Quote collection

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves”
-Carl Jung

Here are quotes I find either amusing, inspiring, or reprehensible yet worthy of mention for reasons known and kept only to myself. All of these quotes provoked me to thought in some way, this does not mean that I necessarily agree with them in part or in whole. But they challenged me to think about a position I held. Perhaps they will provoke and challenge you as well.

Variously collected, like stamps, from 1995 – 2008. Enjoy.

“Go to School kids, it’s free.”
-Muhammad S. (my brother)

“The captain is a one-armed dwarf He’s throwing dice along
the wharf In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is King
So take this ring…” -Tom Waits

“It is blasphemous to use|religion as an excuse for one’s
lack of culture.” -Abdul Hakim Murad

“…If fear is now the dominant “spring of government”, or
anything other than Montesquieu’s “virtue”, then the people
*are* unfit to rule, and the republic is dead. This is
very disturbing to me, since I am convinced that something other
than virtue is the current spring; I am convinced that the “*.gov”
is out to turn whatever it is into fear.

…I tend to think that it is simpler, that it is just puerility.
Peter Pan Syndrome, a failure to grow up, a desire for Mommy.  And
gods, does that gag me.  What sort of state is wound up by the
spring of militant dependency?  What an anthill is being built
around us!  A society in which acceptability is some kind of
starched-pinafore schoolgirl, and dissent degenerates to
shit-smearing vandalism, pointless temper tantrums.  Imagine
a global fifth-grade classroom.”
–“The Woodchuck”, on the dc-stuff list

“I hear a very gentle sound. With your ear down to the ground…
We want the world and we want it now!”
– Jim Morrison, the Doors “When the Music’s Over”

“There is nothing more difficult to take in and, more perilous
to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the
lead in a new order of things.”
-Niccolo Machiavelli.

“.. it is common enough in the West to find people who are completely
unbalanced, having developed one side of themselves at the expense of
all the others. I have sometimes wondered whether writing or speaking
about wisdom may not be a substitute for achieving it. This is not exactly
a case of hypocrisy … since such people are entirely sincere in what they
write or say, indeed this may express what is best in them; but they
cannot live up to it…” – Charles Hasan le Gai Eaton

“La plus belle aventure du monde, c’est la nôtre”
– A Motto of a St. Pious X splinter group.

“It is far better to live like a lion for a day then to live like a jackal for hundred years.”
– Tipu Sultan

“”We should recall here that the term proletarian comes from the Latin proles and suggests the idea of an animalistic fertility. As Meroshkovski rightly noted, this term was applied especially to those whose only creative skill consisted of begetting children – these were men in body but eunuchs in spirit. In its logical development, this trend leads towards that “ideal” society in which there are no more classes, no men or women, but instead comrades, or asexual cells belonging to the same immense anthill” -Julius Evola

“The Eternal Feminine Draws us heavenward. ”
– Goethe

“Madness is confusion of levels of fact… Madness is not seeing visions but confusing
levels.” -William Blake

“Patience is the most important part of healing”
– A.J.Woody 1/22/04

“”Left” and “right” are artificial devices to bring about change, and the
extremes of political left and political right are vital elements in a process
of controlled change.

The answer to this seeming political puzzle lies in Hegelian logic. Remember
that both Marx and Hitler, the extremes of “left” and “right” presented as
textbook enemies, evolved out of the same philosophical system:
Hegelianism. That brings screams of intellectual anguish from Marxists and
Nazis, but is well known to any student of political systems..”
-Anthony C. Sutton

“The only way to stay partly outside of this system is to speak
the same language of the ideology… to change yourself into
your enemy and subvert the system. The only way to function
within the system at all is to incorporate a portion of the system
into yourself… .. We just took the system more seriously than
it took itself. ” -Ivan, of Laibach

“The strong eat the weak, and the clever eat the strong”
Boyd Rice

“The ‘end of a world’ never is and never can be anything but the end of an illusion.”
-Rene Guenon

“Revelation: A famous book in which St. John the Divine concealed all that he knew. The revealing is done by the commentators, who know nothing.”
-Ambrose Bierce, Devil’s Dictionary

“Revelations: A curious record of the visions of a drug addict.”
-George Bernard Shaw

“You should boycott MTV, because it’ll turn you into a schmuck.”

