QUOTES FROM THE WISE

COLLECTION

Yesterday is history.
Tomorrow is a mystery.
And Today?
Today is a gift.
That’s why we call it
The Present.
– Babatunde Olatunji

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Our lives begin to end the day we become silent
about things that matter.
– Martin Luther King

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During times of universal deceit,
telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.
– George Orwell

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I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. … corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.
– Abraham Lincoln, in a letter to Col. William F. Elkins on 21 November 1864

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Not to know is bad; not to wish to know is worse.
– Nigerian Proverb
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We should not let our fears hold us back from pursuing our hopes.
– John F. Kennedy
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Money has the potential to fulfill any worldly purpose,
so it becomes itself the absolute purpose.

Money was established for exchange, but interest causes it to be reproduced by itself. Therefore this way of earning money is greatly in conflict with the natural law.
– Aristotle
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To say that a state cannot pursue its aims because there is no money, is like saying that an engineer cannot build roads,
because there are no kilometers.
– Ezra Pound
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When the heart grieves over what it has lost, the spirit rejoices over what it has found.
– Sufi saying
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It is quite natural, even unavoidable, to prefer money over all else and make it the chief object of one’s desires.
– Schopenhauer, German philosopher (1788-1860)
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For money has been the ruin of many
and has misled the minds of Kings.
– Ecclesiasticus 8, Verse 2
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There are but two ways of paying debt: Increase of industry in raising income, increase of thrift in laying out.
– Thomas Carlyle 1795-1881
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Man will ultimately be governed by God or by tyrants.
– Benjamin Franklin
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Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.
– Thomas Jefferson
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“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”
-Thomas Jefferson to Charles Yancey, 1816
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Only after the last tree has been cut down, only after the last fish has been caught, only after the last river has been poisoned, only then will you realize that money cannot be eaten.
– Cree Saying
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There is one bit of advice given us by the ancient Greeks, and by the Jews in the Old Testament, and by the great Christian teachers of the Middle Ages, which the modern economic system has completely disobeyed. All these people told us not to lend money at interest; and lending money at interest – what we call investment – is the basis of our whole system.
– C.S. Lewis, in 1943
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Usurers are common. If there were not such a multitude of usurers, there would not be such a multitude of the poor.
– St Gregory (329-389)
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Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold.
-Leo Tolstoy
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With gold a man can do anything. It even sends souls to paradise.
– Christopher Columbus
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We Spaniards know a sickness of the heart
that only gold can cure.
– Hernando Cortez, who followed after Columbus to plunder the gold and silver of Central America for Spain
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There is only one thing in the world and that is to keep acquiring money and more money, power and more power. All the rest is meaningless.
– Napoleon Bonaparte
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You have to choose [as a voter] between trusting to the natural stability of gold and the natural stability of the honesty and intelligence of the members of the Government. And with due respect to these gentlemen, I advise you, as long as the capitalist system lasts, to vote for gold.
-Bernard Shaw, British playwright
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Our fascination with gold is related to the fantasies of early childhood.
– Dr Sigmund Freud
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Someone once asked me what I regarded as the three most important requirements for happiness. My answer was: ‘A feeling that you have been honest with yourself and those around you; a feeling that you have done the best you could both in your personal life and in your work; and the ability to love others.’
– Eleanor Roosevelt
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When humans truly discover the power of love, it will prove more important than the harnessing of fire.

No one can deny that a network (a world network) of economic and psychic affiliations is being woven at ever increasing speed which envelops and constantly penetrates more deeply within each of us. With every day that passes it becomes a little more impossible for us to act or think otherwise than collectively.
– Teilhard de Chardin
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Love is the unquestioning acceptance of all excretions.
– Canon Peter Challen, chairperson, CCMJ Christian Council for Monetary Justice in England
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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
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“Love is space and time measured by the heart.”
– Marcel Proust
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If a little dreaming is dangerous, The cure for it is not to dream less but to dream more, to dream all the time.
– Marcel Prous
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“We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned the only solution is love, and that love comes with community.”
– Dorothy Day, Co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement in the 1930s
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“As you come to know the seriousness of our situation – the war, the racism, the poverty in the world – you come to realize it is not going to be changed just by words or demonstrations. It’s a question of risking your life. It’s a question of living your life in drastically different ways.”

