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We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty.When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it. : We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty.When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it. Edward R. Murrow Every nation has its war party.It is not the party of democracy.It is the party of autocracy.It seeks to dominate absolutely. : Every nation has its war party.It is not the party of democracy.It is the party of autocracy.It seeks to dominate absolutely. Sen. Robert M. LaFollette The very reason for the First Amendment is to make the people of this country free to think, speak, write and worship as they wish, not as the Government commands. : The very reason for the First Amendment is to make the people of this country free to think, speak, write and worship as they wish, not as the Government commands. Justice Hugo Black Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have... a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean the characters and conduct of their rulers. : Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have... a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean the characters and conduct of their rulers. John Adams All that is necessary for evil to triumph, is for good men to do nothing. : All that is necessary for evil to triumph, is for good men to do nothing. Edmund Burke Freedom and the power to choose should not be the privilege of wealth.They are the birthright of every American. : Freedom and the power to choose should not be the privilege of wealth.They are the birthright of every American. George H. W. Bush Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom; and no such thing as public liberty, without freedom of speech. : Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom; and no such thing as public liberty, without freedom of speech. Cato When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle. : When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle. Edmund Burke Never give in. Never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy. : Never give in. Never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy. Winston Churchill You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom.You can only be free if I am free. : You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom.You can only be free if I am free. Clarence Darrow …whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it. : …whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it. Declaration of Independence …But, when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. : …But, when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. Declaration of Independence Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions.It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us. : Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions.It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us. Justice William O. Douglas Laws alone cannot secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his views without penalty there must be a spirit of tolerance in the entire population. : Laws alone cannot secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his views without penalty there must be a spirit of tolerance in the entire population. Albert Einstein Patriotism means to stand by the country.It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official. : Patriotism means to stand by the country.It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official. Theodore Roosevelt War is fear cloaked in courage. : War is fear cloaked in courage. General William Westmoreland The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous. : The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous. Frederick Douglass Everybody's worried about stopping terrorism.Well, there's a really easy way: stop participating in it. : Everybody's worried about stopping terrorism.Well, there's a really easy way: stop participating in it. Noam Chomsky It is far easier to make war than peace. : It is far easier to make war than peace. Georges Clemenceau What is morally wrong can never be advantageous, even when it enables you to make some gain that you believe to be to your advantage. : What is morally wrong can never be advantageous, even when it enables you to make some gain that you believe to be to your advantage. Marcus Tullius Cicero The belief in the possibility of a short decisive war appears to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions. : The belief in the possibility of a short decisive war appears to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions. Robert Lynd Nations, like individuals, are punished for their transgressions. : Nations, like individuals, are punished for their transgressions. Ulysses S. Grant Those who give up essential liberties for temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. : Those who give up essential liberties for temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin Of all the enemies to public liberty, war is perhaps the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. : Of all the enemies to public liberty, war is perhaps the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. Benjamin Franklin War doesn't make boys men, it makes men dead. : War doesn't make boys men, it makes men dead. Ken Gillespie An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot. : An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot. Thomas Paine It is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners. : It is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners. Albert Camus Wars teach us not to love our enemies, but to hate our allies. : Wars teach us not to love our enemies, but to hate our allies. W. L. George The opinion of 10,000 men is of no value if none of them know anything about the subject. : The opinion of 10,000 men is of no value if none of them know anything about the subject. Marcus Aurelius The dangerous patriot...drifts into chauvinism and exhibits blind enthusiasm for military actions. : The dangerous patriot...drifts into chauvinism and exhibits blind enthusiasm for military actions. Colonel James A. Donovan It is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else. : It is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else. Theodore Roosevelt Our country is now geared to an arms economy bred in an artificially induced psychosis of war hysteria and an incessant propaganda of fear. : Our country is now geared to an arms economy bred in an artificially induced psychosis of war hysteria and an incessant propaganda of fear. General Douglas McArthur Even if we are spared destruction by war, our lives will have to change if we want to save life from self-destruction. : Even if we are spared destruction by war, our lives will have to change if we want to save life from self-destruction. