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Quotes from Information Clearing House

by B.T.Washington, Harold Pinter, Ray McGovern, Sufi Teaching, Mahatma Gandhi
(from Tom Feeley, CA, - June 16, 2014)

"I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him."
- Booker T. Washington (1856–1915), an African-American educator, author, orator, and advisor to presidents of the United States.

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"I believe that despite the enormous odds which exist, unflinching, unswerving, fierce intellectual determination, as citizens, to define the real truth of our lives and our societies is a crucial obligation which devolves upon us all. It is in fact mandatory. If such a determination is not embodied in our political vision we have no hope of restoring what is so nearly lost to us - the dignity of man."
- Harold Pinter, English playwright, poet, activist (1930-2008), 2005 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature

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"What about us? Can we not get up from our armchairs and do what we can to insist that those liberties be protected? How have we reached such a pass? Have we grown so inured to the repetition from our leaders, including both George W. Bush and Barack Obama, that keeping us 'safe' is their first priority, that we have forgotten that the Founders risked everything for liberty, not for 'safety'"?
- Ray McGovern (b.1939; U.S. retired CIA officer turned political activist & co-founder, in 2003, of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity)

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"Past the seeker as he prayed came the crippled and the beggar and the beaten. And seeing them...he cried, "Great God, how is it that a loving creator can see such things and yet do nothing about them?"...God said, "I did do something. I made you."
- Sufi Teaching

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"You must be the change you wish to see in the world".
- Mahatma Gandhi

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"The civilized have created the wretched, quite coldly and deliberately, and do not intend to change the status quo; are responsible for their slaughter and enslavement; rain down bombs on defenseless children whenever and wherever they decide that their "vital interests" are menaced, and think nothing of torturing a man to death: these people are not to be taken seriously when they speak of the 'sanctity' of human life, or the 'conscience' of the civilized world." - James Baldwin, Source: page 489 of COLLECTED ESSAYS (1998), from chapter one of "The Devil Finds Work" (orig. pub. 1976)

"Since world war two we've managed to create history's first truly global empire. This has been done by the corporatocracy, which are a few men and women who run our major corporations and in doing so also run the U.S. government and many other governments around the world." - John Perkins, 2005, author of the book titled 'Confessions of and Economic Hit Man' 

In the struggle of Good against Evil, it's always the people who get killed. - Eduardo Galeano  

"It's not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something. May I suggest that it be creating joy for others, sharing what we have for the betterment of personkind, bringing hope to the lost and love to the lonely." - Leo Buscaglia, author and university professor (1924-1998) 

The above quotes are from ICH on Dec. 18-19, 2015: InformationClearingHouse

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