“They say one learns from ones mistakes.I prefer to learn from the
mistakes of others”   -Otto Von Bismarck

“A con man knows he’s lying. This limits his scope. A holy man is sincere;
there’s no limit to the trouble he can cause.”     -Robert Heinlein

“If I had to choose an eating disorder, I’d choose a tapeworm…”
– The lovely Mrs. Jennifer Lynn

“Most Americans are so steeped in egalitarian thinking that they
like to delude themselves that they share in running the country.
We ordinary folks, in fact, don’t run the country and have a
slim-to-none chance of even influencing its direction. …So the
individuals who occupy these 7,000 positions of power are the
elite who run the country.  Therefore, it is the character of
these members of the elite that will determine the character of
the country.”   -Charley Reese

“The man who reads nothing at all is better educated
than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.”
– Thomas Jefferson

“..there’s nothing worse than elitist dilettantes..”
Maurice Mattei

“We have seen the truth, and *boy* is it ugly…”
–John Paul Purdy

“You can’t protect people who don’t want to be protected.
You can’t protect drug addicts from their pushers.
You can’t protect masochists from their torturers, and
every “innocent girl” seduced by an older man has a
bit of Lolita in her.”
– Michael B. Duff, http://www.michaelduff.net/

“Envy parading behind the mask of Justice is an ugly brute.
– Charles Le Gai Eaton in, “King of the Castle”

“Kill your Televison. They don’t call it ‘programming’ for nothing.”
– Thomas Icom / ticom@iirg

“A paranoid person is one who is well informed.”
– The Dead Addict

“I’d rather have a scoundrel than a saint. A saint can stir up ten times
as much trouble.”     -Robert Heinlein

“…For those not deceived by the flagrant mediocrity of the popular
media, there is a selection of material available presenting a facade of
intellectualism but is no less vacant of substance, and which is merely a
more sophisticated type of indoctrination…”
-Isa Abdullah al-Amriki.

“Broads which lay with assholes are not of high quality, tending
towards disease and low character.

One wee fact about survivability of honorable people: in a society

in which honor is institutionalized (not ours, ever), the dishonored
are often rounded up and put out of their misery.  In other societies,
the dishonored are so basely treated (denied food, outcast from
society, shunned, possibly legal to kill on sight, etc) that physical
survival is likewise reduced.”
– “The Woodchuck”, again, on DC-Stuff, 1999

“I’ve always been the antithesis of what’s popular. If you can
go into a library and the girl in there has her nipples pierced
and chained together with a bunch of shrunken heads hanging off
her eyebrow, then it’s gotten pretty boring. If I go into the
hospital and the doctor has a face tattoo and a goatee I’m
out of there.” -David Mustane

“Truth is beyond category, energy chooses its own category, thunder rings where
it will, and pigeonholers can kiss my…pigeonhole.”John Shirley

“You mustn’t shout it out loud,
Don’t create a scene,
Don’t indulge in being proud
It only feeds their scheme,
Break down the wall,
Live it up it’s their time to fall…”
-Motorhead, from the song “Live To Win”

“A Bill of Rights that means what the
majority wants it to mean is worthless.”
– Antonin Scalia, Supreme Court Justice

“..Leo Myers death taught me more than I could ever learned from his books, although it required some years for me to understand its full significance. His wisdom had been only in his head. It had never penetrated his human substance. A man might spend a life reading spiritual books and studying the writings of the great mystics. He might feel that he had penetrated the secrets of the heavens and the earth, but unless this knowledge was incorporated into his very nature and transformed him, it was sterile. I began to suspect that a simple man of faith, praying to God with little understanding but with a full heart, might be worth more than the most learned student of the spiritual sciences..”

– Gai Eaton

“Communism is dead. It’s even dead in
Cuba. I hate to say it, it’s dead.”
-Sen. Barbara Boxer, may, 2002, at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing

“In the Orient knowledge has always been related to the sacred and to
spiritual perfection. To know has meant ultimately to be transformed by
the very process of knowing, as the Western tradition was also to assert
over the ages before it was eclipsed… The Oriential sage has always
embodied spiritual perfection; intelligence has been seen ultimately as a
sacrament, and knowledge has been irrevocably related to the sacred and
its actualization in the being of the knower. And this relation continues
wherever and whenever tradition still survives despite all the
vicissitudes of the modern world.”
-Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr.

“Don’t stop what you are doing though, just be more careful of
your activities. YOU are right, THEY are wrong.”

