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[Quote No.56826] Need Area: Friends > General
"It is a good thing to demand liberty for ourselves and those who agree with us; it is a better and rarer thing to give it to others who do not agree with us [so long as they don’t physically hurt anyone else]." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

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[Quote No.56835] Need Area: Friends > General
"[All politicians and 'freedom-fighters' need to remember...] He who would fight monsters [like war-mongers and tyrants] must take care not to become one. " - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

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[Quote No.56846] Need Area: Friends > General
"Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves." - Ronald Reagan
‘The New York Times’, April 13, 1980.
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[Quote No.56853] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Every country, public servant and individual citizen must decide where ultimate power lies in a conflict between National 'security' and 'legitimate' power: force versus informed choice: military 'might' versus political numbers:] For example, would the general military staff [representing force] allow a prime minister or political party – democratically elected [representing majority choice of hopefully well informed citizens] - to in their view jeopardise the security of the country or would they use whatever means possible, fair [resignation and persuasion] or foul [strike, mutiny or coup d'etat] to prevent that?" - Anonymous

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[Quote No.56862] Need Area: Friends > General
"Hell is where no one has anything in common with anybody else except the fact that they all hate one another and cannot get away from one another and from themselves. " - Thomas Merton

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[Quote No.56871] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Individualism, which is without force or fraud:] There can be no assumption that today's majority is 'right' and the Amish or others like them are 'wrong.' A way of life that is odd or even erratic but interferes with no right or interests of others is not to be condemned because it is different." - Justice Warren E. Burger
(1907-1995) Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1969-1986). Source: Wisconsin v. Yoder, 15 May 1972.
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[Quote No.56873] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Democracy - 'one person, one vote' - does not ensure fair elections, for example the media can be manipulated and so can the options available to vote for:] I don't care who does the electing, so long as I get to do the nominating." - William Marcy Tweed
(1823-1878) American politician, 'Boss Tweed' was convicted for stealing millions of dollars from New York City, died in jail. Tweed was head of Tammany Hall, the Democratic Party political machine that played a major role in the politics of 19th century New York.
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[Quote No.56875] Need Area: Friends > General
"...the American Constitution is, so far as I can see, the most wonderful work ever struck off at a given time by the brain and purpose of man." - W.E. Gladstone

