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(in alphabetical order by author)

"The Singapore government isn't interested in controlling information, but wants a gradual phase-in of services to protect ourselves. It's not to control, but to protect the citizens of Singapore. In our society, you can state your views, but they have to be correct." - Ernie Hai, coordinator of the Singapore Government Internet Project

"In all of us there is a hunger marrow deep, to know our heritage, to know who we are, and where we have come from." - Alex Haley (1925-1992); African-American author, biographer, scriptwriter

"There are...other business societies - England, Holland, Belgium and France, for instance. But ours [the United States] is the only culture now extant in which business so completely dominates the national scene that sports, sex, death, philanthropy and Easter Sunday are money-making propositions." - Margaret Halsey (b. 1910), The Folks at Home (1952); U.S. writer

"I believe that legal abortion is legal murder." - Fannie Lou Townsend Hamer (1917-1977), "Herstory Worth Repeating" (Sisterlife, Winter 1994); African-American civil rights activist, feminist

"I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they'd never expect it." - Jack Handey

"As the light changed from red to green to yellow and back to red again, I sat there thinking about life. Was it nothing more than a bunch of honking and yelling? Sometimes it seemed that way." - Jack Handey

"Instead of trying to build newer and bigger weapons of destruction, mankind should be thinking about getting more use out of the weapons we already have." - Jack Handey

Carol Hanish and Elizabeth Sutherland, "Women of the World Unite - We Have Nothing to Lose but Our Men!" (Notes from the First Year, New York: The New York Radical Women, 1968)

"It is difficult for a woman to define her feelings in language which is chiefly made by men to express theirs." - Thomas Hardy (1840-1928); English poet, novelist

"Channel Firing" (1914)
by Thomas Hardy

That night your great guns, unawares,
Shook all our coffins as we lay,
And broke the chancel window-squares,
We thought it was the Judgment-day

And sat upright. While drearisome
Arose the howl of wakened hounds:
The mouse let fall the altar-crumb,
The worms drew back into the mounds,

The glebe cow drooled. Till God called, 'No;
It's gunnery practice out at sea
Just as before you went below;
The world is as it used to be:

'All nations striving strong to make
Red war yet redder. Mad as hatters
They do no more for Christés sake
Than you who are helpless in such matters.

'That this is not the judgment-hour
For some of them's a blessed thing,
For if it were they'd have to scour
Hell's floor for so much threatening....

'Ha, ha. It will be warmer when
I blow the trumpet (if indeed
I ever do; for you are men,
And rest eternal sorely need).'

So down we lay again. 'I wonder,
Will the world ever saner be,'
Said one, 'than when He sent us under
In our indifferent century!'

And many a skeleton shook his head.
'Instead of preaching forty year,'
My neighbour Parson Thirdly said,
'I wish I had stuck to pipes and beer.

Again the guns disturbed the hour,
Roaring their readiness to avenge,
As far inland as Stourton Tower,
And Camelot, and starlit Stonehenge.

"Societies who do not care for their young people and old people are decadent, decaying societies." - Suzan Shown Harjo, in Rethinking Schools (1991); Cheyenne/Muskogee activist, writer

"What is a committee? A group of the unwilling, picked from the unfit, to do the unnecessary." - Richard Harkness, The New York Times (1960)

"As long as someone else controls your history the truth shall remain just a mystery." - Ben Harper

"We are all bound up together in one great bundle of humanity, and society cannot trample on the weakest and feeblest of its members without receiving the curse in its own soul." - Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (1825-1911), speech (1866); U.S. writer, poet, abolitionist

"Oh, was it not strangely inconsistent that men fresh, so fresh, from the baptism of the Revolution should make such concessions to the foul spirit of Despotism! that, when fresh from gaining their own liberty, they could permit the African slave trade - could let their national flag hang a sign of death on Guinea's coast and Congo's shore!" - Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, letter (1859), in Frances Smith Foster, ed., A Brighter Coming Day (1990)

See: "To the Union Savers of Cleveland," by Frances E. W. Harper

"The Slave Auction"
By Frances E. W. Harper

The sale began - young girls were there,
Defenceless in their wretchedness,
Whose stifled sobs of deep despair
Revealed their anguish and distress.

