Quotes from yesterday and today
Comments and perspectives to ponder
Disclaimer: the quotations on this page have been taken from various sources - print media as well as the Internet - and have not been verified for accuracy against their original source in every case. The Scriptorium assumes no liability for possible errors in quotations taken from other publications.
Abbey, Edward: "Freedom begins between the ears."
Achebe, Chinua (1930- ), Nigerian author: "When old people speak it is not because of the sweetness of words in our mouths; it is because we see something which you do not see. "
Adams, Henry Brooks (1838-1918), American historian: "I would rather starve and rot and keep the privilege of speaking the truth as I see it, than of holding all the offices that capital has to give from the presidency down."
Adams, John (1735-1826), 2nd American President: "The jaws of power are always open to devour, and her arm is always stretched out, if possible, to destroy the freedom of thinking, speaking, and writing."
Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848), 6th American President: "Always stand on principle, even if you stand alone."
Adams, Samuel (1722-1803), American statesman, Father of the American Revolution: "If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen." Speech delivered at the State House in Philadelphia on August 1, 1776.
Aikin, John (1747-1822), English physician and writer: "To choose a good book, look in an inquisitor's prohibited list."
Allen, Joseph (1749-1827), American politician, nephew of US President Samuel Adams: "The burning of an author's books, imprisonment for opinion's sake, has always been the tribute that an ignorant age pays to the genius of its time."
Bach, Richard David (1936- ), American author: "Not being known doesn't stop the truth from being true."
Backhaus, Wilhelm: "The Prime Minister [Winston Churchill] had been asked if the bombing of Germany ought not really to focus on military targets rather than civilian ones. In the words of the French source, Churchill's reply was, 'D'abord le plaisir, après le travail' (Pleasure before work), and thus the bombs were directed at the residential quarters instead." Quoted in: Hamburger Abendblatt, 21. September 1963. (Scriptorium comments: International law prohibits intentional, deliberate attacks on civilians. Churchill thus willingly made himself a mass murderer, and exposed the bomber personnel of his RAF to the same charges. But an international military tribunal à la Nuremberg has yet to concern itself with this crime against humanity, since after all the victims were only Germans.)
Bacon, Francis (Sir) (1561-1626), English philosopher, British Lord Chancellor: "A forbidden writing is thought to be a certain spark of truth, that flies up in the face of them who seek to tread it out." The Advancement of Learning, 1605."
Bacque, James, Canadian historian and author: "You can only learn from history if you know it." (About his book Crimes and Mercies.)
Bagehot, Walter (1826-1877), English economist and newspaper editor: "One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea."
Baker, James Addison (1930- ), Secretary of State of the United States of America: "We painted Hitler as a monster, a devil. And that's why we could not move away from that portrayal after the war. We had mobilized the masses against the devil incarnate. And so we were forced to continue in this satanic scenario after the war. We could not possibly have explained to our people that the war had actually been only a preventative economic measure." (Quoted in the German news magazine Der Spiegel, issue 13/1992. NB: source not verified.)
Balzac, Honore de (1799-1850), the father of sociological realism in literature: "There are two kinds of world history: the one is the official, mendacious one, intended for education in schools - the other is the secret history that contains the true causes of events." As quoted in: Ulrich Stern, Die wahren Schuldigen am Zweiten Weltkrieg, p. 9.
Beck, Gad, former principal of the Jewish Public High School in Berlin, on the German National Party's march through the Brandenburg Gate: "Being an Israeli, I would know ways and means to prevent such Nazi demonstrations. If I were younger, I would take a pistol - I still have a gun licence - and shoot at demonstrators like these. A nice decoration: German blood, spilled by a Jew in front of the Brandenburg Gate. That would be stimulating." taz, as quoted in: Nation & Europa, May 2000, p. 54.
Bible: "The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou shalt come down very low... He shall be the head, and thou shalt be the tail." Bible, Deuteronomy 28:43, 44. (Scriptorium comments: Prophetic description of Germany's swamping with foreigners today!)
Bismarck, Otto von (1815-1898), German Chancellor, on xenophilia: "The tendency to enthuse about foreign nationalities and national endeavors, even if these can only be realized at the expense of one's own Fatherland, is a political illness which unfortunately is geographically restricted to Germany." As quoted in: Dr. Max Wahl, Notizen, (22) March 24, 2000.
Blackett, Patrick Maynard Stuart, Baron (1897-1974), British physicist and Nobel laureate: "Strictly speaking, the Germans were right to call the attack on London a reprisal." Quoted in: National Zeitung, No. 44, October 23, 1992, p. 9, 10, 11.
Böll, Heinrich (1917-1985), German author: "The war will never be over as long as even one wound left by it still bleeds."
Borah, William E. (1865-1940), U. S. Senator: "No more fatuous chimera has ever infested the brain than that you can control opinions by law or direct belief by statute, and no more pernicious sentiment ever tormented the heart than the barbarous desire to do so. The field of inquiry should remain open, and the right of debate must be regarded as a sacred right."
Brecht, Bertolt (1898-1956), German author and playwright: "The victor still writes the history of the vanquished. The slayer disfigures the face of the slain. The weaker leaves the world, and what remains is the lie."
Brentano, Heinrich von (1904-1964), German statesman: "We Germans should learn to take the truth even when it is in our favor."
Bruno, Giordano (1548-1600), Italian scientist and philosopher: "It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority. Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people."
Bryant, William Cullen (1794-1878), American romantic poet, journalist, and long-time editor of the New York Evening Post: "Truth, crushed to earth, shall rise again."
Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama) (c. 563 - c. 483 BC), Indian prince, founder of Buddhism: "There is only one time when it is essential to awaken. That time is now."
Bujold, Lois McMaster (1949 - ), American author: "The dead cannot cry out for justice; it is a duty of the living to do so for them." Diplomatic Immunity, 2002.
Bumper sticker: "Dissent is the highest form of patriotism."
Bumper sticker: "THINK! It's not illegal yet."
Bumper sticker: "The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off."
Butler, Samuel (1835-1902), British poet:
Caesar, Gaius Julius (100?-44 B.C.), Roman general and statesman: "Beware of the leader who beats the drums of war in order to whip the citizens into a patriotic frenzy, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood and narrows the mind. And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind is closed, the leader will not need to suspend the citizens' rights. Rather, the citizens, struck by fear and blinded by patriotism, will subordinate all their rights unto the leader, and even do it gladly. How do I know that? I know it, for this is what I have done. And I am Caesar." (Scriptorium comments: so nothing has changed in 2000 years!)
Card, Orson Scott (1951- ), American novelist: "If pigs could vote, the man with the slop bucket would be elected swineherd every time, no matter how much slaughtering he did on the side."
Card, Orson Scott: "Reasonable argument is impossible when authority becomes the arbiter."
Calyle, Thomas (1795-1881), English author: "Happy the people whose annals are blank in the history books!"
