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IMPACT press Quote Archive

In every issue of IMPACT press, we select 2-3 quotes to highlight on the table of contents page. We try to use quotes that sometimes relate to articles in that specific issue. Other times, the quotes are selected based solely on their statement. They are always powerful comments from respected sources. This page archives the quotes printed in each issue of IMPACT press beginning with some of the more recent quotes.

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"We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form."

author and professor William Ralph Inge

"The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it."

author H.L. Mencken

"A pre-emptive war in 'defense' of freedom would surely destroy freedom, because one simply cannot engage in barbarous action without becoming a barbarian, because one cannot defend human values by calculated and unprovoked violence without doing mortal damage to the values one is trying to defend."

J. William Fulbright

"Wanton killing of innocent civilians is terrorism, not a war againt terrorism."

Noam Chomsky

"Academic freedom should protect the right of a professor or student to advocate Marxism, socialism, communism, or any other minority viewpoint–no matter how distasteful to the majority."

Richard Nixon

"Modern man no longer regards Nature as in any sense divine and feels perfectly free to behave toward her as an overweening conqueror and tyrant."

Aldous Huxley

"My language has always been that of liberty and humanity, and I know by experience that nothing so exalts a nation as the union of these two principles, under all circumstances."

Thomas Paine

"Whatsoever is contrary to nature is contrary to reason, and whatsoever is contrary to reason is absurd."

Seventeenth Century philosopher Baruch Spinoza

"The question before the human race is, whether the God of nature shall govern the world by his own laws, or whether priests and kings shall rule it by fictitious miracles."

John Adams

"The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities."

historian Lord John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton

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

H.L. Mencken

"The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights, cannot calim to be defenders of minorities."

Ayn Rand

"Supposedly, that's what we're fighting in Iraq, a religious extreme government that is not letting people live freely. And that's exactly what George Bush seems to want to do here in the United States."

Rosie O'Donnell, referring to the push for a gay marriage amendment

"The short memories of American voters is what keeps our politicians in office."
Will Rogers

"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary."

H.L. Mencken

"What is history but the story of how politicians have squandered the blood and treasure of the human race."
Thomas Sowell

"Marriage has been undermined by divorce, so don't tell me about marriage. Don't blame the gay and lesbian, transgender and transsexual community."

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, Feb. 19, 2004

"What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another."

"The most common way people give up power is by thinking they don't have any."
Alice Walker

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

Aldo Leopold

"New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common."
John Locke

"When the rich make war, it's the poor that die."
Jean-Paul Sartre

"Perhaps the fact that we have seen millions voting themselves into complete dependence on a tyrant has made our generation understand that to choose one's government is not necessarily to secure freedom."

Friedrich Hayek

"It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living, by its purely physical effect on the human temperament, would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind."
Albert Einstein

"Democracy is not something you believe in or a place to hang your hat, but it's something you do. You participate. If you stop doing it, democracy crumbles."
Abbie Hoffman

"It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong."

economist Thomas Sowell

"In all history there is no war which was not hatched by the governments, the governments alone, independent of the interests of the people, to whom war is always pernicious even when successful."
Leo Tolstoy

"This administration led this nation into war based on lies. I think that this Congress, and the American people, have a right to know what information this Administration had, and how they justify their public comments. Now is the time for truth-telling."

Congressman and presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, June 3, 2003

"The only good bureaucrat is one with a pistol at his head. Put it in his hand and it's good-bye to the Bill of Rights."
H.L. Mencken

"Our ability to disagree, and our inherent right to question our leaders and criticize their actions define who we are. To allow those rights to be taken away out of fear, to punish people for their beliefs, to limit access in the news media to differing opinions is to acknowledge our democracy's defeat.
"These same people that tolerate the real violence of war don't want to see the result of it on the nightly news. Unlike the rest of the world, our news coverage of this war remains sanitized, without a glimpse of the blood and gore inflicted upon our soldiers or the women and children in Iraq. Violence as a concept, an abstraction – it's very strange."

--Tim Robbins, speech to the National Press Club, April 15, 2003

"These are the times for real choices and not false ones. We are at the moment when our lives must be placed on the line if our nation is to survive its own folly. Every man of humane convictions must decide on the protest that best suits his convictions, but we must all protest."