And mothers stood with streaming eyes,
And saw their dearest children sold;
Unheeded rose their bitter cries,
While tyrants bartered them for gold.

And woman, with her love and truth -
For these in sable forms may dwell -
Gaz'd on the husband of her youth,
With anguish none may paint or tell.

And men, whose sole crime was their hue,
The impress of their Maker's hand,
And frail and shrinking children, too,
Were gathered in that mournful band.

Ye who have laid your love to rest,
And wept above their lifeless clay,
Know not the anguish of that breast,
Whose lov'd are rudely torn away.

Ye may not know how desolate
Are bosoms rudely forced to part,
And how a dull and heavy weight
Will press the life-drops from the heart.

"That the poor are invisible is one of the most important things about them. They are not simply neglected and forgotten as in the old rhetoric of reform; what is much worse, they are not seen." - Michael Harrington (1928-1989), The Other America (1962); author, educator, political activist

"Our affluent society contains those of talent and insight who are driven to prefer poverty, to choose it, rather than to submit to the desolation of an empty abundance. It is a strange part of the other America that one finds in the intellectual slums." - Michael Harrington

George Washington Harris (1814-1869), Sut Lovingood (1867)

"The past is a foreign country. They do things differently there." - L.P. Hartley, The Go-Between (1953); novelist

Edward John Hasbrouck, "Emergency Committee on the Supreme Court Flagburning Case" (26 July 1989); former spokesperson, Emergency Committee on the Supreme Court Flag-Burning Case

"The shambles of the World War would have been incomplete without the blessings of the clergy. The chaplains of all armies prayed and celebrated mass for the victory of the side whose bread they ate." - Jaroslav Hasek (1883-1923), The Good Soldier Schweik/Svèjk (1921, 1955); Czechoslovakian novelist, wandering beggar, grocery errand-boy, bank clerk, newspaper editor, army deserter

"People thought they could explain and conquer nature - yet the outcome is that they destroyed it and disinherited themselves from it." - Václav Havel (b. 1936); Czech playwright, dissident (often jailed and imprisoned), President of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic

Václav Havel, "The Need for Transcendence in the Postmodern World (speech, July 4, 1994)

"The United States may be fit for many purposes, but they are not fit to live in." - Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864), U.S. writer (ca. 1861)

"...Over the entrance hovers an enormous specimen of the American eagle, with outspread wings, a shield before her breast, and, if I recollect aright, a bunch of intermingled thunderbolts and barbed arrows in each claw. With the customary infirmity of temper that characterizes this unhappy fowl, she appears by the fierceness of her beak and eye, and the general truculency of her attitude, to threaten mischief to the inoffensive community; and especially to warn all citizens careful of their safety against intruding on the premises which she overshadows with her wings. Nevertheless, vixenly as she looks, many people are seeking at this very moment to shelter themselves under the wing of the federal eagle: imagining, I presume, that her bosom has all the softness and snugness of an eiderdown pillow. But she has no great tenderness even in her best of moods, and, sooner or later - oftener soon than late - is apt to fling off her nestlings with a scratch of her claw, a dab of her beak, or a rankling wound from her barbed arrows." - Nathaniel Hawthorne, "Introduction: The Custom-House," The Scarlet Letter (1850)

The Haymarket Martyrs

William "Big Bill" Haywood (1869-1928); U.S.-born labor leader

"The Rain Stick"
by Seamus Heaney
(b. 1939, Ireland)
Nobel Prize in Literature, 1995

for Beth and Rand

Upend the rain stick and what happens next
Is a music that you never would have known
To listen for. In a cactus stalk

Downpour, sluice-rush, spillage and backwash
Come flowing through. You stand there like a pipe
Being played by water, you shake it again lightly

And diminuendo runs through all its scales
Like a gutter stopping trickling. And now here comes
A sprinkle of drops out of the freshened leaves,

Then subtle little wets off grass and daises;
Then glitter-drizzle, almost-breaths of air.
Upend the stick again. What happens next

Is undiminished for having happened once,
Twice, ten, a thousand times before.
Who cares if all the music that transpires

Is the fall of grit or dry seeds through a cactus?
You are like a rich man entering heaven
Through the ear of a raindrop. Listen now again.

