Top 10 Famous Quotes About Propaganda
#10 - Jean Anouilh
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"Propaganda is a soft weapon; hold it in your hands too long, and it will move about like a snake, and strike the other way."
—Jean Anouilh, L'Alouette, 1952

#09 - George Orwell
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"One of the most horrible features of war is that all the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting."
George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia, 1938

#08 - Robert A. Heinlein
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"When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, 'This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know,' the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, not anything—you can't conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him."
—Robert A. Heinlein, If This Goes On, 1940

#07 - Hannah Arendt
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"Only the mob and the elite can be attracted by the momentum of totalitarianism itself. The masses have to be won by propaganda."
—Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism, 1951

#06 - Noam Chomsky
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"Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state."
—Noam Chomsky, Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda, 1997

#05 - Gore Vidal
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"As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: You liberate a city by destroying it. Words are used to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests."
Gore Vidal, Imperial America, 2004

#04 - Saul Bellow
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"A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep."
—Saul Bellow, To Jerusalem and Back, 1976

#03 - Charles Mackay
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"Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one."
—Charles Mackay, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, 1841

#02 - Joseph Conrad
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"He who wants to persuade should put his trust not in the right argument, but in the right word. The power of sound has always been greater than the power of sense."
—Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim, 1900

#01 - Charles Darwin
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"It is worthy of remark that a belief constantly inculcated during the early years of life, whilst the brain is impressible, appears to acquire almost the nature of an instinct; and the very essence of an instinct is that it is followed independently of reason."
Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man, 1871

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maya_dog_lvr - 2007-10-23 11:55:27
these are pretty nice quotes, but i think that they need analises after them. i dont onderstand many quotes without an analisis
Paul from Durham, Ontario - 2008-01-14 18:58:02
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” Joseph Goebbels
blahblahblah - 2008-03-09 15:44:03
i agree with maya.....i was lost in like 7/10 of these....
Mooner-one - 2008-03-12 21:24:53
That's exactly why your getting fucked over............., please explain, sir, please! CHUMPS!
chiggsy - 2008-03-12 22:03:35
If you dont understand the quotes, that's ok. A simple way to understand: Find someone, ask them what type of person they hate the most. Remember that. Then ask them what the quote means. Next, find that type of person they mentioned, and repeat. Repeat, but find out who they love and ask those people. Finally, by yourself review the answers. You will either understand the quote, or, you will be able to decide on a master.
Juicy McJuice - 2008-03-13 03:16:01
hot damn those were some pretty powerful quotes!
j - 2008-03-13 03:28:25
I don't mean to be a jerk, but those weren't hard to understand.
Vemac - 2008-05-16 19:57:26
For those of you who can't understand the words of the Greats pay attention to only your brand of beer. Wake up and take a look around you, better yet read between the lines of what you see, hear and read in the media. Oh you can't understand the words or meanings- you won't be able to read between the lines. mybad
lzrd - 2008-06-08 17:26:04
maybe you should encourage people to understand the quotes rather than make fun of them. thats playground tactics. the more people that understand the truth, the quicker the revolution will be upon us
KesheR - 2008-06-30 05:43:12
I'm sorry but those quotes are so easy to understand (I'm Spanish by the way). They talk about the fundamental basis of our society. If you can't understand those, then your mind is really fucked up.
Bags - 2008-07-29 22:37:31
I don't know that the quotes are that hard to understand but they do talk about concepts that are fairly abstract to people who are new to the concept that governments may not always act in the best interests of their people. If you have a hard time understanding them, don't get discouraged, you should just begin to question whether things are always what they seem.
Great quotes Chomsky is one of my favorites - 2008-08-04 21:52:14
A couple of the most important things any human who wants to expand his/her mind can do is to take a couple of weeks and study logic and critical analysis. Then spend some time using it and experimenting with it. The other thing a growing mind should do is stop talking, texting and sound byting so much and read , read, read, and listen. A cup never fills up is it is constantly draining itself.
lindsey - 2008-08-09 16:50:41
i agree with lzrd rather than being immature and putting yourself on an i know everything pedistol... if you think you have knowlege share it don't discourage people and make fun of them because they havn't maybe had the right circumstances in order to learn the things that you were blessed enough to learn.
Mish - 2008-10-11 20:00:02

Joseph Conrad's quote is so relevant to the election season.

