Connexions Quotations

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The battle over history is never really about the past – it’s about the future.
- Seamus Milne


Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery.
- Malcolm X


Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are.
- Bertolt Brecht


Before all else, Marx was a revolutionist. To collaborate in one way or another in the overthrow of capitalist society and of the State institutions created by that society; to collaborate in the freeing of the modern proletariat ... this was his true mission in life. Fighting was his natural element. Few men ever fought with so much passion, tenacity, and success...
- Friedrich Engels


Before anything happens to me I want to know that the seeds have really been planted, that things will carry on changing.
- Wangari Maathai


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.
– Mumia Abu Jamal


Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away and you have their shoes.
– Anon


Being a victim of oppression in the United States is not enough to make you revolutionary, just as dropping out of your mother’s womb is not enough to make you human. People who are full of hate and anger against their oppressors or who only see Us versus Them can make a rebellion but not a revolution. The oppressed internalize the values of the oppressor. Therefore, any group that achieve power, no matter how oppressed, is not going to act differently from their oppressors as long as they have not confronted the values that they have internalized and consciously adopted different values.
- Grace Lee Boggs


Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it.
- Andre Gide




The best life is the one in which the creative impulses play the largest part and the possessive impulses the smallest.
- Bertrand Russell


The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.
- Mark Twain


The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.
- Abraham Lincoln


Better do a good deed near at home than go far away to burn incense.
- Amelia Earhart


Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
- Abraham Lincoln


“A brutal tyrant crosses the line from admirable friend to ‘villain’ and ‘scum’ when he commits the crime of independence. One common mistake is to go beyond robbing the poor – which is just fine – and to start interfering with the privileged, eliciting opposition from business leaders.”
- Noam Chomsky


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