“An alliance or coalition between Government and religion cannot be too carefully guarded against…Every new and successful example therefore of a perfect separation between ecclesiastical and civil matters is of importance…religion and government will exist in greater purity, without (rather) than
with the aid of government.”
"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. "
-Speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention [June 16, 1788]
-James Madison (Slave Owner)
“The Bible is not my book, and Christianity is not my religion. I could never give assent to the long, complicated statements of Christian dogma.”
“I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in anyway the social and political equality of the white and black races – that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race. I say upon this occasion I do not perceive that because the white man is to have the superior position the negro should be denied everything.”
-Abraham Lincoln (Slave Owner)
“Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst.”
“Among the most detestable villains in history, you could not find one worse than Moses. Here is an order, attributed to 'God' to butcher the boys, to massacre the mothers and to debauch and rape the daughters. I would not dare so dishonor my Creator's name by attaching it to this filthy book (the Bible).”
“It is the duty of every true Deist to vindicate the moral justice of God against the evils of the Bible.”
“To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.”
“No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness.”
“All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire.”
“Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting a particular way…you become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions.”
“Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.”
“Piety requires us to honor truth above our friends.”
“Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.”
“Advise is judged by results, not by intentions.”
"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."
“In so far as the mind is stronger than the body, so are the ills contracted by the mind more severe than those contracted by the body.”
“If you reveal your secret to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.”
“I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from then unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.”
“I say that even as the holy and the righteous cannot rise beyond the highest which is in each of you, so the wicked and the weak cannot fall lower than the lowest which is in you also.”
“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of light.”
“Your silence gives consent.”
“Ignorance, the root and the stem of every evil.”
“…this world is indeed a living being endowed with a soul and intelligence… a single visible living entity containing all other living entities, which by their nature are all related. [Furthermore]… the cosmos is a single Living Creature which contains all living creatures within it.”
“When anger rises, think of the consequences.”
“There can never be peace in the world, so long as one man’s belly remains full, and another empty.”
“It is not possible to fight beyond your strength, even if you strive.”
“Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another.”
“If the Communists are overthrown in our country, it will be the most holy duty of every Christian to go into the streets and at the risk of his own life defend the communists from the righteous fury of the multitudes whom they have tyrannized.”
“The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.”
“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms…disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes…Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an unarmed man.”
“I think myself that we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.”
“When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.”
“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”
“I have sworn on the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”
“Say nothing of my religion. It is known to God and myself alone. Its evidence before the world is to be sought in my life; if it had been honest and dutiful to society the religion which has regulated it cannot be a bad one.”
“The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.”
"If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny."
“I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.”
“I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature.”
“I may grow rich by an art I am compelled to follow; I may recover health by medicines I am compelled to take against my own judgment; but I cannot be saved by a worship I disbelieve and abhor.”
"I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."
-Letter to Dr. Benjamin Rush [September 23, 1800]
"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties
than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks
to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by
deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the
banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children
wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing
power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs."
-Thomas Jefferson /Letter to the Secretary of the Treasury Albert Gallatin (1802)
"The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite."
"The tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
"When all government, domestic and foreign, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated."
-Thomas Jefferson to Charles Hammond, 1821. The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, (Memorial Edition) Lipscomb and Bergh, editors, ME 15:332
-Thomas Jefferson (Slave Owner)
“They, who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
“I have found Christian dogma unintelligible. Early in life I absented myself from Christian assemblies.”
"I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer."
-Benjamin Franklin (Slave Owner)
“If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.”
"Each of us is something of a schizophrenic personality, tragically divided against ourselves."
"You may be 38 years old, as I happen to be. And one day, some great opportunity stands before you and calls you to stand up for some great principle, some great issue, some great cause. And you refuse to do it because you are afraid...You refuse to do it because you want to live longer...You're afraid that you will lose your job, or you are afraid that you will be criticized or that you will lose your popularity, or you're afraid that somebody will stab you, or shoot at you or bomb your house; so you refuse to take the stand. Well, you may go on and live until you are 90, but you're just as dead at 38 as you would be at 90. And the cessation of breathing in your life is but the belated announcement of an earlier death of the spirit."
