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(in alphabetical order by author)

Jean-Joseph Rabéarivelo (1901-1937); Madagascar poet

"What? The land of the free?
Whoever told you that is your enemy."
- Rage Against the Machine,
"Know Your Enemy"

"You're young and you got your health; what 'you want with a job?" - Raising Arizona (U.S. film, 1987), made by the Coen brothers

"Well, what do you think [laws] are for? We want them to be broken. There is no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws...Just pass the kinds of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted - and you create a nation of law-breakers... that's the game." - Ayn Rand (1905-1982), Atlas Shrugged (1957); Russian-born U.S. writer, playwright, social critic

"The Argument from Intimidation is a confession of intellectual impotence." - Ayn Rand, The Virtue of Selfishness (1964)

"Capitalism and altruism are incompatible; they are philosophical opposites; they cannot co-exist in the same man or in the same society." - Ayn Rand, For the New Intellectual (1961)

"There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil." - Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged (1957)

"One of the most destructive anti-concepts in the history of moral philosophy is the term 'duty.' " - Ayn Rand, Philosophy: Who Needs It? (1982)

"The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum. Whenever evil wins, it is only by default: by the moral failure of those who evade the fact that there can be no compromise on basic principles." - Ayn Rand, Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal (1966)

"As a human being, you have no choice about the fact that you need a philosophy. Your only choice is whether you define your philosophy by a conscious, rational, disciplined process of thought and scrupulously logical deliberation - or let your subconscious accumulate a junk heap of unwarranted conclusions, false generalizations, undefined contradictions, undigested slogans, unidentified wishes, doubts and fears, thrown together by chance, but integrated by your subconscious into a kind of mongrel philosophy and fused into a single, solid weight: self-doubt, like a ball and chain in the place where your mind's wings should have grown." - Ayn Rand, Philosophy: Who Need's It? (1982)

"Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority." - Ayn Rand, The Virtue of Selfishness (1964)

"Since public property is a collectivist fiction, since the public as a whole can neither use nor dispose of its 'property,' that 'property' will always be taken over by some political 'elite,' by a small clique which will then rule the public - a public of literal, dispossessed proletarians." - Ayn Rand

"You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake." - Jeanette Rankin (1880-1973), Jeannette Rankin: First Lady in Congress (1947), by Hannah Josephson; U.S. pacifist, suffragist, activist

"Virsil for an Urchin"
By Zachariah Rapola; South African poet
(in New South African Poetry, edited by Peter Anderson and Kim Cooper)

achoing from farmished
lips stumbles from its
Where flies discreately
consumate their sodomy

You dissects the time -
to hoist flags for the
living dead

Your footsteps walking
this world
are achoed in the
Where innocence is
a curse
apportioned to a select
rancid city by-laws
accost your apparation
to amuse
and pin-stripped brokers

Oh! little brother
in conception you were
a canvass of distortions
moulded too hastily
to withstand pillages
of existance.

Irina Ratushinskaya

George H. Read

"My fellow Americans. I am pleased to tell you I just signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever. The bombing begins in five minutes." - Prez Ronald Reagan, during a microphone test (1984)

"We've become a race of Peeping Toms. What people ought to do is get outside their own house and look in for a change." - Rear Window (U.S. film, 1954), directed by Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980, U.K.)

"Our destiny is to arrive at that state of ideal perfection where nations no longer have any need to be under the tutelage of a government or any other nation. It is the absence of government; it is anarchy, the highest expression of order." - Elisče Reclus

"America is gangsterism for the private profit of the few." - Vanessa Redgrave

"In the highflown language
Of moon travelers
Social scientists sort our hurts -
Add their smog-crippled vision -
And rearrange our private pains
Along the Wall Street of current demands;
And my people become the
Cocaine that makes America high:
Become dreams
America sucks through maniacal straws of sleep;
Discounting our lore..."

