Well Said!

When I was a student at Kent State I took a class that was called something like  “Communication as Art”. One of out assignments was to keep a journal of favorite quotes and word combinations. I still have it. It’s been some time since I added to it, but I do from time to time.  I also find I look to it for inspiration. A friend noticed I have some quotes on the front page and wondered why I don’t change them up from time to time since I have lots of favorites. Frankly, it’s ‘cuz I’m lazy. I thought about adding a post from time to time “quote of the week.” but does that commit me to writting something once a week? UG. So… I here is a new page. A quote a week, a quote a day.. lots all at once, or nothing new for months on end. We’ll see how it goes….

4 July 2008

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.  – Barbara Ehrenreich

Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters.   – Frederick Douglass

22 July 2008

” The more lawless our government becomes, the more it stresses and prosecutes law-breaking on the part of its citizens, and the more it builds jails and prisons, and the more it imprisons and for longer and longer periods of time. ”   – Elizabeth McAlister

“I have been lociked by the lawless. Handcuffed by the haters. Gaggged by the greedy. And, if I know any thing at all, it’s that a wall is just a wall and nothing more at all. It can be broken down”  – Assata Shakur

” Jails and prisons are designed to break human beings, to convert the population into specimens in a zoo – obident to out keepers, but dangerous to each other. ”  – Angela Davis

” I speak from Pennsylvania’s death row, a bright, shining, highly mechanized hell. In this place, a dark temple to fear, an alter of political ambition, death is a campain poster. In this space, and in this time, in this dark hour, how many of us are not on death row?”  – Mumia Abu-Jamal

” It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right. The only obligation which I have a right to assume is to do at any time what I think is right. ”  -Henry David Thoreau

26 July 2008

“Drink Coffee. Do stupid things faster and with more energy!” (Sign at a favorite resturant; Northside Grill )

” Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.” – Richard P. Feynman

26 August 2008

“Democracy has become Empire’s euphemism for neo-liberal capitalism.” (Arundhati Roy)

“I believe that no government can exist for a single moment without the cooperation of the people, willing or forced, and, if people suddenly withdraw their cooperation in every detail, the government will come to a standstill.”  (Mahatma Gandhi)

“The two old parties have combined against us to nullify our power by a ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ of non-recognition, no matter how we vote…May God write us down as asses if ever again we are found putting our trust in either the Republican or the Democratic parties.” (WEB Du Bois)

“Hope is believing in spite of all the evidence, and then watching the evidence change.” (Rev. Jim Wallis)

16 November

“It’s time for America to get right” (Fannie Lou Hammer)

“Always put Justice before the law. When the law is unjust, challenge it directly.” (William Penn)

“Service is the rent we pay for the privlege of living on this earth. It is the very purpose of life, not something you do in your spare time.” (Shirley Chisholm)

29 November 2008

” There will always be small-minded, narrow-minded, power-driven, power-hungry people who will try to set limits, who will try to give you constraints. And the human spirit to refuse such constraints. The willingness to take risks and vindicate your humanity. (Hanan Mikhail- Ashrawi, Palestinian human rights activist.)

“Political activity does not only happen in political parties or in organized groups; it happens as soon as you are conscious of your actions and your decsions. ” (Julieta Ojeda, Bolivian activist)

” The entire world is in dispute between two projects of globalization. Globalization from above, which globalizes conformity, cynicism, stupidity, war, destruction, death, and forgetting; and globalization from below, which globalizes rebellion, hope, creativity, intelligence, imagination, life, memory, and the construction of a world with room for many worlds.” (Subcomandante Marcos)

9 December 2008

” The only way to live on this planet, with any human dignity, at this time, is to struggle” (Assata Shakur)

” Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.”  (Paulo Freire)

” When you get out of jail you will see where the jail is thinly concealed in the shopping mall, the school, the television program.  You will know that at every moment you do truly have a choice: to acquiesce, to resist, to create something new.  (Starhawk)

8 February 2009




The revolution isn’t some far-off single moment…it’s a process going on all the time, everywhere, wherever there is a struggle between hierarchical power and human freedom.” ( Anonymous writer on Crimethink as quoted by Starhawk in Webs of Power)

 Our army is very different from others, because its proposal is to cease being an army. A soldier is an absurd person who has to resort to arms in order to convince others, and in that sense the movement has no future if its future is military.”   (Subcomandante Marcos)

Having been a person who was beaten into submission, quieted, stunned, and made mute by terror, I know that there comes a time when you get people back – because that’s survival. It’s an organic part of what violence does. So I don’t believe in the perpetration of it anymore”    (Eve Ensler)

 It is not good enough to be right. Sometimes, if only in order to test our resolve, it’s important that we win something. In order to win something, we need to agree on something. That something does not need to be an over-arching, pre-ordained ideology into which we force-fit out delightfully fractious argumentative selves… It could be a minimum agenda. “   ( Arundhati Roy)

 28 March 2009

Rules for living: 1) Pay Attention

                          2) Be astonished

                          3) Tell about it

(attributed to Mary Oliver)

1 Sept. 2009


“It isn’t enough to talk about peace, one must believe it. And isn’t enough to believe in it, one must work for it.” (Eleanor Roosevelt)
12 October 2009
“Blessed are the cracked, for they shall let in the light” – Groucho Marx12






2 responses to “Well Said!

  1. Just thought I would say that I adore you and love your blog! I love the shirley chisholm quote.

  2. Thanks Sky! Love and adore you right back! It is so nice to be in touch w/ you and getting to know you a bit!

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