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[Quote No.56877] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Political and military control over natural resources and other commercial and economic interests have been some of the key determinants of military alliances, foreign policy and decisions regarding wars, once an economy can support the expense. For example, the following article:] China Retools Its Military With a First Overseas Outpost in Djibouti: China announced on Thursday that it would establish its first overseas military outpost and unveiled a sweeping plan to reorganize its military into a more agile force capable of projecting power abroad. The outpost, in the East African nation of Djibouti, breaks with Beijing’s longstanding policy against emulating the United States in building military facilities abroad. The Foreign Ministry refrained from describing the new installation as a military base, saying it would be used to resupply Chinese Navy ships that have been participating in United Nations antipiracy missions. Yet by establishing an outpost in the Horn of Africa - more than 4,800 miles away from Beijing and near some of the world’s most volatile regions - President Xi Jinping is leading the military beyond its historical focus on protecting the nation’s borders. Together with the plan for new command systems to integrate and rebalance the armed forces, the two announcements highlight the breadth of change that Mr. Xi is pushing on the People’s Liberation Army, which for decades has served primarily as a lumbering guardian of Communist Party rule. Mr. Xi told senior military officers this week that he wanted to ‘build a robust national defense and a strong military that corresponds to our country’s international stature, and is adapted to our national security and developmental interests,’ the Xinhua news agency reported. A presence in Djibouti would be China’s first overseas logistics facility to service its military vessels since the Communists took power, said David Finkelstein, director of China studies at CNA, an independent research institute in Arlington, Va. ‘In the grand sweep of post-1949 Chinese history, this announcement is yet another indicator that Chinese policy is trying to catch up with national interests that have expanded faster than the capacity of the People’s Republic of China to service them,’ Mr. Finkelstein said. The new facility would enable the navy to live up to a strategy laid down this year by the Communist Party in a major defense document, known as a white paper, that outlined its ambitions to become a global maritime power. The United States maintains its only military base on the African continent in Djibouti, which it uses as a staging ground for counterterrorism operations in Africa and the Middle East. Last year, President Obama renewed the lease on that base for 20 more years. China has invested heavily in Djibouti’s infrastructure, including hundreds of millions of dollars spent upgrading the country’s undersize port. It has also financed a railroad extending from Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, to Djibouti, a project that cost billions of dollars. The country has a population of about 900,000, many of whom live in poverty. Strategically, Djibouti offers an excellent place from which to protect oil imports from the Middle East that traverse the Indian Ocean on their way to China, military experts say. From Djibouti, China gains greater access to the Arabian Peninsula. The news on Thursday of broad changes to the Chinese military signaled a major step forward in Mr. Xi’s program to shift its focus from traditional land armies to a more flexible, cohesive set of forces. China’s military planning and spending have increasingly focused on territorial disputes in the South China Sea and in waters near Japan. Mr. Xi told a gathering of more than 200 senior military officers that the planned changes would take years and were essential to ensuring that the People’s Liberation Army could shoulder its increasingly complex and broad responsibilities, the official Xinhua news agency said Thursday. But until now, efforts to revamp the way the military is run have stumbled because of the entrenched power of land forces that have dominated seven military regions, as well as the sheer complexity of reorganizing a force of over two million. Enactment of the military reforms would be a political victory for Mr. Xi, who since coming to power in November 2012 has enforced an intense campaign against corruption that