot that stood
Parked across from a building
Advertising brotherhood
I ran right through the front door
Like a hobo sailor does
But it was just a funeral parlor
And the man asked me who I was

I repeated that my friends
Were all in jail, with a sigh
He gave me his card
He said, "Call me if they die"
I shook his hand and said goodbye
Ran out to the street
When a bowling ball came down the road
And knocked me off my feet
A pay phone was ringing
It just about blew my mind
When I picked it up and said hello
This foot came through the line

Well, by this time I was fed up
At tryin' to make a stab
At bringin' back any help
For my friends and Captain Ahab
I decided to flip a coin
Like either heads or tails
Would let me know if I should go
Back to ship or back to jail
So I hocked my sailor suit
And I got a coin to flip
It came up tails
It rhymed with sails
So I made it back to the ship

Well, I got back and took
The parkin' ticket off the mast
I was ripping it to shreds
When this coastguard boat went past
They asked me my name
And I said, "Captain Kidd"
They believed me but
They wanted to know
What exactly that I did
I said for the Pope of Eruke
I was employed
They let me go right away
They were very paranoid

Well, the last I heard of Ahab
He was stuck on a whale
That was married to the deputy
Sheriff of the jail
But the funniest thing was
When I was leavin' the bay
I saw three ships a-sailin'
They were all heading my way
I asked the captain what his name was
And how come he didn't drive a truck
He said his name was Columbus
I just said, "Good luck."'

Bob Dylan: the rest of his songbook, plus or minus

Eagles (Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey), "Take It Easy"
"Well, I'm a standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona and such a fine sight to see
It's a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford slowin' down to take a look at me..."

Joan Osborne, "One of Us"
"What if God was one of us?
Just a slob like one of us?
Just a stranger on a bus
Trying to make His way home"

Wang Chung (Jack Hues, Nick Feldman, Darren Costin), "Dance Hall Days"
"Take your baby by the ears and play upon her darkest fears...
Take your baby by the wrist and in her mouth an amethyst..."

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WAR & PEACE:

General Smedley D Butler (former U.S. Marine Commandant):
"I spent 33 years in the Marines, most of my time being a high-class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer for capitalism." -- in Common Sense, November 1935
"I wouldn't go to war again as I have done to defend some lousy investment of the bankers. We should fight only for the defense of our home and the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket." --ibid

President Dwight D Eisenhower:
"I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it."
"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex." -- January 17, 1961

Robert Fisk:
"But war is primarily not about victory or defeat but about death and the infliction of death." -- quoted by John Freeman in a review of Fisk's book "The Great War for Civilisation - The Conquest of the Middle East" in the San Francisco Chronicle, January 22, 2006

"On the road to Basra, ITV was filming wild dogs as they tore at the corpses of the Iraqi dead. Every few seconds a ravenous beast would rip off a decaying arm and make off with it over the desert in front of us, dead fingers trailing through the sand, the remains of the burned military sleeve flapping in the wind.

'Just for the record,' the cameraman said to me. Of course. Because ITV would never show such footage. The
things we see -- the filth and obscenity of corpses -- cannot be shown. First because it is not 'appropriate' to depict such reality on breakfast-time TV. Second because, if what we saw was shown on television, no one would ever again agree to support a war.

That of course was in 1991. The 'highway of death', they called it -- there was actually a parallel and much worse 'highway of death' 10 miles to the east, courtesy of the US Air Force and the RAF, but no one turned up to film it -- and the only true picture of the horrors we saw was the photograph of the shriveled, carbonized Iraqi soldier in his truck. This was an iconic illustration of a kind because it did represent what we had seen, when it was eventually published..."

-- (Click Here for full article. The preceding was published on Sunday, January 26, 2003 by the lndependent/UK / excerpt from "The Human Cost -- 'Does Tony [UK PM Tony Blair] Have Any Idea What the Flies are Like That Feed Off the Dead?' " )

Mahatma Gandhi:
"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind."
"Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love."

Herman Goering (Nazi General, in a prison interview following/during the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal):
"Why, of course, the people don't want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece. Naturally, the common people don't want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship." (Click Here for source and context)

Mark Twain:
"O Lord our God, help us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane of fire; help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing grief... for our sakes who adore Thee, Lord, blast their hopes, blight their lives, protract their bitter pilgrimage, make heavy their steps, water their way with their tears, stain the white snow with the blood of their wounded feet! We ask it, in the spirit of love, of Him Who is the Source of Love, and Who is the ever-faithful refuge and friend of all that are sore beset and seek His aid with humble and contrite hearts. Amen."

Countries that the US has been at war with - and[/or] bombed - since WWII:
(primary source: Arundhati Roy in the Guardian Unlimited, 23 October 2001)
China (1945-46, 1950-53)
Korea (1950-53)
Guatemala (1954, 1967-69)
Indonesia (1958)
Cuba (1959-60)
the Belgian Congo (1964)
Peru (1965)
Laos (1964-73)
Vietnam (1961-73)
Cambodia (1969-70)
Grenada (1983)
Libya (1986)
El Salvador (1980s)
Nicaragua (1980s)
Panama (1989)
Iraq (1991-??)
Bosnia (1995)
Sudan (1998)
Yugoslavia (1999)
Afghanistan (2001-2002)

Signs seen at the protest against a US war on Iraq, San Francisco, 18 January 2003:
"Latinos for the Decimal System,"
"Citizens with Portfolios against the War,"
"I'm So Mad at the US Foreign Policy that I Made this Sign,"
"If You're Looking for Empty War Heads, Check the White House,"
"Will Work for Peace,"
...and there was a group of people wearing excellent face masks of Kissinger, Bush Sr, Reagan, Rumsfeld, and Cheney, carrying a banner that read "Saddam's Elite Republican Guard" and each had pinned to them a smaller sign that read "I Armed
Saddam."
...and standing on top of a telephone booth was a skinny fellow in a Superman suit, holding a hand-made sign that read, "Hello, my fellow crimefighters."

 

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