Carrel, Alexis (1873-1944), French surgeon, sociologist, biologist, 1912 Nobel Prize in Medicine: "When a fact appears that threatens orthodox practice, the power groups go into action. They pounce on the poor pitiable 'heresy' and suppress it if at all possible. If it cannot be suppressed, it is explained away. If it cannot be explained away, it is denied. If it cannot be denied, it is buried." Quoted as per: Johannes Jürgenson, Das Gegenteil ist wahr, v. 2.
Carson, Edward (Sir) (1854-1935), member of the British War Cabinet: "We must be sure not only to exterminate all German merchant companies and German enterprises in all nations, but also to be sure that we bring these trade connections into our own control." In Portsmouth on December 28, 1917. Quoted in: Dr. jur. W. Schocken, Wie soll Frieden werden? Äußerungen englischer, französischer und amerikanischer Staatsmänner zu deutschen Vergleichsvorschlägen, Berlin: Verlag Karl Curtius, 1918.
Centraalblad coor Israeliten in Nederland: "The millions of Jews who live in America, England, France, in North and South Africa, not to forget Palestine, are resolved to take the war of extermination to Germany, right to her total annihilation." September 13, 1939.
Chaffee, Edmund Bigelow (1887-1936), American Presbyterian minister: "The majority of us are for free speech when it deals with subjects concerning which we have no intense feelings."
Chamberlain, Houston Stewart (1855-1927), Anglo-German publicist, playwright, cultural critic and philosopher of science: "Who could help moralising when he sees how we, without weapons, without defence, unconscious of any danger, go on our way, constantly befooled, ever ready to set a high price on what is foreign and to set small store by what is our own - we, the most learned of all men, and yet ignorant beyond all others of the world around us, the greatest discoverers and yet stricken with chronic blindness! Who could help crying with Ulrich von Hutten: 'Oh! unhappy Germany, unhappy by thine own choice! thou that with eyes to see seest not, and with clear understanding understandest not!'" The Foundations of the 19th Century, 2nd ed., John Lane: The Bodley Head, 1912, p. 576.
Chaplin, Ralph Hosea (1887-1961),
American writer, artist and labor activist.:
Chesterton, Gilbert Keith (1874-1936), British author: "It's perfectly understandable that the wolves call for the sheep to be disarmed. Sheep's wool offers a certain resistance to the wolf's bite."
Churchill, Winston (1874-1965), British Prime Minister: "Germany is becoming too strong. We must crush her." To American General Robert E. Wood, in November 1936. Quoted in: Peter H. Nicoll, Englands Krieg gegen Deutschland, p. 83.
Churchill, Winston: "Germany's unforgivable crime before the second world war was her attempt to extricate her economic power from the world's trading system and to create her own exchange mechanism which would deny world finance its opportunity to profit." Churchill to Lord Robert Boothby, as quoted in: Sidney Rogerson, Propaganda in the Next War (Foreword to the second edition 2001), originally published in 1938.
Churchill, Winston: "I do not want suggestions as to how we can disable the economy and the machinery of war; what I want are suggestions as to how we can roast the German refugees on their escape from Breslau." Quoted in: Juan Maler, Die Unvollendete, p. 27.
Churchill, Winston: "It is a grave mistake to combine disarmament with peace."
Churchill, Winston: "Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened."
Churchill, Winston: "On July 28, 1914, he wrote to his wife that everything was now heading for a conflict and a catastrophe: 'I am interested, in a complete turmoil, and happy.' And in 1915 he told Margot Asquith that he would not at any price wish to live outside this 'delicious war'." Erich Schwinge, Bilanz der Kriegsgeneration, p. 43.
Churchill, Winston: "You must understand that this war is not against Hitler or National Socialism, but against the strength of the German people, which is to be smashed once and for all, regardless of whether it is in the hands of Hitler or a Jesuit priest." Emrys Hughes, Winston Churchill - His Career in War and Peace, p. 145; quoted as per: Adrian Preissinger, Von Sachsenhausen bis Buchenwald, p. 23.
Claudel, Paul (1868-1955), French author: "Truth has nothing to do with the number of people who know it."
Cleveland, Stephen Grover (1837-1908), 22nd and 24th American President: "The United States is not a nation to which peace is a necessity."
Columbus, Christopher (1451-1506), Genoese explorer, re-discoverer of North America: "Nothing that results from human progress is achieved with unanimous consent. And those who are enlightened before the others are forced to pursue that light in spite of others."
Conant, James Bryant (1893-1978), American educator, President of Harvard University: "Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out."
Confucius (551-479 B.C.), Chinese philosopher: "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."
D'Angelo, Anthony J.: "The people who oppose your ideas the most are those who represent the establishment that your ideas will upset." In: The College Blue Book.
Debre, Jean-Louis, former French Minister of the Interior, great-grandson of a Grand Rabbi, commenting on the recent disclosures about crimes committed by France during its colonial days in northern Africa: "France does not need to apologize to the Algerian people. I consider it wrong to keep bringing up the past." Süddeutsche Zeitung, May 11, 1001. As quoted in: Nation & Europa, September 2001, p. 28. - (Scriptorium comments: Just imagine the consequences if a German statesman dared say this, with the appropriate changes for the German context!)
Delmer, Sefton (1904-1979), former British Chief of "Black propaganda": "Atrocity propaganda is how we won the war... And we're only really beginning with it now! We will continue this atrocity propaganda, we will escalate it until nobody will accept even a good word from the Germans, until all the sympathy they may still have abroad will have been destroyed and they themselves will be so confused that they will no longer know what they are doing. Once that has been achieved, once they begin to run down their own country and their own people, not reluctantly but with eagerness to please the victors, only then will our victory be complete. It will never be final. Re-education needs careful tending, like an English lawn. Even one moment of negligence, and the weeds crop up again - those indestructible weeds of historical truth." (Said after the German surrender, in 1945, in a conversation with the German professor of international law, Dr. Friedrich Grimm.)
Dewar, James (1842-1923), Scottish physicist: "Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open."
Dickens, Charles (1812-1870), British author: "There are many pleasant fictions of the law in constant operation, but there is not one so pleasant or practically humorous as that which supposes every man to be of equal value in its impartial eye, and the benefits of all laws to be equally attainable by all men, without the smallest reference to the furniture of their pockets." Nicholas Nickleby, Ch. 46.
Diderot, Denis (1713-1784), French philosopher and writer: "Skepticism is the first step towards truth." Pensees philosophiques, 1746.
Disraeli, Benjamin (1804-1881), English Prime Minister: "The world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes."
Douglas, William O. (1898-1980), U. S. Supreme Court Justice: "The great and invigorating influences in... life have been the unorthodox: the people who challenge an existing institution or way of life, or say and do things that make people think." Interview, 1958.
Douglass, Frederick (1818-1895), escaped slave, Abolitionist, author, editor of the North Star and later of the New National Era: "Liberty is meaningless where the right to utter one's thoughts and opinions has ceased to exist. That, of all rights, is the dread of tyrants. It is the right which they first of all strike down."
Dryden, John (1631-1700), English poet:
Durell, Laurence: "For some people, politics is the art of putting out fires they themselves have set." Quoted in: Nation & Europa, October 2001, p. 27.