took down dozens of senior military officers. They have included two former vice chairmen of the Central Military Commission, Gens. Guo Boxiong and Xu Caihou. That military graft was lubricated by rapidly rising defense budgets. In the decade up to 2014, China’s official military budget grew an average of 9.5 percent annually, after taking inflation into account, according to a recent Congressional Research Service study. That budget is set to grow an additional 10 percent this year, reaching about $145 billion. But many foreign analysts say China’s real military spending is higher. Despite Beijing’s traditional rejection of what it calls American imperialism and hegemony, some Chinese experts believe that it is time to reconsider the need for overseas military facilities. Shen Dingli, a professor of international relations at Fudan University in Shanghai, who has argued that China should develop bases commensurate with its growing military power, said on Thursday that in doing so, China would only be doing what America had done. ‘The United States has been expanding its business all around the world and sending its military away to protect those interests for 150 years,’ Mr. Shen said. ‘Now, what the United States has done in the past, China will do again.’ Mr. Shen, who referred to the planned facility in Djibouti as a ‘base,’ said it was necessary because ‘we need to safeguard our own navigational freedom.’ He added, ‘If whoever - pirates, ISIS or the U.S. - wants to shut down the passage, we need to be able to reopen it.’ The head of the United States Africa Command, Gen. David M. Rodriguez, said in Washington last week that China planned ‘to build a base in Djibouti’ and had reached a 10-year agreement with the country’s government to do so. He said the installation would serve as a logistics hub and would enable the Chinese to ‘extend their reach.’ The United States military has praised China’s participation in the international antipiracy operations, which protect vital commercial shipping in a volatile part of the world. But some American military experts, concerned about Beijing’s growing military capacity, have expressed unease about China having a land facility in Djibouti so close to Camp Lemonnier, a major American base where 4,000 service members, including Special Forces, and civilians train and carry out counterterrorism operations. Hong Lei, the Foreign Ministry spokesman, offered few details about the Djibouti facility, but said it would provide Chinese ships with reliable supplies and enable crews to rest. ‘These facilities will help Chinese vessels to better carry out Chinese missions like escort and humanitarian operations,’ he said. Such statements suggest a far more modest facility than the sprawling American base at Camp Lemonnier. Washington announced in 2013 that $1.4 billion would be spent on expanding the base, from which drone operations over Somalia and Yemen are conducted. France also maintains a base in Djibouti, which is a former French colony. Japan, which also participates in the United Nations antipiracy operations, keeps surveillance aircraft and several hundred personnel there." - Jane Perlez and Chris Buckleynov
November 26, 2015. [http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/27/world/asia/china-military-presence-djibouti-africa.html ]
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[Quote No.56881] Need Area: Friends > General
"...wars cost a lot of money, as keeping an army in the field and airplanes in the air is expensive. There is a reason for the military adage 'amateurs talk strategy; professionals talk logistics'." - Louis-Vincent Gave
of Gavekal, which provides global investment research. Quote from their research to their clients sent 27th November, 2015, entitled 'Financing Europe's Soaring Defense Costs'.
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[Quote No.56882] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Foreign policy, political conflict and war:] As the International Court of Justice ruled in the seminal Nicaragua case (1986), any use of force even in alleged self-defense must also fulfill the basic customary international law requirements of (1) necessity and (2) proportionality. ... Necessity and Proportionality are each separate requirements for the use of force in self-defense. From another [International Court of Justice] case, the basic test for 'necessity' is that the necessity of self-defense must be instant, overwhelming, leaving no choice of means and no moment for deliberation." - Francis Boyle
