Ibn Al-Jawzi رحمه الله said -
"Understand that life has occasions. One time it is poverty, and another time it is wealth. Once it is honour, and another it is humiliation. Happy is he who remains grounded in every situation."
“Nation-states like war; city-states like commerce; families like stability; and individuals like entertainment,”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb,
“I am, at the Fed level, libertarian;
at the state level, Republican;
at the local level, Democrat;
and at the family and friends level, a socialist.
If that saying doesn’t convince you of the fatuousness of left vs. right labels, nothing will.”
No sooner is the precious gem brought to view, than its enemies, who hate its light, and cannot endure its brilliancy, are busily employed in covering it with filth and rubbish...
Men will endeavour to invalidate that evidence which tends to unveil their dark designs: and it cannot be expected that those who believe that ''the end sanctifies the means," will be very scrupulous as to their measures.
- Seth Payson, "Proofs of the Real Existence and Dangerous Tendency of Illuminism" (1802)
"I do not pretend that birth control is the only way in which population can be kept from increasing. There are others, which, one must suppose, opponents of birth control would prefer. War, as I remarked a moment ago, has hitherto been disappointing in this respect, but perhaps bacteriological war may prove more effective. If a Black Death could be spread throughout the world once in every generation survivors could procreate freely without making the world too full. There would be nothing in this to offend the consciences of the devout or to restrain the ambitions of nationalists. The state of affairs might be somewhat unpleasant, but what of that? Really high-minded people are indifferent to happiness, especially other people’s."
“Where is it I've read that someone condemned to death says or thinks, an hour before his death, that if he had to live on some high rock, on such a narrow ledge that he'd only room to stand, and the ocean, everlasting darkness, everlasting solitude, everlasting tempest around him, if he had to remain standing on a square yard of space all his life, a thousand years, eternity, it were better to live so than to die at once. Only to live, to live and live! Life, whatever it may be!"
“Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of leaders…and millions have been killed because of this obedience... Our problem is that millions have been killed all over the world because of obedience… Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while jails are filled with petty thieves…(and) the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem.”
- Howard Zinn
“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it is demanded by the oppressed.”
"Must the citizen ever for a moment, or in the least degree, resign his conscience to the legislator?
Why has every man a conscience then? I think that we should be men first, and subjects afterward.
It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right.
The only obligation which I have a right to assume is to do at any time what I think right.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience
The symptoms of fascist thinking are colored by environment and adapted to immediate circumstances. But always and everywhere they can be identified by their appeal to prejudice and by the desire to play upon the fears and vanities of different groups in order to gain power.
Their final objective toward which all their deceit is directed is to capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they may keep the common man in eternal subjection. -
Henry A. Wallace, 33rd Vice-President of the United States, 1941-1945[