"The world appears on the horizon of broken machinery." - Heidegger

Ulrike Heider (b. 1947); German anarchist, writer, feminist

"Whenever they burn books they will also, in the end, burn human beings." - Heinrich Heine (1797-1856); German-born poet, lived in Paris

"I also think there are prices too high to save the United States. Conscription is one of them. Conscription is slavery, and I don't think that any people or nation has a right to save itself at the price of slavery for anyone, no matter what name it is called. We have had the draft for twenty years now; I think this is shameful. If a country can't save itself through the volunteer service of its own free people, then I say: Let the damned thing go down the drain!" - Robert A. Heinlen (1907-1988), "Guest of Honor Speech at the XIXth World Science Fiction Convention, Seattle (1961)

"I belong to the blank generation, and I can take it or leave it each time." - Richard Hell, "Blank Generation"; U.S. punk singer, writer, poet

"They will do whatever we let them get away with." - Joseph Heller, U.S. author

"You lose your manners when you are poor." - Lillian Hellman (1906-1984), Another Part of the Forest (play); U.S. writer, playwright

"We are a people who do not want to keep much of the past in our heads. It is considered unhealthy in America to remember mistakes, neurotic to think about them, psychotic to dwell upon them." - Lillian Hellman, Scoundrel Time (1976)

"There are people who eat the earth and eat all the people on it like in the Bible with the locusts. And other people who stand around and watch them eat it." - Lillian Hellman, The Little Foxes (1939)

"Mr. Clinton better watch out if he comes down here. He'd better have a bodyguard." - Senator Jesse Helms, R-N.C.

"Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime." - Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. Nobel laureate, novelist, poet

"Abstract words such as glory, honor, courage, or hallow were obscene beside the concrete names of villages, the numbers of roads, the names of rivers, the numbers of regiments and the dates." - Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

"The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists." - Ernest Hemingway

On War: "A crime. Ask the infantry and ask the dead." - Ernest Hemingway

"In modern war you will die like a dog for no good reason." - Ernest Hemingway

"To Good Guys Dead"
By Ernest Hemingway

They sucked us in;
King and country,
Christ Almighty
And the rest.
Honor -
Words and phrases,
They either bitched or killed us.

"[All armies are the same...]"
By Ernest Hemingway

All armies are the same
Publicity is fame
Artillery makes the same old noise
Valor is an attribute of boys
Old soldiers all have tired eyes
All soldiers hear the same old lies
Dead bodies always have drawn flies

"The Age Demanded"
By Ernest Hemingway

The age demanded that we sing, and cut away our tongues.
The age demanded that we flow, and hammered in the bung.
The age demanded that we dance
And jammed us into iron pants.

And in the end the age was handed
the sort of shit that it demanded.

"Militarism is the most energy-intensive, entropic activity of humans, since it converts stored energy and materials directly into waste and destruction without any useful intervening fulfillment of basic human needs. Ironically, the net effect of military, as opposed to civilian, expenditures is to increase unemployment and inflation." - Hazel Henderson (b. 1933), The Politics of the Solar Age (1981); U.S. futurist

"The Grandmothers"
(From: Not Fade Away: Poems 1989-1994)
By Adrian Henri (b. 1932); Great Britain poet

"We have silenced our grandmothers"
- Mies Bouhuys

We have silenced our grandmothers.
Rumpelstiltskin forgotten,
the spinning-wheel covered in dust.
Snow White's mirror is tarnished,
the words stuck in its throat.
Jack the Giant Killer's medals
are stuck at the back of a shelf
in a backstreet pawnshop.

The grandmothers are silent.
There is a house agent's sign
outside the Beast's castle;
the garden is choked with overgrown roses
that bloom no longer.
The doctors have decided
to switch off Sleeping Beauty's
life-support machine:
seven desolate dwarfs
wander the back lot of Universal Studios.

We have silenced our grandmothers.
The Princes, pale or otherwise,
have departed,
the Princesses having married
millionaire Texan playboys;
the last dragons are preserved
as endangered species
in distant game-parks:
the last grandmother unheard
above the neon blare
of TV screens.

