Too much sanity may be madness, and the maddest of all to see life as it is and not as it should be.

Miguel Cervantes


It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.

Mahatma Ghandi


Peace, strength, courage, rice, and beans.

Peter Schreiner


“they prescribe more violence delivered from 30,000 feet on places where the blood of previous adventures never dried.”

John Pilger on Cameron and Obama bombing Iraq yet again in 2014 … to “fight” the Islamic State


Some things are not wrong because Russians happen to believe them

Charles King


The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.

Albert Einstein


In order to ensure the survival of the richest, it is democracy that has to be heavily regulated rather than capitalism.

Tariq Ali


If residential schools had been a virulent disease they would have been in the same category as smallpox and Ebola

Thomas King


What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or in the holy name of liberty or democracy?

Mahatma Ghandi


Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate.

Bertrand Russel

Some doggy wisdom from a great writer:

Women are trying sometimes. It is almost as if they deliberately misunderstood.

Life’s too short to bark at everybody who comes into our yard.

P.G. Wodehouse


The person who risks nothing … may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow, live, and love.

Leo Buscaglia


In the algebra of love a child is the symbol of the magical sum of two beings.

Milan Kundera


We must stop thinking about indigenous peoples as “failed attempts to be us.”

Wade Davis


Since NAFTA, we’ve had a flood of dumped corn and other products from the U.S., a financial crisis and recession, a rise in migration, a food price crisis that caused tortilla riots, and all the World Bank can say is that our farmers are unproductive and should get out of farming.

Victor Suarez (Mexican farm movement leader)


As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities.



We live in unfettered capitalism as a revolutionary force.

Chris Hedges


“Only puny secrets need protection. Big discoveries are protected by public incredulity.

Marshall McLuhan


The reward of one who does something lies in something done for him.

Recorded by an Egyptian scribe 3700 years ago. Sound familiar?


In my journal I noted the simple luxuries of forest life; “the smoke of a fire that chases away insects, a rainless night… water deep enough to bathe in, a hint of a solid shit, a full night’s sleep, a lemon tree found…”

From Wade Davis’ account of his crossing of the infamous Darien Gap between Colombia and Panama


…there can be no motive for competitive struggles among cells which depend upon one another and share everything, even a single life

Hans Selye


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