Collected Words of Wisdom
And, its Antithesis, for contrast.
Which is which is your problem.
There are no answers,
only good questions and tools of inquiry.
From these, a philosophy might be forged.
"An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be
made in a very narrow field."
-- Niels Bohr, physicist (1885-1962)
"A society which reverances the attainment of riches as the supreme
felicity will naturally be disposed to regard the poor as damned in
the next world, if only to justify making their life a hell in this."
-- R. D. Tawney, British histrorian
"In the councils of government, we must guard against unwarranted
influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower (1961)
"The Reuplican party still helps the rich and sticks a knife in
the back of the poor."
-- Harry S. Truman (1948)
"As a general rule, nobody has wealth who ought to have it."
-- Benjamin Disraeli
"Honore Balzac, the French writer, surely exaggerated in commenting
that 'behind every gret fortune, there is a crime,' but relatively
few American fortunes seem to have had immaculate conceptions in
political or moral terms."
-- Kevin Philips in "Democracy and Wealth" (2002)
"Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies."
-- Thomas Jefferson
"If man was made in God's image, God must be one evil fucking moron;
et ergo, figure the consequences, moron." -- Anonymous
"The Bank (of the United States) is trying to kill me and I will
-- Andrew Jackson (in 1830)
"The only saving grace of humans that I can see is that it requires
a human to treat onions and tomatoes right. There is no machine in
existence that will not abuse them. I suspect there never will be."
-- Chef Bouxdrieau
"... as a wise man once said many centuries before Christ, there
is such a thing as leaving mankind alone; there is no such thing
as governing mankind. All modes of government are failures.
Despotism is unjust to everybody, including the despot, who was
probably made for better things. Oligarchies are unjust to the
many, and ochlocracies are unjust to the few. High hopes were once
formed of democracy; but democracy means simply the bludgeoning of
the people by the people for the people. It has been found out.
I must say that it was high time, for all authority is quite
degrading. It degrades those who exercise it, and degrades over
whom it is exercised. When it is violently, grossly, and cruelly
used, it produces a good effect, by creating, or at any rate
bringing out, the revolt and Individualism that is to kill it."
-- Oscar Wilde (from "The Soul of Man Under Socialism",
"Once in a while, your teacher will give you an understanding or
insight that is so profound that it will last your lifetime;
your teacher was a moron."
-- Xenon Chthonios
"Upon common theaters, indeed, the applause of the audience
is of much more importance to the actors than their own
approbation. But upon the stage of life, while conscience
claps, let the world hiss! On the contrary if conscience
disapproves, the loudest applauses of the world are of
-- John Adams
"Mere factual innocence is no reason not to carry out a death sentence
-- Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
"'Supreme' means the highest; it is always used prematurely
-- Xenon Chthonios
"Why does the dog wag his tail?
Because the dog is smarter than the tail. If the tail were smarter
than the dog, the tail would wag the dog."
-- Cf. "Wag The Dog"
"I feel uncomfortable that good Christians all over America, and
indeed the world, are using a document commissioned by a homosexual.
Anything that has been commissioned by a homosexual has obviously been
tainted in some way."
-- former GOP presidential candidate
on discarding the King James version of the Bible
because James may have been gay.
"Nothing is more necessary to the culture of the higher sciences
than meditation, and nothing is less suited to meditation than
the structure of democratic society."
-- Alexis De Tocqueville
"To want control is the pathology! Not that the person can get
control, because of course you never do... Man is only a part of
larger systems, and the part can never control the whole."
-- Gregory Bateson in Steps to an Ecology of Mind
"To know where the other person makes a mistake is of little value. It
only becomes interesting when you know where you make the mistake, for
then you can do something about it. What we can improve in others is
of doubtful utility as a rule, if, indeed, it has any effect at all."
-- Carl Gustav Jung
"I do not charge the judges with willful and ill-intentioned error;
but honest error must be arrested where its toleration leads to public
ruin. As for the safety of society, we commit honest maniacs to Bedlam;
so judges should be withdrawn from their bench whose erroneous biases
are leading us to dissolution. It may, indeed, injure them in fame or
in fortune; but it saves the republic, which is the first and
-- Thomas Jefferson: Autobiography, 1821
"The great object of my fear is the Federal Judiciary. That body,
like gravity, ever acting with noiseless foot and unalarming advance,
gaining ground step by step and holding what it gains, is engulfing
insidiously the special governments into the jaws of that which
-- Thomas Jefferson to Spencer Roane, in 1821,
The Face of Tyranny
Two essays and a poem. Every American should read and understand what
has already happened to them. Either this gets corrected peacefully, or
we will have to kill them all.