International law expert and Professor of International Law at the University of Illinois, Champaign, USA who was responsible for drafting the Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989.
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[Quote No.56898] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Big, powerful statist government versus small, limited individualist government:] Nip the shoots of arbitrary power in the bud, is the only maxim which can ever preserve the liberties of any people. When the people give way, their deceivers, betrayers, and destroyers press upon them so fast, that there is no resisting afterwards. The nature of the encroachment upon the American constitution is such, as to grow every day more and more encroaching. Like a cancer, it eats faster and faster every hour. The revenue creates pensioners, and the pensioners urge for more revenue. The people grow less steady, spirited, and virtuous, the seekers more numerous and more corrupt, and every day increases the circles of their dependents and expectants, until virtue, integrity, public spirit, simplicity, and frugality, become the objects of ridicule and scorn, and vanity, luxury, foppery, selfishness, meanness, and downright venality swallow up the whole society." - John Adams
(1735-1826) Founding Father, 2nd US President. Source: Novanglus Letters, 1774.
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[Quote No.56902] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Ethics, morality, common human empathy, the Golden Rule of treating others as you and they would like to be treated:] The pain of any human being anywhere in the world causes sorrow for a fellow human being. The sight of a child losing his life in the presence of his loved ones, a mother whose joy for her family turns into mourning, a husband who is rushing the lifeless body of his spouse to some place and the spectator who does not know whether he will be seeing the final scene of life - these are scenes that rouse the emotions and feelings of any human being. Anyone who has benefited from affection and humanity is affected and disturbed by witnessing these scenes - whether it occurs in France or in Palestine or Iraq or Lebanon or Syria." - Sayyid Ali Khamenei
Sayyed Ali Hosseini Khamenei is the second and current Supreme Leader of Iran - Iran's Ayatollah - and a Shiite Muslim cleric. Quote from a statement he made - 8th of Azar, 1394 - 29th of Nov, 2015 - after the terrorist bombings in Paris, 13 November 2015. [http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-11-29/irans-ayatollah-pens-letter-western-youth-you-should-know-terror-has-been-supported- ]
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[Quote No.56905] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Ethics, morality, human empathy and the Golden Rule of treating others as you and they would like to be treated: Imam (peace be upon him) was asked why the Almighty God made it compulsory to fast. He replied...] To make the rich taste hunger and be merciful towards the needy." - Imam Husayn
(626–680), Husayn ibn Ali was the son of Ali ibn Abi Ṭalib (fourth Rashidun Caliph of Sunni Islam, and first Imam of Shia Islam) and Fatimah Zahra (daughter of Muhammad) and the younger brother of Hasan ibn Ali. Quote - Manakib Aal Abi-Talib by Ibn Shahrashoob , Vol. 4 , P. 68. [http://eng.al-shia.org/page.php?id=1623&page=105 ]
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[Quote No.56909] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Self-Defense and Martial Arts:] First keep the peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others." - Thomas a Kempis
(1380-1471)
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[Quote No.56914] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Ethics, morality, reciprocity and the Golden Rule of treating others as you would want to be treated:] That which is good for all and any one, For whomsoever - that is good for me. . . What I hold good for self, I should for all. Only Law Universal is true law." - Zoroaster
also known as Zarathustra or Zartosht, was the prophet of the Zoroastrian religion. It is now thought that he lived in eastern Iran or in central Asia around 1000 BC. The Gathas are hymns held by believers to have been written by Zoroaster.
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[Quote No.56922] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Ethics and morality:] Satisfaction linked with dishonor or with harm to others is a prison for the seeker." - Zoroaster