Nat Hentoff, "Pro Choice Bigots" (The New Republic, Nov. 30, 1992); U.S. jazz critic, columnist for The Village Voice

"Social power rests quite fundamentally upon territoriality...A state’s efforts to maintain control relies upon their capacity to enact and reinforce boundaries. This is done in order to be able to restrict access and regulate movement within a specified territory, or space." - Steve Herbert (b. 1959), "The Normative Ordering of Police Territoriality: Making and Marking Space with the Los Angeles Police Department," in Annals of the Association of American Geographers (Vol. 86, No. 3, September 1996; pp. 567-582); geographer

See: The Heritage of the Great War

" 'Freedom' has been subtly transformed in the New World Order from political to economic liberty (including liberty for GE, GM, Exxon, and Royal Dutch Shell), just as 'democracy' has lost its substantive qualities in favor of adherence to electoral forms. 'Entitlement' has taken on negative connotations as the dominant class has succeeded in identifying it with claims of the weak, as in 'Social Security entitlements' (there are no military-industrial complex 'entitlements,' only 'procurement,' service contracts, and occasionally acknowledged 'subsidies')." - Edward S. Herman, "Propaganda," June 1997 (Z Magazine); author

"…The establishment can't admit [that] it is human rights violations that make…countries attractive to business-so history has to be fudged, including denial of our support of regimes of terror and the practices that provide favorable climates of investment, and our destabilization of democracies that [don't] meet [the] standard of service to the transnational corporation…" - Edward Herman

"…U.S. business wants a 'favorable climate of investment' abroad, and…military regimes that will crush labor unions and otherwise serve foreign business meet that demand." - Edward Herman

George D. Herron, "The Message of Jesus to Men of Wealth" (22 September 1890)

"Will the future feel the need to destroy the factories the same way that in the past they felt the need to tear down the castles?" - German film Heart of Glass (1974; directed by Werner Herzog)

Karl Hess (1923-1994); U.S. member of the Students for a Democratic Society, Vietnam War protestor, tax resister

Herman Hesse (1877-1962); German-born Swiss writer, poet, Nobel laureate

"Mexicanos, Viva México!" - Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla (1753-1811), Mexican priest, revolutionary

"All the world's bank robbers combined have not done one-tenth of one percent of the harm that the World Bank has in just fifty years." - Jim Hightower

"A Sad State of Freedom"
By Nazim Hikmet (1902-1963),
Turkish poet, playwright, novelist, memoirist;
imprisoned often, exiled to Russia

You waste the attention of your eyes,
the glittering labour of your hands,
and knead the dough enough for dozens of loaves
of which you'll taste not a morsel;
you are free to slave for others -
you are free to make the rich richer.

The moment you're born
they plant around you
mills that grind lies
lies to last you a lifetime.
You keep thinking in your great freedom
a finger on your temple
free to have a free conscience.

Your head bent as if half-cut from the nape,
your arms long, hanging,
your saunter about in your great freedom:
you're free
with the freedom of being unemployed.

You love your country
as the nearest, most precious thing to you.
But one day, for example,
they may endorse it over to America,
and you, too, with your great freedom -
you have the freedom to become an air-base.

You may proclaim that one must live
not as a tool, a number or a link
but as a human being -
then at once they handcuff your wrists.
You are free to be arrested, imprisoned
and even hanged.

There's neither an iron, wooden
nor a tulle curtain
in your life;
there's no need to choose freedom:
you are free.
But this kind of freedom
is a sad affair under the stars.

"Be a sheep for the bosses they say
Or to hell you are surely on the way!"

