"War: a wretched debasement of all the pretenses of civilization." - General Omar Bradley
Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919)
"I am opposed to abortion and to government funding of abortions. We should not spend state funds on abortions because so many people believe abortion is wrong." - Bill Clinton, September 26, 1986
"Where would Christianity be if Jesus got eight to fifteen years with time off for good behavior?" - New York State Senator James Donovan, speaking in support of capital punishment. Quoted in the liner notes of an album by Jello Biafra & Mojo Nixon.
"I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its stupidity." Canadian Club. - Dwight D. Eisenhower (Ottawa, Canada; January 10, 1946)
"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed." - Dwight D. Eisenhower, "The Chance for Peace" Address (April 16, 1953)
"I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of their way and let them have it." - Dwight Eisenhower, TV Talk with Prime Minister Macmillan (August 31, 1959)
"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex." - Dwight Eisenhower, Farewell Address, Radio and TV (January 17, 1961)
"A 'machiavellian' mass society valuing wealth-aquisition and typified by exploitative relations must, inevitably, be a violent society, using force to protect the 'haves' and the 'hope to haves' from the 'have nots' and outsiders. Such a society will destroy itself because its greed will cause it to consume its own resources and even its own people. No self-restraints can effectively be imposed because the society's very nature, its internal dynamic, is to consume. Its voracious appetite will cause it to literally eat itself. When sufficiently weakened, other similar social monsters will finish it off - if anything remains." - Jack D. Forbes
"The right of revolution is an inherent one. When people are oppressed by their government, it is a natural right they enjoy to relieve themselves of oppression, if they are strong enough, whether by withdrawal from it, or by overthrowing it and substituting a government more acceptable." — Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs (1885)
"This is a government of the people, by the people and for the people no longer. It is a government of corporations, by corporations, and for corporations." - U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes
"It is not the neutrals or the lukewarms who make history." - Adolf Hitler
"Justice is incidental to law and order." - J. Edgar Hoover
"There are those who argue that the right to privacy is of [a] higher order than the right to life ... that was the premise of slavery. You could not protest the existence or treatment of slaves on the plantation because that was private and therefore outside your right to be concerned.
"What happens to the mind of a person, and the moral fabric of a nation, that accepts the aborting of the life of a baby without a pang of conscience? What kind of a person and what kind of a society will we have 20 years hence if life can be taken so casually? It is that question, the question of our attitude, our value system, and our mind-set with regard to the nature and worth of life itself that is the central question confronting mankind. Failure to answer that question affirmatively may leave us with a hell right here on earth."
"While the deep concern of a woman bearing an unwanted child merits consideration and sympathy, it is my personal feeling that the legalization of abortion on demand is not in accordance with the value which our civilization places on human life. Wanted or unwanted, I believe that human life, even at its earliest stages, has certain rights which must be recognized -- the right to be born, the right to love, the right to grown old.
"I share the confidence of those who feel that America is working to care for its unwanted as well as wanted children, protecting particularly those who cannot protect themselves. I also share the opinions of those who do not accept abortion as a response to our society's problems -- an inadequate welfare system, unsatisfactory job training programs, and insufficient financial support for all its citizens.
"When history looks back to this era it should recognize this generation as one which cared about human beings enough to halt the practice of war, to provide a decent living for every family and to fulfill its responsibility to its children from the very moment of conception."
"War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today." - John F. Kennedy
"Nuclear disaster, spread by winds and waters and fear, could well engulf the great and the small, the rich and the poor, the committed and teh uncommitted alike. Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind. - John F. Kennedy
"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
"Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation." — Henry Kissinger
"I have seen war. I have seen war on land and sea. I have seen blood running from the wounded. I have seen men coughing out their gassed lungs. I have seen the dead in the mud. I have seen cities destroyed...I have seen children starving. I have seen the agony of mothers and wives. I hate war. - Franklin D. Roosevelt
"Secrecy and a free, democratic government don't mix." - Harry S. Truman, from Plain Speaking: An Oral Biography of Harry S. Truman, by Merle Miller (1974, ch. 23)
"Government is not reason. Government is not eloquence. It is force. And, like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master" - George Washington