- Eugene B. Redmond, "Highflown: Love"; African-American poet,
playwright, educator, journalist, activist

"The true thought police are corporate sponsors and a minority of men who control public opinion." - Ishmael Reed (b. 1938), Airing Dirty Laundry (1993); African-American writer

See: "Naming of Parts" (1946), by Henry Reed (1914-1986)

"Lots of people think they are charitable if they give away their old clothes and things they don't want." - Myrtle Reed (1874-1911), Old Rose and Silver (1909); U.S. novelist, essayist, poet

Ron Reed, "Shooting Up in Public: Control Freaks, Pushers, and a Nation of Junkies"

"Class supremacy, male supremacy, white supremacy - it's all the same game. If you're on top of someone, the society tells you that you are better. It gives you access to its privileges and security, and it works both to keep you on top and to keep you thinking that you deserve to be there." - Coletta Reid and Charlotte Bunch, Class and Feminism (1979); U.S. writers, feminists

"One lies to oneself so as to lie more effectively to the other person." - Gerry Reith (1959-1984), "Foreign Policy," Neutron Gun (Neither/Nor Press, 1985); U.S. writer

Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front

Charles Lenox Remond (1810-1873); African-American abolitionist

J. Frank Parnell: Ever been to Utah? Ra-di-a-tion. Yes, indeed. You hear the most outrageous lies about it. Half-baked goggle-box do-gooders telling everybody it's bad for you. Pernicious nonsense! Everybody could stand a hundred chest X-rays a year. They ought to have them, too. When they canceled the project it almost did me in. One day my mind was full to bursting. The next day - nothing. Swept away. But I'll show them. I had a lobotomy in the end.
Otto: Lobotomy? Isn't that for loonies?
Parnell: Not at all. Friend of mine had one. Designer of the neutron bomb. You ever hear of the neutron bomb? Destroys people - leaves buildings standing. Fits in a suitcase. It's so small, no one knows it's there until - BLAMMO! Eyes melt, skin explodes, everybody dead! So immoral, working on the thing can drive you mad. That's what happened to this friend of mine. So he had a lobotomy. Now he's well again.

- Repo Man (U.S. film, 1984), directed by Alex Cox (b. 1954, U.K.)

"Every true American likes to think in terms of thousands and millions. The word 'million' is probably the most pleasure-giving vocable in the language." - Agnes Repplier (1855-1950), Times and Tendencies (1931); U.S. essayist, biographer, poet, historian, social critic

"All politics are based on the indifference of the majority." - James Barrett Reston (1909-1995); Scottish-born U.S. journalist; received two Pulitzer Prizes for reporting (1945, 1957)

"As the soul of the nation, the nation's capital should reflect the breadth of the society's achievements. But coming to Washington is turning into a martial experience: a contemplation of wars won, lost and stalemated...It is as if America recognizes only one type of hero. What happened to the American hero as scientist? As religious leader? As artist or musician? Shouldn't a memorial to the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. take precedence over black Revolutionary War veterans on the mall?" - James Reston, Jr., "The Monument Glut," The New York Times Magazine (September 10, 1995); author

"...The concrete citadels of the world's crumbing Empires...a grim, paranoid, slave to the countless legal, economic or 'moral' Authorities...insecure Wizards of Oz hiding behind the frightening masks of God, State or Corporation." - Reverend Michael

Howard Rheingold, "Pirate Radio or Community Communications?"

"There is no way of keeping profits up but by keeping wages down." - David Ricardo

"If you are trying to transform a brutalized society into one where people can live in dignity and hope, you begin with the empowering of the most powerless. You build from the ground up." - Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), " 'Going There' and Being Here," Blood, Bread, and Poetry (1986); U.S. poet, educator, activist

"Both class and race survived education, and neither should. What is education then? If it doesn't help a human being to recognize that humanity is humanity, what is it for? So you can make a bigger salary than other people?" - Beah Richards (b. 1926), in Brian Lanker, I Dream a World (1989); U.S. actress, poet, playwright

"Race, what is that? Race is a competition, somebody winning and somebody losing...Blood doesn't run in races! Come on!" - Beah Richards, (ibid)

Howard Richards

"I don't have a problem with drugs. I have a problem with cops." - Keith Richards, British musician (guitarist, the Rolling Stones)

"If you're going to sin, sin against God, not the bureaucracy. God will forgive you, but the bureaucracy won't." - Hyman G. Rickover

"Democrats and Republicans alike beseech the faithful to place their trust in the high-tech future - to journey with them into cyberspace and become pioneers on the new electronic frontier. Their enthusiasm for technological marvels has an almost camp ring to it. If you didn't know better, you might suspect Mickey and Pluto were taking you on a guided tour through the Epcot Center." - Jeremy Rifkin, "Vanishing Jobs" (Mother Jones)

Thomas A. Riley, "New England Anarchism in Germany" (New England Quarterly, Volume XVIII, March 1945)

"...You have to pass an exam, and the jobs that you get are either to shine shoes, or to herd cows, or to tend pigs. Thank God, I don't want any of that! Damn it! And besides that they smack you for a reward; they call you an animal, and it's not true, a little kid, etc...Oh! Damn Damn Damn Damn Damn!" - French poet Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891), at the age of ten (1864)

