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post Sep 30 2008, 02:15 PM
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Anti-Tyranny Quotes for These Times

Compiled by Gary G. Kohls, MD for Every Church A Peace Church (www.ecapc.org <http://www.ecapc. org> )

"The things that will destroy us are: politics without principle; pleasure without conscience; wealth without work; knowledge without character; business without morality; science without humanity; and worship without sacrifice."-- Mohandas Gandhi

"Cowardice asks the question - is it safe? Expediency asks the question - is it politic? Vanity asks the question - is it popular? But conscience asks the question - is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular; but one must take it because it is right."-- Martin Luther King, Jr.

“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”-- George Orwell

“Those who take oaths to politically powerful secret societies cannot be depended on for loyalty to a democratic republic.”
-- President John Quincy Adams

"Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities."

“Anyone who has proclaimed violence his method inexorably must choose lying as his principle.”--Mikhail Gorbachev

“If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy. Of all the enemies to public liberty, war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other... No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare."
-- James Madison, Chief Architect of the Constitution

"Love of power, operating through greed and through personal ambition, was the cause of all these evils."
-- Thucydides

"The greatest tyrannies are always perpetrated in the name of the noblest causes."
~ Thomas Paine

“Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.”
-- Frederick Douglass

"I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."
-- Thomas Jefferson, September 23, 1800, as inscribed in the Jefferson Memorial

"Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle! Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will. Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress."
-- Thomas Paine, COMMON SENSE

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing"
--Edmund Burke (British Statesman and Philosopher, 1729-1797)

“A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.”
--Edward Abbey (1927-1989)

“The most important topic on earth: peace. What kind of peace do we seek? Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war. Not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave. I am talking about genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living, the kind that enables men and nations to grow and to hope and to build a better life for their children — not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women — not merely peace in our time but peace for all time.”
-- John F. Kennedy, American University commencement address, Washington, 10 June 1963. (Four months later Kennedy was assassinated. )

"Wars throughout history have been waged for conquest and plunder and it is the working class who fights all the battles, the working class who makes the supreme sacrifices, the working class who freely sheds their blood and furnishes their corpses, and it is they who have never yet had a voice - in either declaring war or making peace. It is the ruling class that invariably does both. They alone declare war and they alone make peace. They are continually talking about their patriotic duty. It is not their duty but your patriotic duty that they are concerned about. There is a decided difference. Their patriotic duty never takes them to the firing line or chucks them into the trenches."
-- Eugene V. Debs

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post Oct 2 2008, 07:08 AM
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"At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? ...Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined... could not by force take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge in a trial of a thousand years. ...If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of free men, we must live through all time, or die by suicide." - A. Lincoln - 1838

"Call it peace or call it treason, call it love or call it reason, but I ain't marchin' anymore." - Phil Ochs, "I ain't marchin' anymore" - 1965

"Keep one hand on your wages and one eye on the scale." - Old Irish Miner's adage

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." - B. Franklin - 1775

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