Archive for the ‘Great Quotations’ Category

A great quote I just picked up from the header of George Monbiot’s blog this evening while reading his post regarding Channel 4’S Problem With Science (it was Channel 4 that produced “The Great Global Warming Swindle”)

Tell people something they know already and they will thank you for it.
Tell them something new and they will hate you for it.



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A television commercial very well worth remembering.

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round heads in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them. But the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

(Jack Kerouac – From his book: On The Road)

Is that apropos? I like to think it is.

(I was reminded of this old commercial after tracing back an incoming link from the Sumptuous! – reflecting a world too special to waste blog in a post there entitled Thinking differently where the author there drfrank claims to have rediscovered it from the "blog of Steven Brant, a New York based consultant who’s trying to use systems thinking to meld the domains of sustainable development and conflict prevention. The entry there containing it was a great one entitled "Al Gore: "Think Differently" To Create A Better World")

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A couple of very interesting and important quotes for us to think about today from two of our founding fathers.

Bejamin Franklin in 1759, well before this county was born:

“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

And James Madison at the Constitutional Convention:

“The means of defense against foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home.”

And Madison again:

“If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.”

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Another great quote by Francis Crick from his book The Astonishing Hypothesis: The Scientific Search for the Soul:

“The age of the earth is now established beyond any reasonable doubt as very great, yet in the United States millions of Fundamentalists still stoutly defend the naive view that it is relatively short, an opinion deduced from reading the Christian Bible too literally. They also usually deny that animals and plants have evolved and changed radically over such long periods, although this is equally well established. This gives one little confidence that what they have to say about the process of natural selection is likely to be unbiased, since their views are predetermined by a slavish adherence to religious dogmas.”

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Francis Crick the great molecular biologist, physicist, and neuroscientist who was one of the co-discoverers of the structure of the DNA molecule wrote in his book Life Itself: Its Origin and Nature :

“To me it is remarkable that this astonishing discovery, the vastness and emptiness of space, has not attracted the imaginative attention of poets and religious thinkers. People are happy to contemplate the limitless powers of God––a doubtful proposition at best––but quite unwilling to meditate creatively on the size of this extraordinary universe in which, through no virtue of their own, they find themselves.”

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Some great quotes from William Greider author of The Soul of Capitalism : Opening Paths to a Moral Economy and Who Will Tell The People? : The Betrayal Of American Democracy to inspire our thinking:

“If one benefits tangibly from the exploitation of others who are weak, is one morally implicated in their predicament? Or are basic rights of human existence confined to the civilized societies that are wealthy enough to afford them? Our values are defined by what we will tolerate when it is done to others.”

“The great, unreported story in globalization is about power, not ideology. It’s about how finance and business regularly, continuously insert their own self-interested deals and exceptions into rules and agreements that are then announced to the public as “free trade.”

“The US financial position is rapidly deteriorating, due mainly to America’s persistent and growing trade deficit. US ambitions to run the world, in other words, are heavily mortgaged. Like any debtor who borrows more year after year with no plausible way to reverse the trend, a nation sinking deeper into debt enters into an adverse power relationship with its creditors — greater and greater dependency.”

“The juggernaut — the best and biggest military force in the world — lumbers on, doing what it knows how to do best. It is unwilling to rethink its future, unable to let go of the past. Like the shark, it must keep feeding, only now it is feeding on itself.”

“Modern Americans are remarkably capable people, skillful and inventive in many ways, but they are not so good at talking to one another across their vast differences of social class and economic status.”

“Americans cannot teach democracy to the world until they restore their own.”

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