Burn This Book

Selected Quotes from: "Burn This Book"

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When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.
~ George Bernard Shaw

There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them.
~ Andre Gide

Whoever controls the media, the images, controls the culture.
~ Allen Ginsberg

Listen or your tongue will keep you deaf.
~ Native American saying

One-tenth of the folks run the world. One-tenth watch them run it, and the other eighty percent don't know what the hell's going on.
~ Jake Simmons

An empty stomach is not a good political advisor.
~ Albert Einstein

Religion is the end of love and honesty, the beginning of confusion; faith is a colorful hope or fear, the origin of folly.
~ Tao Te Ching

Why do we kill people who are killing people to show that killing people is wrong?
~ Holly Near

If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him.
~ Cardinal Richelieu

Only a fool tests the depth of the water with both feet.
~ African proverb

Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time.
~ Elwyn B. White

The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself.
~ Sir R. F. Burton

We are ensnared by the wisdom of the serpent; we are set free by the foolishness of God.
~ Saint Augustine

We live in our desires rather than in our achievements.
~ George Moore

Wherever there is great property, there is great inequality, for one very rich man; there must be at least five hundred poor.
~ Adam Smith

When a government lasts a long while, it deteriorates by insensible degrees. Republics end through luxury, monarchies through poverty.
~ Montesquieu

The cardinal doctrine of a fanatic's creed is that his enemies are the enemies of God.
~ Andrew Dickson White

Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best stage, is but a necessary evil; in its worst stage, an intolerable one.
~ Thomas Paine

The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.
~ Sun tzu

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Truthful words are not beautiful; beautiful words are not truthful. Good words are not persuasive; persuasive words are not good.
~ Lao tzu

Oh, how bitter a thing is to look through another man's eye.
~ William Shakespeare

Know all and you will pardon all.
~ Thomas à Kempis

I am sufficiently proud of my knowing something to be modest about my not knowing everything.
~ Vladimir Nabokov

All natural institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.
~ Thomas Paine

They that die by famine die by inches.
~ Matthew Henry

In law a man is guilty when he violates the rights of another. In ethics he is guilty if he only thinks of doing so.
~ Immanuel Kant

There is no sport in hate when all the rage is on one side.
~ Percy B. Shelley

Except as its clown and jester, society does not encourage individuality, and the State abhors it.
~ Bernard Berenson

Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.
~ Steven Wright

You must ask your neighbor if you shall live in peace.
~ John Clark

It is true that liberty, so precious, must be rationed.
~ Nikolai Lenin

It would now be technically possible to unify the world, abolish war and poverty altogether, if men desired their own happiness more than the misery of their enemies.
~ Bertrand Russel

Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.
~ Henry David Thoreau

I refuse to be labeled immoral merely because I am godless.
~ Peter Walker

Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions: when it ceases to be dangerous, you don't want it.
~ Duke Ellington

Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of congress; but I repeat myself.
~ Mark Twain

Know thy enemy and know thy self and you will win a hundred battles.
~ Sun tzu

Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will.
~ Jawaharlal Nehru

The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.
~ James Branch Cabell

Peace is only possible if men cease to place their happiness in the possession of things which cannot be shared.
~ Julien Benda

It may be necessary temporarily to accept a lesser evil, but one must never label a necessary evil as good.
~ Margaret Mead

Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.
~ Josh Billings

You can't wake a person who is pretending to be asleep.
~ Native Proverb

I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.
~ Xenocrates

Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another.
~ Juvenal

He who will not reason is a bigot; he who cannot is a fool; and he who dares not is a slave.
~ William Drummond

The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.
~ George Orwell

Truth always lags behind, limping along on the arm of Time.
~ Baltasar Gracián

Nothing unites the English like war. Nothing divides them like Picasso.
~ Hugh Mills

...as hollow as the o in god...
~ Marilyn Manson

War: first, one hopes to win; then one expects the enemy to lose; then, one is satisfied that he too is suffering; in the end, one is surprised that everyone has lost.
~ Karl Kraus

