Sometimes things are said that embody so much more than the words themselves. Sometimes there is profound insight or truth caught in a single phrase. And sometimes a quote can be uplifting or encouraging.
This is a list of quotes which say something special, insightful or important to me. Some may be more or less relevant at different times but they are all worth keeping and remembering from time to time.
All these quotes are used randomly on the home page of Toxic Drums so if you recall seeing a quote but can't remember exactly what it was then browse this list and it will be here.
"We are now approaching the state of Orwell's dictum that he "who controls the present controls the past." He who controls internet servers controls the intellectual record of mankind, and by controlling that controls our perceptions of who we are, and by controlling that controls what laws and regulations that we make in society."
"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
"Religions should never be adhered to religiously."
"Here is what I fear: other people's cowardice."
"Earth is a living conscious entity in the universe with multiple personality disorder."
"It is well the people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning."
"Insanity is a perfectly rational adjustment to an insane world."
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."
"Adventure is just bad planning."
"We sacrifice real life by complying with social contracts of oppression for our own sense of security."
"There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew."
"Don't let yourself be lulled into inaction."
"The edge of the universe is an infinite complex boundary which gives rise to our experience of living."
"Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent."
"The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living."
"Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings."
"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."
"No one can possibly achieve any real and lasting success or 'get rich' in business by being a conformist."
"What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist."
"Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth."
"Good God! It's an oxymoron."
"I learned that it is the weak who are cruel, and that gentleness is to be expected only from the strong."
"He who is unfit to serve his fellow citizens wants to rule them."
"The more ridiculous a belief is, the more tenaciously it tends to be held."
"Generous capable men do not create victims they stop others creating victims."
"The illusion of free will is just the anaesthetic that enables consciousness to operate."
"If you are not outraged, you are not paying attention."
"The universe doesn't give a damn about you, so it's a good thing you do."
"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."
"None of us is as smart as all of us."
"Without God atheists wouldn't be."
"How we treat the vulnerable is how we define ourselves as a species."
"You have no responsibility to live up to what other people think you ought to accomplish. I have no responsibility to be like they expect me to be: it's their mistake, not my failing."
"The hen is only an eggs way of making another egg."
"He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man."
"The imagination of nature is far, far greater than the imagination of man."
"We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about."
"My advice to you is not to undertake the spiritual path. It is too difficult, too long, and is too demanding. I suggest you ask for your money back, and go home. This is not a picnic. It is really going to ask everything of you. So, it is best not to begin. However, if you do begin, it is best to finish."
"Every time we witness an injustice and do not act, we train our character to be passive in its presence and thereby eventually lose all ability to defend ourselves and those we love."
"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."
"Fear leads to hate. Hate leads to anger. Anger leads to suffering."
"In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way."
"It's not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves."
"The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt."
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."
"Those who will not reason are bigots, those who cannot, are fools, and those who dare not, are slaves."
"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."
"Everyone has the right... to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers."
"Never did eye see the sun unless it had first become sunlike, and never can the soul have vision of the First Beauty unless itself be beautiful."
"The whole earth is the tomb of heroic men, and their story is not graven only on a stone over their clay, but abides everywhere without visible symbol, - woven into the stuff of other men's lives."
"You can't lead the people if you don't love the people. You can't save the people if you won't serve the people."
"We are effectively destroying ourselves by violence masquerading as love."
"Life is infinitely stranger than anything the mind could invent."
"Don't follow the crowd."
"Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."