"The poet makes himself a seer, by long, prodigious and rational disordering of the senses. Every form of love, of suffering, of madness; he searches himself, he consumes all the poisons in him and keeps only their quintessence. This is an unspeakable torture during which he needs all his faith and the superhuman strength and during which he becomes the great patient, the great criminal, the great accursed - and the great learned one among men. For he drives at the unknown! Because he has cultivated his own soul - which was rich to begin with - more than any other man! He reaches the unknown and even if, crazed, he ends up by losing the understanding of his visions, at least he has seen them! Let him die charging through these unutterable, unnameable things: other horrible workers will come: they will begin from the horizons where he has succumbed!...The poet really is the thief of fire...[and] eternal art will have its function, since poets are citizens. Poetry will no longer rhyme with action; it will be ahead of it." - Arthur Rimbaud

Arthur Rimbaud, A Season In Hell

Arthur Rimbaud, Illuminations

Arthur Rimbaud, "The Drunken Boat"

by Arthur Rimbaud

"The flag goes with the foul landscape, and our jargon muffles the drum.

"In the great centers we'll nurture the most cynical prostitution. We'll
massacre logical revolts.

"In spicy and drenched lands!-- at the service of the most monstrous
exploitations, industrial or military.

"Farewell here, no metter where. Conscripts of good will, ours will be a
ferocious philosophy; ignorant as to science, rabid for comfort; and let
the rest of the world croak. This is the real advance. Marching orders,
let's go!"

"Peace is not a passive but an active condition, not a negation but an affirmation. It is a gesture as strong as war." - Mary Roberts Rinehart (1876-1958), 1918 [in Julia Edwards' Women of the World: The Great Foreign Correspondents (1988)]; U.S. novelist, playwright, journalist, suffragist

Please see: "Detroit Industry: North Wall" and "South Wall" (1932-1933), by Diego Rivera (1886-1957); Mexican artist

"I've never been a Clinton supporter. Never appeared at anything for him, never went to the White House--have been invited, turned it down. My film Bob Roberts is about the subversion of a culture for one's own gain. Both parties are guilty of that. But Clinton, as time goes on, is becoming closer to Bob Roberts than Bush ever was." - Tim Robbins, "On Movies, Money and Politics," The Nation Magazine (April 5, 1999); U.S. actor, filmmaker

Q: What issues is the press ignoring, in your view?
Robbins: The recent civilian casualties in Iraq. I remember being adamantly opposed to the Gulf War. And you talk about the Hollywood left, where the hell were they? The same people who will be absolutely crazy about animals being sacrificed in the name of medical research will not raise a voice about human beings who are killed in the name of oil. That's an uncomfortable issue for people. We've all turned our eyes away for whatever reason, religious or political. And refugee issues--the people who are in jails in the United States for wanting political asylum here, for trying to cross into the United States illegally and because their skin happens to be a darker hue. I think we have a really racist immigration policy that we don't think twice about. In New York City there is finally some attention being paid to this overly enthusiastic police state that's happening here--the erosion of civil liberties in the name of fighting crime." - Tim Robbins, ibid.

"The real question for the future, as far as our participation in the world goes, is ultimately using the Third World as our labor force, and how complicit we are in that. I think that's a very uncomfortable area for all of us, which we have to come to terms with in the coming years." - Tim Robbins, ibid.

"Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business." - Tom Robbins

"The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians." - Pat Robertson (Washington Post, August 23, 1993), right-wing media tycoon and presidential wanna-be

"The termites are in charge now, and that is not the way it ought to be, and the time has arrived for a godly fumigation." - Pat Robertson (New York Magazine, August 18, 1986)

"You say you're supposed to be nice to the Episcopalians and the Presbyterians and the Methodists and this, that, and the other thing. Nonsense. I don't have to be nice to the spirit of the Antichrist. I can love the people who hold false opinions but I don't have to be nice to them." - Pat Robertson, The 700 Club (January 14, 1991)

"If Christian people work together, they can succeed during this decade in winning back control of the institutions that have been taken from them over the past 70 years. Expect confrontations that will be not only unpleasant but at times physically bloody." - Pat Robertson (Pat Robertson's Perspective, Oct./Nov. 1992)

