- 1 On Capitalism
- 2 On Socialism and Capitalism
- 3 On Globalism and Cosmopolitanism
- 4 On Atheism and Materialism
- 5 On Judaism
- 6 On Islam
- 7 On Catholicism
- 8 On Protestantism
- 9 On Distributism
- 10 On Tolerance and Relativism
- 11 On Truth
- 12 On Democracy
- 13 On Decadence
- 14 On Traditionalism
- 15 On Liberals and leftists
- 16 On Feminism
- 17 On Journalism
- 18 Miscellaneous
"The economic anarchy of capitalist society as it exists today is, in my opinion, the real source of the evil (...). Private capital tends to become concentrated in few hands, partly because of competition among the capitalists, and partly because technological development and the increasing division of labor encourage the formation of larger units of production at the expense of smaller ones. The result of these developments is an oligarchy of private capital the enormous power of which cannot be effectively checked even by a democratically organized political society (...). Moreover, under existing conditions, private capitalists inevitably control, directly or indirectly, the main sources of information (press, radio, education). It is thus extremely difficult, and indeed in most cases quite impossible, for the individual citizen to come to objective conclusions and to make intelligent use of his political rights."
"Wars are provoked in succession, deliberately, by the great usurers, in order to create debts, to create scarcity, so that they can extort the interest on these debts, so that they can raise the price of money, altering the prices of the various monetary units when it suits them, raising and lowering the prices of the various foodstuffs when it suits them, completely indifferent to the human victim, to the accumulated treasures of civilization, to the cultural heritage."
"I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902–1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents."
"Capitalism carries war within itself like the cloud carries the storm."
"The banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies."
"The Bourgeoisie has left remaining no other nexus between man and man than naked self-interest, than callous “cash payment”. It has drowned the most heavenly ecstasies of religious fervour, of chivalrous enthusiasm, of philistine sentimentalism, in the icy water of egotistical calculation. It has resolved personal worth into exchange value, and in place of the numberless indefeasible chartered freedoms, has set up that single, unconscionable freedom — Free Trade."
"There are two ways to conquer and enslave a country. One is by the sword. The other is by debt."
"And what do you think of usury?"—"What do you think of murder?""
"A capitalist will sell you the rope to hang him with."— Lenin
"The force of capitalism is to convert everything into merchandise, even opposition to capitalism."
"How in the hell could a man enjoy being awakened at 6:30 a.m. by an alarm clock, leap out of bed, dress, force-feed, shit, piss, brush teeth and hair, and fight traffic to get to a place where essentially you made lots of money for somebody else and were asked to be grateful for the opportunity to do so?"
"The market will extend to sectors for which it has not yet had access to, such as health, education, justice, police, foreign affairs. At the same time, since there are no rules of law, the market will extend to areas now considered illegal and criminal, such as prostitution, organ trade, arms trade, racket, and so on. And so we will increasingly have a market that will dominate, leading to a concentration of wealth, a growing inequality, an absolute priority given to the short term and to the tyranny of fast money. And at the end of the journey, the market will include the commercialization of the most important thing that is, life ; the transformation of the human being into merchandise, becoming a clone and a robot of himself."
"Much of what is called anti-fascism today is either naive or dishonest. Indeed it pretends to fight something which is dead and buried, an archaeological phenomenon that can no longer scare anyone. It is a comfortable and easy anti-fascism. I am profoundly convinced that true fascism is what sociologists have so gently called consumerist society, a definition that seems harmless and purely indicative. It is not so. If one observes the reality, and especially if one is able to read in objects, landscape, town planning and especially men, one sees that the results of this carefree consumerist society are themselves the results of a dictatorship, of pure and simple fascism."
"I don't want a nation of thinkers, I want a nation of workers."
"There's class warfare, all right, but it's my class, the rich class, that's making war, and we're winning."
On Socialism and Capitalism
"Socialism is the logical conclusion of capitalism as capitalism's concentrated powers eventually capture the state, resulting in a form of socialism."— Thomas Storck
"Capitalism believes in collectivism for itself and individualism for its enemies."
"Nothing is more evident than that modern capitalism is just as subversive as Marxism. The materialistic view of life on which both systems are based is identical; both of their ideals are qualitatively identical, including the premises connected to a world the center of which is constituted of technology, science, production, ‘productivity,’ and ‘consumption.’ And as long as we only talk about economic classes, profit, salaries, and production, and as long as we believe that real human progress is determined by a particular system of distribution of wealth and goods, and that, generally speaking, human progress is measured by the degree of wealth or indigence — then we are not even close to what is essential."
"Capitalism is man exploiting man. Socialism is just the opposite."
On Globalism and Cosmopolitanism
"Distrust those cosmopolitans who go to great lengths in their books to discover duties that they do not deign to fulfill around them. Such a philosopher loves the Tartars so as to be spared loving his neighbors.."