"The people never give up their freedom, except under some delusion."
-- James Madison
"All power is inherent in the people; ... they may exercise it by
themselves; that is their right and their duty ...."
-- Thomas Jefferson
"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
You can't solve a problem with the same kind of thinking that
-- A. Einstein
"Throughout ages, scholars have written tomes on the Philosophy of Law,
refusing to understand the obvious and raising law to some undeserving
lofty height. The obvious, which can be seen over and over again in
the few nations that have pretended to be 'Nations of Law', is that all
law is rooted in corruption, a compromise with evil, and that its
practice is then nothing more than an abominable hypocricy, an excercise
in a vacuous sophistry founded on corruption; one can say the same of
generally inculcated morals, which are founded on nothing more than
mindless prejudice and and abysmal ignorance."
-- Xenon Chthonios
"I would give the devil benefit of law for my own safety's sake."
-- from, A Man for All Seasons
"America's abundance was created not by public sacrifices to "the common
good," but by the productive genius of free men who pursued their own
personal interests and the making of their own private fortunes. They did
not starve the people to pay for America's industrialization. They gave the
people better jobs, higher wages and cheaper goods with every new machine
they invented, with every scientific discovery or technological advance --
and thus the whole country was moving forward and profiting, not suffering,
every step of the way."
-- Ayn Rand
"The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They
have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of
government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office. Their
principal device to that end is to search out groups who pant and pine for
something they can't get and to promise to give it to them. Nine times out
of ten that promise is worth nothing. The tenth time is made good by
looting A to satisfy B. In other words, government is a broker in pillage,
and every election is sort of an advance auction sale of stolen goods."
-- H. L. Mencken
"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and
hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series
of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary."
-- H. L. Mencken
"I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more
efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote
welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but
to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old
ones that do violence to the Constitution or that have failed their
purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I
will not attempt to discover whether legislation is "needed" before I have
first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I
should later be attacked for neglecting my constituent's "interests", I
shall reply that I was informed that their main interest is liberty and
that in that cause I am doing the very best I can."
-- Barry Goldwater
"In the end they will lay their freedom at our feet and say to us,
'Make us your slaves, but feed us.'"
-- From Dosteovsky's Grand Inquisitor
"If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better
than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not
your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you.
May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you
were our countrymen."
-- Samuel Adams
"The main plank in the National Socialist program is to abolish the
liberalistic concept of the individual and the Marxist concept of humanity
and to substitute for them the folk community, rooted in the soil and bound
together by the bond of its common blood."
-- Adolf Hitler, quoted in Hitler, A Study in Tyranny,
by Alan Bullock (Harper Collins, NY)
"It is thus necessary that the individual should come to realize that his
own ego is of no importance in comparison with the existence of his nation;
that the position of the individual ego is conditioned solely by the
interests of the nation as a whole ... that above all the unity of a
nation's spirit and will are worth far more than the freedom of the spirit
and will of an individual. .... This state of mind, which subordinates the
interests of the ego to the conservation of the community, is really the
first premise for every truly human culture .... we understand only the
individual's capacity to make sacrifices for the community, for his fellow
-- Adolf Hitler
There is the great, silent, continuous struggle: the struggle between the
State and the Individual; between the State which demands and the
individual who attempts to evade such demands. Because the individual, left
to himself, unless he be a saint or hero, always refuses to pay taxes, obey
laws, or go to war.
-- Benito Mussolini
"We must stop thinking of the individual and start thinking about what is
best for society."
-- Hillary Clinton, (1993)
"We can't be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary
-- President William J. Clinton,
USA Today, March 11, 1993, Page 2A
"The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny
individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities."
-- Ayn Rand
When will the world learn that a million men are of no importance
compared with one man?
-- Henry David Thoreau
"I'm not going to have some reporters pawing through our papers.
We are the president."
-- Hillary Clinton
commenting on the release of subpoenaed documents
We must organize all labor, no matter how dirty and arduous it may be, so
that every (citizen) may regard himself as part of that great army of free
labor.... The generation that is now fifteen years old .. must arrange all
their tasks of education in such a way that every day, and in every city,
the young people shall engage in the practical solution of the problems of
common labor, even the smallest, most simple kind.
-- Vladimir I. Lenin
I am here because I want to redefine the meaning of citizenship in
America... If you're asked in school 'What does it mean to be a good
citizen?' I want the answer to be, 'Well, to be a good citizen, you have to
obey the law, you've got to go to work or be in school, you've got to pay
your taxes and --- oh, yes, you have to serve .....