Chris - 2008-12-09 06:21:04

How do any of these quotes get lost on you? They make absolute sense, are perfectly clear. Nothing cryptic here. No offense, but looking at the repeated misspellings of some of you, it wouldn't surprise me that you may not grasp the meaning of whole sentences.

Simpleton - 2008-12-09 08:11:35

It's easy to spot the elitists, they mock those who are truthful enough to admit they do not understand. I can educate the ignorant, the elitists can never let down their pride enough to seek help. If you want to understand these quotes, observe small children at play and then observe adults.

Red Dog - 2008-12-09 08:33:57

If you're illiterate, then you won't become a victim of propaganda, you'll instead become of victim of the economy.

m - 2008-12-09 09:02:26

The Communist Takeover Of America - 45 Declared Goals 17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers' associations. Put the party line in textbooks. (dumb down the population) google the title to read the rest.

Jeremy Lynes - 2008-12-09 09:26:50

"Most people prefer to believe that their leaders are just and fair, even in the face of evidence to the contrary, because once a citizen acknowledges that the government under which he lives is lying and corrupt, the citizen has to choose what he or she will do about it. To take action in the face of corrupt government entails risks of harm to life and loved ones. To choose to do nothing is to surrender one's self-image of standing for principles. Most people do not have the courage to face that choice. Hence, most propaganda is not designed to fool the critical thinker but only to give moral cowards an excuse not to think at all." - Michael Rivero

patriot - 2008-12-09 09:37:38

there is a reason why some here do not understand the nature of these quotes, they neither understand the author's due to failure of our education systems to teach us properly about prominent men in history. also, the fact that no-one debates a subject or researches abstract ideas or philosophies in the written word(books) this cause the brain to literally atrophy(shrink) due to non-use. the brain is just like a muscle: use it or lose it. the simpleton responses would have shocked me 20 yrs ago, now they just reinforce my opinion that the illuminati haver accomlished their plot: of dumbing down amerika, for once you dumb down the populace, they are easier to control as in the case of livestock.

Robin - 2008-12-09 10:26:34

Were people just plain smarter back then or what? What they're all saying is this: if we don't use our critical thinking skills, those who do can fool us into thinking anything they want.

KMD - 2008-12-09 10:52:06

If you shout a lie long enough and loud enough, it will eventually become a truth in the ears of the masses.

rich - 2008-12-09 10:57:04

only fools believe others lies !!!!!!!!

Swagwoof - 2008-12-09 10:59:11

The fact that some people dont understand these quotes just shows that propoganda is working and working well.

Barrington James - 2008-12-09 11:08:10

As I used to tell my students: Perhaps it would be better if you would tell me what Quote you do not understand. To say you do not understanding anything makes it difficult to begin to explain.

David - 2008-12-09 12:01:30

Ultimately whom shall I hold responsible for my lack of cognition? In the final analysis it is I. I of little formal education, the eighth grade have a curiosity in many areas and because I can read and have an access to the internet I can and have learned If I were to have little understanding of the power of propaganada I would be at the mercy of those who would 'capture' me and make me a ward of the state! James Madison wrote years ago: "Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives." I don't know who this is attributed to "Education should never be terminal!" From law [juris ignorantia est cum jus nostrum ignoramus] "it is ignorance of the law when we do not know our own rights" And this one is a must know "The Bar, the Pulpit and the Press Nefariously combine To Cry up an usurpt Pow'r And stamp it Right Devine." -1695 Read John Taylor Gatto, Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt author http://www.deliberatedumbingdown.com/ Law and the Church, Catholicism particularly, have been intertwined to create a force that conspires against you. Best of luck from a 70 year old