Dworkin, Ronald (1931 - ), American legal philosopher, Professor of Law at New York University School of Law: "'Balanced' is a code for 'denied': a right to free speech that must be 'balanced' against so exhaustive a list of other supposed values means a right that can be exercised only when those in power judge that the speech in question is innocuous to them." Index on Censorship, March 1997.
Ebner-Eschenbach, Marie von (1830-1916), German author: "Happy slaves are the bitterest enemies of freedom."
Ebner-Eschenbach, Marie von: "What is it that people like to call 'stupid'? The intelligent things they don't understand." Aphorismen.
Ebner-Eschenbach, Marie von: "What other people think us capable of usually says more about them than about us."
Ehrenburg, Ilya (1891-1967), Soviet Minister of Propaganda under Stalin, Jewish-Russian writer: "We no longer say good morning or good night: In the morning we say: 'Kill the German' and in the evening: 'Kill the German'. This is not a matter of books, love, stars, there is only one single thought: to kill the Germans. To kill them all. To bury them... There is nothing more enjoyable for us than German corpses. Slaughter the German! begs the old mother. Slaughter the German, implores the child. Germans are not human beings. Germans are single-celled living creatures, soul-less microbes which are equipped with machines, weapons and mortars. When you have slaughtered one German, go ahead and slaughter another one, there is nothing more amusing for us than German corpses." This appeal from Ehrenburg's book The War, published in 1943, was distributed as a flier on the Eastern front. (Scriptorium comments: And the re-educated Germans of today even honor this venomous advocate of mass murder by naming cafés and streets in their capital city in his honor... why not a monument, outright? Brainwashing in Germany seems to have been turned up to the super-wash setting.)
Einstein, Albert (1879-1955), German-born American physicist, 1921 Nobel Prize for Physics: "Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions."
Einstein, Albert: "In order to be an immaculate member of a flock of sheep one must, above all, be a sheep."
Eisenhower, Dwight D. (1890-1969), 34th American President: "I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it."
Eisenhower, Dwight D.: "The search for a scapegoat is the easiest of all hunting expeditions."
Eliot, George (Mary Anne Evans) (1819-1880), English novelist: "In the vain laughter of folly wisdom hears half its applause."
Eliot, George (Mary Anne Evans): "Keep true, never be ashamed of doing right; decide on what you think is right and stick to it."
Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1803-1882), American poet: "God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take which you please - you can never have both."
Emerson, Ralph Waldo: "The greatest homage we can pay truth is to use it."
Ferdinand I. (1503-1564), Emperor, Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation from 1558 to 1564: "Fiat iustitia, et pereat mundus." (Let justice be done, though the world perish.)
Financial News, October 30, 1915: "The world would be a better place if at the end of the war a German had become as rare a thing as a snake in Ireland or a wild tiger in England."
Fischer, Joseph ("Joschka") (1948- ), German Foreign Minister and Vice-Chancellor: "The world ought to simply beat German heroes to death like rabid dogs." 1982 in the leftist Frankfurt publication Pflasterstrand. As quoted in: Nation & Europa, May 1999, p. 7.
Fischer, Joseph ("Joschka") (re.:) "Joschka Fischer honored in Poland as 'Person of the Year'." Headline of an article in the newspaper Deutsche Presse, May 15, 2002, p. 4. At this point we repeat the quote from German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer which we already publicized here a long time ago as the first 'Quote of the Week' in this series: "The world ought to simply beat German heroes to death like rabid dogs." And with reference to our online book Death in Poland we ask: is it surprising, therefore, that Fischer, of all people, is honored as 'Person of the Year' in Poland, of all places? And what does that say about the obviously still-persisting anti-German tendency in Polish politics?
Fischer, Martin Henry (1879-1962), German-born American physician and author: "Minorities are the stars of the firmament; majorities, the darkness in which they float."
Frankfurter, Felix (1882-1965), U. S. Supreme Court Justice: "Freedom of expression is the well-spring of our civilization... The history of civilization is in considerable measure the displacement of error which once held sway as official truth by beliefs which in turn have yielded to other truths. Therefore the liberty of man to search for truth ought not to be fettered, no matter what orthodoxies he may challenge." Concurring Opinion, Dennis et al. v. U.S. (1951)
Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790), American scientist and politician: "Anger is one of the sinews of the soul; he that wants it hath a maimed mind."
Franklin, Benjamin: "The cat in gloves catches no mice."
Franklin, Benjamin: "Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech."
Frederick II, the Great (1712-1786), King of Prussia: "The greatest pleasure one can have in the entire world is to discover new truths; the next greatest is to get rid of old prejudices."
Fuller, John Frederick Charles ("J.F.C.") (1878-1966), British General and historian: "What thrust us into war were not Hitler's political teachings: the cause, this time, was his successful attempt to establish a new economy. The causes of the war were: envy, greed, and fear." As quoted in: Joachim Nolywaika, Die Sieger im Schatten ihrer Schuld, p. 35.
Füssel, Dietmar: "Giving up our easy comforts is the price we pay for freedom." Quoted in: Manfred Roeder, Deutscher Jahrweiser 2000, p. 229.
Galilei, Galileo (1564-1642), Italian mathematician and physicist: "I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use."
Galsworthy, John (1867-1933), English novelist, playwright and Nobel laureate: "If you do not think about the future, you cannot have one."
Gandhi, Mohandas Karamchand "Mahatma" (1869-1948), Indian leader: "First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. And then you win."
Gandhi, Mohandas Karamchand "Mahatma": "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."
Gandhi, Mohandas Karamchand "Mahatma": "No people can be subjugated forever if they do not somehow contribute to their subjugation." (Scriptorium comments: good advice to the German people! How about it, won't you finally stop contributing to your own subjugation?)
Gandhi, Mohandas Karamchand "Mahatma": "When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall - think of it, always!"
Garfield, James (1831-1881), 20th American President: "I love agitation and investigation, and glory in defending unpopular truth against popular error."
Gautier, Philippe, French historian: "History as it is being written and conveyed today is all too often only a crude mix of untruths, remnants of Allied propaganda from the Second World War, half-truths, tales and myths, cleverly put together for purposes of indoctrinating the brain-dead masses." From: Deutschenangst, Deutschenhaß: Entstehung, Hintergründe, Auswirkungen, p. 276.
Gitt, Josiah William (1884-1973), American newspaper editor and publisher: "Humanity's most valuable assets have been the non-conformists. Were it not for the non-conformists, he who refuses to be satisfied to go along with the continuance of things as they are, and insists upon attempting to find new ways of bettering things, the world would have known little progress indeed." Gazette and Daily, February 2, 1957.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von (1749-1832), German poet: "The destiny of any nation at any given time depends on the opinion of its young people, those under twenty-five."
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von: "If you have Right on your side, and patience, your time will come."
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von: "It is necessary to repeat the truth over and over again, because the falsehoods around us are also being constantly repeated, not by individuals but by the masses, in newspapers and encyclopedias, in the schools and at the universities. Everywhere, falsehood is on top, comfortable and secure in the knowledge that the majority is on its side." To Johann Peter Eckermann, December 16, 1828.
Goldwater, Barry (1909-1998), long-term US Senator: "Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue."
