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"Dissent is the highest form of patriotism " - Thomas Jefferson (1741-1826)

"The dissenter is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself." - Archibald MacLeish (1892-1982)

"You do not become a dissident just because you decide one day to take up this most unusual career. You are thrown into it by your personal sense of responsibility, combined with a complex set of external circumstances. You are cast out of the existing structure and placed in a position of conflict with them. It begins as an attempt to do your work well, and ends being branded an enemy of society. " - Vaclav Havel (1936-2011)

"Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent, and debate." - Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978)

"In a democracy, dissent is an act of faith. " - J. William Fulbright (1905-1995)

"Has there ever been a society which has died of dissent? Several have died of conformity in our lifetime." - Jacob Bronowski (1908-1974)

"Discussion in America means dissent." - James Thurber (1894-1961)

"In a number of cases dissenting opinions have in time become the law. " - Charles Evans Hughes (1862-1948)

"We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it." - Edward R. Murrow (1908-1965)

"May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion. " - Dwight D Eisenhower (1890-1969)

"It is hard for anyone to be an honest politician who is not born and bred a dissenter." - William Hazlitt (1778-1830)

"Without debate, without criticism, no administration and no country can succeed and no republic can survive." - John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

"Patriotism must be founded on great principals and supported by great virtue." - Henry Bolingbroke (1678-1751)

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile,but is morally treasonable to the American public." - Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

"Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official. " - Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

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

"Patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels." - Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

"No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all around hell rising remain the true duty of patriots." - Barbara Ehrenreich (1941-Alive)

"Patriotism is the principle that will justify the training of wholesale murderers " - Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)

"Patriotism corrupts history." - Goethe (1749-1832)

"Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious." - Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

"Patriotism subordinates the individual to something bigger. But is not really prized as a virtue until the shooting starts. " - Hermann Hesse (1877-1962)

"Patriotism has become a mere national self-assertion, a sentimentality of flag cheering with no constructive duties." - H.G. Wells (1866-1946)

"One of the great attractions of patriotism it fulfills our worst wishes. In the person of our nation we are able, vicariously, to bully and cheat. Bully and cheat. Bully and cheat, whats more, with a feeling that we are profoundly virtuous. " - Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

"You are not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you cant face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who says it." - Malcolm X (1925 -1965)

"This heroism at command, this senseless violence, this accursed bombast of patriotism-how intensely I despise them!" - Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

"Democracy without morality is impossible. " - Jack Kemp (1935-2009)

"Democracy is not something you believe in or a place its something you do. You participate. If you stop doing it, democracy crumbles. " - Abbie Hoffman (1936-1989)

"Democracy cannot be forced upon a society, neither is it a gift that can be held forever. It has to be struggled hard for and defended everyday " - Heinz Galinsky (1912-1992)

"Calm and order can be just as dangerous to democracy as uneasiness and disorder. " - Hildegard Hamm-Brucher (1921-2016)

"Democracy is not a state in which people act like sheep." - Gandhi (1869-1948)

"The test of democracy is freedom of criticism. " - David Ben-Gurion (1886-1973)

"To silence criticism is to silence freedom." - Sidney Hook (1902-1989)

"Freedom is when the people can speak democracy is when the government listens. " - Alastair Farrugia

"The best weapon of a dictatorship is secrecy the best weapon of a democracy is openness." - Edward Teller (1908-2003)

"Secrecy is the beginning of tyranny. " - Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988)

"Democratic institutions form a system of quarantine for tyrannical desires." - Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

"The deterioration of every government begins with the decay of the principles on which it was founded." - Charles-Louis De Secondat (1689-1755)

"The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment." - Robert M. Hutchins (1899-1977)

"Arbitrary power has seldom… been introduced in any country at once. It must be introduced by slow degrees, and as it were step by step." - Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773)

"The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion." - Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

"The more corrupt the state, the more laws it has." - Tacitus (55-120 AD)

"If you laid all our laws end to end, there would be no end." - Arthur bugs Baer(1886-1969)

"We now have so many regulations that everyone is guilty of some violation." - Donald Alexander

"Useless laws weaken the necessary laws." - Charles-Louis de Secondat (1689-1755)

"Laws do not persuade just because they threaten." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

"Any law which violates the indefeasible rights of man, is essentially unjust and tyrannical it is not a law at all." - Maximilien Robespierre (1758-1794)

"Lawless are they that make their wills their law" - William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

"The kind of man who wants the government to adopt and enforce his ideas is always the kind of man whose ideas are idiotic." - H.L. Mencken (1880-1956)

