'Anyone who can handle a needle convincingly can make us see a thread which is not there.'
- Ernst Gombrich
"I thank my God upon
every remembrance of
(Who's on your list?)
"The instrument is the man,
and he... the music.
Like rain you cannot return
to the sky."
Signed with the kiss of friendship,
My brethen, count it
all joy when you fall into
Knowing that the testing
of your faith produces
But let patience have
its perfect work that you
may be perfect and complete,
-James, a bondservant
"A good friend is good medicine."
"It is a mark of an educated mind
to be able to entertain a thought
without accepting it."
"Propaganda works best when those who are being manipulated are confident that they are acting on their own free will."
- Dr. Joseph Goebbels, Reich Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany, 1933 - 1945
An interesting, irreverent wit who almost drove himself over the edge. Owed a lot to Lenny Bruce...
"War is nothing more than old men standing in fields and waving their pricks at one another. It all boils down to this: men are insecure about the size of their dicks so they have to kill one another over the idea. That's what all of that male posturing, macho, asshole, jock-bullshit is all about........dick fear. .....You don't have to be a historian or political scientist to see the bigger dick-foreign policy theory at work...What? They have bigger dicks? Bomb them!! And of course all of the bombs and the rockets and the bullets are all shaped like dicks. It's a subconscious need to project the penis into other people's affairs. It's called fucking with people!!"
"I have seen war. I have seen war on land and sea. I have seen blood running from the wounded. I have seen men coughing out their gassed lungs. I have seen the dead in the mud. I have seen cities destroyed. I have seen 200 limping, exhausted men come out of line—the survivors of a regiment of 1,000 that went forward 48 hours before. I have seen children starving. I have seen the agony of mothers and wives. I hate war."
I first encountered a fragment of this speech--a fragment in itself of a much larger Presidential address--through the song "Honour 2003" by the band VNV Nation, and it's a powerful piece of oration. It was a long, forgotten time when the United States of America weren't foaming at the mouth to jump into another international quarrel.