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Journal: Quotes of Interest

Journal by cagrin
"One of the penalties of refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors" ~ Plato

"During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." ~ George Orwell

"Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear." ~ George Orwell

"It is well that the 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

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable" - John F Kennedy

"The individual is handicapped by coming face-to-face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists." - J. Edgar Hoover

"It is an interesting view of atheism, as a sort of "crutch" for those who can't stand the reality of God" - Tom Stoppard

"Politicians are like diapers. They both need changing often and for the same reason!" - Mark Twain

"We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality." - Albert Einstein

"If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under." - Ronald Reagan

"God doesn't require us to succeed; he only requires that you try." - Mother Teresa

"Prejudices are what fools use for reason." - Voltaire

"I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of society but the people themselves, and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education." - Thomas Jefferson

"One of the great stated discoveries in Scientology was the "Third Party Law". It stated that for two sides to continue to have a conflict, there HAS to be a HIDDEN THIRD PARTY who is invisible or not obvious, who is actually causing it all. That was the core subject of my letter." - Dane Tops

"Be the change that you want to see in the world." - Mohandas Gandhi

"Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace." - Buddha

"We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey." - Stephen Covey

"If a group of beings from another planet were to land on Earth -- beings who considered themselves as superior to you as you feel yourself to be to other animals -- would you concede them the rights over you that you assume over other animals?" - George Bernard Shaw

"Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence." - Albert Einstein

"The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people." - Woodrow Wilson

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

"The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude." - Aldous Huxley

"Beauty is worse than wine, it intoxicates both the holder and beholder." - Aldous Huxley

"It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one's life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than 'try to be a little kinder.'" - Aldous Huxley

"If the honey bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than 4 years to live." - Albert Einstein

"Persons in power should be very careful of how they deal with a man who cares nothing for sensual pleasure, nothing for riches, nothing for comfort or praise or promotion, but is simply determined to do what he believes to be right. He is a dangerous and uncomfortable enemy, because his body, which you can always conquer, gives you so little purchase upon his soul." - Gilbert Murray

"A living man can be enslaved and reduced to the historic condition of an object. But if he dies in refusing to be enslaved, he reaffirms the existence of another kind of human nature which refuses to be classified as an object." ~Albert Camus

"Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once. Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, It seems to me most strange that men should fear; Seeing that death, a necessary end, Will come when it will come." - William Shakespeare

"Non-violent resistance activities cannot succeed against an enemy that is able freely to use violence. That's pretty obvious. You can't have non-violent resistance against the Nazis in a concentration camp, to take an extreme case..." - Chomsky

"Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man's original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion." ~ Oscar Wilde

"Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves." ~ Henry David Thoreau

"The fascist state is the corporate state." ~ Benito Mussolini

"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

"No one rules if no one obeys." ~ TaoDo

"It is hard to free fools from chains they revere." ~ Voltaire

"If you are going through hell, keep going." ~Winston Churchill

"He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors." - Thomas Jefferson

"Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth." - Buddha

"We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls." ~ Mother Teresa

"If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny." ~Thomas Jefferson

"A jug fills drop by drop." ~ Buddha

"Nothing is as dangerous as an ignorant friend; a wise enemy is to be preferred." ~ Jean de La Fontaine

"Real living is living for others." ~ Bruce Lee

"By adopting a certain physical posture, a resonant chord is struck in spirit." ~ Bruce Lee

"A good teacher protects his pupils from his own influence." ~ Bruce Lee

"I'm not a master, I'm a student-master, meaning that I have the knowledge of a master and the expertise of a master, but I'm still learning, So I'm a student-master. I don't believe in the word master, I consider the master as such when they close the casket." ~ Bruce Lee

"I am a friend of Earth." - Klaatu

"I am not teaching you anything. I just help you to explore yourself." ~ Bruce Lee

"Software is like sex; it's better when it's free." ~ Linus Torvalds

"A quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough." ~ Bruce Lee

"Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared." ~ Buddha

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." --Thomas Jefferson to Charles Yancey, 1816.

"Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury like a woman scorned." ~ William Congreve

"In those last days, the seasons shall be altered, and the fruits of the trees will not come in their time, and everything shall alter its assigned course." ~ Enoch

"If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down." ~ Charles Darwin

"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, (1874)

"Distrust and caution are the parents of security." ~ Benjamin Franklin

"Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do." ~ Benjamin Franklin

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." ~ Benjamin Franklin

"Permit me to issue and control the money of a nation, and I care not who makes its laws." ~ Mayer Amschel Rothschild

"Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state." ~ Thomas Jefferson

"The experience of all former ages had shown that of all human governments, democracy was the most unstable, fluctuating and short-lived." ~ John Quincy Adams (Delivered in the City of New York on Tuesday, the 30th of April 1839)

"You take the blue pill -- the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill -- you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes." ~ Morpheus

"I told her to listen. All around you are spirits, child. They live in the earth, the water, the sky. If you listen, they will guide you." ~ Grandmother Willow

"I have sworn upon the altar of god, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. But this is all they have to fear from me: and enough, too, in their opinion." ~ Thomas Jefferson to Dr. Benjamin Rush, Sept. 23, 1800

Outside Independence Hall when the Constitutional Convention of 1787 ended, Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, "Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?" With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, "A republic, if you can keep it."

"Some even believe we (the Rockefeller family) are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the USA characterizing my family and me as 'internationalists' and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure---one world, if you will. If that's the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it." ~ David Rockefeller

Jeffersons Faith: "Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath?" ~ Thomas Jefferson: Notes on Virginia Q.XVIII, 1782. ME 2:227

Matthew 12:30, "He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad." ~ Bible (KJV)

"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." ~ Thomas Jefferson -- 1802

"Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it." ~ George Santayana

"When the solution is simple, God is answering." ~ Albert Einstein

"When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty." ~ Thomas Jefferson

"Know thy enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles, you will never be defeated. When you are ignorant of the enemy but know yourself, your chances of winning or losing are equal. If ignorant both of your enemy and of yourself, you are sure to be defeated in every battle." ~ Sun Tzu
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Journal: Life is but a dream

Journal by cagrin
If life is but a dream, which I believe it is based on my own experiences, then the earth could have been created the second before I was born - not unlike the movie The Matrix - though apparently it took 7 days(6 plus one day of rest-Saturday, though the pope might say otherwise) according to the scriptures, which I can believe since it would be much easier to create a world devoid of life, but to create one with a history and life within it following all the physical rules would take some doing. If life is but a dream, it begs the question, what happens when I die? I can only read, contemplate, and prepare for the event to find my answer.
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Journal: Quote of Interest from CSI (Cetacean Society International)

Journal by cagrin

CSI: Why Save the Whales?
"They are the largest animals on earth. They include the biggest creature ever to have lived on our planet, the 100-foot long female blue whale. Their sheer size commands extreme respect. And whales and dolphins have large and complex brains. The sperm whale's brain is the largest of any ever to exist, weighing four or five times as much as our human brain and being at least as fissured and convoluted. The humpback whale creates the most complex, long-lasting, repetitive sound patterns of any non-human animal. Noted marine veterinarian Sam Ridgeway has reported findings that the bottlenose dolphin, by a variety of measurements (encephalization quotient, volume of cortex, ratio of brain weight to spinal cord weight, etc.) ranks just below humans and considerably above other higher primates, including gorillas, chimpanzees, and orangutans."
http://csiwhalesalive.org/csiwhy.html

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Journal: Greenpeace quote of interest

Journal by cagrin

Greenpeace:
"Every second breath you take comes from the oceans. The oceans give life to our planet. In return we are suffocating them; dredging up too many fish, stealing food from needy mouths, carelessly killing countless creatures including whales, turtles, sea birds and thousand year old corals, we fill the oceans with pollution and warm them with climate change."
http://oceans.greenpeace.org/en/the-expedition

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