- Joe Hill (aka Joel Emmanuel Hagglund; 1879-1915), "The Preacher and the Slave"
(Swedish-born U.S. folksinger and union organizer;
executed by the state of Utah)

"From a historical perspective, the cultural norm placing a positive value on doing a good job because work has intrinsic value for its own sake was a relatively recent development. Work, for much of the ancient history of the human race, has been hard and degrading. Working hard - in the absence of compulsion - was not the norm for Hebrew, classical, or medieval cultures. It was not until the Protestant Reformation that physical labour became culturally acceptable for all persons..." - Roger B. Hill, Ph.D., "Historical Context of the Work Ethic" (1992)

"So when we talk about the ideology of the Black Panther Party we are talking about the experiences of Blacks in racist, fascist America." - David Hilliard, "The Ideology of the Black Panther Party" (8 November 1969)

"We human beings cause monstrous conditions, but precisely because we cause them we soon learn to adapt ourselves to them. Only if we become such that we can no longer adapt ourselves, only if, deep inside, we rebel against every kind of evil, will we be able to put a stop to it...while everything within us does not yet scream out in protest, so long will we find ways of adapting ourselves, and the horrors will continue." - Etty Hillesum (1914-1943), An Interrupted Life: The Diaries of Etty Hillesum 1941-1943 (1983); German-Jewish Auschwitz victim, writer, mystic

"America owns more televisions than toilets." - Abbie Hoffman, U.S. '60s counter-cultural figure

"Freedom of the press belongs to those that own the distribution system." - Abbie Hoffman, Steal This Book (1971)

"The same impulse that helped us fight our way out of one empire 200 years ago must help us get free of the Holy Financial Empire today. The transnationals - with their money in Switzerland, headquarters in Luxembourg, ships in tax-free Panama, natural resources all over the emerging world, and their sleepy consumers in the United States - do not have the interest of the United States at heart." - Abbie Hoffman, "Reflections on Student Activism" speech (February 6, 1988)

"Strange Fruit"
by Billie "Lady Day" Holiday
(1915-1959) African-American jazz singer

Southern trees bear strange fruit,
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze,
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.

Pastoral scenes of the gallant south,
The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth,
Scent of magnolias, sweet and fresh,
Then the sudden smell of burning flesh.

Here is fruit for the crows to pluck,
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck,
For the sun to rot, for the trees to drop,
Here is a strange and bitter crop.

"The origins of the word 'beat' are obscure, but the meaning is only too clear to most Americans. More than mere weariness, it implies the feeling of having been used..." - John Clellon Holmes, "This is the Beat Generation" (New York Times Magazine, November 16, 1952); U.S. Beat writer

"Man's mind stretched to a new idea will never go back to its original dimensions." - Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)

"Alienation produces eccentrics or revolutionaries." - Jenny Holzer, Truisms (1977-1979)

See: selections from The Survival Series (1986), by Jenny Holzer

Stewart Home

"The fact is that when people have material privilege at the enormous expense of others, they live in a state of terror as well. It's the unease of having to protect your gain." - bell hooks (b. 1952), Tricycle: The Buddhist Review (Fall 1992); African-American feminist scholar, poet, social critic

"I was struck by the difference between Dances With Wolves the book and Dances With Wolves the movie. In Dances With Wolves the book, the white lead character wanted to stay forever with the Native Americans, and the movie changed that. At the end of the movie, the white man and the white woman are riding off and I thought, white nuclear family patriarchy reasserting itself. What would it have meant to have an image of a white man saying,'I really want no part of whiteness. I really would rather stay here where I've found a sense of belonging and community.' What is it about the 1990s that that message still can't be presented? Do they think that viewers would have gotten up and stalked out of the movie theater or liked it less? I think that these are the ways that white supremacy reasserts itself in representation. I mean, where's he riding off to? To do his own little white nation building? What would it have meant for kids who are white, to see the big hero they're all identifying with, choose to stay there with those humble people, choose to live simply, choose to live outside the conventions?" - bell hooks, "Orlo Interview" (Bare Essentials, Winter 1994)

bell hooks, "Postmodern Blackness" (Postmodern Culture, September 1990)

bell hooks, "Uncut Funk: The Vibe Q" (The Vibe, May 1995)

"A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it." - Bob Hope

"[Bertolt] Brecht once said that you can take a camera and make the most wonderful picture of poverty, but you are aestheticising poverty by doing that. You have to look at your aesthetics and see, by making something beautiful, if you are condoning its existence. That tension is there, between the desire of the poet to write beautiful poetry, and the political commitment and consciousness of the poet who says: can I do this? Can I create beauty out of the suffering and misery of people?" - Peter Horn, "Interview" (New Coin, Volume 31, Number 1; June 1995); Gernan-born South African poet, educator, anti-Apartheid activist