It is better to be generous than just. It is sometimes better to sympathize instead of trying to understand.
~ Pierre Lecompte de Nouy

The more you own, the more it owns you.
~ Henry Rollins

Money often costs too much.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is hard, I submit, to loathe bloodshed, including war, more than I do, but it is still harder to exceed my loathing of the very nature of totalitarian states in which massacre is only an administrative detail.
~ Vladimir Nabokov

Nothing is more surprising than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few.
~ David Hume

And the little screaming fact that sounds through all history: repression works only to strengthen and knit the repressed.
~ John Steinbeck

We are condemned to kill time: thus we die bit by bit.
~ Octavio Paz

Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought.
~ Basho

By trying we can easily learn to endure adversity; another man's, I mean.
~ Mark Twain

Give to every other human being every right you claim for yourself.
~ Robert G. Ingersoll

Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.
~ H. Jackson Brown

While the word is yet unspoken, you are master of it; when once it is spoken, it is master of you.
~ Arab proverb

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
~ Samuel Clemens

Ignorance is always afraid of change.
~ Jawaharlal Nehru

Before we blame, we should first see if we can excuse.
~ G. C. Lichtenberg

Don't speak unless you can improve on the silence.
~ Spanish proverb

I would have made a good pope.
~ Richard Nixon

In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.
~ Napoleon

The purpose of law is to prevent the strong from always having their way.
~ Ovid

Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.
~ Hector Berlioz

A man who is afraid will do anything.
~ Jawaharlal Nehru

Heresy is a cradle; orthodoxy a coffin.
~ Robert G. Ingersoll

Each of us is confined to a world of our own making.
~ Shawn Mikula

Democracy used to be a good thing, but now it has gotten into the wrong hands.
~ Jessie Helms

If a person is to get to the meaning of life, he must learn to like the facts about himself, ugly as they may seem to his sentimental vanity, before he can learn the truth behind the facts. And the truth is never ugly.
~ Eugene O'Neill

No one has ever had an idea in a dress suit.
~ Sir Frederick G. Banting

Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind.
~ General William Westmoreland

Strange is our situation here upon Earth.
~ Albert Einstein

Until the infallibility of human judgment shall have been proved to me, I shall persist in demanding the abolition of the death penalty.
~ Marquis de Lafayette

If you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there.
~ Ancient Chinese Proverb

Opportunities multiply as they are seized.
~ Sun tzu

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.
~ Confucius

As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.
~ Albert Einstein

One's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves; it is not possible to find it elsewhere.
~ Agnes Repplier

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength; loving someone deeply gives you courage.
~ Lao tzu

The world is too dangerous to live in, not because of the people who do evil, but because of the people who sit and let it happen.
~ Albert Einstein

Beliefs are what divide people. Doubt unites them.
~ Peter Ustinov

Wisdom is knowing what to do next. Virtue is doing it.
~ David Starr Jordan

The liar's punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.
~ George Bernard Shaw

Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.
~ Mohandas Gandhi

You can't have everything. Where would you put it?
~ Steven Wright

The way to find what the mainstream will do tomorrow is to associate with the lunatic fringe today.
~ Jean-Louis Gassee

A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer.
~ Robert Frost

Our job is to give people not what they want, but what we decide they ought to have.
~ Richard Salent, Former President CBS News

You can pretend to be serious; you can't pretend to be witty.
~ Sacha Guitry

Two attitudes are all that is needed; do not harm anything, say and do things that make others happy.
~ dreamslaughter

In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.
~ Anne Frank, holocaust victim

Why is propaganda so much more successful when it stirs up hatred than when it tries to stir up friendly feeling?
~ Bertrand Russell

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
~ Lao tzu

The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a bit longer.
~ Henry Kissinger

The victor will never be asked if he told the truth.
~ Adolf Hitler

What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy?
~ Ursula K. LeGuin

Never express yourself more clearly than you think.
~ Neils Bohr

Modern morality and manners suppress all natural instincts, keep people ignorant of the facts of nature and make them fighting drunk on bogey tales.
~ Aleister Crowley