"Listen to me, you snake-headed freak," he shouted..."You've been a loser from the very beginning. Jesus Christ is the winner, and I'm on His team. And for the record, I have eighteen Poseidon missiles aimed at the heart of Babylon at this minute..." - excerpts from Pat Robertson's novel The End of the Age (1995). [American writer Mike Davis's description of the book: "Righteous Texas Protestants battling Satan (now President of the United States) and his minions (a billion Indians, Pakistanis, Persians, and Arabs) in a wide-screen version of the Book of Revelations." ("Dark Raptures: A Consumers' Guide to the Destruction of Los Angeles")]

"The disseminators and supporters of racial discrimination and antagonism are to the Negro, and are in fact, first cousins if not brothers of the Nazis. They speak the same language of the 'Master Race' and practice, or attempt to practice, the same tyranny over minority peoples." - Paul Robeson, "American Negroes in the War" [New York Herald Tribune, November 21, 1943 (in Communism In America: A History in Documents, edited by Albert Fried, 1997)]; African-American singer, actor

"Anyway that's a large part of what economics is - people arbitrarily, or as a matter of taste, assigning numerical values to non-numerical things. And then pretending that they haven't just made the numbers up, which they have. Economics is like astrology in that sense, except that economics serves to justify the current power structure, and so it has a lot of fervent believers among the powerful." - Kim Stanley Robinson

John Beverley Robinson, "Egoism (Reedy's Mirror, 1915)

"In the NATO bombing of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, large numbers of civilians have been incontestably killed, civilian installations targeted on the basis that they are or could be of military application, and NATO remains the sole judge of what is or is not acceptable to bomb." - Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland, head of the United Nations Human Rights Commission

Patricia Murphy Robinson, "A Historical and Critical Essay for Black Women of the Cities" [from No More Fun and Games: A Journal of Female Liberation, Cambridge, Mass: Cell 16. vol.1, no. 3 (Nov 1969)]

Patricia Murphy Robinson, "Poor Black Women" (Boston: New England Free Press, n.d.)

Rev. William H. Robinson (1848-?), From Log Cabin to the Pulpit: or Fifteen Years in Slavery (1913)

"Let me make something clear to you. He doesn't have a name. He has a program. He's product." - Robocop (U.S. film, 1987), directed by Paul Verhoeven (b. 1938, The Netherlands)

Kathi Roche, "The Secretary: Capitalism's House Nigger" (Pittsburgh: Know, Inc., nd.)

"Power operates only destructively, bent always on forcing every manifestation of life into the straitjacket of its laws. Its intellectual form of expression is dead dogma, its physical form brute force. And this unintelligence of its objectives sets its stamp on its supporters also and renders them stupid and brutal, even when they were originally endowed with the best of talents. One who is constantly striving to force everything into a mechanical order at last becomes a machine himself and loses all human feeling." - Rudolph Rocker, Anarchosyndicalism (1938)

"The ever growing power of a soulless political bureaucracy which supervises and safeguards the life of man from the cradle to the grave is putting ever greater obstacles in the way of the solidaric co-operation of human beings and crushing out every possibility of new development." - Rudolph Rocker, Anarchosyndicalism (1938)

"Americans like to talk about the importance of family values. But America isn't a country of family values; Mexico is a country of family values. This is a country of people who leave home." - Robert Rodriguez, "Crossing Borders" (The Sun Magazine, August 1997); Mexican-American writer, editor

"The Geranium"
by Theodore Roethke
(1908-1963, U.S.)

When I put her out, once, by the garbage pail,
She looked so limp and bedraggled,
So foolish and trusting, like a sick poodle,
Or a wizened aster in late September,
I brought her back in again
For a new routine--
Vitamins, water, and whatever
Sustenance seemed sensible
At the time: she'd lived
So long on gin, bobbie pins, half-smoked cigars, dead beer,
Her shriveled petals falling
On the faded carpet, the stale
Steak grease stuck to her fuzzy leaves.
(Dried-out, she creaked like a tulip.)

The things she endured!--
The dumb dames shrieking half the night
Or the two of us, alone, both seedy,
Me breathing booze at her,
She leaning out of her pot toward the window.

Near the end, she seemed almost to hear me--
And that was scary--
So when that snuffling cretin of a maid
Threw her, pot and all, into the trash-can,
I said nothing.

But I sacked the presumptuous hag the next week,
I was that lonely.