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[Quote No.56948] Need Area: Friends > General
"Politics, n. Strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles." - Ambrose Bierce
(1842-1914) Humorist
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[Quote No.56949] Need Area: Friends > General
"Political tags -- such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth -- are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire." - Robert A. Heinlein
(1907-1988) American writer. Source: 'The Notebooks of Lazarus Long'.
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[Quote No.56952] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Individual human rights for each person versus democracy's 'tyranny of the majority':] Constitutional rights may not be infringed simply because the majority of the people choose that they be." - Supreme Court of the United States
Source: Westbrook v. Mihaly 2 Cal. 3d 756
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[Quote No.56961] Need Area: Friends > General
"Laws provide against injury from others; but not from ourselves. God himself will not save men against their wills [for their individual freedom to choose their life, so long as it physically harms no-one else or other's property, is sacrosanct]." - Thomas Jefferson
'Notes on Religion', 1776.
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[Quote No.56965] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Individualism and the need for personal freedom:] Everybody is identical in their secret unspoken belief that way deep down they are different from everyone else." - David Foster Wallace
'Infinite Jest'.
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[Quote No.56990] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Be kind because we all know suffering:] Trouble is the common denominator of living. It is the great equalizer." - Soren Kierkegaard

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[Quote No.57004] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Self-Defense and Martial Arts:] False is the idea of utility that sacrifices a thousand real advantages for one imaginary or trifling inconvenience; that would take fire from men because it burns, and water because one may drown in it; that has no remedy for evils except destruction. The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Can it be supposed that those who have the courage to violate the most sacred laws of humanity, the most important of the code, will respect the less important and arbitrary ones, which can be violated with ease and impunity, and which, if strictly obeyed, would put an end to personal liberty... and subject innocent persons to all the vexations that the guilty alone ought to suffer? Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man. They ought to be designated as laws not preventive but fearful of crimes, produced by the tumultuous impression of a few isolated facts, and not by thoughtful consideration of the inconveniences and advantages of a universal decree." - Cesare Beccaria
(1735-1794) [Bonesana, Marchese di] Italian nobleman, criminologist, and penal reformer. Source: 'Dei delitti e delle pene', ['On Crimes and Punishments'] ch.38 (1764). Translation is as quoted by Thomas Jefferson in his _Commonplace Book_, 314 (G. Chinard ed. 1926), which was 'the source book and repertory of Jefferson's ideas on government.' Id. at 4.
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[Quote No.57020] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Self-Defense and Martial Arts - War and conflict:] Bravery is the capacity to perform properly [by focusing exclusively on imagining and doing each tiny step of the desired and planned process, at a time and in sequence, rather than any fear inspired images] even when scared half to death." - Omar Bradley
A senior officer of the United States Army who saw distinguished service in North Africa and Western Europe during World War II, and later became General of the Army.
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[Quote No.57040] Need Area: Friends > General
"Unless a man [or woman] has talents to make something of himself [or herself], freedom is an irksome burden. Of what avail is freedom to choose if the self be ineffectual? [Thus the importance of an education in the life-skills that empower each person to make the most of their human birth-right to political, individual freedom and responsibility!]" - Eric Hoffer
'The True Believer'
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[Quote No.57041] Need Area: Friends > General
"[poem: about fame]

Fame is a bee.
It has a song.
It has a sting.
Ah, too, it has a wing.