--Martin Luther King, Jr., April 4, 1967

"[A]s long as human beings will go on shedding the blood of animals, there will never be any peace. There is only one little step from killing animals to creating gas chambers a la Hitler and concentration camps a la Stalin....There will be no justice as long as man will stand with a knife or with a gun and destroy those who are weaker than he is."
--Isaac Beshevis Singer, Yiddish writer and vegetarian

"To those who scare peace-loving people with phantoms of lost liberty, my message is this: Your tactics only aid terrorists, for they erode our national unity and diminish our resolve. They give ammunition to America's enemies and pause to America's friends."

--John Ashcroft, testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Dec. 6, 2001

"When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty, and there is nothing to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader."
--Plato, 347 B.C.

"Capital punishment is the most premeditated of murders, to which no criminal's deed, however calculated, can be compared. For there to be an equivalency, the death penalty would have to punish a criminal who had warned his victim of the date at which he would inflict a horrible death on him and who, from that moment onward, had confined him at his mercy for months. Such a monster is not encountered in private life."

--Albert Camus

"...The power to declare war, including the power of judging the causes of war, is fully and exclusively vested in the legislature...the executive has no right, in any case, to decide the question, whether there is or is not cause for declaring war."
--James Madison, 1793

"Scientific evidence overwhelmingly indicates that cannabis is substantially less harmful than alcohol and should be treated not as a criminal issue but as a social and public health issue."

--Canadian Senator Pierre Claude Nolin

"The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different."

"I never had much confidence in the attention span of elected officials for any kind of deep thinking about important issues. When they pop off after what I call a bumper strip headline, they almost always give a superficial response."

--9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Alfred Goodwin on the response to his Pledge of Allegiance ruling

"You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

"As legal things, nonhuman animals are treated today as human slaves were treated once and continue to be treated in those few places in which human slavery is unlawfully practiced."

--Steven Wise, animal rights attorney and professor

"As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar it will cease to be popular."
--Oscar Wilde

"Those who try to stifle the vibrancy of our democracy and shield policies from scrutiny behind a false cloak of patriotism miss the real value of what our troops defend and how we best defend our troops. We will ask questions and we will defend our democracy."

--Sen. John F. Kerry, D-Mass., March 2002 speech

"And I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in showing that religion & Government will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together."
--James Madison, letter to Edward Livingston, July 10, 1822

"If only more of today's military personnel would realize that they are being used by the owning elites as a publicly subsidized capitalist goon squad."

--General Smedley Butler, USMC, winner two Medals of Honor

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

"It's a damn shame when they kill each other. It means we wasted all the feed that went into the damn thing."
--Herbert Reed, poultry producer, referring to chickens pecking each other to death

"The belief in the possibility of a short decisive war appears to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions."

--Lep Tolstoy, Russian writer and philosopher

"I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires."
--Susan Brownell Anthony, American feminist leader and suffragist

"What is the use of a House if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?"
--Henry David Thoreau

" is difficult to picture the great Creator conceiving of a program of one creature (which He has made) using another living creature for purposes of experimentation. There must be other, less cruel ways of obtaining knowledge."

--Adlai Stevenson, American statesman (1835-1914)

"Evolution as such is no longer a theory for a modern author. It is as much a fact as that the earth revolves around the sun."
--Ernest Mayr, evolutionary biologist

"As [UK] ambassador to Colombia, I watched the endless Anglo-US campaigns against drug traffickers and I know they will never work... I have come to realise that the war is unwinnable, costly and counter-productive."

--Sir Keith Morris, July 4, 2001

"Man shapes himself through decisions that shape his environment."
--Rene Dubos

"Whoso neglects learning in his youth, loses the past and is dead for the future."

"Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty."

--Albert Einstein

"Is it not better to place a question mark upon a problem while seeking an answer than to put the label 'God' there and consider the matter closed?"
--Joseph Lewis

"Democracy's the worst form of government except for all the others."
--Winston Churchill

"Only after the last tree has been cut down. Only after the last river has been poisoned. Only after the last fish has been caught. Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten."

--Cree Indian prophecy

"When we realize we can make a buck cleaning up the environment, it will be done!"
--Dennis Weaver

"Education is a weapon, whose effect depends on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed."
--Joseph Stalin

"The beef industry has contributed to more American deaths than all the wars of this century, all natural disasters, and all automobile accidents combined. If beef is your idea of 'real food for real people,' you'd better live real close to a real good hospital."

--Neal D. Bernard, M.D., president, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

"There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals. 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."
--Ayn Rand