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“A lie doesn't become truth, wrong doesn't become right, and evil doesn't become good, just because it's accepted by a majority.”
- Booker T. Washington

“People get used to anything. The less you think about your oppression, the more your tolerance for it grows. After a while, people just think oppression is the normal state of things. But to become free, you have to be acutely aware of being a slave.”
- Assata Shakir
 






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“We are hurtling back into a Soviet abyss, into an information vacuum that spells death from our own ignorance. All we have left is the internet, where information is still freely available. For the rest, if you want to go on working as a journalist, it's total servility to Putin. Otherwise, it can be death, the bullet, poison, or trial—whatever our special services, Putin's guard dogs, see fit.”

Anna Politkovskaya got the bullet 392 days later.
 






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Bodhisattva Prayer for Humanity

"May I be a guard for those who need protection
A guide for those on the path
A boat, a raft, a bridge for those who wish to cross the flood
May I be a lamp in the darkness
A resting place for the weary
A healing medicine for all who are sick
A vase of plenty, a tree of miracles
And for the boundless multitudes of living beings
May I bring sustenance and awakening
Enduring like the earth and sky
Until all beings are freed from sorrow
And all are awakened."

Shantideva, Indian Buddhist sage 700 A.D.
Prayer performed each morning by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
 






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I am God and there is no other, I am God and there is no one like Me.

God
 






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“It doesn’t matter whether it is the government, the military, the people or the schools; east, west, north, south or the center, the Party rules everything.”

—Xi Jinping in 2017
 






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@Lurker those quotes can have a home here as well:)
“Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society”. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine.” (NY Review of Books, January 15, 2009)
 






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@Lurker those quotes can have a home here as well:)
“Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society”. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine.” (NY Review of Books, January 15, 2009)
Go for it Rose! Found these quotes here and there are lots more. https://sagaciousnewsnetwork.com/quotes/
 






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"Truth is like a rock. Throw it at a pack of dogs and the one it hits will bark loudest." -
-- Malcolm X

“A government or a party gets the people it deserves and sooner or later a people gets the government it deserves.”
― Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth
 






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"Without skin in the game:
Smart drug dealers become pharmacopsychiatrists;
smart astrologists become economists;
smart serial killers write for the Wash Post;
smart bullshitters become "experimental" psychologists;
and smart bankrobbers become bankers."
Nassim Taleb
Edit: I would add smart gamblers become investors in the stock market. (casino capitalism);)
 






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The following incident took place when Hana Ali arrived at her fathers home wearing clothes that were not modest.

My father took a good look at us. Then he sat me down on his lap and said something that I will never forget. He looked me straight in the eyes and said,

“Hana, everything that God made valuable in the world is covered and hard to get to. Where do you find diamonds? Deep down in the ground, covered and protected. Where do you find pearls? Deep down at the bottom of the ocean, covered up and protected in a beautiful shell. Where do you find gold? Way down in the mine, covered over with layers and layers of rock. You’ve got to work hard to get to them.”

He looked at me with serious eyes. “Your body is sacred. You’re far more precious than diamonds and pearls, and you should be covered too.”

~Muhammad Ali

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“Writing: such has been my crime ever since I was a small child. To this day writing remains my crime. Now, although I am out of prison, I continue to live inside a prison of another sort, one without steel bars. For the technology of oppression and might without justice has become more advanced, and the fetters imposed on mind and body have become invisible. The most dangerous shackles are the invisible ones, because they deceive people into believing they are free. This delusion is the new prison that people inhabit today, north and south, east and west...We inhabit the age of the technology of false consciousness, the technology of hiding truths behind amiable humanistic slogans that may change from one era to another...Democracy is not just freedom to criticize the government or head of state, or to hold parliamentary elections. True democracy obtains only when the people - women, men, young people, children - have the ability to change the system of industrial capitalism that has oppressed them since the earliest days of slavery: a system based on class division, patriarchy, and military might, a hierarchical system that subjugates people merely because they are born poor, or female, or dark-skinned.”

― Nawal El Saadawi, Memoirs from the Women's Prison
 






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“Before mass leaders seize the power to fit reality to their lies, their propaganda is marked by its extreme contempt for facts as such, for in their opinion fact depends entirely on the power of man who can fabricate it.”

― Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism
 






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“I have seen that it is not man who is impotent in the struggle against evil, but the power of evil that is impotent in the struggle against man. The powerlessness of kindness, of senseless kindness, is the secret of its immortality. It can never by conquered. The more stupid, the more senseless, the more helpless it may seem, the vaster it is. Evil is impotent before it. The prophets, religious teachers, reformers, social and political leaders are impotent before it. This dumb, blind love is man’s meaning. Human history is not the battle of good struggling to overcome evil. It is a battle fought by a great evil, struggling to crush a small kernel of human kindness. But if what is human in human beings has not been destroyed even now, then evil will never conquer.”

- Vasily Grossman, Life and Fate
 






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“I have seen the truth; I have seen and I know that people can be beautiful and happy without losing the power of living on earth. I will not and cannot believe that evil is the normal condition of mankind.”

- Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man
 






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"You should never be nonviolent unless you run into some nonviolence. I'm nonviolent with those who are nonviolent with me. But if you drop that violence on me, you made me go insane, and I'm not responsible for what I do." -Malcolm x
 






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