"Growth in the global economy encourages the development of stateless elites whose allegiance is to global economic success and their own prosperity rather than the interests of the nation where they are headquartered."
"These transnationalists have little need for national loyalty, view national boundaries as obstacles that thankfully are vanishing, and see national governments as residues from the past whose only useful function is to facilitate the elite's global operations."
"Cosmopolitanism is the desire to mix Camembert and soy sauce into the same disgusting gruel."— Francis Cousin
"Globalization consists of selling products manufactured by Third World slaves to jobless westerners."
"Austerity measures demanded of some countries by International creditors are a new form of postmodern occupation, a coup d'état which uses banks instead of tanks."
On Atheism and Materialism
"The French Revolution killed more people in one month in Paris in the name of atheism, than the Inquisition did in the name of God during the whole Middle Ages in the whole Europe."
"I forgive many things but I hate the atheist and the materialist. How do you think I have something in common with someone who does not believe in the existence of the soul, and believes that he is a pile of mud, and wants me to be like him, a pile of mud?"
"If one does not believe in God, the only honest alternative is vulgar utilitarianism. The rest is rhetoric."
"You either know or do not know that Stalin’s regime considers humanity as nothing save raw material. Deliver so many carloads of human material at the consumption point. That is the logical result of materialism. If you assert that men are dirt, that humanity is merely material, that is where you come out. And the old Georgian train robber is perfectly logical. If all things are merely material, man is material, and the system of anti-man treats man as matter."
"Atheism denies truth, denies virtue, denies the good, denies the bad, denies any other duty than that of physical preservation. It tells the man that his interests are the only limit to his actions."
"If humanists were right in declaring that man is born to be happy, he would not be born to die. Since his body is doomed to die, his task on earth evidently must be of a more spiritual nature. It cannot be the unrestrained enjoyment of everyday life. It cannot be the search for the best ways to obtain material goods and then cheerfully get the most out of them. It has to be the fulfillment of a permanent, earnest duty so that one's life journey may become an experience of moral growth, so that one may leave life a better human being than one started it."
"'Petty quarrels with neighbours, films, football, beer and above all, gambling filled up the horizon of their minds. To keep them in control was not difficult."
"Many love humanity only in order to forget God with a clear conscience."
"A strange fanaticism fills our time: the fanatical hatred of morality, especially of Christian morality."
"Today any other passion that is not for money, honor and pleasure is called unreasonable and fanatical."
"It is true that we have not destroyed all the crosses, nor replaced ceremonies of worship with ancient spectacles of prostitution, nor have we latrines and public urinals in cathedrals transformed into gambling houses or cafés-chantants. Of course, we do not drag enough priests into the streams, there are not enough young nuns entrusted to the maternal solicitude of brothel madams. Childhood is not rotten soon enough, the paternal face is not sufficiently used as a spittoon or as a shoe scraper... Probably. But all these things are upon us and can be considered as they had already happened, since they arrive like the tide and that nothing is able to contain them."
"When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion."— Voltaire
"You cannot serve God and Mammon."
"We comprehend the earth only when we have known heaven. Without the spiritual world the material world is a disheartening enigma."
"Renting your belly to make a child or renting your arms to work at the factory, what's the difference?"
"In contrast to the metaphysical systems of allegiance underpinning Judaism and Islam, reducing men to the status of God-Fearing creatures through commercial agreements and military pacts signed with a dominating Creator, the primitive doctrine of Christianity abolishes all commercial easements and military subordination and calls for the insurrection of the heart against the obsession of rituals that imprisons the heart of the human being."— Francis Cousin
"To the commandments which simply imposed to serve the Lord, demanding blind submission, joyless, loveless, suffocating obedience, that is to say the commandments of the cult, Jesus opposed their exact antithesis, an instinct and even a need of man."— Hegel
"An opinion as general as antisemitism, which has flourished in all countries and in all ages, before and after the Christian era, at Alexandria, Rome, and Antiachia, in Arabia, and in Persia, in mediaeval and in modern Europe, in a word, in all parts of the world wherever there are or have been Jews such an opinion, it has seemed to me, could not spring from a mere whim or fancy, but must be the effect of deep and serious causes. As the enemies of the Jews belonged to the most diverse races; as they dwelled far apart from one another, were ruled by different laws and governed by opposite principles; as they had not the same customs and differed in spirit from one another, so that they could not possibly judge alike of any subject it must needs be that the general causes of antisemitism have always resided in Israel itself, and not in those who antagonized it."
"The fact that 1855 years ago Christ drove the Jewish moneychangers out of the temple, and that the moneychangers of our age enlisted on the side of tyranny happen again chiefly to be Jews, is perhaps no more than a historical coincidence (...). But it is only because the Jews are so strong that it is timely and expedient to expose and stigmatize their organization."