The right things to do are those that keep our violence in abeyance; the wrong things are those that bring it to the fore.
~ Robert J. Sawyer

When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you.
~ Lao tzu

What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?
~ Henry David Thoreau

I consider Christian theology to be one of the greatest disasters of the human race.
~ Alfred North Whitehead

Most people drive thru life with the parking brake on.
~ Lance Bradley

Truth is living, it is not static, and the mind that would discover truth must also be living, not burdened with knowledge or experience.
~ J. Krishnamurthi

If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace.
~ John Lennon

The biggest conspiracy of all is the claim that there are no conspiracies!
~ Michael Rivero

The death of dogma is the birth of morality.
~ Immanuel Kant

Can you sympathize with an exploding star?
~ Shawn Mikula

The revolution is a dictatorship of the exploited against the exploiters.
~ Fidel Castro

Whoever imagines himself a favorite with God holds others in contempt.
~ Robert G. Ingersoll

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
~ Leonardo da Vinci

All religions are founded on the fear of the many and the cleverness of the few.
~ Stendhal

Today it is fashionable to talk about the poor. Unfortunately, it is not fashionable to talk with them.
~ Mother Teresa

No man's knowledge here can go beyond his experience.
~ John A. Locke

Life's under no obligation to give us what we expect.
~ Margaret Mitchell

The history of war is the history of powerful individuals willing to sacrifice thousands upon thousands of other people's lives for personal gains.
~ Michael Rivero

Being with a woman all night never hurt no professional baseball player. It's staying up all night looking for a woman that does him in.
~ Casey Stengel

The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion, the religion which based on experience, which refuses dogma.
~ Albert Einstein

Would you like to liberate yourself from the lower realms of life? Would you like to save the world from the degradation and destruction it seems destined for? Then step away from shallow mass movements and quietly go to work on your own self-awareness.
~ Lao tzu

It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.
~ Mark Twain

Do not mind anything that anyone tells you about anyone else. Judge everyone and everything for yourself.
~ Henry James

When a thing has been said and said well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it.
~ Anatole France

The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.
~ F. H. Bradley

To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.
~ Aldous Huxley

Pray: To ask the laws of the universe to be annulled on behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy.
~ Ambrose Bierce

The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.
~ Leonardo da Vinci

Even if truth destroys the whole universe, still it is truth; stand by it.
~ Swami Vivekananda

The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.
~John Locke

Christians are supposed not merely to endure change, nor even to profit by it, but to cause it.
~ Harry Emerson Fosdick

Every man is guilty of all the good he didn't do.
~ Voltaire

Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That's relativity.
~ Albert Einstein

If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.
~ Rene Descartes

Time wounds all heels.
~ Jane Ace

Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes.
~ Henry David Thoreau

Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.
~ Lao tzu

When a man says he approves of something in principle, it means he hasn’t the slightest intention of carrying it out in practice.
~ Otto von Bismarck

A man's character is his fate.
~ Heraclitus

Quarrels would not last long if only one side was wrong.
~ Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Philosophers have merely interpreted the world. The point is to change it.
~ Karl Marx

I am not a communist and neither is the revolutionary movement.
~ Fidel Castro

When a nation's young men are conservative, its funeral bell is already rung.
~ Henry Ward Beecher

Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.
~ Adam Smith

The Brush Dance is a Yurok healing ritual where being true to yourself means give your best to a person in need. Being true to yourself is the one and only Yurok Indian Law.
~ Brush Dance Journal

Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly attributed by the living to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults.
~ Thomas Szasz

Never explain, your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.
~ Elbert Hubbard

The pious pretense that evil does not exist only makes it vague, enormous and menacing.
~ Aleister Crowley

Once all struggle is grasped, miracles are possible.
~ Mao Tse Tung

Everybody sooner or later, sits down to a banquet of consequences.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson

We will be known by the tracks we leave behind.
~ Dakota proverb

If a scholar aspires to the Way but is ashamed of bad clothes and bad food, he isn't ready to join the discussion yet.
~ Confucius