" - Emily Dickinson
(1830-1886), poet.
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[Quote No.57043] Need Area: Friends > General
"One of the things that bothers me most is the growing belief in the country [U.S.A.] that security is more important than freedom. It ain't." - Lyn Nofziger
(1924-2006), Franklyn C. Nofziger - American journalist, political consultant, author, Press Secretary for President Reagan.
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[Quote No.57044] Need Area: Friends > General
"Our [U.S.] government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear - kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervour - with the cry of grave national emergency. Always, there has been some terrible evil at home, or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it by furnishing the exorbitant sums demanded. Yet, in retrospect, these disasters seem never to have happened, seem never to have been quite real." - General Douglas MacArthur
(1880-1964) WWII Supreme Allied Commander of the Southwest Pacific, Supreme United Nations Commander 1957. Source: Whan, ed. 'A Soldier Speaks: Public Papers and Speeches of General of the Army Douglas MacArthur,' (1965); Nation, August 17, 1957.
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[Quote No.57053] Need Area: Friends > General
"...government even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one ..." - Thomas Paine
(1737-1809) US Founding father, pamphleteer, author. Source: 'Common Sense', February 14, 1776.
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[Quote No.57076] Need Area: Friends > General
"Access to [political] power must be confined to those who are not in love with it [in order to minimise its use to only when absolutely necessary - for example to stop fraud or force - so that individuals can retain as much freedom as possible to pursue their personal needs, desires and happiness]." - Plato

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[Quote No.57083] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Freedom of Association and Assembly:] The most natural privilege of man, next to the right of acting for himself, is that of combining his exertions with those of his fellow-creatures, and of acting in common with them. The right of association therefore appears to me almost as inalienable in its nature as the right of personal liberty. No legislator can attack it without impairing the foundations of society." - Alexis de Tocqueville
'Democracy in America', 1835. [Refer also http://constitution.findlaw.com/amendment1/annotation12.html ]
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[Quote No.57103] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Morality and ethics as well as freedom of thought, speech, expression and press versus censorship and propaganda:] Tolerance is, however, not only the centrepiece but the paradox of liberalism. For liberalism enjoins tolerance of opposing viewpoints, and allows them to have their say, leaving it to the democracy of ideas to decide which shall prevail. The result is too often the death of toleration itself, because those who live by hard principles and uncompromising views in political, moral and religious respects always, if given half a chance, silence liberals because liberalism, by its nature, threatens the hegemony [lack of diversity from free choice] they wish to impose. To the question, 'Should the tolerant tolerate the intolerant?' the answer should therefore be a resounding 'No.' Tolerance has to protect itself. It can easily do so by saying that anyone can put a point of view, but no one can force another to accept it. The only coercion should be that of argument, the only obligation should be to honest reasoning [- so no force or fraud]. Helen Keller said that 'the highest result of education is tolerance', and she was right; one can be confident that in most cases the unbiased reasonings of an informed mind will come out in favour of what is good and an informed mind will come out in favour of what is good and true. …One can tolerate a belief or a practice without accepting it oneself. What underlies tolerance is the recognition that there is plenty of room in the world for alternatives to coexist, and that if one is offended by what others do, it is because one has let it get under one's skin. We tolerate others best when we know how to tolerate ourselves: learning how to do so is one aim of the civilised life." - A. C. Grayling
(1949 - ), Anthony Clifford Grayling, British philosopher. Quoted in his book, ‘The Meaning of Things - Applying Philosophy to Life’.
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[Quote No.57106] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Morality, ethics, empathy, reciprocity, the Golden Rule of treating others as you'd like to be treated:] Education in these pursuits [literature, history and appreciation of the arts - a so-called 'liberal' education or better yet a 'social' - arts and humanities - education] opens the possibility for us to live more reflectively and knowledgeably, especially about the range of human experience and sentiment, as it exists now and here, and in the past and elsewhere. That, in turn, makes us better understand the interests, needs and desires of others, so that we can treat them with respect and sympathy, however different the choices they make or the experiences that have shaped their lives. When respect and sympathy is returned, rendering it mutual, the result is that the gaps which can prompt friction between people, and even war in the end, come to be bridged or at least tolerated. The latter is enough." - A. C. Grayling
(1949 - ), Anthony Clifford Grayling, British philosopher. Quoted in his book, ‘The Meaning of Things - Applying Philosophy to Life’.
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[Quote No.57109] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Morality, ethics and empathy:] To read is to enter other points of view; it is to be an invisible observer of circumstances which might never be realised in one's own life; it is to meet people and situations exceeding in kind and number the possibilities open to individual experience. As a result, reading not only promotes self-understanding, it equips one with insights into needs, interests and desires that one might never share but which motivate others, in this way enabling one to understand and tolerate, and even to sympathise with other people's concerns. As an extension of how this informs one's behaviour towards others, it is also the basis for civil community and the brotherhood of man." - A. C. Grayling
(1949 - ), Anthony Clifford Grayling, British philosopher. Quoted in his book, ‘The Meaning of Things - Applying Philosophy to Life’.
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[Quote No.57111] Need Area: Friends > General
"All wars and conflicts need a triggering event - real, provoked or fabricated as in black-false flag operation - which is used to 'win the hearts and minds' of citizens that 'self-defense' is required; a 'casus belli', which is a Latin expression meaning 'an act or event that provokes or is used to justify war'. For example, with the United States of America, the casus belli of the Mexican-American War was the Thornton Affair, the Spanish-American War was the USS Maine, World War I was the Lusitania and the Zimmerman telegram, World War II was Pearl Harbor, the Vietnam War was the Gulf of Tonkin, and the invasion of Iraq was the subsequently proven non-existent 'weapons of mass destruction'." - Anonymous