"What is the basis of Judaism? A practical passion and greed for profit. To what can we reduce his religious worship? To extortion. What is his real God? Cash!"
"Nationalities must disappear, religion must be suppressed. But Israel must not disappear as this small people is chosen by God."
"Jews are the "chosen "people"? But chosen by who? Well, I didn't vote!"
"Islam is Judaism's broom."— Rav Touitou
"The highest message of Mahomet is a piece of divine tautology."
"Islam ! This monstrous religion, which contradicts itself, exists only through its ignorance ; it persuades through its violence and its tyranny ; its only miracles are its feats of arms, redoubtable and victorious, which makes the world tremble and which establish by force the empire of Satan in all the Universe."
"Islam is Islamism at rest and Islamism is Islam in action."
"Islam is a religion of peace ... after the conquest."
"False christs and false prophets will appear, and they will offer great signs and wonders in order to deceive, if possible, even those whom God has chosen."
"A time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering a service to God."
"How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries, improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement, the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Individual Muslims may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world."
"Islam's borders are bloody and so are its innards. The fundamental problem for the West is not Islamic fundamentalism. It is Islam, a different civilisation whose people are convinced of the superiority of their culture and are obsessed with the inferiority of their power."
"When Mohammed promises his followers a paradise hung with tapestry, adorned with gold and precious stones, furnished with wenches of excelling beauty, rare wines and delicate dishes, I easily discern that these are mockers who accommodate their promises to our stupidity, to attract and allure us by hopes and opinions suitable to our mortal appetite. [...] We should then tell him, on behalf of human reason: if the pleasures thou dost promise us in the other life are of the same kind that I have enjoyed here below, that has nothing in common with infinity : [...] we cannot, as we ought, conceive the grandeur of those high and divine promises, if we can in any sort conceive them; to have a worthy imagination of them we must imagine them unimaginable, inexplicable, and incomprehensible, and absolutely another thing than any in our miserable experience. “Eye hath not seen,” says St. Paul, “nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.”"
"Islam is the most immobile and stubborn cult, the Koran stops all science and all culture. The Mahometan reads nothing, because the Koran contains everything and anything that is not in the Koran is bad. Mohammed had the right feeling when he took the crescent of the moon as symbol of his religion, as its light is deceitful and heatless.”"
"Since its birth, Christianity has assumed, elaborated and deepened the best of Greek and Roman wisdom, presenting itself precisely as the victory of human thought over the world of religious mythology and fanaticism. In a certain sense, therefore, rationality in Christianity has become religion: God has not rejected philosophical knowledge but has assimilated it. St Justin, for example, after studying all the systems of thought, recognized Christianity as the true philosophy. He was convinced that in becoming Christian, he had not denied philosophy but indeed only then had fully become a philosopher."
"A Catholic is a person who has plucked up courage to face the incredible & inconceivable idea that something else may be wiser than he is."
"Any Christian who does not look at a poor man as he may be Jesus Christ must be regarded as a Protestant."
"We live in a world where mankind is in the service of the economy and economy is in the service of finance, while it should be the exact opposite."— Philippe Murer
"One of our many discoveries during the war was that in battalions where the discipline was firmest the men were happiest and their morale most sure. There is solid enjoyment in forming part of a community wherein every individual knows his job and does it to the best of his ability; ultimately, it is doubtful whether there is any other real social happiness. Similarly, it is wretched to work in an atmosphere where everybody is trying to scamp his duty, or so to order affairs that he scores off his colleagues instead of collaborating with them. Human beings refusing to submit to a communal purpose higher than their own selfish purpose produce nothing beyond egoism, treachery, and greed."
"I have always been a monarchist and anarchist. Monarchist so that our anarchy, that of below, is protected by the order from above."
"Subordination is not servitude, nor is authority tyranny."
"Collective will supplants individual whim."
"We need to establish some power, in the absence of some god, over the empire of stocks and balance sheets."
"Store up your treasures in Heaven, for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
"Between the rich and the poor, it is freedom which oppresses and the law which sets free."
"The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread."
"I look at money as the manure and they look at it as the harvest."
"If the state is strong, it crushes us. If it is weak, we perish."
On Tolerance and Relativism
"Tolerance is the modern word for cowardice"— Laurent Obertone
"By dint of tolerating everything, we end up approving anything."
"Evil preaches tolerance until it is dominant, then it tries to silence the good."
"An open mind is a mark of foolishness, like an open mouth. Mouths & minds were made to shut; they were made to open only in order to shut."
"What "multiculturalism" boils down to is that you can praise any culture in the world except Western culture - and you cannot blame any culture in the world except Western culture."