"No man is above the law and no man below it." - Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

"If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation." - Abigail Adams (1744-1818)

"Justice delayed is justice denied." - William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898)

"Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it. " - Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

"Military justice is to justice what military music is to music." - Groucho Marx (1890-1977)

"The United States is a nation of laws badly written and randomly enforced." - Frank Zappa (1940-1993)

"Written laws are like spiders webs, and will like them only entangle and hold the poor and weak, while the reach and powerful will easily break through them." - Anacharsis (1755-1794)

"O, what a tangle of web we weave, When first we practice to deceive!" - Walter Scott (1771-1832)

"Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny." - Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

"Where law ends, tyranny begins." - William Pitt (1708-1778)

"Tyranny begins when mans natural rights are first violated" - Thomas Paine (1737-1809)

"I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations." - James Madison (1751-1836)

"As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression…. There is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such a twilight that we must be most aware of change in the air-however slight-lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness." - William O. Douglas (1898-1980)

"Arbitrary rule has its basis, not in the strength of the state or the chief, but in the moral weakness of the individual, who submits almost without resistance to the domineering power" - Friedrich Ratzel (1844-1904)

"Every nation has the government it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821)

"We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the world-no longer a Government of free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of small groups of dominant men. " - Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924)

"The contest for ages has been to rescue liberty from the grasp of executive power." - Daniel Webster (1782-1852)

"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." - Lord Acton (1834-1902)

"The greater the power the more dangerous the abuse." - Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

"A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away." - Barry Goldwater(1909-1998)

"Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal." - Martin Luther King. Jr. (1929-1968)

"Get all the fools on your side and you can be elected to anything." - Frank Dane

"Fifty-one percent of a nation can establish a totalitarian regime, suppress minorities and still remain democratic" - Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn (1909-1999)

"It is a paradox that every dictator has climbed to power on the ladder of free speech. Immediately on attaining power each dictator has suppressed all free speech except his own" - Herbert Hoover (1874-1964)

"It is the besetting vice of democracies to substitute public opinion for law. This is the usual form in which the masses of men exhibit their tyranny." - James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851)

"Tyranny and despotism can be exercised by many, more rigorously, more vigorously, more severely, than by one." - Andrew Johnson (1808-1875)

"According to Gestapo records… they had little need to engage in direct spying on the citizens since the citizens themselves were more than willing to do their spying for them." - Kole E. Patterson

"A functioning police state needs no police." - William Borroughs (1914-1997)

"For somehow this is tyrannys disease, to trust no friends." - Aeschylus (525 BC-456 BC)

"If you listen to the politicians, you might think we are all terrorists." - Loesje

"A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. " - Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)

"The welfare of people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants, and it provides the further advantage of giving the servants of tyranny a good conscience." - Albert Camus (1913-1960)

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves." - William Pitt (1708-1778)

"The plea of necessity, that eternal argument of all conspirators." - William Henry Harrison (1773-1841)

"The right of a nation to kill a tyrant in case of necessity can no more be doubted than to hang a robber, or kill a flea." - John Adams (1735-1826)

"Those who suppress freedom always do so in the name of law and order" - John V. Lindsay (1921-2000)

"Any excuse will serve a tyrant." - Aesop (620 BC-564 BC)

"The first people totalitarians destroy or silence are men of free ideas and free minds." - Isaiah Berlin (1909-1997)

"Tyrants have not yet discovered any chains that can fetter the mind" - Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832)

"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of the victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometime sleep,his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those torment us for our own good, will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. " - C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)

"A democratic despotism is like a theocracy, it assumes its own correctness." - Walter Bagehot (1826-1877)

"Find out just what the 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 who they oppress. " - Frederick Douglass (1817-1895)

"A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." - Henry de Jouvenel (1876-1935)

"What country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants." - Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

"Resistance to tyranny is mans highest ideal." - Emma Goldman (1869-1940)

"Anarchy is the sure consequence of tyranny; for no power that is limited by laws can ever be protected by them." - John Milton (1608-1674)

"If you think we are free today, you know nothing about tyranny and even less about freedom. " - Tom Braun

"When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty, and there is nothing to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader." - Pluto (428 BC-348 BC)

"It is tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." - William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

"There are no warlike people, just warlike leaders." - Ralph Bunche (1904-1971)

"The first casualty of war is truth." - Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

"Let freedom never perish in your hands." - Joseph Addison (1672-1719)