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed.
~Mohandas Gandhi

...so long as the media are in corporate hands, the task of social change will be vastly more difficult, if not impossible.
~ Robert McChesney

It is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence.
~ William Kingdon Clifford

I do not believe that any type of religion should ever be introduced into the public schools of the United States.
~ Thomas Edison

The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out, the conservative adopts them.
~ Mark Twain

Monarchy degenerates into tyranny, aristocracy into oligarchy, and democracy into savage violence and chaos.
~ Polybius

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
~ Napoleon

When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat.
~ Nelson Mandela

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.
~ Thomas Jefferson

If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner.
~ General Omar N. Bradley

The rights of women are sacred. See that women are maintained in the rights attributed to them.
~ Prophet Muhammed

Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.
~ Albert Einstein

When you meet a worthy person, focus on reaching his level. When you meet an unworthy person, take a good look inside yourself.
~ Confucius

If one were to take the bible seriously one would go mad. But to take the bible seriously, one must be already mad.
~ Aleister Crowley

All my humor is based upon destruction and despair. If the whole world were tranquil, without disease and violence, I'd be standing on the breadline right in back of J. Edgar Hoover.
~ Lenny Bruce

If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution.
~ Emma Goldman

It is not what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.
~ Moliere

Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet.
~ Napoleon

Living is change; Growth is optional.
~ Juan Wa Chang

Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it, you'd have good people doing good things and evil people doing bad things, but for good people to do bad things, it takes religion.
~ Steven Weinberg

It is difficult to produce a television documentary that is both incisive and probing when every twelve minutes one is interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits singing about toilet paper.
~ Rod Serling

You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.
~ John Morley

We have a political system that awards office to the most ruthless, cunning, and selfish of mortals, then act surprised when those willing to do anything to win power are equally willing to do anything with it.
~ Michael Rivero

Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.
~ Henry Van Dyke

The hardest years in life are those between ten and seventy.
~ Helen Hayes, age 83

Everything has been figured out, except how to live.
~ Jean Paul Sartre

The vast majority of mankind is trapped within perceptual prisons.
~ Shawn Mikula

What difference does it make how much you have? What you do not have amounts to much more.
~ Seneca

America ... just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable.
~ Hunter S. Thompson

The government of the United States does not, in its policies, express the decency of its people.
~ Jerry Fresia

Grasshopper, look beyond the game, as you look beneath the surface of the pool to see its depths.
~ Master Po

Write injuries in sand, kindnesses in marble.
~ French proverb

Kindness is a mark of faith, and whoever has not kindness has not faith.
~ Prophet Muhammad

It is not impossible to govern Italians. It is merely useless.
~ Benito Mussolini

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
~ Albert Einstein

Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind it only the slime of bureaucracy.
~ Franz Kafka

Always remember you are a totally unique individual; just like everyone else.
~ Unknown

Mythology is what we call someone else's religion.
~ Joseph Campbell

Christian is a VERB not a noun.
~ Meria Heller

Someday man will imprison the power of the sun, release atomic power, and harness the rise and fall of the tides. I am proud of the fact that I never invented weapons to kill.
~ Thomas Edison

Beware the man of one book.
~ Saint Thomas Aquinas

If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.
~ Noam Chomsky

The only thing we never get enough of is love; and the only thing we never give enough of is love.
~ Henry Miller

The United States is not nearly so concerned that its acts be kept secret from its intended victims as it is that the American people not know of them.
~ Ramsey Clark

Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is opinion.
~ Democritus

Cancel the kitchen scraps for lepers and orphans! No more merciful beheadings! And call off Christmas!
~ The Sheriff of Nottingham

The god of the cannibals will be a cannibal, of the crusaders, a crusader, and of the merchants a merchant.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

The degree of one's emotion varies inversely with one's knowledge of the facts. The less you know, the hotter you get.
~ Bertrand Russel

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.
~ Lao Tzu

The believer is happy; the doubter is wise.
~ Hungarian Proverb

I complained that I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.
~ Persian proverb

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