Gompers, Samuel (1850-1924), First President of the American Federation of Labor: "The war [i.e. the First World War; Scriptorium] is the most admirable crusade mankind has ever undertaken... The United States are firmly resolved to stand fast in this war to the end, and to accept no peace that would be based on the map of Europe as it stands today." As quoted in Vorwärts of April 29, 1918.
Gwyn, Doug: "Truth is not determined by majority vote."
Hamburger Abendblatt, regarding the problem of foreigners in Germany: "What a six-year-old Turkish boy recently told a Turkish shopkeeper [in Germany] speaks volumes. 'We beat up one of the fellows at school today,' the boy said. 'And why did you do that?', the man asks. 'Well, because he was a Christian,' the boy replies pleasantly. 'And what is that - a Christian?' the shopkeeper asks. The boy thinks for a moment, then says: 'I don't know, but he was also a German.'" Quoted in: Nation & Europa, January 11, 2001, p. 35.
Hankey, Lord (1877-1963), British historian of law: "Under a cloak of justice these [Nuremberg] trials were just an old, old story - one law for the victors and another for the vanquished. Vae victis!" From his book Politics, Trials and Errors, 1950, p. 56.
Hassencamp, Oliver (1921-1988), German author: "A lack of rational arguments usually results in a ban."
Heard in passing: "'Freedom fries' instead of 'French fries' on our menus now? When America entered World War One, 'sauerkraut' became 'liberty cabbage' - do we not see a parallel here, folks?! How peaceful can Bush's 'peaceful nation' really be if now we're discriminating against another country for not wanting to join us in an unjust war, and ordering 'French' fries becomes a revolutionary act?"
Heard in passing: "Gray matter: the type of matter needed to discern shades of gray instead of seeing only black and white."
Heard in passing: "Hiding one's head in the sand is the surest way to lose one's head."
Heard in passing: "It's no wonder that today the Germans no longer are what they once were. When a people's elite is skimmed off time and again [through wars], all that can be left is skim milk."
Heard in passing: "Once, patriots were in the government and criminals in jail. How times have changed."
Heinlein, Robert A. (1907-1988), American writer: "When any government, or church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, this you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know, the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motive."
Helvétius, Claude-Adrien (1715-1771), French philosopher of Swiss origin: "To limit the press is to insult a nation. To prohibit reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves." (De l'ésprit, 1758.)
Heppner, Siegfried (1931- ), German author: "In spring of 1921, long before Hitler ever made his first appearance as Party speaker, posters were put up in the city of Posen and fliers were distributed, bearing the following text: 'This is the broom with which we shall sweep the last Germans out of Poland! Any of the German scum that is still here in July 1921 will be killed without exception, and the worst hakatists will be doused with gasoline, petroleum and tar, set on fire and burned... This means all of you: all doctors, clergymen, lawyers, leaseholders, settlers, owners of every kind of property - anyone who is German or Jewish!'" Die mitteleuropäische Slawenfrage, 1995, p. 110. (Scriptorium comments: note the date well!)
Herbert, Frank (1920-1986), American science fiction novelist: "Laws to suppress tend to strengthen what they would prohibit." (Dune, 1965.)
Hitler, Adolf (1889-1945), Führer and Chancellor of the Third Reich: "I want peace - and I will do everything in my power to make peace. As yet it's not too late. I will go to the very limits of the possible, as far as the sacrifices and the dignity of the German nation permit it. I can think of better things than war! When I only so much as think about the loss of German blood - the ones who die in war are always the best, the bravest, the ones most willing to make sacrifices, the ones whose duty it would be to embody and to lead the nation. I have no need to make a name for myself through war, like Churchill does. The name I want to make for myself is that of the steward of the German people; I want to secure my people's unity and living space, to put national Socialism into effect, and to bring order to its environment." (Hitler after the end of the French campaign, in a conversation with his architect Professor Hermann Giesler. Quoted in: Giesler; Ein anderer Hitler, p. 395.)
Hitler, Adolf: "In our air raids on Paris we confined ourselves to attacking the surrounding air fields in order to spare that ancient city of culture... and it would have pained me to have to attack a city like Laon, with its Cathedral." Said on October 17-18, 1941, as quoted in: Monologe im Führerhauptquartier 1941-1944, ed. Werner Jochmann, p. 93. [Scriptorium comments: we wonder if the British and the Americans had similar scruples about destroying German cities of culture?]
Hitler, Adolf: "We do not want to achieve anything for ourselves, only for Germany; for we are mortal, but Germany must live." Quoted in: Manfred Roeder, Deutscher Jahrweiser 2000, p. 103. [Compare this with the English maxim, "right or wrong, my country!" Achievement always implies honest striving, but the English saying includes "wrong" as an acceptable option.]
Hoover, Herbert (1874-1964), 31st American President: "Older men declare war. But it's the young generation that must fight and die."
Hoyer, Alexander ( - ), German poet: "He that conceals the truth is a coward. He that forbids the truth clearly fears it. He that fears the truth must be hiding behind particularly big lies. And he that even feels injured by the truth admits thereby what a guilty conscience he has."
Hoyer, Alexander: "The pathetic remnant that is left to us of our former empire goes hand in hand with the psychological and character self-mutilation practiced by today's pseudo-German politicians." Ohne Blatt vor dem Mund, Verlag Recht und Wahrheit, 1993.
Hubbard, Elbert (1859-1915), American author: "Editor: A person employed on a newspaper whose business it is to separate the wheat from the chaff, and to see that the chaff is printed."
Huss, Johannes (approx. 1370-1415), Bohemian religious reformer and politician, celebrated as 'Czech folk hero Jan Hus': "Seek the truth, hear the truth, teach the truth, defend the truth - until death!"
Hutten, Ulrich von (1488-1523), Franconian knight and Humanist: "I will speak the truth, even if they threaten me with harm or death; for no great and memorable deed prevails without danger!"
Huxley, Aldous (1894-1963), English novelist and critic: "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored."
Huxley, Thomas Henry (1825-1895), English novelist and critic: "The deepest sin against the human mind is to believe things without evidence."
Ibsen, Henrik (1828-1906), Norwegian poet: "The majority never has right on its side. Never, I say! That is one of the social lies that a free, thinking man is bound to rebel against. Who makes up the majority in any given country? Is it the wise men or the fools? I think we must agree that the fools are in a terrible overwhelming majority, all the wide world over."
Ibsen, Henrik: "The most dangerous enemy of truth and freedom is the compact majority." From his play The Enemy of the People.
Jackson, Robert H. (1892-1954), U. S. Supreme Court Justice: "Freedom to differ is not limited to things that do not matter much. That would be a mere shadow of freedom. The test of its substance is the right to differ as to things that touch the heart of the existing order." West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, 1943.
Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826), 3rd American President: "It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself." Quoted in: Manfred Roeder, Deutscher Jahrweiser 2001, p. 4.
Jefferson, Thomas: "Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law,' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual."
Jefferson, Thomas: "Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of a day; but a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period, and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers, too plainly prove a deliberate and systematical plan of reducing us to slavery." From A Summary View of The Rights of British America, 1774.
