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Fear and Loathing in America: Quotes on Trust, Truth, and Politics 
10th-Jan-2006 09:06 am
Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.

Harry S. Truman

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There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.

~John Adams

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Trust him not with your secrets, who, when left alone in your room, turns over your papers.

~Johann Kaspar Lavater

...or reads your mail, or taps your phones...

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We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.

~John F. Kennedy

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We will be a better country when each religious group can trust its members to obey the dictates of their own religious faith without assistance from the legal structure of their country.

~Margaret Mead

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Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.

~Thomas Jefferson

But can an ill-informed government be trusted with its people?

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False history gets made all day, any day,the truth of the new is never on the news.

~Adrienne Rich

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When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow.

~Anais Nin

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What a man believes upon grossly insufficient evidence is an index into his desires -- desires of which he himself is often unconscious. If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence. The origin of myths is explained in this way.

~Bertrand Russell

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Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts.

~Daniel Patrick Moynihan

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Fear grows in darkness; if you think there's a bogeyman around, turn on the light.

There is nothing to fear except the persistent refusal to find out the truth, the persistent refusal to analyze the causes of happenings.

~Dorothy Thompson

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In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.

In our age there is no such thing as "keeping out of politics." All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.

~George Orwell

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The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off.

~Gloria Steinem

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Children say that people are hung sometimes for speaking the truth.

~Joan of Arc

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If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.

~Marcus Aurelius

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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.

Always tell the truth. That way, you don't have to remember what you said.

Truth is mighty and will prevail. There is nothing the matter with this, except that it ain't so.

When in doubt, tell the truth.

~Mark Twain

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It is the responsibility of intellectuals to speak the truth and expose lies.

~Noam Chomsky

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Truth comes as conqueror only to those who have lost the art of receiving it as friend.

~Rabindranath Tagore

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The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus by the Supreme Being in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter.

~Thomas Jefferson

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As long as people believe in absurdities, they will continue to commit atrocities.

~Voltaire

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I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends... that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them. [1952]

~Adlai Stevenson

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We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.

~Aesop

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At least two thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity, idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religious or political idols.

~Aldous Huxley

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What we need is a rebirth of satire, of dissent, of irreverence, of an uncompromising insistence that phoniness is phony and platitudes are platitudinous.

~Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

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The peace and welfare of this and coming generations of Americans will be secure only as we cling to the watchword of true patriotism: "Our country -- when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right."

~Carl Schurz

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Anyone that wants the presidency so much that he'll spend two years organizing and campaigning for it is not to be trusted with the office.

~David Broder

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Politics are not the task of a Christian.

~Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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The two greatest obstacles to democracy in the United States are, first, the widespread delusion among the poor that we have a democracy, and second, the chronic terror among the rich, lest we get it. [1941]

~Edward Dowling

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Too bad that all the people who really know how to run the country are busy driving taxi cabs and cutting hair.

~George Burns

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Although he's regularly asked to do so, God does not take sides in American politics.

~George J. Mitchell

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What experience and history teach is this -- that people and governments never have learned anything from history, or acted on principles.

~George Wilhelm Hegel

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Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.

~Groucho Marx

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A national political campaign is better than the best circus ever heard of, with a mass baptism and a couple of hangings thrown in.

In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican.

A good politician under democracy is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar.

~H.L. Mencken

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Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.

~Hermann Goering

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In politics, an organized minority is a political majority.

~Jesse Jackson

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As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be aware of change in the air however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.

~Justice William O. Douglas

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The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.

There will be no end to the troubles of states, or of humanity itself, till philosophers become kings in this world, or till those we now call kings and rulers really and truly become philosophers, and political power and philosophy thus come into the same hands.

~Plato

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These rabble at Washington ... see, against the unanimous expression of the people, how much a little well-directed effrontery can achieve, how much crime the people will bear, and they proceed from step to step... (Journal, June 1846)

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.

~Robert M. Hutchins
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