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Liberty and democracy become unholy when their hands are dyed red with innocent blood. : Liberty and democracy become unholy when their hands are dyed red with innocent blood. Mahatma Gandhi The statesman who yields to war fever...is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events. : The statesman who yields to war fever...is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events. Winston Churchill In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act. : In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act. George Orwell Peace is constructed, not fought for. : Peace is constructed, not fought for. Brent Davis Love of power, operating through greed and through personal ambition, was the cause of all these evils. : Love of power, operating through greed and through personal ambition, was the cause of all these evils. Thucydides We say that we care about the war, but we don’t even really know what we’re fighting for. : We say that we care about the war, but we don’t even really know what we’re fighting for. Scott Ritter It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood...War is hell. : It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood...War is hell. General William Tecumseh Sherman It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong. : It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong. Voltaire The worst barbarity of war is that it forces men collectively to commit acts against which individually they would revolt with their whole being. : The worst barbarity of war is that it forces men collectively to commit acts against which individually they would revolt with their whole being. Ellen Key [War] might be avoidable were more emphasis placed on the training to social interest, less on the attainment of egotistical grandeur. : [War] might be avoidable were more emphasis placed on the training to social interest, less on the attainment of egotistical grandeur. Lydia Sicher Look at you in war...There has never been a just one, never an honorable one, on the part of the instigator of the war. : Look at you in war...There has never been a just one, never an honorable one, on the part of the instigator of the war. Mark Twain Military justice is to justice what military music is to music. : Military justice is to justice what military music is to music. Groucho Marx Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. : Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare. : No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare. James Madison No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare. : No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare. Isaac Asimov The power to declare war, including the power of judging the causes of war, is fully and exclusively vested in the legislature. : The power to declare war, including the power of judging the causes of war, is fully and exclusively vested in the legislature. James Madison A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny. : A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny. : A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn War is not the continuation of politics with different means, it is the greatest mass-crime perpetrated on the community of man. : War is not the continuation of politics with different means, it is the greatest mass-crime perpetrated on the community of man. Alfred Adler As long as we can talk with people, as long as one can keep the guns quiet, one has a chance. : As long as we can talk with people, as long as one can keep the guns quiet, one has a chance. Lydia Sicher It is always easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them. : It is always easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them. Alfred Adler We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children. : We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children. Jimmy Carter The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. : The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. Martin Luther King, Jr. I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be. : I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be. Thomas Jefferson The dangerous patriot...is a defender of militarism and its ideals of war and glory. : The dangerous patriot...is a defender of militarism and its ideals of war and glory. Colonel James A. Donovan War is the continuation of politics by other means. : War is the continuation of politics by other means. Karl Von Clausewitz Man has no right to kill his brother. It is no excuse that he does so in uniform: he only adds the infamy of servitude to the crime of murder. : Man has no right to kill his brother. It is no excuse that he does so in uniform: he only adds the infamy of servitude to the crime of murder. Percy Bysshe Shelley The cry has been that when war is declared, all opposition should be hushed. A sentiment more unworthy of a free country could hardly be propagated. : The cry has been that when war is declared, all opposition should be hushed. A sentiment more unworthy of a free country could hardly be propagated. William Ellery Channing Where is the justice of political power if it...marches upon neighboring lands, killing thousands and pillaging the very hills? : Where is the justice of political power if it...marches upon neighboring lands, killing thousands and pillaging the very hills? Kahlil Gibran We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. : We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. Dwight