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Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.

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The deterioration of every government begins with the decay of the principles on which it was founded.


Non-violence is not inaction. It is not discussion. It is not for the timid or weak... Non-violence is hard work.

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My theory is, strong people don't need strong leaders.

What a cruel thing is war: to separate and destroy families and friends, and mar the purest joys and happiness God has granted us in this world; to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors, and to devastate the fair face of this beautiful world.

The Government's power to censor the press was abolished so that the press would remain forever free to censure the Government. The press was protected so that it could bare the secrets of government and inform the people. Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government.


War Is A Racket : I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time.

Now I am sure of it. Like all members of the military profession I never had an original thought until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of the higher- ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service

Preventive war is like committing suicide out of fear of death.

The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion […] but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact; non-Westerners never do.

We have one of our priests in prison right now, Steve Kelly, for his antiwar actions, and three of us in the community are forbidden to visit him because we're all convicted felons.

People who are anxious to bring on war don't know what they are bargaining for;

they don't see all the horrors that must accompany such an event.


Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule—and both commonly succeed, and are right.

The industrial way of life leads to the industrial way of death.

From Shiloh to Dachau, from Antietam to Stalingrad, from Hiroshima to Vietnam and Afghanistan, the great specialty of industry and technology has been the mass production of human corpses.

Governments constantly choose between telling lies and fighting wars, with the end result always being the same. One will always lead to the other.

War: a massacre of people who don't know each other for the profit of people who know each other but don't massacre each other.

The greatest menace to freedom is an inert people.


The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media.

It is painful enough to discover with what unconcern they speak of war and threaten it. They do not know its horrors. I have seen enough of it to make me look upon it as the sum of all evils.

Killing a man in defense of an idea is not defending an idea; it is killing a man.

All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities.

No war by any nation in any age has ever been declared by the people.


Freedom is not nurtured by nations preparing for war.

We have all taken risks in the making of war.

Isn't it time that we should take risks to secure peace?

Was not war itself a crime against God and humanity, and therefore, were not all those who sanctioned, engineered and conducted wars, war criminals?

Every nation has its war party. It is not the party of democracy. It is the party of autocracy. It seeks to dominate absolutely.

The power to declare war, including the power of judging the causes of war, is fully and exclusively vested in the legislature.


Violence as a way of gaining power... is being camouflaged under the guise of tradition, national honor [and] national security.

One can...never create [freedom] by an invading force.

Colorful demonstrations and weekend marches are vital but alone are not powerful enough to stop wars. Wars will be stopped only when soldiers refuse to fight, when workers refuse to load weapons onto ships and aircraft, when people boycott the economic outposts of Empire that are strung across the globe.

Any soldier worth his salt should be antiwar. And still there are things worth fighting for.

I think a curse should rest on me - because I love this war.

I know it's smashing and shattering the lives of thousands every moment - and yet - I can't help it - I enjoy every second of it.


Youth is the first victim of war; the first fruit of peace.It takes 20 years or more of peace to make a man; it takes only 20 seconds of war to destroy him.

Those who suppress freedom always do so in the name of law and order.

American strategists have calculated the proportion of civilians killed in this century's major wars. In the First World War, 5 percent of those killed were civilians, in the Second World War 48 percent, while in a Third World War 90-95 percent would be civilians.

Often war is waged only in order to show valor;

thus an inner dignity is ascribed to war itself, and even some philosophers have praised it as an ennoblement of humanity, forgetting the pronouncement of the Greek who said, 'War is an evil in as much as it produces more wicked men than it takes away.'