Jesus: "To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice." (Bible, John 18:37.)
John Bull, English weekly paper read by the masses: "Millions of Marks must still be left in Germany, just waiting to be wrested from the vanquished. We don't need to be afraid. Germany will be able to pay. We will take Germany's money from her and grow bigger and fatter ourselves in the process. So let's pursue our goal with renewed energy! Gold awaits the victor! Germany can pay us! Let's force her to." John Bull, 1917. Quoted in: Dr. jur. W. Schocken, Wie soll Frieden werden? Äußerungen englischer, französischer und amerikanischer Staatsmänner zu deutschen Vergleichsvorschlägen, Berlin: Verlag Karl Curtius, 1918.
John Paul II. (1920-2005), Pope: "Freedom and equality demand that people and nations must be allowed to develop their own particular characteristics. Every people, every ethnic minority has its own identity, its own traditions and culture. These values have great significance for human progress and for peace." Speech in Mainz/Germany in 1980. Quoted in: Nation & Europa, Oct. 2001, p. 35. - (Scriptorium comments: How politically incorrect of the Pope! Doesn't he believe in the ideal of multiculturalism as a melting pot?!)
Jones, Howard Mumford (1892-1980), American author: "Ours is the age which is proud of machines that think and suspicious of men who try to."
Jouvenel, Bertrand de (1903-1987), French political theorist: "A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves."
Jürgenson, Johannes, German author: "There are no 'dumb questions' - only dumb people who don't ask questions." Die lukrativen Lügen der Wissenschaft, p. 448.
Kallen, Horace M. (1882-1974), Jewish-American sociologist and philosopher: "Persecution, whenever it occurs, establishes only the power and cunning of the persecutor, not the truth and worth of his belief."
Kant, Immanuel (1724-1804), German philosopher: "Have the courage to use your common sense!"
Kant, Immanuel: "If you act like a worm, don't complain when you are stepped on."
Kant, Immanuel: "No worse harm can be inflicted on a nation than to rob it of its national character, the distinctiveness of its spirit and its language." Quoted in: Nation & Europa, Oct. 2001, p. 76.
Kant, Immanuel: "The unwritten laws and forces of nature will ultimately reward the nation that stands up in defiance of all evils, to fight against injustices, lies and chaos. It has always been this way throughout history, and this is how it will always be. Neither we nor our descendants will be spared this fight for survival."
Kennedy, John F. (1917-1963), 35th American President: "Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind."
Kierkegaard, Soren Aabye (1813-1855), Danish philosopher: "The more people who believe something, the more apt it is to be wrong. The person who’s right often has to stand alone."
King Jr., Martin Luther (1929-1968), American Black clergyman and civil rights campaigner: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
King Jr., Martin Luther: "One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws, but conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws."
King Jr., Martin Luther: "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
King Jr., Martin Luther: "Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men."
Kissinger, Henry (1923- ), Jewish-American politician: "Any people who have been persecuted for two thousand years must be doing something wrong." Quoted in: Walter Isaacson, Kissinger - A Biography, p. 561.
Klinger, Friedrich Maximilian von (1752-1831), German author: "When one's Fatherland is in danger, anyone who strives for anything other than its rescue does not deserve to live in a free country."
Kofler, Josef Anton (1923- ): "What is at stake in our fight for historical truth is not Yesterday, but Tomorrow - the future of our people!" Die falsche Rolle mit Deutschland, 1973.
Korn, David: "There can be no doubt that incitement and sabotage by internationalist-minded Red Jews contributed to Germany's defeat in 1918. That these forces actually engineered a 'stab in the back' is something that cannot be seriously disputed - especially since they had openly declared this to be their intention in countless publications. Incidentally, the phrase 'stab in the back' [i.e. the back of the embattled front-lines] became a favored slogan after 1918 due not least of all to the writings of the publicist Paul Nikolaus Cossmann, a man of Jewish heritage." Wer ist wer im Judentum?, FZ-Verlag, Munich, vol. II, p. 407.
Kottowski-Dümenil, Heinz, Prof. Dr., formerly Professor at the Technical University of Aachen: "Conditions in Germany begin to give pause. It is permissible to say, 'Soldiers are murderers'. It is permissible to carry banners with the slogan 'Germany, Die!' through the streets, and to do so under police protection. But teachers are disciplined if they so much as mention the bombing of Dresden, as was just recently the case in Saxony. Standing up for things German is forbidden and is punished by professional discreditation, by lecture bans at universities, and sometimes even with incarceration. All this is allegedly done in order to 'protect democracy'." (Prof. Dr. Heinz Kottowski-Dümenil, "Verbotene Wahrheiten", Nation & Europa, Feb. 2002, , Vol. 52 Issue 2, pp. 35-6.
Kropotkin, Peter (1842-1921), Russian prince, author, called 'The Anarchist Prince': "Freedom of the press, freedom of association, the inviolability of domicile, and all the rest of the rights of man are respected so long as no one tries to use them against the privileged class. On the day they are launched against the privileged they are overthrown."
Le peuple juif: "The world revolution that we will live to see will be exclusively the work of our hands... This revolution will consolidate the supremacy of the Jewish race over all the others." February 8, 1919.
Lec, Stanislaw Jerzy (1909-1966), Polish satirist: "Man is fatally slow on the uptake; it always takes him until the next generation to understand what's going on."
Lec, Stanislaw Jerzy: "One has to multiply thoughts to the point where there aren't enough policemen to control them."
Lec, Stanislav Jerzy: "The purer the victims' guilt, the dirtier are the hangman's hands."
Lec, Stanislav Jerzy: "Thoughts, like fleas, jump from man to man. But they don't bite everybody."
Lecache-Lifschitz, Bernard, Zionist leader: "It is our Cause to organize the moral and cultural blockade of Germany and to draw and quarter this nation. It is our Cause to finally bring about a war without mercy." Le droit de vivre, December 18, 1938.
Lessing, Gotthold Ephraim (1729-1781), German dramatist: "A heretic is a man who sees with his own eyes."
Lessing, Gotthold Ephraim: "Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity."
Lewis, Wyndham, English novelist, painter and critic: "What Herr Hitler is required to do is to merge Germany into the league of monopolist states. The peace-loving nations are more heavily armed than you are, Herr Hitler, and have unlimited resources at their disposal, and they will unquestionably make war on you if you do not submit to their will and if you persist in going on with this Sovereign State stuff." As quoted in: Robert O'Driscoll, The New World Order and the Throne of the anti-Christ, p. 231.
Lichtenberg, Georg Christoph (1742-1799), German physicist and author: "It's almost impossible to carry the Torch of Truth through a crowd without singeing someone's beard."
Lichtenberg, Georg Christoph: "Nothing is more conducive to peace of mind than not having any opinion at all."
Limpach, Erich (1899-1965), German poet, author and aphorist: "Fear is the surest way of bringing about the thing one fears."
Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865), 16th American President: "How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? - Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg." (Scriptorium comments: think about this one before you laugh!)
