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  • #1
    Howard Zinn
    “I'm worried that students will take their obedient place in society and look to become successful cogs in the wheel - let the wheel spin them around as it wants without taking a look at what they're doing. I'm concerned that students not become passive acceptors of the official doctrine that's handed down to them from the White House, the media, textbooks, teachers and preachers.”
    Howard Zinn

  • #2
    Howard Zinn
    “There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.”
    Howard Zinn

  • #3
    Howard Zinn
    “TO BE HOPEFUL in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.
    What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.
    And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”
    Howard Zinn

  • #4
    Howard Zinn
    “Historically, the most terrible things - war, genocide, and slavery - have resulted not from disobedience, but from obedience.”
    Howard Zinn

  • #5
    Howard Zinn
    “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 allover 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.”
    Howard Zinn

  • #6
    Howard Zinn
    “How can you have a war on terrorism when war itself is terrorism?”
    Howard Zinn

  • #7
    Howard Zinn
    “I wonder how the foreign policies of the United States would look if we wiped out the national boundaries of the world, at least in our minds, and thought of all children everywhere as our own.”
    Howard Zinn

  • #8
    Howard Zinn
    “The challenge remains. On the other side are formidable forces: money, political power, the major media. On our side are the people of the world and a power greater than money or weapons: the truth.
    Truth has a power of its own. Art has a power of its own. That age-old lesson – that everything we do matters – is the meaning of the people’s struggle here in the United States and everywhere. A poem can inspire a movement. A pamphlet can spark a revolution. Civil disobedience can arouse people and provoke us to think, when we organize with one another, when we get involved, when we stand up and speak out together, we can create a power no government can suppress. We live in a beautiful country. But people who have no respect for human life, freedom, or justice have taken it over. It is now up to all of us to take it back.”
    Howard Zinn, A Power Governments Cannot Suppress

  • #9
    Howard Zinn
    “The memory of oppressed people is one thing that cannot be taken away, and for such people, with such memories, revolt is always an inch below the surface.”
    Howard Zinn, A People's History of the United States

  • #10
    Howard Zinn
    “I will try not to overlook the cruelties that victims inflict on one another as they are jammed together in the boxcars of the system. I don’t want to romanticize them. But I do remember (in rough paraphrase) a statement I once read: “The cry of the poor is not always just, but if you don’t listen to it, you will never know what justice is.”
    Howard Zinn, A People's History of the United States

  • #11
    Howard Zinn
    “But I suppose the most revolutionary act one can engage in is... to tell the truth.”
    Howard Zinn, Marx in Soho: A Play on History

  • #12
    Howard Zinn
    “If the gods had intended for people to vote, they would have given us candidates.”
    Howard Zinn

  • #13
    Howard Zinn
    “They were not mentioned in the Declaration of Independence, they were absent in the Constitution and they were invisible in the new political democracy. They were the women of early America.”
    Howard Zinn, A People's History of the United States

  • #14
    Howard Zinn
    “There has always been, and there is now, a profound conflict of interest between the people and the government of the United States.”
    Howard Zinn

  • #15
    Howard Zinn
    “What struck me as I began to study history was how nationalist fervor--inculcated from childhood on by pledges of allegiance, national anthems, flags waving and rhetoric blowing--permeated the educational systems of all countries, including our own. I wonder now how the foreign policies of the United States would look if we wiped out the national boundaries of the world, at least in our minds, and thought of all children everywhere as our own. Then we could never drop an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, or napalm on Vietnam, or wage war anywhere, because wars, especially in our time, are always wars against children, indeed our children.”
    Howard Zinn, A People's History of the United States

  • #16
    Howard Zinn
    “And in such a world of conflict, a world of victims and executioners, it is the job of thinking people, as Albert Camus suggested, not to be on the side of the executioners.”
    Howard Zinn, A People's History of the United States

  • #17
    Howard Zinn
    “Some of the New York Radical Women shortly afterward formed WITCH (Women's International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell) and its members, dressed as witches, appeared suddenly on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. A leaflet put out by WITCH in New York said:

    WITCH lives and smiles in every woman. She is the free part of each of us, beneath the shy smiles, the acquiescence to absurd male domination, the make-up or flesh-suffocating clothes our sick society demands. There is no "joining" WITCH. If you are a woman and dare to look within yourself, you are a WITCH. You make your own rules.”
    Howard Zinn, A People's History of the United States

  • #18
    Neal Stephenson
    “The difference between stupid and intelligent people – and this is true whether or not they are well-educated – is that intelligent people can handle subtlety. ”
    Neal Stephenson, The Diamond Age: or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer

  • #19
    Neal Stephenson
    “I just saved your fucking life, Mom. . . . You could at least offer me an Oreo.”
    Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash

  • #20
    Neal Stephenson
    “See, the world is full of things more powerful than us. But if you know how to catch a ride, you can go places,”
    Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash

  • #21
    Neal Stephenson
    “The difference between stupid and intelligent people -- and this is true whether or not they are well-educated -- is that intelligent people can handle subtlety. They are not baffled by ambigous or even contradictory situations -- in fact, they expect them and are apt to become suspicious when things seem overly straightforward.”
    Neal Stephenson, The Diamond Age: or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer

  • #22
    Neal Stephenson
    “Nell did not imagine that Constable Moore wanted to get into a detailed discussion of recent events, so she changed the subject. "I think I have finally worked out what you were trying to tell me, years ago, about being intelligent," she said.

    The Constable brightened all at once. "Pleased to hear it."

    The Vickys have an elaborate code of morals and conduct. It grew out of the moral squalor of an earlier generation, just as the original Victorians were preceded by the Georgians and the Regency. The old guard believe in that code because they came to it the hard way. They raise their children to believe in that code– but their children believe it for entirely different reasons."

    They believe it," the Constable said, "because they have been indoctrinated to believe it."

    Yes. Some of them never challenge it– they grow up to be smallminded people, who can tell you what they believe but not why they believe it. Others become disillusioned by the hypocrisy of the society and rebel– as did Elizabeth Finkle-McGraw."

    Which path do you intend to take, Nell?" said the Constable, sounding very interested. "Conformity or rebellion?"

    Neither one. Both ways are simple-minded– they are only for people who cannot cope with contradiction and ambiguity.”
    Neal Stephenson, The Diamond Age: or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer

  • #23
    Ursula K. Le Guin
    “Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new.”
    Ursula K. Le Guin, The Lathe of Heaven

  • #24
    Meher Baba
    “Don't Worry Be Happy”
    Meher Baba

  • #25
    Meher Baba
    “The book that I shall make people read
    is the book of the heart,
    which holds the key
    to the mystery of life”
    Meher Baba

  • #26
    Meher Baba
    “Love God and find him within - the only treasure worth finding.”
    Meher Baba

  • #27
    Arundhati Roy
    “To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.”
    Arundhati Roy, The Cost of Living

  • #28
    Arundhati Roy
    “...the secret of the Great Stories is that they have no secrets. The Great Stories are the ones you have heard and want to hear again. The ones you can enter anywhere and inhabit comfortably. They don’t deceive you with thrills and trick endings. They don’t surprise you with the unforeseen. They are as familiar as the house you live in. Or the smell of your lover’s skin. You know how they end, yet you listen as though you don’t. In the way that although you know that one day you will die, you live as though you won’t. In the Great Stories you know who lives, who dies, who finds love, who doesn’t. And yet you want to know again.

    That is their mystery and their magic.”
    Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things

  • #29
    Arundhati Roy
    “That's what careless words do. They make people love you a little less.”
    Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things

  • #30
    Arundhati Roy
    “Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”
    Arundhati Roy



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