Mr. Melo - 2008-12-09 12:45:44

Thomas Jefferson wrote this in a letter to the Secretary of the Treasury, Albert Gallatin, in 1802: “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them, will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.” "All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America rise, not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation". -John Adams, in a letter to Thomas Jefferson in 1787 "If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered". -Thomas Jefferson in 1802 in a letter to then Secretary of the Treasury, Albert Gallatin "I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies". -Thomas Jefferson "I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground that "all powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are preserved to the states or to the people." " ... To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specially drawn around the powers of Congress is to take possession of a boundless field of power, no longer susceptible of any definition. The incorporation of a bank, and the powers assumed by this bill (chartering the first Bank of the United States), have not, been delegated to the United States by the Constitution." -Thomas Jefferson - in opposition to the chartering of the first Bank of the United States (1791). "If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams, speech at the Philadelphia State House, August 1, 1776. “The colonies would gladly have borne the little tax on tea and other matters had it not been that England took away from the colonies their money, which created unemployment and dissatisfaction. The inability of the colonists to get power to issue their own money permanently out of the hands of George III and the International bankers (moneychangers) was the PRIME reason for the Revolutionary War.” Benjamin Franklin, from his autobiography. President James Madison (4th President): “History records that moneychangers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and its issuance.” Gentlemen, I have had men watching you for a long time, and I am convinced that you have used the funds of the bank to speculate in the breadstuffs of the country. When you won, you divided the profits amongst you, and when you lost, you charged it to the bank. You tell me that if I take the deposits from the bank and annul its charter, I shall ruin ten thousand families. That may be true, gentlemen, but that is your sin! Should I let you go on, you will ruin fifty thousand families, and that would be my sin! You are a den of vipers and thieves. I intend to rout you out, and by the eternal God, I will rout you out.” -President Andrew Jackson, upon evicting a delegation of international bankers from the Oval Office "A central bank is a curse to a Republic; in as much as it is calculated to raise around the administration a moneyed aristocracy dangerous to the liberty of the country." -Andrew Jackson Senator Daniel Webster read this into the Congressional Record on March 4, 1846: "A disordered currency is one of the greatest political evils. It undermines the virtues necessary for the support of the social system, and encourages propensities destructive to its happiness. It wars against industry, frugality and economy, and it fosters the evil spirits of extravagance and speculation. Of all the contrivances for cheating the laboring classes of mankind, none has been more effectual than that which deludes them with paper money." "I see in the near future a crisis approaching. It unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country... the Money Power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people, until the wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war." -Abraham Lincoln,- In a letter written to William Elkin just after the passage of the National Banking Act of 1863 and less than five months before he was assassinated. "The money power preys on the nation in times of peace, and conspires against it in times of adversity. It is more despotic than monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy. It denounces, as public enemies, all who question its methods or throw light upon its crimes." -Abraham Lincoln "Whoever controls the volume of money in any country is absolute master of all industry and commerce." President James A. Garfield Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men's views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the U.S., in the field of commerce and manufacturing, are afraid of somebody, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it." Woodrow Wilson - In his book entitled The New Freedom (1913) "The Federal Reserve Bank of New York is eager to enter into close relationship with the Bank for International Settlements....The conclusion is impossible to escape that the State and Treasury Departments are willing to pool the banking system of Europe and America, setting up a world financial power independent of and above the Government of the United States....The United States under present conditions will be transformed from the most active of manufacturing nations into a consuming and importing nation with a balance of trade against it." Rep. Louis McFadden - (Chairman of the House Committee on Banking and Currency) quoted in the New York Times (June 1930) "The Federal Reserve (Banks) are one of the most corrupt institutions the world has ever seen. There is not a man within the sound of my voice who does not know that this Nation is run by the International Bankers." Rep. Louis McFadden "(The Great Depression resulting from the Stock Market crash) was not accidental. It was a carefully contrived occurrence....The international bankers sought to bring about a condition of despair here so they might emerge as rulers of us all." Rep. McFadden testified in Congress (1933). There were at least two attempts on his life by gunfire. He died of suspected poisoning after attending a banquet. "The real truth of the matter is, and you and I know, that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government of the US. since the days of Andrew Jackson. History depicts Andrew Jackson as the last truly honorable and incorruptible American