The enemy is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter which side he is on.
It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.
I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.
If pigs could vote, the man with the slop bucket would be elected swineherd every time, no matter how much slaughtering he did on the side.
It is poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.
I'm ineffably tired of pro-war ideologues moaning about how the anti-war folk are just 'complaining' without 'offering solutions' to global dilemmas. Peace doesn't need a freekin moral, ethical, economical, or political qualification; war does. Peace doesn't ravage, plunder, rape, or kill; war does. Peace does not need justification, war does.
History is an account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.
The people who have really made history are the martyrs.
Laurel and Hardy, that's John and Yoko. And we stand a better chance under that guise because all the serious people like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Kennedy and Gandhi got shot.
Does anybody know who Lee Harvey Oswald was? . . . And do you know how far away he was? . . . Two hundred and fifty feet. He was two hundred and fifty feet away and shooting at a moving target. He got off three shots with a bolt action rifle in six seconds, and got two hits, including a head shot. Do you know where those men learned to shoot like that? . . . In the Marines! Outstanding! Those individuals showed what one motivated marine and his rifle can do! And before you ladies leave my island, you will be able to do the same thing!
I love talking about the Kennedy assassination. The reason I do is because I'm fascinated by it. I'm fascinated that our government could lie to us so blatantly, so obviously for so long, and we do absolutely nothing about it.
Men who believe absurdities will commit atrocities.
The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.
Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear, kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor, with the cry of grave national emergency. Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it.
~ J. Krishnamurthi
If we'd been born where they were born and taught what they were taught, we would believe what they believe.
My humble friend, we know not how to live this life which is so short yet seek one that never ends.
It makes no difference as to the name of the God, since love is the real God of all in the world.
We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.
Statistically one hundred percent of the shots you don't take don't go in.
Christianity exceeds all other faiths in its power to deform and finally invert the mental process.
God favors no group. Only religions do that.
On the outskirts of every agony sits some observant fellow who points.
The fascist state is the corporate state.
Jehovah was not a moral god. He had all the vices and he lacked all the virtues. He generally carried out all his threats, but he never faithfully kept a promise.
Guns make us powerful; butter will only make us fat.
Life is like an overlong drama through which we sit being nagged by the vague memories of having read the reviews.
Everyone likes to say Hitler did this and Hitler did that. But the truth is Hitler did very little. He was a world class asshole, but the evil actually done, from the death camps to World War Two, was all done by citizens who were afraid to question if what they were told by their government was the truth or not, and who because they did not want to admit to themselves that they were afraid to question the government, refused to see the truth behind the Reichstag Fire, refused to see the invasion by Poland was a staged fake, and followed Hitler into national disaster.
Each nation knowing it has the only true religion and the only sane system of government, each despising all the others, each an ass and not suspecting it.
All men are created equal. They are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
If there has to be a blood bath, let's get it over with.
You will kill ten of our men, and we will kill one of yours, and in the end it will be you who tire of it.
I ain't got no quarrel with the Vietcong ...
I can envision a small cottage somewhere, with a lot of writing paper, and a dog, and a fireplace and maybe enough money to give myself some Irish coffee now and then and entertain my two friends.
If you are required to kill someone today, on the promise of a political leader that someone else shall live in peace tomorrow, believe me, you are not only a double murderer, you are a suicide, too.
I spent thirty-three years in the marines, most of my time being a high-class muscle man for big business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer for capitalism.
Over breakfast coffee we read of 40,000 American dead in Vietnam. Instead of vomiting, we reach for the toast. Our morning rush through crowded streets is not to cry murder but to hit that trough before somebody else gobbles our share.
What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy?
It is not so much the suffering as the senselessness of it that is unendurable.
I dream that someday the United States will be on the side of the peasants in some civil war. I dream that we will be the ones who will help the poor overthrow the rich, who will talk about land reform and education and health facilities for everyone, and that when the Red Cross or Amnesty International comes to count the bodies and take the testimony of women raped, that our side won't be the heavies.
Throughout the world, on any given day, a man, woman or child is likely to be displaced, tortured, killed or disappeared, at the hands of governments or armed political groups. More often than not, the United States shares the blame.
I am tired of fighting, our chiefs are killed...it is cold and we have no blankets. The little children are freezing to death...hear me, my chiefs, I am tired: my heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands...I will fight no more forever...
When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong.
Usually when people are sad, they don't do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change.
If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.
Where it is a duty to worship the sun, it is pretty sure to be a crime to examine the laws of heat.
The Church says that the earth is flat, but I know that it is round, for I have seen its shadow on the moon, and I have more faith in a shadow than in the Church.
A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.
Humanity without religion is like a serial killer without a chainsaw.
In all the disputes, which have excited Christians against each other, Rome has invariably decided in favor of that opinion which tended most towards the suppression of the human intellect and the annihilation of the reasoning powers.
Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature.
The most detestable wickedness, the most horrid cruelties, and the greatest miseries that have afflicted the human race have had their origin in this thing called revelation, or revealed religion.
I have seldom met an intelligent person whose views were not narrowed and distorted by religion.
Fascism is capitalism in decay.
Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
The police are not here to create disorder. They're here to preserve disorder.
We need a common enemy to unite us.
I don't know that atheists should be considered citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God.
Peace is over rated. Any slave can have peace. Just pick the cotton.
Pain is certain, suffering is optional.
When did I realize I was God? Well, I was praying and I suddenly realized I was talking to myself.
Could a being create the fifty billion galaxies, each with two hundred billion stars, then rejoice in the smell of burning goat flesh?
The United States is in no sense founded upon the Christian doctrine.
In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
You're not to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.
The great nations have always acted like gangsters, and the small nations like prostitutes.
The Pope!?! How many divisions has he got?
Science has done more for the development of western civilization in one hundred years than Christianity did in eighteen hundred years.
It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.
I'm so sick of arming the world, then sending troops over to destroy the fucking arms; you know what I mean? We keep arming these little countries, then we go and blow the shit out of them. We're like the bullies of the world, y'know. We're like Jack Palance in the movie Shane, throwing the pistol at the sheepherder's feet. ‘Pick it up.’ ‘I don't wanna pick it up, mister, you'll shoot me.’ ‘Pick up the gun.’ ‘Mister, I don't want no trouble, I just came downtown here to get some hard rock candy for my kids, some gingham for my wife. I don't even know what gingham is, but she goes through about ten rolls a week of that stuff. I ain't looking for no trouble, Mister.’ ‘Pick up the gun.’ The sheepherder picks up the gun, three shots ring out. ‘You all saw him, he had a gun.’
Americans used to roar like lions for liberty; now we bleat like sheep for security.
Probably no nation is rich enough to pay for both war and education.
It is part of the general pattern of misguided policy that our country is now geared to an arms economy which was bred in an artificially induced psychosis of war hysteria and nurtured upon an incessant propaganda of fear.
Everybody's worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there's a really easy way; stop participating in it.