My Top 10 Favorite Quotes from America-Hating Godless Heathens

favorite quoteIf you were to list 10 of your favorite quotes, which ones would you choose?  I’m sure they are quotes that inspire you to act in some way, or at least make you feel some sort of emotion.

My top 10 favorite quotes are from people who made history by questioning the American political system, and how we treat people in this society.  There are more than a few people (usually those who lean toward the right side of the political spectrum) who consider them anti-American and godless, even though that is not always the case.

Are your favorite quotes among them?

10.)  “Laws: We know what they are, and what they are worth! They are spider webs for the rich and mighty, steel chains for the poor and weak, fishing nets in the hands of the government.”

~Pierre Joseph Proudhon, French politician, activist, and widely believed to be the first person to call himself an “Anarchist”. (1809-1865)

9.)  “When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong.”

~Eugene V. Debs, union leader, creator of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), and Socialist politician. (1855-1926)

8.)  “History does nothing; it does not possess immense riches, it does not fight battles. It is men, real, living, who do all this.”

~Karl Marx, German philosopher, writer, and economist.  (1818-1883)

7.)  “If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.”

~Emma Goldman, Russian-born Anarchist and political activist.  (1869-1940)

6.)  “I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.”

~Susan B. Anthony, teacher and activist best known for her role in the early women’s rights movement.  (1820-1906)

5.)  “Even the most wretched individual of our present society could not exist and develop without the cumulative social efforts of countless generations.”

~Mikhail Bakunin, Russian Anarchist and philosopher.  (1814-1876)

4.)   “Woman must not accept; she must challenge. She must not be awed by that which has been built up around her; she must reverence that woman in her which struggles for expression.”

~Margaret Sanger, nurse and activist best known for founding Planned Parenthood.  (1879-1966)

3.)  “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.”

~Helen Keller, first deaf and blind person to be awarded a bachelor’s degree, activist, and founding member of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).  (1880-1968)

2.)  “You never need an argument against the use of violence, you need an argument for it.”

~Noam Chomsky, American Linguist, historian, professor at MIT for more than 50 years, and activist. (1928-)

1.)  “How  can you have a war on terrorism when war itself is terrorism?”

~Howard Zinn, historian, professor, activist, and author best known for A People’s History of the United States:  1492-Present.  (1922-2010)

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