You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the great struggle for independence.– Attributed to Charles Austin Beard (1874-1948)
In times of universal deceit,
telling the truth will be a revolutionary act.– George Orwell
[Eric Arthur Blair] (1903-1950) British author
Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom.
It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.– William Pitt
(1759-1806) British Prime Minister (1783-1801, 1804-06) during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars.
Source: Speech, House of Commons, 18 November 1783
We can’t be so fixated on our desire
to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans…– Bill Clinton
[William Jefferson Blythe III] (1946- ), 42nd US President
Source: March 1, 1993 during a press conference in Piscataway, NJ. Ref: USA Today, 11 March 1993, page 2A
Why of course the people don’t want war. Why should some poor slob on
a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of
it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people
don’t want war neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in
Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the
country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to
drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist
dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no
voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders.
That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked,
and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the
country to danger. It works the same in any country.– Hermann Goering
(1893-1946) Commander-in-Chief of the Luftwaffe, President of the Reichstag, Prime Minister of Prussia and, as Hitler’s designated successor, the second man in the Third Reich. [Göring]
April 18, 1946
Source: Nuremberg Diary (Farrar, Straus & Co 1947), by Gustave Gilbert (an Allied appointed psychologist), who visited daily with Goering and his cronies in their cells, afterwards making notes and ultimately writing the book about these conversations.