-- President William Jefferson Clinton
at Volunteerism Summit
All the people I know who are driving for a form of national service,
primarily want it to be compulsory. They realize that's a terrible problem
politically, so they're not willing to say it. It is endangerment of
freedom and the potential for indoctrination that skeptics do not like in
the national service concept. However benign the program, some think it
will not succeed on any meaningful scale unless is is compulsory.
-- Martin Anderson,
Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution
If "international relations" and "government" are to be understood,
the study of child psychology is essential.
-- Observation of a teenager
Every government is the seed of its own annihilation;
we should wonder why and how this is true.
-- Xenon Chthonios
The essence of being truly "human" is to live in the love of another's
goodness, kindness and generosity irrespective of rationalizations and
intelectualizations that result from the blurs of personal history; and
to love one's self, for exactly the same reasons. If the human species
were indeed "human", the scourge of "government" would become obsolete,
its necessary evil rendered powerless. This level of evolution is
likely to be out of reach of this species.
Mene Mene Tekel Ufarsim.
-- Die Verleidente
WILL THE REAL AMERICAN NAZIS PLEASE STAND UP
------------------------- Sic, Sic, Sic, Sic ------------------------
No, I'm not sure that atheists should be considered citizens, nor
should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God.
-- George Bush,
Free Inquiry Magazine, Fall 88, Volume 8, Number 4, page 16.
Cf. Tianamen Square, Texas -
George W. Bush rounds up and arrests peaceful protesters
Contraception is disgusting--people using each other for pleasure!
For those of you who say I can't impose my morality on others,
I say just watch me!
-- Joseph Scheidler,
executive director Pro-Life Action Leage 8/96
However, Cf. The US Supreme Court Decision
National Org. of Women et al. v. SCHEIDLER et al.
The Art of War is deception:
When you are outnumbered and lack strength, to wage war
according to your enemies rules is to insure defeat.
-- Art of War by SunTzu [SunZi] -English Hypertext
Centers of power always seek to hide, then rationalize and
finally justify their iniquities and inevitable corruption.
With smiling faces do these morally bereft centers commit
their greatest atrocities - in seclusion and obfuscation,
and calculated mendacity so even the parts may not know the
whole. The development of these centers is ineluctable,
and their undiluted evil, hence ultimate demise is the result
of their failure to understand the obvious fact that actions
not only have consequences, but have consequences that will
not be known. My error in this regard may result in my death,
while a center's error may result in the death of billions.
Centers of power must therefore be constrained by absolute
responsibility and accountability. A compromise with evil
is no compromise; all governments as centers of power are evil,
-- Laan Xinith (Archives of the Vegan Federation of
Republics, GC 4729)
Modern technological society is now sufficiently complex that
only a handful of geniuses could hope to know its complexity,
and a lesser handful hope to understand it. Only the fools are
left to manipulate this technology - therein lieth the insured
annihilation of the carbon based pestilence that infests the
planet named "earth". So let it be written; so let it be done.
Resistance to the truly inevitable is indeed futile.
-- Xenon Chthonios (a nom de plume)
The only form of government and economics that is predicated on
a reality that, normatively, human beings act in accordance with their
own interests of self, and therefore the only conditions under which
human beings can exist, other than as base animals, is Laissez
Faire Capitalism - yet, human beings routinely act in contradiction
of this principle, not out of any altruism, but out or sheer stupidity
and mental derangement; the human species and its existence, is then doomed
to extinction by its very nature and is, indeed, a lethal mutation and
nothing more than a freak, a cosmic joke, perhaps, the Supreme Fascist's
-- Phaeton (a nom de guerre)
Politicians are like diapers: they should be changed frequently -
and for exactly the same reason.
-- Anonymous (A gift from Annie)
Integrity has no need for rules or law.
The greatest of faults is to be conscious of none.
The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.
The important thing is not to stop questioning.
The only difference between a rut and a grave is their dimensions.
The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears.
We learn from history that we do not learn anything from history.
It is easier to love a lie than to love a truth:
the later is so intransigent, and unforgiving.
Rage or outrage is of little value unless it is intelligently,
effectively and appropriately directed.
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from
-- Albert Einstein
"Courage is the mainspring of our best qualities;
where it is lacking they wither."
-- Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
"Men only use thought as authority for their injustice,
and use speech only to conceal their thoughts."
"It is useless for sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism
while wolves remain of a different opinion."