– Dorothy Day, who took many risks in establishing the Catholic Worker Movement, which continues to provide food and hospice for the homeless in many inner city localities in the U.S.
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The principle objectives in life are love, the creation and enjoyment if aesthetic experience, the pursuit of knowledge. Love comes a long way first.
– John Maynard Keynes, the economist who led the British delegation to the Bretton Woods Conference at New Hampshire in 1944, where the World Bank and IMF were agreed upon.
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I sympathize, therefore, with those who would minimize, rather than those who would maximize, economic entanglement between nations. Ideas, knowledge, art, hospitality, travel – these are the things which should of their nature be international. But let goods be homespun whenever it is reasonably and conveniently possible; and above all let finance be primarily national.
– John Maynard Keynes, at the Bretton Woods Conference, voicing his objection to the American plan for free world trade and a centre-stage role for the dollar and the new monetary authorities.
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Lenin is said to have declared that the best way to destroy the Capitalist System was to debauch the currency . . . Lenin was certainly right. There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which no one man in a million can diagnose.
– John Marnard Keynes, The Economic Consequences of the Peace, 1920, page 235ff
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When the accumulation of wealth is no longer of high social importance, there will be great changes in the code of morals. We shall be able to rid ourselves of many of the pseudo-moral principles which have hag-ridden us for two hundred years, by which we have exulted some of the most distasteful of human qualities into the highest virtues.
– John Maynard Keynes
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It is manifestly contrary to the law of nature, however defined, that a handful of people should gorge themselves with superfluities while the hungry majority goes in need of necessities.
– Jean Rousseau, French philosopher (1712-1778)
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Today American’s would be outraged if U.N. troops entered Los Angeles to restore order; tomorrow they will be grateful. This is especially true if they were told there was an outside threat from beyond, whether real or promulgated, that threatened our very existence. It is then that all peoples of the world will plead with world leaders to deliver them from this evil. The one thing every man fears is the unknown. When presented with this scenario, individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well being granted to them by their world government.
– Henry Kissinger, political cynic par excellence and former U.S. Secretary of State
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The greatest obstacle is simply this: the belief that we cannot change because we are dependent on what is wrong. That is the addict’s excuse.
– Walter Wink. In his book Engaging the Powers Walter Wink proposes “A politics of hope whereby we envisage the future we want and act as if that future is irresistible.”
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I believe in a world that does not exist but by believing it,
I create it.
– Nikos Kazantzaka, Greek author
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The important thing is not to think much, but to love much; and so, do that which best stirs you to love.
– Saint Teresa of Avila
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There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.
– Henry David Thoreau
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An optimist is only a pessimist who has not yet heard the bad news.
– Russian proverb
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Time and the Ocean and some guiding star and High Cabal have made us what we are.
– Winston Churchill
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If you had seen one day of war, you would pray to God that you would never see another.
– The Duke of Wellington
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“An eye for an eye” makes the whole world blind.
– Mahatma Gandhi
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There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.
– Mahatma Gandhi
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Exploitation of the poor can be extinguished not by effecting the destruction of a few millionaires, but by removing the ignorance of the poor and teaching them to non-cooperate with their exploiters.
– Mahatma Gandhi
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Your readiness to suffer will light the torch of freedom which will never be put out.
– Mahatma Gandhi
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This is what you shall do:
Love the earth and sun and animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown . . . reexamine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency.
Walt Whitman – from the Preface to Leaves of Grass
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It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, s/he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
– Robert Kennedy, June 6, 1966 at the University of Capetown, South Africa
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First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.
– Pastor Martin Niemoller, co-founder with Dietrich Bonhoeffer of the Confessing Church in Germany, which refused to follow Hitler’s demands on the Church, not to baptise Jews, for example. Both were imprisoned, Bonhoeffer for his part in the plot to assassinate Hitler. He was shot just days before the end of the war.
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The decrease in purchasing power incurred by holders of money due to inflation imparts gains to the issuers of money.
– St Louis Federal Reserve Bank, Review, November 1975,

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Evil, (ignorance) is like a shadow – it has no real substance of its own, it is simply a lack of light. You cannot cause a shadow to disappear by trying to fight it, stomp on it, by railing against it, or any other form of emotional or physical resistance. In order to cause a shadow to disappear, you must shine light on it.
– Shakti Gawain
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The price good people pay to their indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.
– Plato
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The State is the coldest of all cold monsters.
– Frederich Nietzche
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Fascism should rightly be called corporatism as it is a merge of state and corporate power.
– Benito Mussolini

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And it seems to me perfectly in the cards that there will be within the next generation or so a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing … a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda, brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods.
– Aldous Huxley, 1959
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Through clever and constant application of propaganda people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way around, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise.
– Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf
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The only thing large enough to contain reality is the heart.
– Sufi Ibn al-‘Arabi
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Seek the truth and you will hear the voice of Jesus.
– Fr Roger Sharr

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Our whole business in this life is to restore to health the eye of the heart whereby God may be seen.
– St Augustine

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Light has called forth one organ to become its like, and thus the eye is formed by the light and for the light so that the inner light may emerge to meet the outer light.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German poet and scientist who recognized that light is formative and that the eye is crafted by light. Goethe also wrote that every object, well contemplated, creates an organ of perception in us.
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We will not solve the problems of the world from the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.
– Albert Einstein
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The world is a dangerous place to live;
not because of the people who are evil,
but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.
– Albert Einstein
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It seems that the human mind has first to construct forms, independently, before we can find them in things.
– Albert Einstein
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Matter is energy. Energy is light. We are all light beings.
– Albert Einstein
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Unshared joy is an unlighted candle.
– Spanish proverb
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I am the light of the resurrection.
– Jesus