"A circus tiger mauled and killed his trainer.
I wonder what set him off," said the commentator.
I don't know. How would you feel if separated from your family,
You were shipped to different cities in a cage no less,
Bound of life, with pain/pleasure techniques,
And complete humility for performance under duress,
A whip no less.
If you were a tiger would you do it?
Would you break away,
Think of escape and if desperate,
Kill and avow your infinite humiliation and guaranteed
Do you do it, now, as a human?
If not, then I understand why you were not sure
What set the tiger off, Mr. Commentator."
"Existence precedes essence"
"Wisdom outweighs any wealth"
"I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self."
"The object of the superior man is truth"
"To know what is right and not to do it is the worst cowardice."
"As long as man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings he will never know health or peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other."
"The most effective way to restrict democracy is to transfer decision-making from the public arena to unaccountable institutions: kings and princes, priestly castes, military juntas, party dictatorships, or modern corporations."
François-Marie Arouet de Voltaire
"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere."
"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance."
"If the American people ever allow the banks to control the issuance of their currency, first by inflation, and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property, until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power of money should be taken from banks and restored to Congress and the people to whom it belongs. I sincerely believe the banking institutions having the issuing power of money, are more dangerous to liberty than standing armies."
"It isn't the rebels that cause the troubles of the world, it's the troubles that cause the rebels"
Patricia Christine Hodwell
"That which can be destroyed by the truth, should be"
"If those in charge of our society - politicians, corporate executives, and owners of press and television - can dominate our ideas, they will be secure in their power. They will not need soldiers patrolling the streets. We will control ourselves."
"Historically, the most terrible things - war, genocide, and slavery - have resulted not from disobedience, but from obedience."
“Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of leaders…and millions have been killed because of this obedience…Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves… (and) the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem.”
"Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth."
"It's a big club, and you aint in it!"
(about national pride) "Pride should be reserved for something you achieve or attain on your own, not by something that happens by accident at birth"
"Conservatives say if you don't give the rich more money, they will lose their incentive to invest. As for the poor, they tell us they've lost all incentive because we've given them too much money."
"If you are not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing."