I was punished for communicating,
Do you see law and order? There is nothing but disorder, and instead of law there is the illusion of security. It is an illusion because it is built on a long history of injustices: racism, criminality, and the genocide of millions. Many people say it is insane to resist the system, but actually, it
Today's empire is tomorrow's ashes
The United States is Fast Becoming One of the Biggest Open-Air Prisons on Earth
The state would rather give me an uzi than a microphone.
If you ain't angry, you ain't paying attention.
When a cause comes along and you know in your bones that it is just, yet refuse to defend it--at that moment you begin to die. And I have never seen so many corpses walking around talking about justice.
If they survive, today's children will inherit a world that our fathers and grandfathers have ravaged, where the seas are acidic cesspools that the whales have fled, where rain forests are Indian memories never to return, and where human greed has plundered Mother Earth's innards and turned human ge
The role of television is the illusion of company, noise. I call it the fifth wall and the second window: the window of illusion.
At the risk of quoting Mephistopheles I repeat: Welcome to hell. A hell erected and maintained by human-governments, and blessed by black robed judges. A hell that allows you to see your loved ones, but not to touch them. A hell situated in America's boondocks, hundreds of miles away from most famil
Politics is the art of making the people believe that they are in power, when in fact, they have none.
here and there in the barrios and the favelas, among those who have least, beat hearts of hope, fly sparks of Overcoming.
Before this generation goes on to its ancestors, we should, we must, do our level best to pass on our lessons, so that they live in our people's minds and lives.
Contrary to popular belief, conventional wisdom would have one believe that it is insane to resist this, the mightiest of empiresâ€¦ But what history really shows is that today`s empire is tomorrow`s ashes, that nothing lasts forever, and that to not resist is to acquiesce in your own oppression. Th
Elie Wiesel says that the greatest evil in the world is not anger or hatred, but indifference. If that is true, then the opposite is also true: that the greatest love we can show our children is the attention we pay them, the time we take for them. Maybe we serve children the best simply by noticing
Free people have a right to decide for themselves what they want to hear.
The media, itself an arm of mega-corporate power, feeds the fear industry, so that people are primed like pumps to support wars on rumor, innuendo, legends, and lies.
Prison is a second-by-second assault on the soul, a day-to-day degradation of the self, an oppressive steel and brick umbrella that transforms seconds into hours and hours into days.
And truly it demands something godlike in him who cast off the common motives of humanity and ventured to trust himself for a taskmaster.
If a man will kick a fact out of the window, when he comes back he finds it again in the chimney corner.
Enthusiasm is the leaping lightning, not to be measured by the horse-power of the understanding
There is no thought in any mind, but it quickly tends to convert itself into power.
Some people are born very far from home.
The world looks like a multiplication-table, or a mathematical equation, which, turn it how you will, balances itself.
When we are young, we spend much time and pains in filling our note-books with all definitions of Religion, Love, Poetry, Politics, Art, in the hope that, in the course of a few years, we shall have condensed into our encyclopaedia the net value of all the theories at which the world has yet arrived
Duty grows everywhere--like children, like grass.
The soul of God is poured into the world through the thoughts of men.
By virtue of the Deity thought renews itself inexhaustibly every day and the thing whereon it shines, though it were dust and sand, is a new subject with countless relations.
The wonder is that we can see these trees and not wonder more.
Intellectual tasting of life will not supersede muscular activity.
The amount of a man's wealth consists in the number of things he can do without.
He thought it happier to be dead, To die for Beauty, than live for bread
Art is the need to create; but in its essence, immense and universal, it is impatient of working with lame or tied hands, and of making cripples and monsters, such as all pictures and statues are. Nothing less than the creation of man and nature is its end.
The nonconformist and the rebel say all manner of unanswerable things against the existing republic, but discover to our sense no plan of house or state of their own.
Many times the reading of a book has made the future of a man.
Accept your genius and say what you think.
A breath of will blows eternally through the universe of souls in the direction of Right and Necessity. It is the air which all intellects inhale and exhale, and it is the wind which blows the worlds into order and orbit.
Yet America is a poem in our eyes; its ample geography dazzles the imagination, and it will not wait long for metres.