“How pervasive western culture is through out the world is something
fucks my head often, and Japan is a crushing example to me. Japan has far
older and deeper traditions than most culture, but thet are being
polluted by western images. I am not saying westerners are at fault for
this, rather it is that we all are at fault for this. Tokyo brought me
back to my reasons and motivations behind my moral and philosophical
views faster that any place ever could. This trip has been a paradox. I
had to travel half way around the world to solidify my feelings of what
is wrong at home. Tokyo is an advertiser’s dream jacked up on alittle
acid and a lot of speed.

I can’t say that I didn’t have fun  in Tokyo though… Japan is a pure
consumer culture, and I was in the heart of it.”
-The Nihilist.   Guild|infonexus.com

“The actions of the Flawless are free from absolute negative or base
actions. Absolute evil is evil desired for its own sake and not for a
greater good resulting from it. There is no natural evil in existance
which has this description.  The Flawless persists unfaltering,
uninterupted until eternity.

In terms of as active quality, as-Salaam(The Flawless, The Peace) is the
giver of peace and salvation at the beginning of creation and at the time
of resurection.”
-Abu Hamid al-Ghazzali (algazel).

“ICBMs don’t kill people, people kill people; join the NAWA (National
Atomic Weapons Association) now for your sticker and monthly magazine w/
plenty of ads for AW distributors. :)”  – J. G., on DC-stuff 7/99

“…you are not going to be 35 years old and still trying to break into the
systems somewhere; the thrill doesn’t last that long and if it does, well,
you need to gt a life or a pet or something. There is no reason why
someone who even has an inkling of maturity, not to say that I do in the
least, should be wasting away their life gathering up how many university
systems they broke into.”
-Chris Goggans/Eric Bloodaxe.  $LOD$.

“.If *WE* don’t keep an eye on Big Brother, nobody will. One of the main
goals of communism in its efforts to subvert capitalist society was to sow
dissention and mistrust among the more inquisitive political
organizations–could it be that the feds are trying to do the same to us,
a potentially VERY POWERFUL segment of today’s cutting-edge theorists?
***>DON’T LET THEM WIN!<*** Let’s join together and disseminate
information freely rather than withhold it!”
-Susan Thunder.

“This is the dead land
This is cactus land
Here the stone images
Are raised, here they receive
The supplication of a dead man’s hand ”
– T.S. Elliot, in the Hollow Men

“I’d rather see kids buying toys than drugs.”
– Glen Danzig, in an interview 1986.

“Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.  Moderation in
the pursuit of freedom is no virtue.”
–Barry Goldwater

“A people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves
with the power knowledge gives.”
–James Madison

“Nothing destroys authority so much as the unequal and untimely
interchange of power, pressed too far and relaxed too much.”
–Francis Bacon

“Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.”
–Dave Barry

“Of all tyrannies a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be
the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than
under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may
sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who
torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so
with the approval of their own conscience.”   -C.S. Lewis

“Authentic political ends are mostly autonomous ones (i.e., not derived from something else): they are connected to ideas and interests different from those of peaceful living, pure economics, and physical well-being, pointing to a higher dimension of life and a separate order of dignity. This opposition between the political and the social domains is fundamental.” -Julius Evola

“Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.”
–Thomas Jefferson, motto found among his papers

“Still, if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win
without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure
and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you have to fight with
all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There
may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of
victory, because it is better to perish than live as slaves.”
–Winston Churchill, The Gathering Storm, 1948

“technologists may take lawful steps as individuals to prevent their work
from being used to build a totalitarian infrastructure. It is not that the
present U.S. Government is evil — it may well be the most benign
government in history. But once the technology for totalitarian control is
in place, this or any government will inexorably use it more and more, as
recent events in Washington have demonstrated. And that technology is
coming together with alarming rapidity. George Orwell’s novel 1984 is not
science fiction, it is just one more high tech product plan that missed
its original delivery date.”
–Arnold G. Reinhold
Co-author E-mail for Dummies,
author of the CyberSaber RC4 encryption program

“I said fuck you cop.. well I wish I had said that.”
–Edison as quoted in COTNo #6 fall 1995

“While the Rose blows along the River Brink; With old Khayyam the Ruby
Vintage drink: And when the Angel with his darker Draught
Draws up to Thee–take that, and do not shrink.”
–Omar Khayyam

“It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become prey to
the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is
eternal vigilance.”
–John Philpot Curran, 1790