"You can't say civilizations don't advance...in every war they kill you in a new way." - Will Rogers (1879-1935)

"I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts." - Will Rogers

"There's no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you." - Will Rogers

"O Liberty! O Liberty! How many crimes are committed in thy name!" - Marie-Jeanne Roland, on her way to the guillotine (1793) [in Alphonse de Lamartine, Histoire des Girondins (1847)]; French political leader

"I beseech you, I beg you, I order you, in the name of God - stop the repression." - Archbishop of San Salvador Oscar Romero, the day before his execution by U.S.-sponsored death squads

"A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad." - Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), American president

"The good Americans usually die young on the battlefield, don't they?" - Rope (U.S. film, 1948), directed by Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980, U.K.)

Moses Roper (1815-?), A Narrative of the Adventures and Escape of Moses Roper, from American Slavery (1838)

Moses Roper, "Speeches and Correspondence of Moses Roper"

The United States: "a country that generally examines capitalism — which is, after all, a working philosophy affecting people’s values, behavior, and sexuality — less closely than it does the social and physical ramifications of smoking." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, "Wonders of the Reel World: The Ten Best Films of 1997" (The Chicago Reader On Film); film critic

"The principal pleasure of the Cannes [film] festival [Cannes, France] for me was a two-week vacation from the 'fun' of American movies. Maybe this fun--which points to our inability to grow up emotionally--would seem less oppressive if it didn't also inform the American experience of news, politics, fast food, sports, economics, education, religion, and leisure in general; this kind of fun is less an escape than an enforced activity, a veritable civic duty." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, "Are We Having Fun Yet?" (6/07/96)

"Whenever Ayn Rand's name comes up, I have an impulse to scoff..." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, "Inside Pitches" (The Chicago Reader)

On his film The Truce (1996, Italy-France): "It is the odyssey of a group of people who have just survived the unspeakable Nazi attempt to systematically exterminate Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals, political dissidents, cripples, and whomever else they considered detrimental to maintaining the purity and superiority of the 'Aryan race'." - Francesco Rosi (b. 1922), Italian film director

"The single most impressive fact about the attempt by American women to obtain the right to vote is how long it took." - Alice Rossi (b. 1922), The Feminist Papers (1973); U.S. sociologist, educator, editor

Philip Roth (b. 1933), Portnoy's Complaint (1969); U.S. novelist

Please see: "The Sleeping Gypsy" (1897), by Henri Rousseau (1844-1910); French painter

"When I see multitudes of entirely naked savages scorn European voluptuousness and endure hunger, fire, the sword and death to preserve only their independence, I feel that it does not behoove slaves to reason about freedom." - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

"Man was born free, and everywhere he is in chains." - Jean-Jacques Rousseau, "The Social Contract" (1763)

"Firmly convinced as I am that nothing on this earth is worth purchase at the price of human blood, and that there is no more liberty anywhere than in the heart of the just man, I feel, however, that it is natural for people of courage, who were born free, to prefer an honorable death to dull servitude." - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

"Where are there laws, and where are they respected? Everywhere you have seen only individual interest and men's passions reigning under this name. But the eternal laws of nature and order do exist. For the wise man, they take the place of positive law. They are written in the depth of his heart by conscience and reason. It is to these that he ought to enslave himself in order to be free. The only slave is the man who does evil, for he always does it in spite of himself. Freedom is found in no form of government; it is in the heart of the free man. He takes it with him everywhere. The vile man takes his servitude everywhere." - Rousseau

"Hence arose national wars, battles, murders, and reprisals, which shock nature and outrage reason; together with all those horrible prejudices which class among the virtues the honor of shedding human blood. The most distinguished men hence learned to consider cutting each other's throats a duty; at length men massacred their fellow-creatures by thousands without so much as knowing why, and committed more murders in a single town, than were committed in the state of nature during whole ages over the whole earth." - Jean-Jacques Rousseau, "The Origin of Inequality" (1755)

See: "Goblin Market" by Christina Rossetti (1830-1894); English poet

"Power in the hands of particular groups and classes serves like a prism to reflect reality through their own perspective." - Shelia Rowbotham (b. 1943), Woman's Consciousness, Man's World (1973); English historian, socialist

"The dollar sign is the only sign in which the modern man appears to have any real faith." - Helen Rowland (1876-1950), Reflections of a Bachelor Girl (1909); U.S. writer, humorist, journalist

"" - Arundhati Roy, "The End of Imagination," The Nation

Otto Ruhle

by Jalaluddin Rumi
(1207-1273, Persia)

Don't let your throat tighten
with fear. Take sips of breath
all day and night. Before death
closes your mouth.

There's no love in me without your being,
no breath without that. I once thought

I could give up this longing, then thought again,
But I couldn't continue being human.