See: "Bullet Holes in the Calabashes," by Peter Horn

"I am Nana Bosompo
Eternal fount of maternity
Eternally mourning stolen children"

Naana Banyiwa Horne, "Nana Bosompo"; Ghanan-born U.S. poet, dancer

"This college is a failure. The trouble is, we're neglecting football for education. Where would this college be without football? Have we got a stadium?...Have we got a college?...Well, we can't support both. Tomorrow we start tearing down the college." - Horse Feathers (1932 U.S. film), directed by Norman Z. McLeod (1895-1964), starring the Marx Brothers

"One thing is to be lamented much; that is, that ever I was raised in a family or neighborhood inclined to dissipation, or that the foul seed should have been sown in the bosom of youth, to stifle the growth of uncultivated genius, which like a torch lifted from a cell in the midst of rude inclement winds, which, instead of kindling its blaze, blows it out." - George Moses Horton (1797-1883), Life of George M. Horton. The Colored Bard of North Carolina, from "The Poetical Works of George M. Horton, the Colored Bard of North Carolina, to which is Prefixed the Life of the Author, written by himself" (1845); African-American slave, poet

George Moses Horton, "The Obstruction of Genius" (September 11, 1852)

George Moses Horton, The Poetical Works of George M. Horton, The Colored Bard of North Carolina, To Which is Prefixed The Life of the Author, Written by Himself (1845)

"The Grizzly Bear"
by A.E. Housman
(1859-1936, England)

The Grizzly Bear is huge and wild
It has devoured the little child.
The little child is unaware
It has been eaten by the bear.

"From the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with our own, it says, 'Disarm! Disarm!' " - Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910), "Mother's Day Proclamation" (1870); U.S. poet, songwriter, suffragist, abolitionist, pacifist

"The sword of murder is not the balance of justice. Blood does not wipe out dishonor nor violence indicate possession." - Julia Ward Howe, "Moter's Day Proclamation" (1870)

"Arise then, women of this day! Arise, all women who have hearts, whether your baptism be that of water or tears! Say firmly, 'We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies. Our husbands shall not come to us, reeking of carnage, for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience. We women of one country will be too tender of those of another country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.' From the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with our own, it says, 'Disarm! Disarm!' " - Julia Ward Howe, "Mother's Day Proclamation" (1870)

"No good can come from war...War is a madness, a blind rage; it crushes and destroys the beautiful." - William Dean Howells (1837-1920), "Opinions of W.D. Howells" (New York Sun, April 30, 1899); U.S. writer, pacifist, socialist, anti-imperialist

"Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion." - L. Ron Hubbard, U.S. sci-fi writer, who would go on to found The Chuch of Scientology

"Why is it that farmworkers feed the nation but they can't get food stamps?" - Dolores Huerta (b. 1930), "Woman of the Year: Dolores Huerta," by Julie Felner; U.S. Chicana labor leader, activist; so-founder (with César Chávez) of the United Farm Workers of America

"There's never been equality for me, nor freedom in this 'homeland of the free.' " - Langston Hughes (1902-1967), "Let America Be America Again" (1938); African-American poet

"White House is right!" - Langston Hughes, "To Negro Writers" (in Communism In America: A History in Documents, edited by Albert Fried, 1997)

"Dream Deferred"
By Langston Hughes

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?

Or fester like a sore -
and then run?

Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over -
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

Louis Hughes (b. 1832), Thirty Years a Slave. From Bondage to Freedom... (1897)

"He who opens a school door, closes a prison." - Victor Hugo (1802-1885); French novelist poet, dramatist

"Civil war? What does that mean? Is there any foreign war? Isn't every war fought between men, between brothers?" - Victor Hugo, Les Misérables (1862; Book Thirteen - Chapter Three)

"Death belongs to God alone. By what right do men touch that unknown thing?" - Victor Hugo, Les Misérables (1862; Book One - Chapter Four)

"An enormous fortress of prejudices, privileges, superstitions, lies, exactions, abuses, violence, iniquity, darkness, is still standing on the world with its towers of hatred. It must be thrown down. This monstrous pile must be made to fall." - Victor Hugo, Les Misérables (1862; Book Thirteen - Chapter Three)

"A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labor, and an invisible labor. To meditate is to labor; to think is to act. Folded arms work, clasped hands perform, a gaze fixed on the heavens work." - Victor Hugo, Les Misérables (1862; Book Seven - Chapter Eight)

"Nothing appears more surprising to those who consider human affairs with a philosophical eye than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few, and the implicit submission with which men resign their own sentiments and passions to those of their rulers. When we inquire by what means this wonder is effected, we shall find that, as force is always on the side of the governed, the governors have nothing to support them but opinion. It is, therefore, on opinion only that government is founded, and this maxim extends to the most despotic and most military governments as well as to the most free and most popular." - David Hume (1711-1776), Of the First Principles of Government (1758); Scottish philosopher

"It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once." - David Hume

"We must live with this blindness. It will not change. I do not expect my dog to learn to read The Times, and I do not expect myself or any other human being to learn the meaning of nuclear war, or to speak rationally about megadeaths or megatonnes of TNT. The most we can ask for is an open recognition that neither we, when we protest against nuclear armaments, nor the generals and politicians when they defend them, know what we are talking about." - Nicholas Humphrey, "Four Minutes to Midnight" (1981)

Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960); African-American Harlem Renaissance writer

"I like to protest, but I'm not sure what it's for
I guess I've got no control over the threat of nuclear war
I made a sign to carry to show that I really care
I've heard it does some good if the television people are there"

- Hüsker Dü, "Deadly Skies"

"A society, most of whose members spend a great part of their time, not on the spot, not here and now and in the calculable future, but somewhere else, in the irrelevant other worlds of sport and soap opera, of mythology and metaphysical fantasy, will find it hard to resist the encroachments of those who would manipulate and control the press." - Aldous Huxley, 1958

"All political and nationalistic propaganda aims at only one thing; to persuade one set of people that another set of people are not really human and that it is therefore legitimate to rob, swindle, bully and even murder them." - Aldous Huxley, Speech delivered at the Albert Hall, London (1936)

"One of the great attractions of patriotism - it fulfills our worst wishes. In the person of our nation we are able, vicariously, to bully and cheat. Bully and cheat, what's more, with a feeling that we are profoundly virtuous." - Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley, "Propaganda in a Democratic Society"

"In a recent speech, the Archbishop of Canterbury made the following remark - 'The use of force, of the sword, by the State, is the ministry of God for the protection of the people.' Consider this sentence very carefully. The two key words in it are 'force' and 'sword.' Of these, the first is an empty abstraction, having as it stands, no definite meaning of any kind. The second is a picturesque anachronism. The sword - it is a fine word. It suggests chivalry; it calls up visions of knights in shining armour. All very nice and cultured and reassuring.

"But let us translate the Archbishop's vague, misleading verbiage into words which express the concrete facts of contemporary reality. 'The use of force by the state, that is to say the use of fire bombs, mustard gas and high explosives dropped by aeroplanes upon defenseless civil populations, is the ministry of God for the protection of the people.' Put in these words it doesn't sound quite so good. We begin to have certain doubts about 'the ministry of God for the protection of the people'..."

-Aldous Huxley, Speech delivered at the Albert Hall, London (1936)

"Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority." - Thomas Henry Huxley (1824-1895); English biologist, anthropologist

"No delusion is greater than the notion that method and industry can make up for lack of motherwit, either in science or in practical life." - Thomas H. Huxley

"The great end of life is not knowledge, but action." - Thomas H. Huxley, Technical Education

"Have you ever noticed the fact that loitering is illegal? Not just in stores and restaurants, but even so called 'public' sidewalks, streets, 'wherever,' you've got to 'keep moving.' For that matter, you can get thrown in jail for 'vagrancy': the inability to produce a driver's licence or money!" - Janor Hypercleats, "No Loitering: The Sheep Factor in America" (pamphlet)

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