-- William Ralph Inge (1860-1954)
"There hasn't been a whole horse in government
since the pony express days."
-- AJB [On reading M. Twain]
"The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds,
and the pessimist fears that this is true."
-- James Branch Cabell (1879-1958)
"Rascality has limits; stupidity has not."
-- Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)
"Si non datur porta, per murum erumpendum"
"Who has knowledge of others is intelligent -
of himself, enlightened"
-- Lao Tse
"Hypocrisy is the homage that vice pays to virtue."
-- La Rochefoucauld
"Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other,
and scarce in that."
-- B. Franklin
"Government must be tied hand and foot to restrict it
from enslaving the governed. The United States
Constitution was an attempt in this direction;
unfortunately, a few deadly compromises of expediency were made.
From these flaws and the consequent destruction of internal
consistency and logic, the inevitable second fall ensued.
With that fall, came the Second Dark Ages, the First
followed the distintegration of their Roman Empire; with the
second came the justified annihilation of the privitive species
that referred to itself as 'homo sapiens sapiens'; more is the
pity since it had possibilities."
-- Vegan Historical Encylopaedia
"Terran" entry (41847 VT edition)
"Immature artists immitate; mature artists steal."
-- J. v. Goethe
"There's no distinctively native American criminal class,
-- Mark Twain
"Still there are moments when one feels free from one's own identification
with human limitations and inadequacies. At such moments one imagines that
one stands on some spot of a small planet, gazing in amazement at the cold
yet profoundly moving beauty of the eternal, the unfathomable; life and
death flow into one, and there is neither evolution nor destiny, only
-- Albert Einstein
"To recover your life is in your power."
-- Marcus Aurelius
"Tantum religio potuit saudere malorium"
-- Titus Lucretius Carus
"A hand from Washington will be stretched out and placed upon
every man's business; the eye of the Federal inspector will
be in every man's counting house. The law will of necessity
have inquisitorial features, it will provide penalties. It
will create a complicated machinery. Under it, businessmen will
be hauled into courts distant from their homes. Heavy fines
imposed by distant and unfamiliar tribunals will constantly
menace the taxpayer. An army of Federal inspectors, spies and
detectives will descend upon the state. They will compel men of
business to show their books and disclose the secrets of
their affairs. They will dictate forms of bookkeeping. They
will require statements and affidavits ..."
-- Richard E. Byrd, Speaker of the Virginia House
of Delegates (1910) during the debate on
ratification of the 16th Amendment of the
US Constitution. [That's the income tax
ammendment, in case you've forgotten.]
"Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect
liberty when the government's purposes are beneficial. Men
born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their
liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greater dangers to liberty
lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning
but without understanding."
-- Justice Louis Brandeis
Olmstead v. United States, 277 U.S. 479 (1928)
The man whose heart is palpitating for fame after death does not
reflect that out of all those who remember him every one will himself
soon be dead also, and in course of time the next generation after
that, until in the end, after flaring and sinking by turns, the final
spark of memory is quenched. Furthermore, even supposing that those who
remember you were never to die at all, nor their memories to die
either, yet what is that to you? Clearly, in your grave, nothing; and
even in your lifetime, what is the good of praise -- unless maybe to
subserve some lesser design? Surely, then, you are making an
inopportune rejection of what Nature has given you today, if all your
mind is set on what men will say of you tomorrow.
-- Marcus Aurelius
Litany Against Fear
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past me I will turn to see fear's path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.
-- Bene Jesserit Training Manual
(Dune by Frank Herbert)
"Each of us is born into the world as someone; we spend the
rest of our lives finding out who."
-- p. 25, Living with Our Genes, Dean Hammer &
"There are some who can live without wild things, and some
-- Aldo Leopold
"Consciousness is a kin of fire; a gift of matter."
-- p. 147, Another Country: Journeying Toward the
Cherokee Mountains, Christopher Camuto
How hollow and insincere it sounds when someone says,
"I am determined to be perfectly straightforward with you."
Why, man, what is all this? The thing needs no prologue;
it will declare itself. It should be written on your forehead,
it should echo in the tones of your voice, it should shine out
in a moment from your eyes, just as a single glance from the
beloved tells all to the lover. Sincerity and goodness ought
to have their own unmistakable odour, so that one who encounters
this becomes straightway aware of it despite himself.
A candour affected is a dagger concealed.
The feigned friendship of the wolf is the most contemptible of all,
and to be shunned beyond everything.
A man who is truly good and sincere and well--meaning will show it
by his looks, and no one can fail to see it.