"The trouble with the English is that their history happened overseas, so they don't know what it means" - Salman Rushdie (b. 1947), The Satanic Verses; Indian writer, essayist

"A language reveals the attitiudes of the people who use and shape it. And a whole declension of patronizing terminology can be found in the language in which inner-racial relations have been decribed inside Britain. At first, we were told, the goal was 'integration'. Now this word rapidly came to mean 'assimilation': a black man could only become integrated when he started behaving like a white one. After 'integration' came the concept of 'racial harmony'. Now once again, this sounded virtuous and desirable, but what it meant in practice was that blacks should be persuaded to live peaceably with whites, in spite of all the injustices done to them every day. The call for 'racial harmony' was simply an invitation to shut up and smile while nothing was done about our grievances. And now, there's a new catchword: 'multiculturalism'. In our schools, this means little more than teaching the kids a few bongo rhythms, how to tie a sari and so forth. In the police training programme, it means telling cadets that black people are so 'culturally different' that they can't help making trouble. Multiculturalism is the latest token gestures towards Britain's blacks, and it ought to be exposed, like 'integration' and 'racial harmony', for the sham it is." - Salman Rushdie, "The New Empire Within Britain"

"I am not impressed by external devices for the preservation of virtue in men or women. Marriage laws, the police, armies and navies are the mark of human incompetence." - Countess Dora Winifred Black Russell (1894-1986), The Right to Be Happy (1927); English writer, activist

"Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons." - Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), Brisish philosopher, mathematician, political activist, Nobel laureate

"Nothing in America is so painful...as the lack of joy. Pleasure is frantic and bacchanalian, a matter of momentary oblivion, not of delighted self-expression. Men whose grandfathers danced to the music of pipes in Balkan or Polish villages sit throughout the day glued to their desks, amid typewriters and telephones, serious, important and worthless. Escaping in the evening to a drink and a new kind of noise, they imagine that they are finding happiness, whereas they are finding only a frenzied and incomplete oblivion of the hopeless routine of money that needs money, using for the purpose the bodies of human beings whose souls have been sold into slavery." - Bertrand Russell

"The first thing to realize - though it is difficult in a commercial age - is that what is best in creative mental activity cannot be produced by any system of monetary rewards...Recognition, even if it takes the form of money, can bring a certain pleasure in old age to the man of science who has battled all his life against prejudice or to the artist who has endured years of ridicule for not painting in the manner of his predecessors; but it is not by the remote hope of such pleasures that their work has been inspired. All the more important work springs from an uncalculating impulse and is best promoted, not by rewards after the event, but by circumstances which keep the impulsive alive and afford scope for the activities which it inspires." - Bertrand Russell, "Science and Art Under Socialism," Proposed Roads to Freedom (1919)

"It is impossible to imagine a more dramatic and horrifying combination of scientific triumph with political and moral failure than has been shown to the world in the destruction of Hiroshima." - Bertrand Russell

"The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed, in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible." - Bertrand Russell, "Marriage and Morals"

"In former times, it was thought that bread is baked in order to be eaten; nowadays we think that it is eaten in order to be baked." - Bertrand Russell, "On Sales Resistance" (June 22, 1932)

"All who are not lunatics are agreed about certain things. That it is better to be alive than dead, better to be adequately fed than starved, better to be free than a slave. Many people desire those things only for themselves and their friends; they are quite content that their enemies should suffer. These people can be refuted by science: Humankind has become so much one family that we cannot insure our own prosperity except by insuring that of everyone else. If you wish to be happy yourself, you must resign yourself to seeing others also happy." - Bertrand Russell

"I want to say, in all seriousness, that a great deal of harm is being done in the modern world by belief in the virtuousness of work, and that the road to happiness and prosperity lies in an organized diminution of work." - Bertrand Russell, "In Praise of Idleness" (London: Allen & Unwin, 1935)

"Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth - more than ruin - more than even death...Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit..." - Bertrand Russell

"The United States must be compelled to get out of Vietnam immediately and without coditions." - Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Russell, The Problems of Philosophy

Bertrand Russell, Icarus: or, The Future of Science (1924)

Bertrand Russell, "A Free Man's Worship"

"Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate." - Bertrand Russell

Read: "Letter to the London Nation" (August 15, 1914), by Bertrand Bussell

Valerie Russell (1941-1997), "Racism and Sexism - A Collective Struggle: A Minority Woman's Point of View" (Pittsburgh: Know, Inc., nd., 197?); African-American civil rights activist, educator

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