“OK, enough technobabble. Now for my personal opinions and views on
modern society: the revolution will come. We can not go on in the
manner that we do. It will stop, for many reasons. Nihilism. rebirth. A
change in our fundamental thoughts and beliefs must occur for us to go on
as a society, for we have forgot what it is to be human. Technology will
not solve our problems as a society… At this point it hinders and
allows us to hide, escape, from what is happening to us. I could write a
book on my arguements for this stance, but the sad thing is it would do
*no* good… No, it is far better to act, and that is what few do these
-The Nihilist. Guild|infonexus.com

“The heart of an old man remains in two respects…his love for the world
and his incessant hope.”  –Prophet Muhammad

“It is the responsibility of intellectuals to speak the truth and to
expose lies.” –Noam Chomsky

“Iggy and I had done a lot of drugs & we decided it was time to clean up,
so we picked Berlin, the heroin capital of the world…”
-David Bowie on Iggy Pop

I do believe that where there is a young choice only between cowardice and
violence, I would advise violence — Mahatma Gandhi

“I got him professional help, I’m not the type of guy to give good real
life advice…” –Iggy Pop on his son Erik’s early drug habit

“Its not worth doing time for silly phone shit.”
–John Falcon

“We did really good with the social deviants, high school dropouts, people
without a job,  Acoholics, drug addicts…”  -Iggy Pop on the Stooges
early lack of popularity

“I never get bummed out, at anything, anything at all. Because I look at myself
and think, look at how lucky, look at how well-off you are, you could be like
this, or this could happen, you know what I mean? As bad as something is
that happens to you, it could always be worse. Always… people dwell on
the negative too much. Of course there’s negative, but you can work off the
negative. I work off the negative better than the positive. Positive is
easy to work off, anyone can work off positive. But people get so bummed out
and scared of what negative is that they don’t deal with it. And you have to
deal with everything. ”
-Glen Danzig

“He’s older than I am and he’s out there jumping into mosh pits”
–John Williamson on Iggy Pop

“Fear (is) the only restraining motive which may hold the hand of a
–Thomas Jefferson:    Rights of British America, 1774.

“Who are you ?”
“They call me Flying Monkey”
–From the movie Wing Chun

“A single death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic.”
-anonymous (possibly Stalin ? )

“Something kinda sad about
the way that things have come to be.
Desensitized to everything.
What became of subtlety?” -tool from the LP “aenima”

“You’ve claimed all this time that you would die for me.
Why then are you so surprised when you hear your own eulogy?

You had alot to say.
You had alot of nothing to say.”
-tool from the LP “aenima”

“Some say the end is near.
Some say we’ll see armageddon soon.
I certainly hope we will.
I sure could use a vacation from this

Learn to swim.

Cuz I’m praying for rain
And I’m praying for tidal waves
I wanna see the ground give way.
I wanna watch it all go down.
Mom please flush it all away.”
-tool from the LP “aenima”

“ICBMs don’t kill people, people kill people; join the NAWA (National
Atomic Weapons Association) now for your sticker and monthly magazine w/
plenty of ads for AW distributors. :)”  -John Galt on the dc-stuff list 7/99

“For a price I’d do about anything
Except pull the trigger
For that I’d need a pretty good cause”
-Queensryche, from the LP “Operation Mindcrime”

“I awoke on impact
Under surveillance from the camera eye
Searching high and low”
-Queensryche, from the LP “Operation Mindcrime”

“Who controls the present controls the past.
Who controls the past controls the future.”
-Orwell, 1984

“History is a lie agreed upon.”

“There is no such thing, at this date of the world’s history, in America, as an
independent press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who
dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand
that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my
honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with…
..The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth, to lie
outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to
sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know
it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press?”
– John Swinton,(1829-1901), managing editor of the New York Times in
the 1860’s.
Spake in 1880, during a banquet, when a
guest offered a toast to the free and “Independent Press”.
Source: Labor’s Untold Story, by Richard O. Boyer and Herbert M. Morais,
The quote is often misattributed, espescially in Rightwing conspiracy
literature, but the gist is still relevant to-day, in many ways.

“To wit Wicca, in company with the New Age as a whole is riddled
with mummy’s boy liberalism, cry baby social politics and middle-class
performance angst shot to bits by moral cowardice and perpetrated
by the sort of people who have names like Crispin and Philida whose
probable first gut instinct, or rather gutless instinct, on finding their
Au Pair raped and decapitated, and their children: Piers, Stefan,
Harry, Jonquile, Jasmine and Cressida, murdered and dismembered
in their Terence Conran kitchen, would be to ask the perpetrator
if he or she would like to sit down and join together with them
‘as a group’ in sealing their anal chakras.