Lindbergh Sr., Charles A. (1859-1924), US Congressman, father of the famous aviator: "A radical is one who speaks the truth."
Lindner, Robert (1914-1956), American psychoanalyst: "Authority has every reason to fear the skeptic, for authority can rarely survive in the face of doubt." Must You Conform?, 1956.
Lippmann, Walter (1889-1974), Jewish-American author and journalist, editor-in-chief of the New York World: "Only when the victors' war propaganda has made its way into the history books of the vanquished and is believed by the following generations, only then can re-education be deemed really successful." (Quoted. in: Hellmut Diwald, Geschichte der Deutschen, Propyläen: Frankfurt, 1978, p. 98.)
Lippmann, Walter: "Where everyone thinks the same, no-one thinks very much." Quoted in: Manfred Roeder, Deutscher Jahrweiser 2000, p. 220.
Lowell, James Russell (1819-1891), American poet and author:
Ludendorff, Erich (1865-1937), Prussian General and politician, Quartermaster-General to Hindenburg during WW1: "Woe to the nation that is taught history in such a way that it induces ignorance and stupidity."
Ludin, Walter (1945- ), Swiss journalist, publisher and author: "The greatest enemy of truth is not falsehood, but cowardice."
Luther, Martin (1483-1546), Christian reformer: "Justice is a temporary thing that must at last come to an end; but the conscience is eternal and will never die."
Luther, Martin: "Peace if possible, but truth at any rate."
Luxemburg, Rosa (1871-1919), Polish-born German communist: "Freedom only for the supporters of the government, only for the members of one party - however numerous they may be - is no freedom at all. Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently." The Russian Revolution, 1918.
MacLeish, Archibald (1892-1982), American poet: " 'The dissenter' is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself." From: "In Praise of Dissent," in The New York Times (16 December 1956). Quoted as per The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations.
MacLeish, Archibald: "There is only one thing more painful than learning from experience and that is not learning from experience."
Maier-Dorn, Emil: "It was England and France who declared war. It was England and France, not Germany, who rejected the offers of peace and insisted not only on the perpetuation of the war but on its escalation. The British and French imperialists wanted to turn this war into a world war..." In his book Alleinkriegsschuld, Unkenntnis oder Feigheit?, p. 51.
Maimonides (1135-1204), Jewish philosopher: "Truth does not become more true by virtue of the fact that the entire world agrees with it, nor less so even if the whole world disagrees with it."
Mannes, Marya (Maria von Heimburg Mannes) (1904-1990), American writer and
Maron, Monika (1941- ), German author: "What we are experiencing today is anti-German racism. All the nations of the world can feel free to insult the Germans, and sometimes I wonder if we aren't totally insane, not to dare to speak up in our own defense."
Marx, Karl (1818-1883): "Germany wants unity, and England wants her to be fragmented; Germany wants independence, and England strives for her industrial subjugation..." In an article in the Neue Rheinische Zeitung of September 6, 1848. [Scriptorium comments: so even the Father of Communism could admit the economic roots of the English hatred for Germany - a century before the second world war!]
Mauriac, François (1885-1970), French novelist: "The right way is almost always the hardest." Zitiert in: Manfred Roeder, Deutscher Jahrweiser 1998, p 25.
McCullough, David (1933- ), American historian: "A nation that forgets its past can function no better than an individual with amnesia."
Mencken, Henry Louis (1880-1956), American journalist and literary critic: "The whole drift of our law is toward the absolute prohibition of all ideas that diverge in the slightest form from the accepted platitudes, and behind that drift of law there is a far more potent force of growing custom, and under that custom there is a natural philosophy which erects conformity into the noblest of virtues and the free functioning of personality into a capital crime against society." Quoted in New York Times Magazine, 9 August 1964.
Mill, John Stewart (1806-1873), English philosopher: "War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."
Mocarstwowiec, Polish newspaper: "We are aware that war between Poland and Germany cannot be avoided. We must systematically and energetically prepare ourselves for this war. The present generation will see that a new victory at Grunwald will be inscribed in the pages of history. But we shall fight this Grunwald in the suburbs of Berlin. Our ideal is to round Poland off with frontiers on the Oder in the West and the Neisse in Lausatia, and to reincorporate Prussia, from the Pregel to the Spree. In this war no prisoners will be taken, there will be no room for humanitarian feelings. We shall surprise the whole world in our war with Germany." Issue 3 from 1930, i.e. before Hitler became Chancellor! Mocarstwowiec was the voice of the Polish "League for Great Power". Quoted in: Bertram de Colonna, Poland from the Inside, p. 90.
Monroe, James (1758-1831), 5th American President: "National honor is national property of the highest value." In his first inaugural address, March 4, 1817.
Montaigne, Michel Eyguem de (1532-1592), French Renaissance scholar, philosopher, writer: "Laws are maintained in credit, not because they are essentially just, but because they are laws. It is the mystical foundation of their authority; they have none other." Essays, 1575.
Montaigne, Michel Eyguem de: "To forbid us anything is to make us have a mind for it." Essays, 1580.
Morgenstern, Christian (1871-1914), German poet: "There are people who always feel threatened whenever someone voices an opinion."
Morris, Lewis (Sir) (1833-1907), Anglo-Welsh poet:
Morus, Thomas (1478-1535), English statesman and scholar: "Tradition doesn't mean holding on to the ashes, it means passing the torch."
Napoleon I. (Napoleon Bonaparte) (1769-1821), Emperor of the French: "There is no nation more good-natured, but also none more gullible, than the Germans. I never needed to sow the seeds of discord among them. I only needed to cast my nets, and they ran into them like startled deer. They strangled each other and thought they were doing their duty. No other nation on earth is more foolish. No lie is too crude: the Germans believe it. For the sake of a slogan they were given, they persecuted their compatriots more grimly than their real enemies." (Scriptorium comments: and evidently this trait of national character has remained unchanged to this day.)
Nehru, Jawaharlal (1889-1964), Indian statesman: "Common sense speaks softly, that's why so often it goes unheard."
Nestroy, Johann Nepomuk (1808-1862), Austrian actor, playwright and author: "Censorship is the younger of two shameful sisters, the older one is called Inquisition."
Nichols, Mike, Jewish-American director and Oscar winner: "A handful of people control the world's media. At this time there are only about six such people, soon there will be only four left - and it will include everything then: all newspapers, all magazines, all movies, all television. There was once a time when the media represented different opinions and views. Today there is only one opinion, which it takes four or five days to form - and then it's everyone's opinion." As quoted in: Nation & Europa, July/August 1999, p. 16.
Nietzsche, Friedrich (1844-1900), German philosopher: "Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful! They are people of bad race and lineage; out of their countenances peer the hangman and the sleuth-hound." From: Thus Spake Zarathustra.
Nietzsche, Friedrich: "In the mountain range of truth you never climb in vain; either you already make progress today, or you build your strength in order to climb higher tomorrow."
