They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.
— George W. Bush, 5 Aug 2004

If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator.
— George W. Bush, 19 Dec 2000

It's not the votes that count, it's who counts the votes.
— Josef Stalin

You think I'm nuts?… I was.
— George W. Bush, 8 Nov 2006

Facts are stupid things.
— Ronald Reagan

Nothing is true, everything is permitted.
Hasan-i-Sabbah, First Grand Master of the Order of Assassins (11th Century)

Terrorism is the best political weapon for nothing drives people harder than a fear of sudden death.
— Adolf Hitler

When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.
— Jimi Hendrix

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
— Mohandas Gandhi

Epicureanism: the philosophy of Epicurus who subscribed to a hedonistic ethics that considered an imperturbable emotional calm the highest good, held intellectual pleasures superior to others, and advocated the renunciation of momentary in favor of more permanent pleasures.
Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary (© 1977)

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe simply because it has been handed down for many generations. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is written in Holy Scriptures. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of Teachers, elders or wise men. Believe only after careful observation and analysis, when you find that it agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all. Then accept it and live up to it.
— Buddha

Just having a prejudice makes you stupider. It is really interesting.
— John Gabrieli (professor of psychology at Stanford University)

Those who'll play with cats must expect to be scratched.
— Cervantes, Don Quixote

When you hunt predators, the best camouflage is weakness
— Andrew Vachss, Sacrifice

That the presence of a given kind of behavior is the result of a sequence of social experiences during which the person acquires a conception of the meaning of the behavior, and perceptions and judgements of objects and situations, all of which make the activitiy possible and desirable. Thus, the motivation or disposition to engage in the activity is built up in the course of learning to engage in it and does not antedate this learning process. For such a view it is not necessary to identify those “traits” which “cause” the behavior. Instead, the problem becomes one of describing the set of changes in the person’s conception of the activity and of the experience it provides him.
On Becoming a Marihuana User by Howard Becker

Criminal behavior is generated because of the contradictions that inevitably arise in the course of the working out of the particular form of social, political, and economic structures. The types of crime, the amount of crime, and the distribution of crime in a particular historical period and society depend on the nature of the existing contradictions, and the mechanisms institutionalized for handling the conflicts and dilemmas produced by the contradictions.… Making [a] drug illegal and thereby creating crime networks is a very high price to pay for a relatively small benefit.
On the Take: From Petty Crooks to Presidents by William J. Chambliss

We will look back on this era and the response to drugs in this country, and think that was the worse thing that happened in the McCarthy era. It is insanity run amok and there is not a sane voice in the federal government saying anything about it.
— interview with William J. Chambliss (Head of Criminology Department, Georgetown University)
in Anthony Clarke, The Hemp Revolution documentary

The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.
— George S. Patton

Where such repair is possible, what often results is not the acquisition of fully normal status, but a transformation of self from someone with a particular blemish into someone with a record of having corrected a particular blemish.
Stigma by Erving Goffman

Ask an older person to help you.
— "Duck and Cover"

Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.
— Matthew 18.6, Mark 9.42 and Luke 17.2

It's terrible to have to say this. World population must be stabilized and to do that we must eliminate 350,000 people per day. This is so horrible to contemplate that we shouldn’t even say it.
— Jacques Cousteau, UNESCO Courier, Nov. 1994

Children will rise against parents and have them put to death.
— Matthew 10.21-22 & Mark 13.12-13.

It is also in the interests of a tyrant to keep his people poor, so that they may not be able to afford the cost of protecting themselves by arms and be so occupied with their daily tasks that they have no time for rebellion.
— Aristotle

In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act.
— George Orwell

Integrity is in the last inch of what we are and only in that last inch are we truly free.
— V for Vendetta

The Empire never ended: Who had built the prison — and why — he could not say. But he could discern one good thing: the prison lay under attack. An organization of Christians, not regular Christians such as those who attended church every Sunday and prayed, but secret Christians wearing light gray-colored robes, had started an assault on the prison, and with success.… Everyone who had ever lived was literally surrounded by the iron walls of the prison; they were all inside it and none of them knew it — except for the gray-robed secret Christians.
— Philip K. Dick, Valis

You can just hang outside in the sun all day tossing a ball around or you can sit at your computer and do something that matters.
— "Make Love, Not Warcraft" - South Park

I must only use this power to annoy!
— Bart Simpson, The Simpsons

Gentlemen, we are dealing with someone here who has absolutely no life. How do you kill one which has no life?
— "Make Love, Not Warcraft" - South Park