D. Eisenhower Respect for the rights of others means peace. : Respect for the rights of others means peace. Benito Juárez War is not a word, it's an acronym for "Wasting Another's Resources." : War is not a word, it's an acronym for "Wasting Another's Resources." Ramman Kenoun Let us become inspired by inherent beauty, and not impassioned by manufactured hate. : Let us become inspired by inherent beauty, and not impassioned by manufactured hate. Nima Shirali, Middle Eastern Reconciliation Forum War remains the decisive human failure. : War remains the decisive human failure. John Kenneth Galbraith Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind. : Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind. John F. Kennedy That we are to stand by the president, right or wrong is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. : That we are to stand by the president, right or wrong is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Theodore Roosevelt The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. : The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. Thomas Jefferson The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding. : The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding. Albert Camus Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. : Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. Albert Einstein Today the real test of power is not capacity to make war but capacity to prevent it. : Today the real test of power is not capacity to make war but capacity to prevent it. Anne O'Hare McCormick One is left with the horrible feeling now that war settles nothing; that to win a war is as disastrous as to lose one. : One is left with the horrible feeling now that war settles nothing; that to win a war is as disastrous as to lose one. Agatha Christie Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none. : Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none. Thomas Jefferson War is a racket. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. : War is a racket. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. General Smedley Butler War is a racket. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. : War is a racket. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. General Smedley Butler We thought, because we had power, we had wisdom. : We thought, because we had power, we had wisdom. Stephen Vincent Benét The guns and the bombs, the rockets and the warships, are all symbols of human failure. : The guns and the bombs, the rockets and the warships, are all symbols of human failure. Lyndon B. Johnson History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap. : History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap. Ronald Reagan Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it. : Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it. William Penn May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion. : May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion. Dwight D. Eisenhower Our enemies...never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we. : Our enemies...never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we. George W. Bush There should be an honest attempt at the reconciliation of differences before resorting to combat. : There should be an honest attempt at the reconciliation of differences before resorting to combat. Jimmy Carter Chauvinism is a proud and bellicose form of patriotism...which equates the national honor with military victory. : Chauvinism is a proud and bellicose form of patriotism...which equates the national honor with military victory. Colonel James A. Donovan Criticism in a time of war is essential to the maintenance of any kind of democratic government. : Criticism in a time of war is essential to the maintenance of any kind of democratic government. Sen. Robert Taft There is no way to peace. Peace is the way. : There is no way to peace. Peace is the way. Mahatma Gandhi There is no glory in battle worth the blood it costs. : There is no glory in battle worth the blood it costs. Dwight D. Eisenhower Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. : Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. Voltaire The evils of government are directly proportional to the tolerance of the people. : The evils of government are directly proportional to the tolerance of the people. Frank Kent Emphasis on military prowess is an indication of philosophical poverty. : Emphasis on military prowess is an indication of philosophical poverty. Henk Middelraad Don't regard yourself as a guardian of freedom unless you respect and preserve the rights of people you disagree with... : Don't regard yourself as a guardian of freedom unless you respect and preserve the rights of people you disagree with... Gerard K. O’Neill Our country is not the only thing to which we owe our allegiance. It is also owed to justice and to humanity. : Our country is not the only thing to which we owe our allegiance. It is also owed to justice and to humanity. James Bryce Any excuse will serve a tyrant. : Any excuse will serve a tyrant. Aesop All men having power ought to be mistrusted. : All men having power ought to be mistrusted. James Madison What the people want is very simple - they want an America as good as its promise. : What the people want is very simple - they want an America as good as its promise. Barbara Jordan Peace has to be created, in order to be maintained. It will never be achieved by passivity and quietism. : Peace has to be created, in order to be maintained. It will never be achieved by passivity and quietism. Dorothy Thompson Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it. : Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it. Thomas Jefferson To some degree it matters who's in office, but it matters more how much pressure they're under from the public. : To some degree it matters who's in office, but it matters more how much pressure they're under from the public. Noam Chomsky Terrorism is the war of the poor, and war is the terrorism of the rich. : Terrorism is the war of the poor, and war is the terrorism of the rich. Sir Peter Ustinov

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