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“Ability is nothing without opportunity.”
“One should never forbid what one lacks the power to prevent.”
“Be not hasty either with praise or blame; speak always as though you were giving the evidence before the judgment-seat of the gods.”
“I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.”
“True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.”
“I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.”
“Envy is the ulcer of the soul”
“There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.”
“Not by age but by capacity is wisdom acquired”
-Titus Maccius Platus
“To have little is to possess. To have plenty is to be perplexed.”
“I believe in the United States of America as a Government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a republic; a sovereign nation of many sovereign states; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes. I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it; to support its Constitution; to obey its laws; to respect its flag; and to defend it against all enemies.”
-William Tyler Page
“How ignorant is the man who knows all but not himself.”
“I will show you fear in a handful of dust.”
“Governments are needed only by those whom cannot govern themselves, and money is the tool used to convince the slave that he is free.”
“Ancient legends are the bridges to the Truths of our past.”
"Generally, all human error is based either on people’s having no plan at all and not pursuing a specific goal—here you find weakness of character, foolishness, contradiction, and inconsistency; or on people’s pursuit of a subordinated purpose, treating it like the main purpose, as ambitious and domineering people do—here there can be the appearance of wisdom; or finally upon their overleaping all intermediate purposes and attempting thus to achieve the highest purpose—this leads to religious and political fanaticism, to that type of intolerance that is equally impossible to consider wise."
-Dr. Adam Weishaupt, founder of the Bavarian Illuminati; 1804
“Seek not abroad, turn back unto thyself, for in the inner man dwells the truth.”
“As long as you still experience the stars as something above you, you still lack a viewpoint of knowledge.”
“The Christian church is an encyclopedia of prehistoric cults.”
“Certain sounds can affect our civilization and nervous system… Whatever change such vibrations cause, extends to the mind of a person and also to the surrounding atmosphere, causing warmth or coolness. All this can be known by study and shown by practice.”
“…one third of the sensory-motor-cortex of the brain is devoted to the tongue, oral cavity, the lips, and speech. In other words, oral frequency emissions spoken, or sung, exert powerful control over life, vibrating genes that influence total well-being and even evolution of the species.”
–Dr. Leonard Horowitz
“But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath; but let your yes be yes, and your no, no; so that you may not fall under judgment.”
–James, Brother of Jesus; James 5:12 (NASB)
“As the ignorant act with attachment to actions,…so wise men should act with detachment to preserve the world.”
–Krishna; Bhagavad-Gita 3:25
“In religion and politics, people’s beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue, but have taken them at second hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing.”
“In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.”
“Sexual suppression supports the power of the Church, which has sunk very deep roots into the exploited masses by means of sexual anxiety and guilt. [It] engenders timidity towards authority and binds children to their parents. This results in adult subservience to state authority and to capitalistic exploitation. It paralyzes the intellectual critical powers of the oppressed masses because it consumes the greater part of biological energy. Finally, it paralyzes the resolute development of creative forces and renders impossible the achievement of all aspirations for human freedom. In this way the prevailing economic system (in which single individuals can easily rule entire masses) becomes rooted in the psychic structures of the oppressed themselves.”
“Mankind is caught in the cycle of fear, apathy and hatred. These human instincts drive hierarchical political systems and bureaucracies that most often limit the basic right of the pursuit of happiness. A society whose foundation is fear, apathy and hatred sets up a system which fundamentally affects the happiness of the individual. It represses individual development and maintains a cyclical behavioral pattern of superiority and inferiority and a class society founded on untrue ideals.”
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
–Apostle Paul; Ephesians 6:12
“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 peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any county.”
“People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own soul.”
“Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darkness of other people.”
"No tree, it is said, can grow to heaven unless its roots reach down to hell."