president". -President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, November23, 1933 in a letter to Colonel Edward Mandell House "Give me control over a nation's currency and I care not who makes its laws" -Baron M.A. Rothschild (1744 - 1812) "The few who can understand the system (Federal Reserve) will either be so interested in its profits, or so dependent on its favors, that there will be no opposition from that class, while on the other hand, the great body of the people, mentally incapable of comprehending the tremendous advantages that capital derives from the system, will bear its burdens without complaint and perhaps without even suspecting that the system is inimical to their interests". [As they say, "Ignorance is bliss!"] -John Sherman, protege of the Rothschild banking family, in a letter sent in 1863 to New York Bankers, Morton, and Gould, in support of the then proposed National Banking Act "Banking was conceived in iniquity and was born in sin. The Bankers own the earth. Take it away from them, but leave them the power to create deposits, and with the flick of the pen they will create enough deposits to buy it back again. However, take it away from them, and all the great fortunes like mine will disappear and they ought to disappear, for this would be a happier and better world to live in. But, if you wish to remain the slaves of Bankers and pay the cost of your own slavery, let them continue to create deposits." Sir Josiah Stamp - President of the Bank of England in the 1920's, and the second richest man in Britain. "By a continuing process of inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens. 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 not one man in a million is able to diagnose". -John Maynard Keynes, economist and author of "The Economic Consequences Of The Peace" "Historically, the United States has been a hard money country. Only [since 1913] has the United States operated on a fiat money system. During this period, paper money has depreciated over 87%. During the preceding 140 year period, the hard currency of the United States had actually maintained its value. wholesale prices in 1913... were the same as in 1787". -Kenneth Gerbino, former chairman of the American Economic Council These statements were made during hearings of the House Committee on Banking and Currency, September 30, 1941. Note: Members of the Federal Reserve Board call themselves "Governors". Governor Eccles was Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board at the time of these hearings. * Congressman Patman: "How did you get the money to buy those two billion dollars worth of Government securities in 1933?" * Governor Eccles: "Out of the right to issue credit money." * Patman: "And there is nothing behind it, is there, except our Government's credit?" * Eccles: "That is what our money system is. If there were no debts in our money system, there wouldn't be any money." * Congressman Fletcher: "Chairman Eccles, when do you think there is a possibility of returning to a free and open market, instead of this pegged and artificially controlled financial market we now have?" * Governor Eccles: "Never, not in your lifetime or mine." Congressman James Traficant, Jr. read this into the Congressional Record on March 17, 1993: “Prior to 1913, most Americans owned clear, allodial title to property, free and clear of any liens or mortgages until the Federal Reserve Act (1913) “hypothecated” all property within the federal United States to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, in which the Trustees (stockholders) held legal title. The U.S. citizen (tenant, franchisee) was registered as a “beneficiary” of the trust via his/her birth certificate. In 1933, the federal United States hypothecated all of the present and future properties, assets and labor of their “subjects”, the 14th Amendment U.S. citizen, to the Federal Reserve System.” “In return, the Federal Reserve System agreed to extend the federal United States corporation all of the credit “money substitute” it needed. Like any other debtor, the federal United States government had to assign collateral and security to their creditors as a condition of the loan. Since the federal United States didn't have any assets, they assigned the private property of their “economic slaves”, the U.S. citizens as collateral against the un-payable federal debt. They also pledged the unincorporated federal territories, national parks forests, birth certificates, and nonprofit organizations (all 501c3 church's), as collateral against the federal debt. All has already been transferred as payment to the International bankers (moneychangers).” “Unwittingly, America has returned to its pre-American Revolution feudal roots whereby all land is held by a sovereign and the common people had no rights to hold allodial title to property. Once again, “We the People” are the tenants and sharecroppers renting our own property from a Sovereign in the guise of the Federal Reserve Bank. “We the People” have exchanged one master for another.” Congressman Ron Paul read this into the Congressional Record on June 5, 2002: “Gold is history's oldest and most stable currency. Central bankers and politicians hate gold because it restrains spending and denies them the power to create money and credit out of thin air. Those, who promote big government, whether to wage war and promote foreign expansionism, or to finance the welfare state here at home, cherish this power.” Richard Russell stated in “The Daily Remarks” on August 21, 2006: “Under the current system with a central bank creating and controlling our money, you are guaranteed to lose purchasing power two different ways- via taxes and via inflation. The central bank system is the greatest scam ever perpetrated on an ignorant public. The eternal enemy of every central bank is- gold.” "Don't get suckered into black vs. white, Democrat vs. Republican, free markets vs. regulated ones, Moses vs. Muhammad, etc... Its all about the control of the issuance of currency. Everything else is a big huge fancy production put on the stage to distract the audience from the fact that the ticket sales booth register is empty, the theater doors have been locked from the outside, and the lobby is burning......"