"No matter what political reasons are given for war, the underlying reason is always economic." - A.J.P. Taylor (1906-1990)

"War is the public agenda for the hidden desires of a private elite." - Bodazey

"The common people suffer when the powerful disagree." - Phaedrus (15 BC-50 AD)

"Of course the people dont want war. But after all, it’s the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it’s always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it’s a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy.All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger." - Herman Goering (1893-1946)

"Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear kept us in a continuous stampede od patriotic fervor with the cry of grave national emergency. Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it…" - Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964)

"The voice of protest, of warning, of appeal is never more needed than when the clamour of fife and drum, echoed by the press and too often by the pulpit, is bidding all men fall in and keep step and obey in silence the tyrannous word of command. Then, more than ever, it is the duty of the good citizen not to be silent." - Charles Eliot Norton (1827-1908)

"The belief in the possibility of a short decisive war appears to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions." - Robert Lynd (1879-1949)

"There is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare." - Sun Tzu (544 BC-496 BC)

"War is a ritual, not the result of aggressive self-assertion, but of self-transcending identification. Without loyalty to tribe, church, flag or ideal, there would be no wars." - Arthur Koestler (1905-1983)

"War is too important a matter to be left to the military." - Georges Clemenceau (1841-1929)

"They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for ones country. But in modern war there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason." - Ernest Hemmingway (1899-1961)

"War a wretched debasement of all the pretences of civilization." - Omar Bradley (1893-1981)

"We hear war called murder. It is not it is suicide." - James Ramsay MacDonald (1866-1937)

"Dont talk to me about atrocities in war all war is an atrocity. " - Lord Kitchener (1850-1916)

"No one is fool enough to choose war instead of peace. For in peace sons bury fathers, but war violates the order of nature, and fathers bury sons." - Herodotus (485 BC-426 BC)

"I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity" - Dwight Eisenhower (1890-1969)

"I am fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in. " - George McGovern (1922-2012)

"Nothing good ever comes of violence." - Martin Luther (1483-1546)

"Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war." - John Adams (1735-1826)

"A leader who doesnt hesitate before he sends his nation into battle is not fit to be a leader." - Golda Meir (1898-1978)

"…one of the most notable characteristics of any Age of Conflict is the effort to achieve economic expansion by political rather than by economic means." - Carroll Quigley (1910-1977)

"There is a very real danger that we will kill everything on this planet now that we have the technological power to do so." - Stephen Hawking (1942-2018)

"And who are the greater criminals-those who sell the instruments of death, or those who buy them and use them?" - Robert Earnest Sherwood (1896-1955)

"Strike against war, for without you no battles can be fought! Strike against manufacturing shrapnel and gas bombs and all other tools of murder! Strike against preparedness that means death and misery to millions of human beings! Be not dumb, obedient slaves in an army of destruction! Be heroes in an army of construction." - Hellen Keller (1880-1968)

"They made a wasteland and called it peace." - Tacitus (55-120 AD)

"What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy." - Gandhi (1869 – 1948)

"He who fights monsters should see to it that in the process, he does not be come a monster. And when you look into the abyss, the abyss also looks into you." - Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

"We have met the enemy and he is us." - Walt Kelly (1913-1973)

"Mans inhumanity to man makes countless thousands mourn" - Robert Burns (1759-1796)

"I have not bring forgiveness with me, nor forgetfulness. The only ones who can forgive are dead; the living have no right to forget." - Chaim Herzog (1918-1997)

"Only the dead have seen the end of war." - Plato (428 BC-348 BC)

"A war is not won if the defeated enemy has not been turned into a friend." - Eric Hoffer (1898-1983)

"The man who have real power in this country have no intention of ending the cold war." - Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955)

"One cannot wage war under present conditions without the support of public opinion, which is tremendously moulded by the press and other forms of propaganda." - Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964)

"Propaganda… serves more to justify ourselves than to convince others; and the more reason we have to feel guilty, the more fervent our propaganda." - Eric Hoffer (1898-1983)

"Whoever controls the media-the images controls the culture." - Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997)

"Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past." - George Orwell (1903-1950)

"Absolute freedom to press to discuss public questions is a foundation to American liberty." - Herbert Hoover (1874-1964)

"Our liberty depends on the freedom of press, and that cannot be limited without being lost." - Thomas Jefferson (1741-1826)

"The free press is the mother of all our liberties and of our progress under liberty." - Adlai E. Stevenson (1900-1965)

