When a thinking man hears a thing, he thinks on it.  Sometimes he comes up with a way of saying something that is direct and to the point.  We call them quotes.  A quote is but a thought.  A thought can be an action.  A quote is but a thought, and you should think about each one, and come to your own   conclusions.

    Below are a number of quotes.  I was inspired to this by Maurice McCrackin.  Mr. McCrakin lived in Cincinnati, Ohio when I met him. He was a good man, who lived a hard life. He constantly challenged the authorities for the injustices he saw. He was jailed many times in his life for demonstrations and other activities. He was even tossed in jail while he was approaching 80. This page is dedicated to him.

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All that is essential for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing.
Edmund Burke


Liberty is the right to choose. Freedom is the result of the right choice.

If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more it will lose that too.
Somerset Maugham

If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet renounce controversy, are people who want crops without plowing the ground.
Frederick Douglas

It is easy to take liberty for granted when you have never had it taken from you.
M. Grundler

I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it.

They have exiled me now from their society and I am pleased, because humanity does not exile except the one whose noble spirit rebels against despotism and oppression.  He who does not prefer exile to slavery is not free by any measure of freedom, truth and duty.
Kahil Gibran, Spirits Rebellious

Beyond a critical point within a finite space, freedom diminishes as numbers increase. ...The human question is not how many can possibly survive within the system, but what kind of existence is possible for those who do survive.
Frank Herbert, Dune

The First Amendment is often inconvenient. But that is besides the point. Inconvenience does not absolve the government of its obligation to tolerate speech.
Justice Anthony Kennedy

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Benjamin Franklin

He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.
Thomas Paine

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

No nation ancient or modern ever lost the liberty of freely speaking, writing, or publishing their sentiments, but forthwith lost their liberty in general and became slaves.
John Peter Zenger

Free people, remember this maxim: We may acquire liberty, but it is never recovered if it is once lost.

Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains.

A library is an arsenal of freedom


Self respect comes to us when we are alone, in quiet moments, in quiet places, when we suddenly realize that knowing the good, we have done it; knowing the beautiful, we have served it; knowing the truth, we have spoken it.
Alfred Griswold

If we don't stand up for something, there is a danger we will fall for anything. We can't do right in one department of our lives while we are occupied in doing wrong in any other department. Life is one indivisible whole.

The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.
Socrates (470-399 BC)


The question at issue is justice, sir, and justice takes precedence over mere law.   Parliaments make laws, repeal laws. Justice cannot be repealed.
Judge William Oliphant

It is often easier to become outraged by injustice half a world away, than by the oppression and discrimination a half a block from home.
Carl Rowan

If you are neutral in a situation of injustice, you have chosen the side of the
oppressor. If an elephant has his foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say you are
neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality. Desmond Tutu

It is more important to society that innocence should be protected than it is that guilt should be punished.
John Adams


A little learning is a dangerous thing, but a lot of ignorance is just as bad.
Bob Edwards

The best inheritance a parent can give to his children is a few minutes of their time each day.
M. Grundler

Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure.
William Saroyan

Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, None but ourselves can free our minds.
Bob Marley

If everybody's thinking alike, somebody isn't thinking.

Beware the man of one book.
St. Thomas Aquinas

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
George Santayana

Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.
Samuel Johnson

A library is an arsenal of freedom


There is no such thing as an innocent bystander. If we are bystanders we are not innocent.
Maurice McCrackin.

Mistrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.

One person, with a belief, is a social power equal to ninety-nine who have only interests.
John Stuart Mill

Some minds are like concrete, all mixed and permanently set. The mind is like a parachute; it won't work unless it is open.

When Hitler came after the Jews, I was not a Jew, and I did not say anything.  When Hitler came after the Roman Catholics, I was not a Roman Catholic, and I did not say anything. When Hitler came after the trade unionists, I was not a trade unionist, and I did not say anything. When Hitler came after me, there was no one left to say anything.
Martin Niemoller after eight years in a concentration camp.

The church has a high blood pressure of creeds and an anemia of deeds
Martin Luther King, Jr.

I long to accomplish the great and noble task, but it is my duty to accomplish humble tasks as if they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not by the shoves of it's heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.
Helen Keller

I would rather be called a criminal by my government than a traitor by my
John Braxton

We should measure the prosperity of a nation not by the numbers of it's millionaire, but by the absence of poverty.
W.E.B. DuBois

We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity, belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, then we begin to use it with love and respect.
Aldo Leopold

It is easy enough to tell the poor to accept their poverty as God's will when you yourself have warm clothes and plenty of food and medical care and a roof over your head and no worry about the rent. But if you want them to believe you-try to share some of their poverty and see if you can accept it as god's will yourself.
Thomas Merton

We can't live in the past.  There's no future in it  But we must learn from the past or we have no future.

In my day, we didn't have self-esteem, we had self-respect, and no more of it than we had earned.
Jane Haddam

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
George Bernard Shaw

Ethics is not definable, is not implementable, because it is not conscious; it involves not only our thinking, but also our feeling.
Valdemar W. Setzer

To gain that which is worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else.
Bernadette Devlil

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.
Salvor Hardin

Hatred is toxic waste in the river of life.

The best way to succeed in life is to act on the advice we give to others.

Mi taku oyasin. (We are all related.)
Lakota belief

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction.
E. F. Schumacher

There is no They, Only Us.

Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Indian.
Robert Orben

The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations.
David Friedman

Intolerance of ambiguity is the mark of an authoritarian personality.
Theodor W. Adorno

Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it.
Marian Anderson

Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.
Chief Seattle

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