GetDebugged - 2008-12-09 13:04:31

To those who do not understand these quotes: I blame your school system and our society for your lack of comprehension. Now, go and get a library card at your local library, and start reading these books: "1984," by George Orwell, and "Brave New World," by Aldous Huxley. The fact that you read these quotes tells me you are quite intelligent, just not well-educated. Please, keep reading!

Makan - 2008-12-09 13:11:48

Edward L. Bernays wrote a book called Propaganda which came out in 1928 of which Hitler and Goebbels read in the early 1930's. A close friend of Bernays was Ivy Lee. Both were considered masters of spin or the act of mind control. Propaganda is the executive arm of the invisible government. ...Edward L. Bernays... "It is the function of the CIA to keep the world unstable, and to propagandize and teach the American people to hate, so we will let the Establishment spend any amount of money on arms." -- John Stockwell, former CIA official and author Lippmann's Law: Where all think alike, no one thinks very much. ...Walter Lippmann...

Zoltan - 2008-12-09 13:33:43

"You can fool some of the people all of the time, and those are the people we should concentrate on." - Carl Rove. I can honestly say Carl Rove taught me more about politics in America than any philosophers or intellecuals. This guy was the Tsun Tzu of controlling the ignorant masses. Too bad he will never write a book....

BFallingstar - 2008-12-09 13:50:25

"The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody had decided not to see.” -- Ayn Rand That said, I think I smell "troll" in some of the more obtuse responses above. I think they were designed to elicit outrage and contempt. Do not feed these trolls, my friends!

DarwinsMirror - 2008-12-09 15:42:29

Darwin is a fine one to talk. He was full of shit. http://home.planet.nl/~gkorthof/kortho13.htm

Herbie - 2008-12-09 15:51:38

"Hollywood is the biggest propaganda center that ever was."... Boris Karloff

hereward - 2008-12-09 16:41:48

Darwin's quote explains exactly why I try to avoid arguing politics or religion: there's no point in reasoning with someone who did not arrive at his views by reasoning them out, because proving him wrong will only enrage him.

Maricoxis - 2008-12-09 17:36:27

To add to the Boris Karloff comment about Hollywood. I'm not sure who this quotation is attributed to however I was told that it may have been someone connected to the early days of Entertainment Tonight. "In television, how the head moves is more important than whats in it."

JeanMDor - 2008-12-09 17:45:59

What follows is a prescient quote that lifts all doubts about why our economy is in a pickle. “As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.” ~ H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956

Tom Ness - 2008-12-09 20:42:10

For those who found any of these quotes hard to understand, you are to be forgiven because that is by design in your public school education. The specific way you were taught to read is intended to limit your vocabulary, which limits your ability to think about complex ideas. See the chapter "Eyeless in Gaza" in John Taylor Gatto's book _An Underground History of American Education_ available complete and free online.