Oberth, Hermann Julius (1894-1989), German physicist, one of the founding fathers of rocket science and astronautics: "In life a person of decent character has a certain number of options open to him for advancement. A person of low moral character, with the same degree of intelligence and drive and at the same point in life, also has all these options open to him, but also others which a decent person would not choose. Thus he has more chances for advancing himself, and as a result of this negative character selection the upper strata of society manifest an enrichment, as it were, in persons of low moral character. One must know this if one hopes to understand world history." Katechismus der Uraniden, Wiesbaden, 1966, pp. 94/95. Quoted as per: Rudolf Passian, Abschied ohne Wiederkehr? St. Goar, 1984, p. 219.
Omaha World-Herold, March 9, 1936, commenting on the occupation of the demilitarized zone in Germany, and on Hitler's proposals to secure peace: "We can only wait - and hope. Hitler offers the promise of becoming the Post-War Peacemaker. ... It would be well worth sacrificing the Treaty of Versailles for such a gain." As quoted in: Charles C. Tansill, Die Hintertür zum Kriege, p. 346.
Orwell, George (1903-1950), British author: "If large numbers of people believe in freedom of speech, there will be freedom of speech even if the law forbids it. But if public opinion is sluggish, inconvenient minorities will be persecuted, even if laws exist to protect them."
Paetel, Karl Otto (1906-1975), German journalist and author: "What we want? For now, to help those whom 'one' doesn't see yet, but who will be very much in evidence once the flashes-in-the-pan have finally fizzled. We speak for those who can wait in silence, and only speak out at all so that those who will matter may already know today that they are not alone."
Paul, Jean (Johann Paul Friedrich Richter) (1763-1825), German poet: "If you do not use your eyes to see you WILL use them to weep."
Perlzweig, Maurice, Chief of the British Section of the World Jewish Congress: "It was the World Jewish Congress that saw to it that the Nuremberg Trials were held, for which it supplied experienced advice and most valuable evidence - and it was the World Jewish Congress that had such far-reaching connections during the war that these extended even into the German Foreign Office, and that it received information even long before the British Secret Service received it." Said in an address in Langside Hall in London on November 27, 1949, Jewish Chronicle, London, December 16, 1949. Quoted in: UN, 8/83 p. 4.
Perlzweig, Maurice: "The Jewish World Congress has been at perpetual war with Germany for seven years." February 26, 1940(!), in an address according to the Toronto Evening Telegram, quoted by Dr. Hans Riegelmann in: UN, 8/83, p. 4.
Plautus, Titus Maccius (c. 254-184 B. C.), Roman playwright: "Victi vincimus." ("Conquered, we conquer.")
Ponsonby, Arthur (1871-1946), Member of the British Parliament: "In war-time, failure to lie is negligence, the doubting of a lie a misdemeanour, the declaration of the truth a crime." In his 1928 book Falsehood in Wartime, p. 27.
Principle of law, Roman: "Audiatur et altera pars!" ("Let us also hear the other side!")
Principle of law, Roman: "Ex iniuria ius non oritur." ("Right can not grow out of injustice.")
Proverb, African: "Corn can't expect justice from a court composed of chickens."
Proverb, Chinese: "Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness."
Proverb, Latin: "Vae Victis." Woe to the vanquished.
Proverb, Russian: "There is no shame in not knowing; the shame lies in not finding out."
Proverb, Spanish: "Truth and oil always rise to the surface."
Proverb, Turkish: "The soul is the ship, common sense the helm, and truth the port."
Rathenau, Walther (1867-1922), Foreign Minister of Germany, son of Jewish parents: "Today France is politically very strong: thanks to a large and victorious army and to powerful alliances. But even if the alliances with Italy, England and America hold fast for five hundred years without faltering even for a moment, no far-sighted person will be able to give France any advice but this: do not rely on it! Destroy Germany in the truest sense, kill her people, settle the land with other races..." "Letter to France", February 6, 1920. Quoted in: Nachgelassene Schriften vol. 1, pp. 113-116.
Reade, William Winwood (1838-1875), English philosopher and historian: "What a state of society is this in which freethinker is a term of abuse, and in which doubt is regarded as sin?" The Martyrdom of Man, 1872.
Reagan, Ronald (1911-2004), 40th American President: "The German people have a guilt feeling that's been imposed on them, and I think it's unnecessary." Charles E. Silberman, A Certain People, 1985, p. 361.
Reagan, Ronald: "History teaches that wars begin when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap."
Rennicke, Frank (1964- ), German musician: "Where justice is unjust, resistance is one's duty."
Riis, Jacob August (1849-1914), Danish-born American journalist and social reformer: "Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred-and-first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before."
Rohan, Karl Anton, Prince (1898-1975), Sudeten German humanist and journalist: "The prerequisite that will allow our time in the shadow of world history to become a fruitful one for the entire German people is the steadfastness of individuals and groups, no matter how small, who, staunch in the face of so-called everyday reality, carry the nation's identity within themselves, embody it, and thus prove themselves as guardians of the continuity of German history, which never was nor will be interrupted by anything and from which only weaklings attempt to desert."
Rolland, Romain (1866-1944), French writer: "Democracy is the art of taking the people's place, and fleecing them in their name but to the benefit of a few good shepherds."
Rollins, Henry (born Henry Garfield) (1961- ), American rock musician, writer and spoken word performer: "Scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue. Realize the strength, move on."
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques (1712-1778), French philosopher and social critic: "Insults are the arguments of those who have no arguments."
Russell, Bertrand (1872-1970), English mathematician, philosopher and social critic: "The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd."
Russell, Bertrand: "Some people would rather die than think. And they do."
Russell, Bertrand: "War does not determine who is right - only who is left."
Sagan, Carl Edward (1934-1996), American astronomer: "One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We're no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It is simply too painful to acknowledge - even to ourselves - that we've been so credulous."
Santayana, George, Spanish-American philosopher: "Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it." The Life of Reason.
Say, Jean-Baptiste (1767-1832), French economist and businessman: "Alas, how many have been persecuted for the wrong of having been right?" A Treatise on Political Economy, 1803.
Schiff, Hans Bernhard (1915-1996): "Once upon a time there were storytellers - today there are politicians."
Schiller, Friedrich (1759-1805) German poet: "Evil may win the Day, but Eternity belongs to the True and the Good."
Schiller, Friedrich: "There is only one Morality, and it is the Truth. There is only one Evil, and it is the Lie."
Schmidt-Carell, Paul (1911-1997), journalist und bestselling author: "Since history is always written by the victors, it is one of the responsibilities of the vanquished to make the necessary corrections. One who distorts a nation's history causes that nation to become sick." Quoted in: Wolfgang Popp, Wehe den Besiegten! Versuch einer Bilanz der Folgen des Zweiten Weltkrieges für das deutsche Volk, p. 11.
Schopenhauer, Arthur (1788-1860), German philosopher: "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."
Schopenhauer, Arthur: "Forgiving and forgetting means throwing valuable experience out the window."
Schwöbel, Wilhelm, Prof. Dr. (1920- ), German zoologist and aphorist: "Wars are usually instigated. These days the 'Why' only becomes clear during the peace negotiations." From: Ansichten und Einsichten.
Seume, Johann Gottfried (1763-1810), German writer: "Slavery begins with fear, but also with trust and carefreeness."