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[Quote No.57112] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Morality, ethics, understanding,empathy and the Golden Rule of treating others as you and they would like to be treated:] Ignorance leads to fear, fear leads to hate, and hate leads to violence. This is the equation." - Averroes (Ibn Rushd)
(1126 – 1198), Averroes is the Latinized form of Ibn Rushd, a medieval Andalusian polymath and Islamic philosopher.
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[Quote No.57155] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Conflicts and wars:] Swords can win territories but not hearts, forces can bend heads but not minds." - Mirza Tahir Ahmad

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[Quote No.57171] Need Area: Friends > General
"I have taken great care not to laugh at human actions, nor to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understand them." - Baruch Spinoza

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[Quote No.57173] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Freedom and individualism:] If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be." - Maya Angelou
(1928 - 2014)
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[Quote No.57191] Need Area: Friends > General
"Fascism should rightly be called Corporatism [or ‘crony capitalism’] as it is a merge of state and corporate power." - Benito Mussolini
(1883-1945), Italian dictator during World War II.
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[Quote No.57215] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Politicians, regardless of nearly any stripe, by nature are power hungry and they will use a crisis to establish and legitimise a policy that would be unacceptable without the emergency:] Every collectivist [statist, authoritarian] revolution rides in on a Trojan horse of 'Emergency.' It was a tactic of Lenin, Hitler, and Mussolini. In the collectivist sweep over a dozen minor countries of Europe, it was the cry of the men striving to get on horseback. And 'Emergency' became the justification of the subsequent steps. This technique of creating emergency is the greatest achievement that demagoguery attains. The invasion of [U.S.] New Deal Collectivism was introduced by this same Trojan Horse." - Herbert Hoover
Quoted in ‘Crisis and Leviathan’.
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[Quote No.57226] Need Area: Friends > General
"[War is about fraud, as in misinformation, and force with the following aims - initially stopping the opponent from attacking you and injuring you, then stopping their ability and desire to rebuild their capacity to attack and defend their positions and then taking control of vital infrastructure and populations. For example:] In the [2015 declassified and released U.S. Strategic Air Command's] SAC Atomic Weapons Requirements Study for 1959, SAC broadly defined the 'Air Power' target: air and missile bases for strategic and tactical forces, defensive and offensive, but also government and military control centers that would direct the air battle and nuclear weapons storage sites, air industry, atomic industry, and petroleum-oil-lubricants (POL) storage areas. Given the expansive definition of Air Power, this suggested that targets in major cities such as Moscow and Leningrad could be subjected to H-bomb attack because both were rich in air power targets. If fighting continued once the air power battle was over, the second phase of the war was to be the 'systematic destruction' of Soviet bloc war-making potential. The 'final blows' in the bombing campaign would strike 'basic industries' - those industries and economic activities which most contributed to war-making capability. Moscow, the number one urban target, had around 180 installations slated for destruction; some were in the air power category, but many involved a variety of industrial activities, including factories producing machine tools, cutting tools, oil extraction equipment, and a most vital medicine: penicillin. Other targets involved significant infrastructural functions: locks and dams, electric power grids, railroad yards, and repair plants for railroad equipment... " - U.S. Strategic Air Command
[http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-12-24/declassified-top-secret-documents-show-us-planned-nuke-moscow-berlin-beijing ]
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[Quote No.57239] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Freedom:] You are the only one who can use your ability. It is an awesome responsibility." - Zig Ziglar

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[Quote No.57242] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Like most beliefs, politics, especially international politics, without wise tolerance and diplomatic, tactful restraint, can become a vicious war of differing philosophies and perspectives with extraordinarily inflammatory language:] ...Russia should not forget the courageous speech that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gave to the UN on September 20, 2006. Standing at the podium, Chavez said that on the previous day George W. Bush stood here, 'Satan himself, speaking as if he owned the world. You can still smell the sulfur.' The purpose of America, Chavez said, is 'to preserve the pattern of domination, exploitation and pillage of the peoples of the world.' Chavez's words were too much truth for US politicians. Nancy Pelosi, the multimillionaire Speaker of the US House of Representatives, said that such a speech was to be expected from an 'everyday thug.' Elsewhere the response was different. Rafael Correa, currently President of Ecuador, said that Chavez had insulted Satan, because although Satan is evil like Washington, he is at least intelligent, and Washington is completely stupid. ..." - Paul Craig Roberts
He is an American economist who has been, among other things, an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy in the Reagan administration. [http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-09-23/paul-craig-roberts-democracy-has-departed-west ]
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[Quote No.57252] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Ethics and morality:] Good character does not consist in the mere ability to store away in the memory a collection of moral aphorisms that runs loosely off the tongue.... [like the 'Golden Rule' to 'treat others as you would like to be treated', to 'live and let live', 'with informed choice' and 'without force or fraud'.] Character to be good must be stable - must have taken root. It is an acquisition of thought and conduct which have become habitual - so firmly fixed in the conscience, and indeed in the body itself, as to insure unhesitating rejection of an impulse to do wrong." - George Sutherland
(1862 – 1942), Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
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[Quote No.57276] Need Area: Friends > General
"[We are all born free:] Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of government. The history of liberty is the history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of the limitation of governmental power, not the increase of it." - Woodrow Wilson
(1856-1924) 28th US President. Speech, 1912.
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[Quote No.57277] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Be wary of people - politicians, bureaucrats, etc - who are hungry for power over others, who want to do more than just ensure individual free choice and stop the use of force and fraud:] Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the [U.S.] Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters." - Daniel Webster
(1782-1852), US Senator.
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[Quote No.57287] Need Area: Friends > General
"Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. Your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are." - John Wooden

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"[Equal birth-right to individual freedom from force or fraud:] ...there is nothing in the world to which every man has a more unassailable title than to his own life and person. " - Arthur Schopenhauer

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