Quotes

Here’s some short quotes we love, mostly by people we are into. We’d love more so please contact us with suggested quotes. Thanks.

We should never forget that everything that Adolf Hitler did in Germany was legal. And everything the Hungarian Freedom Fighters did in Hungary was considered illegal.  Martin Luther King Jr

Those asking for our alternative to neo-liberal globalization, actually expect an answer as violent and totalitarian as the one we reject. We are not looking for one answer. We only ask for the current brutality to stop, to create new space for thousands of possible answers. Arundhati Roy

How is it conceivable that all our lauded technological progress—our very Civilization—is like the axe in the hand of the pathological criminal?  Albert Einstein

Systems are never truly monolithic or uniform. There is always a crevice in the great rock where a flower can grow and which the frost will then widen until the stone cracks open.  Adam Curle

Getting arrested isn’t the end of the world. The end of the world is the end of the world.  Bill McKibben

It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else that prevents us from living freely and nobly.  Henry David Thoreau‎

There is no way to re-enchant our lives in a disenchanted culture except by becoming renegades from that culture and planting the seeds for a new one.   Thomas Moore

I arise in the morning torn between a desire to enjoy the world and a desire to tear down the systemic structure that is destroying the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.   Elwyn Brooks White

We are experiencing a reality based on a thin veneer of lies and illusions. A world where greed is our God and wisdom is sin, where division is key and unity is fantasy, where the ego-driven cleverness of the mind is praised, rather than the intelligence of the heart.

 Bill Hicks

Great love and great achievements require great risk.
   The Dalai Lama

Those who make peaceful protection of our bodies impossible make violent defense of our bodies inevitable  Derrick Jensen

Civilization is the limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities.  Mark Twain

Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you; it means learning to respect and use your own brains and instincts; hence, grappling with hard work. Adrienne Rich

There must be those among whom we can sit down and weep and still be counted as warriors.  Adrienne Rich

“It is easy to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities.”  Josiah Charles

Those in power have made it so we have to pay simply to exist on the planet. We have to pay for a place to sleep, and we have to pay for food. If we don’t, people with guns come and force us to pay. That’s violent.  Derrick Jensen

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.  Antoine de Saint-Exupery

If you violate Nature’s laws you are your own prosecuting attorney, judge, jury, and hangman.  Luther Burbank

To pretend that civilization can exist without destroying its own landbase and the landbases and cultures of others is to be entirely ignorant of history, biology, thermodynamics, morality, and self-preservation.  Derrick Jensen

I sit on a man’s back choking him and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that i am sorry for him and wish to lighten his load by all means possible….except by getting off his back.  Leo Tolstoy

Do not think that one has to be sad in order to be militant, even though the thing one is fighting is abominable.  Michel Foucault

If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about the answers.  Thomas Pynchon

For us to maintain our way of living, we must tell lies to each other and especially to ourselves. The lies are necessary because, without them, many deplorable acts would become impossibilities.  Derrick Jensen

We are not rich by what we possess but by what we can do without.  Immanuel Kant

Education is the organized fight of grown-ups against youth.  Mark Twain

‎There is no way to re-enchant our lives in a disenchanted culture except by becoming renegades from that culture and planting the seeds for a new one.  Thomas Moore

If we don’t fight hard enough for the things we stand for, at some point we have to recognise that we don’t really stand for them.  Paul Wellstone

That’s one of the great things about everything being so fucked up, that no matter where you look there’s great work to be done.  Derrick Jensen

Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.  Rosa Luxemburg

We need to redefine the meaning of politics. The “NGO-ization” of civil society initiatives is taking us in exactly the opposite direction. It’s depoliticizing us. Making us dependent on aid and handouts. We need to reimagine the meaning of civil disobedience.  Arundhati Roy

The world can support a few million pharaohs, but it can’t support six billion pharaohs.  Daniel Quinn

We have been too kind to those who are killing the planet. We have been inexcusably, unforgivably, insanely kind  Derrick Jensen

Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.  Albert Schweitzer

It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.  Jiddu Krishnamurti

The earth is not dying. It is being killed, and the people killing it have names and addresses.  Utah Phillips

For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst and provide for it.   Patrick Henry

This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.  Frederick Douglass

When the axe was brought into the forest, the trees said, ‘the handle is one of us’.  Alice Walker

We do not err because truth is difficult to see. It is visible at a glance. We err because this is more comfortable.  Alexander Solzhenitsyn

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root. Henry David Thoreau

Solidarity is not enough because you can stand with me for all those years and see me falling down. I want you to feel that pain. I want you to take action and the action is to work with us to put our heads together to fight the system.  Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra

The heart that breaks open can contain the whole universe. Your heart is that large. Trust it. Keep breathing  Joanna Macy

It is essential that we develop our inner resources. We have to look at the things the way they are, painful and overwhelmingly as that may be, for no healing can begin until we are fully present to our world, until we learn to sustain the gaze.  Joanna Macy

The cure for despair is not hope. It’s discovering what we want to do about something we care about.  Margaret Wheatley

Sometimes I think the world is divided into those who have a comfortable relationship with power and those who have a naturally adversarial relationship with power.  Arundhati Roy

Defensive rights always trump offensive rights. My right to freedom always trumps your right to exploit me, and if you do exploit me, I have the right to stop you, even at some expense to you.” Derrick Jensen

Put your faith in the two inches of humus

that will build under the trees

every thousand years.

 Wendell Berry