Philosophy

 

CHIEF JOSEPH, NEZ PERCE

“The Earth is the Mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it. You might as well expect the river to run backward

as that any man who was born a free man should be contented when penned up and denied liberty to go where he pleases.”









KAHLIL GIBRAN

“Yes, the bird has a nobility that man has not, for man lives in the shadows of laws and customs that he has devised for himself, but the birds

live in accordance with the universal and absolute laws that drive the earth around the sun.”









HOWARD ZINN

“My hope is that whatever you do to make a good life for yourself — whether you become a teacher, or social worker, or business person, or lawyer, or poet, or scientist — you will devote part of your life to making this a better world for your children, for all children. My hope is that your generation will demand an end to war, that your generation will do something that has not yet been done in history and wipe out the national boundaries that separate us from other human beings on this earth. ”









HAILE SELASSIE I

“We must become bigger than we have been : more courageous, greater in spirit, larger in outlook. We must become members of a new race, overcoming petty prejudice, owing our ultimate allegiance not to nations but to our fellow men within the human community.”









VISUDDHI MAGGA

“A name is imposed on what is thought to be a thing or a state and this divides it from other things and other states. But when you pursue what lies behind the name, you find a greater and greater subtlety that has no divisions. Atoms of dust are not really atoms of dust but are merely called that. In the same way, a world is not a world but is merely called that.”









SENG TSIAN

“Simultanieously practice stillness and illumination. Carefully observe, but see no dharmas, see no body and see no mind. For the mind is nameless, the body is empty and the dharmas are a dream. There is nothing to be attained, no enlightenment to be experienced. This is called liberation.”









NOAM CHOMSKY

“There is no reason to accept the doctrines crafted to sustain power and privilege, or to believe that we are constrained by mysterious and unknown social laws. These are simply decisions made within institutions that are subject to human will and that must face the test of legitimacy.”









SANTANA, KIOWA CHIEF

“”I have heard you intend to settle us on a reservation near the mountains. I don’t want to settle. I love to roam over the prairies. There I feel free and happy, but when we settle down we grow pale and die.”









VEDIC SAYING

“I am That, You are That, All this is That – That’s all there is.”









CARLOS CASTANEDA

“I am already given to the power that rules my fate. And I cling to nothing. So I will have nothing to defend. I have no thoughts, so I will see. I fear nothing, so I will remember myself. Detached and at ease, I will dart past the eagle to be free.”









VLADIMIR LENIN

“While the State exists, there can be no freedom. When there is freedom there will be no State.”









HERMANN HESSE

“Our mind is capable of passing beyond the dividing line we have drawn for it. Beyond the pairs of opposites of which the world consists, other, new insights begin.”









SUTTA NIPATA

“The one who wanders independent in the world, free from opinions and viewpoints, does not grasp them and enter into disputations and arguments.
As the lotus rises on its stalk unsoiled by the mud and the water, so the wise one speaks of peace and is unstained by the opinions of the world.”









BOB MARLEY

“Bob Marley isn’t my name. I don’t even know my name yet.”









JOHN MUIR

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.”









JOHN LENNON

“Imagine there’s no country, It isn’t hard to do, Nothing to kill or die for, And no religion too, Imagine all the people, Living life in peace.”









HENRY MILLER

“Today I am proud to say that I am inhuman, that I belong not to men and governments, that I have nothing to do with creeds and principles. I have nothing to do with the creaking machinery of humanity – I belong to the earth!”









ABRAHAM LINCOLN

“Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable – a most sacred right – a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.”









 


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