Shaw, George Bernard (1856-1950), Irish author and playwright: "All censorships exist to prevent any one from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions. All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions. Consequently the first condition of progress is the removal of censorships."
Shaw, George Bernard: "We learn from experience that people don't learn from experience."
Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr Isayevich (1918-2008), Russian writer: "A Marxist system is recognized by the fact that it spares the criminals and criminalises political opponents." Quoted in Nation & Europa, April 1999, p. 62.
Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr Isayevich: : "The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in the lie. One word of truth outweighs the world."
Sowell, Thomas (1930- ), American writer and economist: "There are only two ways of telling the complete truth - anonymously and posthumously."
Spinoza, Baruch de (1632-1677), Dutch philosopher: "Everyone has as much right as he has force at his disposal."
Staël, Germaine de, Baroness (1766-1817), French-Swiss woman of letters: "No matter how great a wrong is done to the Germans, some obscure German professor will always turn up and rearrange and reconfigure objectivity until he has proven that the Germans themselves did wrong." (De l'Allemagne, 1810.)
Staël, Germaine de, Baroness: "The search for the truth is the noblest occupation of man; its publication is a duty."
Stalin, Josef (Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili) (1879-1953), Soviet statesman: "Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let people have guns; why should we let them have ideas?" (Scriptorium comments: Food for thought for those who advocate stricter gun control nowadays?)
Sturgess, Judge: "Justice is open to everyone in the same way as the Ritz Hotel." 1928.
Swinburne, Algernon Charles (1837-1909), English poet and critic:
Swinton, John (1829-1901), former Editor of the New York Times: "There is
no such thing, at this date of the world's history, in America, as an independent
press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to write your
honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear
in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am
connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any
of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the
streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one
issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone.
Sztaudynger, Jan [based on], Polish satirist: "Tact is perhaps not one of the virtues of Revisionist historiography. Only by cutting can one cure ulcers." [Based on an aphorism in Polnische Pointen.]
Tacitus (approx. 55-approx. 120 A.D.), Roman historian: "The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws."
Tackmann, Kurt: "Color television did not put an end to black-and-white programming." As quoted in: Nation & Europa, July/August 2000, p. 34.
Thoreau, Henry David (1817-1862), American author, poet and philosopher: "Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth."
Thoreau, Henry David: "Truths and roses have thorns about them."
Toffler, Alvin (1928- ), American author: "The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn."
Truman, Harry S. (1884-1972), 33rd American President: "There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know."
Tucholsky, Kurt, German-Jewish "humanist" and writer: "May the gas creep into the playrooms of your children. They should drop dead slowly, the little dolls. I'd like to see the wife of the churchwarden and the editor-in-chief and the mother of the sculptor and the sister of the banker die a bitter, excruciating death, all of them, together." Die Weltbühne, XXIII, 30, (July 26, 1927), pp. 152f., as quoted in: Dr. Wilhelm Stäglich,The Auschwitz Myth, p. 59.
Tutu, Desmond Mpilo (1931- ), South African theologist and civil rights activist, 1984 Nobel Prize for Peace: "If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality."
Twain, Mark (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) (1835-1910), American author: "Censorship is telling a man he can't have a steak just because a baby can't chew it."
Twain, Mark (Samuel Langhorne Clemens): "Do not fear the enemy, for your enemy can only take your life. It is far better that you fear the media, for they will steal your Honor. That awful power, the public opinion of a nation, is created in America by a horde of ignorant, self-complacent simpletons who failed at ditching and shoemaking and fetched up in journalism on their way to the poorhouse."
Twain, Mark (Samuel Langhorne Clemens): "Next the statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception." The Mysterious Stranger, 1916.
Twain, Mark (Samuel Langhorne Clemens): "Whenever one agrees with the majority it's time to stop and think."
Unknown: "A mighty oak is the result of an acorn that held its ground."
US Congress: "Almighty God! Our Heavenly Father!... Thou knowest that we are embroiled in a war for life and death with one of the most shameful, mean, greedy, stingy, bloodthirsty, depraved and sinful nations that ever disgraced the pages of history. Thou knowest that Germany has squeezed enough tears from the eyes of mankind to fill a new ocean, that it has spilled enough blood to redden each wave on that ocean, that it has choked enough screams and moans from the hearts of men, women and children to pile into a mountain. We entreat Thee, bare Thy mighty arm and beat back the massive pack of hungry wolfish Huns, from whose fangs drip blood and slime. We entreat Thee, let the stars in their courses and the winds and waves fight against them... And once it is all over, we shall bare our heads and lift our faces up to Heaven... And praise be to Thee for evermore, in Jesus Christ. Amen." Prayer (!!) in the US Congress. US-Congressional Record - The proceedings and debates of the second session of the 65th Congress of the United States of America, Vol. LVI, p. 762 (Session of January 10, 1918).
Voltaire, François (1694-1778), French philosopher: "Common sense is not so common."
Voltaire, François: "The greatest power on earth is an Idea whose time has come."
Wand, Prof. Günter, conductor: "You know, in fifty years the time we are living in today will perhaps be described as the most ridiculous period in German history. Ridiculous, because nothing is true. Everything is in perpetual pursuit of ever-changing illusions, everyone prays to the Emperor's new clothes and no-one sees that he is naked. That's the way it is in culture and also in politics. And it is always tied to the mendacious attempts to tout and hype something which is known very well to be false!" In an interview with the news magazine Stern, issue 9/96. As quoted in Nation & Europa, Nov./Dec. '98, p. 20.
Wiesel, Elie (1928- ), Jewish-American writer: "We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." (From: The Night Trilogy.)
Wilde, Oscar (1854-1900), Irish writer and poet: "Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much."
Wilde, Oscar: "Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people."
Wilson, Woodrow (1856-1924), 28th American President: "I would rather lose in a cause that will some day win, than win in a cause that will some day lose."
Woltersdorf, Hans Werner: "'Never again war!' was the European peoples' popular and understandable slogan after WW2. But since May 8, 1945 there has not been one single day where there was no war, somewhere in the world... No fewer than 200 wars and revolutions have been recorded world-wide in the past years (and some continue to this day), without Germany having been involved. The victor nations of World War Two, the Russians, the Americans, the British and the French, have all participated in these wars - and in the role of aggressors! Only the Germans have not been involved - yet they continue to be considered belligerent militarists and disturbers of the peace." From: Hinter den Kulissen der Politik. Was die Deutschen nicht wissen sollen, p. 69f.
Zenger, John (Johann) Peter (1697-1746), German-born American journalist and publisher: "No nation, ancient or modern, ever lost the liberty of speaking freely, writing, or publishing their sentiments, but forthwith lost their liberty in general and became slaves."
Zola, Emile (1840-1902), French author: "If you shut up truth and bury it under the ground, it will but grow, and gather to itself such explosive power that the day it bursts through it will blow up everything in its way." In his open letter "J'Accuse", published in the newspaper L'Aurore of Jan. 13, 1898.
Zweig, Stefan (1881-1942), Austrian writer: "Truth and politics rarely reside under the same roof."