Eliezer - 2008-12-09 21:03:15

Spiritual Truth - Quote From, The Pink Swastika: Homosexuality In The Nazi Party Fourth Edition... Jewish scholar Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch who lived in the last century, is remembered for his most profound and extensive treatise on Torah philosophy. HOREB, meaning Sinai (the mountain where the original Torah was given by God and received by Moses), was written and published as a refutation to the Jewish pretensions of the German Reform Religion, which, today, is at the forefront of the movement to promote “gay rights” in America’s Jewish community and within Israel. In opposition to both natural and Divine law, Reform has ordained lesbians as “rabbis” and sanctioned “gay” unions. “Gay” Jews have also imposed themselves on the Holocaust, cynically and pragmatically exploiting the deaths of six million Jewish men, women and children as a dramatic metaphor to portray themselves as victims, as if Hitler had targeted Jewish homosexuals primarily because they were “gay.” But what of the truth in history? From an ethical monotheistic perspective, Rabbi Hirsch points out in the following excerpt from HOREB, how it is the primary concern and duty of each of us to guard the dignity of our fellow man: God, who created man to be just, that is to say, to leave and give to all entities in all their relations that which is their due, has also endowed his mind with the faculty of mirroring the reality of things in their various relations so that man may be able to perceive the entities and their relations, and, on the strength of this knowledge, give to them what the teachings of justice lay down as their right. This reproduction of reality in the mind is truth. Truth therefore, is a precondition of justice; for only according to the image of the things and their relations which appears in man’s mind can man behave towards them; if this image be false, his behavior will be different from what is due to them: he becomes unjust. And thus, if nothing else, justice itself - which is our Divine calling - will guarantee that, as far as that calling of ours demands, we shall be able to perceive the reality of external things from their reflection within ourselves. God has knitted together the community of man with the vital thread of love, and has ordained that man should rely on his brother for the spiritual good - namely, truth. But he who, instead of truthfully expressing in words what he has experienced to be real, communicates a false image of it to his brother, who accepts it and bases his behavior on it - either being unjust to his fellow-creatures or, having a wrong conception of their intentions towards him, being destroyed by them - that man turns into a curse that supreme blessing of the Creator; for he who denies truth to his brother, thus violating the highest duty towards him which God has imposed, calls down a curse - he who lies calls down a curse. And as material property is valuable only as a means for a life devoted to justice, and the liar steals the first condition of that justice - namely, truth, and gives falsehood in exchange, thus giving birth to injustice, the liar is even more dangerous than the thief. The thief takes only the means of life as such, while the liar takes those of a just life, producing, in turn, injustice - and misery. For just as God links the supreme good, justice, to truth, so does He do the same with regard to the minor good, happiness. For to appreciate the nature of things you rely on your knowledge of them; and if somebody deceives you about their true nature, he robs you of a support or causes you to lean on a support that is insecure. And by stealing from another directly something precious - truth - and so indirectly the most precious thing - justice - the liar also kills himself spiritually; for he extinguishes in himself that Divine spark which alone makes of a him a human being created for the benefit of his fellow-men (Hirsch:248ff). [And what of “gay rights?” Never have so few taken so much from so many.]

edo - 2008-12-10 00:36:24

These are beautifull quotes!!! Please read them again and again if you dont get em the first time or the second etc etc etc so much wisdom in this world, we just need to open up to it edo

Max - 2008-12-10 07:00:06

They didn't have fission bombs in 1940.