-- Marcus Aurelius
Quoted by pathologist Ed R. Friedlander in his webpage notes on
"We [the human race] do not have much time to prove that we are not
the product of a lethal mutation."
-- Science 263: 181, 1994
"All that is not information, not redundancy, not form and not
restraints is noise, the only possible source of new patterns."
-- Bateson, Mind and Nature - A Necessary Unity, 1979
"Should the human race not be extinguished by a nuclear war,
it will degenerate into a flock of stupid, dumb creatures under
the tyranny of dictators who rule them with the help of machines
and electronic computers. This is no prophecy, just a nightmare."
-- Max Born
"There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any
government has is the power to crack down on criminals.
Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them.
One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes
impossible to live without breaking laws."
-- Ayn Rand, "Atlas Shrugged"
"Whatever you do will be insignificant,
but it is very important that you do it."
-- Mahatma Gandhi
"The right of freedom of speech and press includes not only
the right to utter or to print, but the right to distribute,
the right to receive, the right to read ... and freedom of
inquiry, fredom of thought, and the freedom to teach ..."
-- United States Supreme Court
[Griswold v. Connecticut]
"There is no truth on earth that I fear to be known."
-- Thomas Jefferson
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little
temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
-- Benjamin Franklin, 1759
A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate
care that the balances are correct.
-- Bene Gesserit Axiom
A leader, you see, is one of the things that distinguishes a mob
from a people. He maintains the level of individuals. Too few
individuals, and the people reverts to a mob. Dune p. 292
-- Frank Herbert
Here lies a toppled God --
His fall was not a small one.
We did but build his pedestal,
A narrow and a small one.
-- Tleilaxu Epigram
"Good Government never depends on Laws, but upon the personal
qualities of those that govern. The machinery of government
is always subordinate to the will of those who administer that
machinery. The most important element of government, therefore,
is the method of choosing leaders."
-- Law and Governance
The Spacing Guild Manual
"Government is a shared myth. When the myth dies, the
-- Leto II
"Religion always leads to rhetorical despotism.
Before the Bene Gesserit, the Jesuits were best at it.
Of course they do not begin by deluding themselves with it.
It leads to self-fulfilling prophecy amd justifications of
all manner of of obscenities. Yes! It shields evil behind
walls of self-righteousness which are proof against all
arguments against evil. It feeds on deliberately twisted
meanings to discredit opposition. The Jesuits called that
'securing your powerbase.' It leads directly to hypocrisy
which is always betrayed by the gap between actions and
explanations. Ultimately, it rules by guilt because hypocrisy
brings on the witch hunt and the demand for scapegoats.
I am describing a tool of the religious powerbase.
Powerbases are very dangerous because they attract people
who are truly insane, people who seek power only for the
sake of power. In the shadow of every religion lurks a
Torquemada. He was an obscenity. He made living torches
out of people who disagreed with him." - Leto II
-- God Emperor of Dune. pp 117-118,
[A Living Example]
Never try to teach a pig to sing;
You're wasting your time -
and it annoys the pig.
Simply singing to the pig also annoys it.
(Related by Les Stevens with fond remembrance)
"To remain whole, be twisted!
To become straight, let yourself be bent.
To become full, become hollow.
Be tattered, that you may be renewed."
-- Tao Te Ching
When they took the fifth amendment I said nothing
because I was innocent.
When they took the fourth amendment I said nothing
because I didn't deal drugs.
When they took the second amendment I said nothing
because I don't own a gun.
Now they've taken the first amendment,
and I can say nothing.
What do you call a government at the bottom of the ocean?
The best chance that *people* have ever had.
How many congressmen does it take to fight a war?
None: they've always been useless.
What's the difference between a politician and a reptile?
Hmm - Greedy, grasping, power hungry, duplicitous,
murderous, lying, thieving, self serving, worthless scum
- um - Nothing.
How many congressmen does it take to change a lightbulb?
None: they hire their nephews at $1000 per hour.
How many presidents does it take to change a lightbulb?
None. Presidents don't know what a lightbulb is:
they're imbeciles, and window dressing.
When is a conservative not a conservative?
When he says he's a conservative?
Are all self alleged conservatives liars?!
Only clearly when they aren't imbeciles.
What is a neo-conservative?
The exact same as a conservative, neo-liberal, globalist,
neo-globalist, fascist, reptile, or certain other nonhuman
life forms; they make up diversionary names for themselves.
"Too many people wielding a technology, about whose structure
and effects they know precisely nothing."
"The Microbes are Winning - which may be just as well."
The Delicious Sarcastic Wizdom of Oscar Wilde
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