“The heart and brain maintain a continuous two-way dialogue, each influencing the other’s functioning. Although it is not well known, the heart sends far more information to the brain than the brain sends to the heart and the signals the heart sends to the brain can influence perception, emotional processing and higher cognitive functions. The heart also generates the strongest rhythmic electromagnetic field in the body and this actually can be measured in the brain waves of people around us…the heart’s field is a carrier of emotional information and a mediator of bio-electromagnetic communication, within and outside the body. Research shows our heart’s field changes distinctly as we experience emotions. It is registered in people’s brains around us and apparently is capable of affecting cells, water and DNA studied in vitro.”
“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.”
–The Gnostic Christ (Dead Sea Scrolls)
“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”
“For want of a nail…the horseshoe was lost. For want of a horseshoe, the steed was lost. For want of a steed, the message was not delivered. For want of an undelivered message…the war was lost.”
–Old Japanese Proverb
“History is written by the victors.”
“If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier, so long as I’m the dictator.”
-George W. Bush
The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country…As civilization has
become more complex, and as the need for invisible government has been increasingly demonstrated, the technical means have been invented and developed by which opinion may be regimented…If you can influence the leaders, either with or without conscious cooperation, you automatically influence the group which they sway…Trotter and Le Bon concluded that the group mind does not think in the strict sense of the word. In place of thoughts it has impulses, habits and emotions. In making up its mind its first impulse is usually to follow the example of a trusted leader. This is one of the most firmly established principles of mass psychology. It matters not how much capital you may have, how fair the rates may be, how favorable the conditions of service, if you haven’t behind you a sympathetic public opinion, you are bound to fail. No serious sociologist any longer believes that the voices of the people expresses any divine or specially wise and lofty idea. The voice of the people expresses the mind of the people, and that mind is made up for it by the group leaders in whom it believes and by those persons who understand the manipulation of public opinion. It is composed of inherited prejudices and symbols and clichés and verbal formulas supplied to them by the leaders.
The media by which special pleaders transmit their messages to the public through propaganda include all the means by which people to-day transmit their ideas to one another. There is no means of human communication which may not also be a means of deliberate propaganda, because propaganda is simply the establishing of reciprocal understanding between an individual and a group. The American motion picture is the greatest unconscious carrier of propaganda in the world today. It is a great distributor for ideas and opinions.
-Edward Louis Bernays
"There will be in the next generation or so a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude and producing dictatorship without tears so to speak. Producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda, or brainwashing, or by brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution."
"When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it."
-French economist, statesman and author Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850)
"Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death."
-Patrick Henry, speech to the Virginia Convention, Richmond, Virginia, March 23, 1775
"I contradict myself? Very well, then: I contradict myself. I am large: I contain multitudes."
"The opposite of a trivial truth, is false; the opposite of a great truth is also true."
"Time is three eyes and eight elbows."
"For our personal advancement in virtue and truth one quality is sufficient, namely, love; to advance humanity there must be two, love and intelligence; to accomplish the Great Work there must be three--love, intelligence, and activity. And yet love is ever the root and the source."
"We cannot produce a thought, a word, an act, which is not imprinted on the eternal mirror on which everything is engraved, and from which nothing is ever effaced."
"Books are the windows of the truth, but they are not the door; they point out things and yet they do not impart them. It is within that we should write, think, and speak, not merely on paper."
-Louis Claude de Saint Martin
"In the end, all will return to the Beginning."
-Martines de Pasqually
"I believe I found the missing link between animal and civilized man. It is us."
–Konrad Lorenz, ethnologist, Nobel laureate (1903-1989)
Trismegistus To Asclepius
"O Son, he that hears must co-understand and conspire in thought with him that speaks; yea he must have his hearing swifter and sharper than the voice of the speaker."
Asclepius: "Why then, What is God?"
Hermes: "That which is none of these things, yet is, and is the cause of Being to all; and every one of the things that are; for He left nothing destitute of Being. And all things are made of things that are, and not of things that are not; for the things that are not, have not the nature to be able to be made; and again, the things that are, have not the nature never to be, or not to be at all."
Asclepius: "What dost thou say then at length, that God is?"
Trismegistus: "God is not a Mind, but the Cause that the Mind is; not a Spirit, but the Cause that the Spirit is; not Light, but the Cause that Light is."