Gregg - 2008-12-10 07:25:26

Propaganda is really about censorship of free ideas. After all, censorship is becoming America's favorite past-time. The US gov't (and their corporate friends), already place protesters in fenced-in cages, ban books like "America Deceived" from Wikipedia, Amazon and Facebook, and shut down Ron Paul. Free Speech forever. Last link (before Google Books caves to pressure and drops the title): http://www.iuniverse.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-000083883

estebanfolsom - 2008-12-10 10:31:54

here are words to fill a page pages fill a book the choicest words the wisest sage count nothing if you don't look in between the lines and spaces here you'll find your goal half impertinence half eternal soul

Propaganda Matrix - 2008-12-10 14:35:25

Here is a good film on Edward Bernays and modern propaganda for those who are interested: The Century of the Self: The Untold History of Controlling the Masses Through the Manipulation of Unconscious Desires http://www.informationliberation.com/?id=8339 Part 1 and 2 are the best imo.

sandanvil - 2008-12-10 15:04:55

great quotes, if you don't get them google the person who said them and find out what was going on in the world when it was said and what the person was about. as to the person saying they didnt have fission bombs in the 1940's: heinlein was a sci fi writer, and the beneficial and destructive power of fission was a theme in sci fi and talked about in science long before we had the bomb.

Baddog - 2009-05-28 11:30:56

Gregg, you are right, censorship is used in all media types nowadays.

the_smartest_foxx_on_the_interweb - 2009-06-08 23:26:41

These quotes are not difficult to understand at all..! And I find such comments to the contrary disturbing. They prove the very DEMISE laid out in the effing quotes!!! PEOPLE: Turn off the TV. They are ALWAYS trying to sell you something. Always. Seek alternative news sources, and weigh ALL incoming information. Google "scientific method", and USE it - to figure out what is truth and what isn't. Best of luck to you all! Peace n' Liberty..

yeah - 2010-01-13 13:46:15

I like George Orwell's quote, I'm gonna use it for a project in my class :)

M.R. - 2010-07-02 11:42:01

Just what I was searching for.

Daniel - 2011-03-24 16:10:27

Great selection of quotes. Gore Vidal's especially, it's scary how easily politicians and officials get away with making very ambiguous statements.

carroll price - 2011-11-09 13:53:03
Anyone who has trouble understanding these quotes should be reading comic books as a form of intertainment.
trueknwldgeisfree - 2012-01-22 22:57:15
LZRD put it best. Just put it into a context containing mass media/govt propagated ads
11 dimensions - 2012-09-30 05:38:26

................. " believe half of what you see and none of what you hear " .............. some songs have lyrics that try to describe the half of what you can see, but alot of it is just a distraction like "bread and circuses".

Pat - 2012-10-24 08:46:26

Though they may not be classified as heinous crimes but as nefarious crimes, persons so fearful of, or intolerant of reality are psycho-controllers unable to function in normal society. Hence, they resort to psychological manipulation of others to survive, or thrive. They are an enormous affront to society, sometimes dangerous because of their lack of conscience about controlling others, and wish to invent the reality for others, to serve their own purposes. Prisoner's dilemma is their stock and trade, and it takes a nefarious mind to sit and think about how to create those scenarios, or carry them out. Psychological manipulation for profit, for crime, or for power all have the same ends, and reveal how weak are the individuals doing it that they need this covert kind of auxiliary aid to manage in society. It may also be a reward system for the hopelessly narcissistic who demand to be the artist-controller, not the participant in society. They are more to be pitied than praised.

Nothisisnotmyname - 2013-03-05 22:14:07

"Perhaps the greatest act of propaganda in history is that Americans are convinced their nation has no propaganda."

E Satter - 2013-03-25 09:55:52

Propaganda is most effective when it tells people what they want to believe. The truth or otherwise is irrelevant.

normstradamas - 2013-10-11 12:08:10

mans erection is just an illusion;beware of organized words and repetition;with this formula;you,are controlled.

Michael - 2013-11-02 22:04:26

Here's another very interesting quote: "The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country." Edward L Bernays (Freud's nephew) Understand the above quotes and factor this one in, and you may just start to understand the world as we see it, or are expected to see it.