"Let it be impressed upon your minds, let it be instilled into your children, that he liberty of the press is palladium of all the civil, political, and religious rights." - Junius (1740-1818)

"The theory of free press is that truth will emerge from free discussion, not that it will be presented perfectly and instantly in any one account." - Walter Lippman (1889-1974)

"Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself become suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle. The real extent of this state of misinformation is known only to those who are in situations to confront facts within their knowledge with the lies of the day. I really look with commiseration over the great body of my fellow citizens, who, reading newspapers, live and die in the belief that they have known something of what has been passing in the world in their time." - Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

"When the masters of industry pay such sums for a newspaper, they buy not merely the building and the presses and the name: they buy what they call the good-will that is they buy you. And they proceed to change your whole psychology-everything that you believe about life. You might object to it, if you knew; but they do their work so subtly that you never guess what is happening to you." - Upton Sinclair (1878-1968)

"Freedom of press is limited to those who own one." - H.L. Menken (1880-1956)

"You can never get all the facts from just one newspaper, and unless you have all the facts, you cannot make proper judgments about what is going on." - Harry S Truman (1884-1972)

"People dont ask for facts in making up their minds. They would rather have one good, soul satisfying emotion than a dozen facts." - Robert Keith Leavitt (1895-1967)

"To spell out the obvious is often to call it in question." - Eric Hoffer (1898-1983)

"Freedom of press is perhaps the freedom that has suffered the most from the gradual degradation of the idea of liberty." - Albert Camus (1913-1960)

"To limit the press is to insult a nation; to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fool or slaves." - Claude Adrien Helvetius (1715-1771)

"We are not afraid to entrust the American people with the unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is afraid of its people." - John F. Kennedy (1917 – 1963)

"Print is the sharpest and the strongest weapon of our party." - Joseph Stalin (1878-1953)

"If you dont have this freedom of the press, then all these little fellows are weaselling around and doing their monkey business and never get caught." - Harold R. Medina (1888-1990)

"A cynical mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself." - Joseph Pulitzer (1847-1911)

"Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment nothing can fail. Without it nothing can succeed. He who molds opinion is greater than he who enacts laws." - Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

"The greatest triumphs of propaganda have been accomplished, not by doing something, but by refraining from doing. Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth." - Aldous Huxley (1894 – 1963)

"We live in oppressive times. We have, as a nation become our own thought police, but instead of calling the process by which we limit our expression of dissent and wonder censorship, we call it concern for commercial viability." - David Mamet

"Censorship always defeats it own purpose, for it creates, in the end, the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion." - Henry Steele Commager (1902-1998)

"We can never be sure that the opinion we are endeavouring to stifle is a false opinion; and if we were sure, stifling it would be an evil still." - John Stuart Mill (1806-1873)

"To protect men from the result of their folly is to fill the world with fools." - Herbert Spencer (1820-1903)

"Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe." - Thomas Jefferson 1741-1826

"Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself." - Salman Rushdie

"Journalists must seek and speak the truth, for we are the voice of the voiceless millions." - Razia Bhatti

"The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple." - Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900)

"Terrorism is in good part an effective government propaganda; it serves to deflect attention from governmental abuse toward a mostly imagined, highly dangerous outside enemy." - Mark Poster

"Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." - Voltaire (1694-1778)

"It is the act of a bad man to deceive by falsehood." - Cicero (106 BC-43 BC)

"It is not a matter of what is truth that counts, but a matter of what is perceived to be true." - Henry Kissinger

"The most dangerous untruths are truths moderately distorted." - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742-1799)


"A truth thats told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent." - William Blake (1757-1827)

"A truth can travel halfway around the world while the truth is potting on its shoes." - Mark Twain (1835-1910)

"A lie has speed, but truth has endurance" - Edgar J. Mohn (1929-1995)

"With lies you may get ahead in the world but you can never go back." - Russian Proverb

"People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election." - Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898)

"The great masses of the people will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one." - Adolf Hitler (1889-1945)

"A lie told often enough becomes the truth." - Vladimir Lenin (1870-1924)


"Weaklings must die." - Jean Paul Richter (1763-1825)

"Governments lie." - I.F. Stone (1907-1989)

"The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth becomes the greatest enemy of the State." - Joseph M. Goebbels (1897-1945)

"A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep." - Saul Bellow (1915-2005)

"Sometimes to be silent is to lie." - Miguel Unamuno (1864-1936)

"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell (1903-1950)

"It does not take many words to speak the truth." - Chief Joseph (1840-1904)