Crissie and Phillie would then insist that they all meditate and centre
themselves by looking at the serene, Healing images on any one of
the many inane posters of Unicorns, Rainbows and Humped-Back
Whales that can still be seen through the smears of finely
mashed human internal organs.
..Modern Wicca, like so much else in 20th century society, is imitation
and hollow mimickry, it is safe and respectable and consequently it is
dead. If it had any intrinsic psychobiological value and any consequent
potential for making significant social changes, the establishment would
have squashed the ‘New Age movement’ in the first few months of its
emergence. Like everything else in the market-place however, it is no
more than a fashion statement, a lifestyle choice with a price tag
attached.” -Nicholas Weir (or De Vere, or whatever the hell he calls himself now..)

“History fails to record a single precedent in which nations
subject to moral decay have not passed into political and economic
decline.  There has been either a spiritual awakening to overcome
the moral lapse, or a progressive deterioration leading to ultimate
national disaster.” –General Douglas MacArthur

“But it’s *good* to kill some people.  Some people *need* killing.
When a murderer comes through my door, it is good to kill him…
…Good. Virtuous.  Benefits the community. Enobles him who does the
killing.  It is not pleasant, and it is messy.  Why should I care

about the tears of some bum’s wife…  I have no authority over
those people, and no responsibility for their suffering from my
righteous acts.  If the thief wished to stay alive, he would consider
his wife and children…”
–“The Woodchuck” on the DC-Stuff mailing list.

“Listen, if you use other people’s credit card numbers to buy
merchandise, that’s obviously stealing. The FBI likes referring to people
like that as hackers, and the media picks it up because it makes good
headlines. They’re not going to say, “A bunch of criminals using computers
were using credit cards and getting stolen merchandise,” because somebody
reading that will come away saying, “What a bunch of thieves.” But if you
put the word hacker in there, they come away thinking about hackers.  Once
someone crosses over to the point where they’re doing things that are
completely immoral — illegal has nothing to do with it, because there are
lots of stupid laws that I’d prefer to do without — you could call them a
bad hacker. But I’d go a step further and just call them a bad person. ”
–Mark Abene (formerly known as Phiber Optic), MOD

“Nobody gets out of here alive…”
–Jim Morrison

“I’ve only been in love with a beer bottle and a mirror. ”
–sid Vicious

“Justice is the end of government.  It is the end of civil society.
It ever has been and ever will be pursued until it be obtained,
or until liberty be lost in the pursuit.” –James Madison

“…alright? Like, you’re not talking intelligibly, you’re
falling asleep on your sunglasses. Wake the fuck up!…He’s been very um,
you know. It’s hard for him to talk. I’m trying to get him to wake up and
talk to you. Yeah, I’ve been making him rest since he’s back feeding him
good food. (picks up inhaler) Sid… wake up please! (sprays inhaler in
Sid’s mouth) Just wake up please…He ain’t gonna drop dead. Take it from
me. He’s just fucked up…I mean look at that poster up there. He’s
yellow in that poster. ”
-Nancy Spungen: during an interview of her and Sid for D.O.A.

“Hey, do you want to make a pornographic movie? Give us a hundred pounds.”
-sid Vicious: during the same interview

“You tell me you are a hacker yet you want me to show you how
to logon to your shell account? I’m pointing my finger at you to
discredit you and you point your finger at me because you think
I am too good to show you how to do something when I worked
so hard to learn it on my own… You say you had a hard life and
you turned to your computer for solitude and pleasure and I tell
you that you turn to your computer because your television no
longer keeps you occupied.  Factory kicks out new and improved
hackers and throws away old.  Is new always better?… What is
my purpose for being here if i’m just taking up space? ”

“No, in truth, there is nothing more reprehensible than the mass-appeal of
the Madison Ave holidays.  How can you distinguish them from normal, event
or commemorative-related holidays?  How about this as acid kool-aid test:
If you get your mail, and the banks are open, IT’S NOT A @(*#! HOLIDAY!  To
put it even plainer than that:  NO CAR DEALERSHIP “EXTRAVAGANZA” = NO
-Capone (G file writer, hacker)

“Governments have killed more people than murderers..”
– Phil Zimmermann (author of PGP)

“Mystics are all a bit funny in the head anyway,” the priest added
cyni-cally, ” “which is why the church locks them all up in mental
hospitals and euphemistically calls these institutions monasteries.
But I digress.”
– The Catholic Priest in Robert Shea’s, and RAW’s, “Illuminatus”


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