"«Taste is relative» is the excuse adopted by those eras that have bad taste."
"If all cultures are equal, cannibalism is a matter of taste."
"Every civilization sees itself as the center of the world and writes its history as the central drama of human history."
"The strongest saints and the strongest sceptics alike took positive evil as the starting-point of their argument."
"Truths are not relative. What is relative are opinions about truth."
"Those who leave the tradition of truth do not escape into something which we call Freedom. They escape into something else called Fashion."
"The modern man, instead of attempting to raise himself to truth, seeks to drag truth down to his own level."
"False opinions are like false money, struck first of all by guilty men and thereafter circulated by honest people who perpetuate the crime without knowing what they are doing."
"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."
"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."
"I don't pretend to know the truth, i only pretend to accuracy."
"The truth will set you free."
"Anything that does not lie is abhorred, hunted, chased down, vomited up, hated to death."— Céline
"Would they be nine hundred and ninety-five million and I alone, they are wrong, Lola, and I am right."— Céline
"What is more scandalous, in a world based on lie, than Truth itself ?"— Laurent Obertone
"Seek, and you will find."
"Man is ice to truth and fire to falsehood."
"If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal."
"I am not afraid of universal suffrage: the people will vote as they are told to."
"It’s so much waste of time to speak of this or that “democracy.” The real government was, and is, to be found behind the scenes. The “democratic” system works as follows. Two or more parties, all under orders from the usurocracy, appear before the public. As a matter of form, and to reassure the simpletons, some honest men and one or two independent idealists are allowed to do a little clean work as long as they don’t touch the various rackets. The biggest rackets are those of finance and monopolization, including the monopolization of money itself, both within the nation and in combination with the various foreign currencies."
"The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable..."
"The people had forfeited the confidence of the government and could win it back only by redoubled efforts. Would it not be easier in that case for the government to dissolve the people and elect another?"
"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for dinner."
"To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize."— Voltaire
"Politics is the conspiracy of the unproductive but organized against the productive but unorganized."
"France, Britain and the United States have invented representative democracy in the nineteenth century, the same ones invented un-representative democracy in the twentieth century."
"Dictature is "shut up", democracy is "blah blah whatever"."— Unknown
"Promises only bind those who believe in them."
"Why do we need gulags when we have television?"— Adrien Abauzit
"Democracy is not the separation of political powers, but the separation of public and private interests."— Adrien Abauzit
"Democracy is a highest-bidder-wins auction."— Unknown
"Politics is like a tripe dish. It should smell a little like shit, but not too much."
"Politicians prefer to build nice prisons rather than nice schools, because they know they will never return to school."
"The perfect dictatorship would have the appearance of a democracy, but would basically be a prison without walls in which the prisoners would not even dream of escaping. It would essentially be a system of slavery where, through entertainment and consumption the slaves would love their servitude."
"There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice."
"One fool is a fool. Two fools are two fools. Ten thousands fools are a political party"
"If you want to preserve your power indefinitely, you have to get the consent of the ruled. And this they will do, partly by drugs, partly by these new techniques of propaganda. They will do it by bypassing the sort of rational side of man, and appealing to his subconscious and to his deeper emotions, making him actually love his slavery."
"Hard times create strong men. Strong men create good times. Good times create weak men. Weak men create hard times."— Unknown
"Everyone today shows his beautiful soul, tells his secrets. Who has the misfortune not to be interested is a monster."
"Every modern man carries within himself a little infallible Church of which he is the Christ and the Pontiff and the big deal is to attract as many parishioners as possible."
"Much of the social history of the Western world over the past three decades has involved replacing what worked with what sounded good. In area after area - crime, education, housing, race relations - the situation has gotten worse after the bright new theories were put into operation. The amazing thing is that this history of failure and disaster has neither discouraged the social engineers nor discredited them."
"If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 50 years ago, a liberal 25 years ago and a racist today."
"Dying societies accumulate laws like dying men accumulate remedies."
"We now live in a nation where doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, universities destroy knowledge, governments destroy freedom, the press destroys information, religion destroys morals, and our banks destroy the economy."
"Where men are forbidden to honour a king, they honour millionaires, athletes, or film stars instead; even famous prostitutes or gangsters. For spiritual nature, like bodily nature, will be served; deny it food and it will gobble poison."
"Not feeling the putrefaction of the modern world is a sign of contamination."
"Crap has a bright future, one day speeches will be made from it."
"Hell is empty and all the devils are here."
"Century of armies without bugles neither flags nor mass for the dead. I hate my time with all my strength. The man dies of thirst here."
"Whoever wants music instead of noise, joy instead of pleasure, soul instead of gold, creative work instead of business, passion instead of foolery, finds no home in this trivial world of ours."
"Until the end of the 18th century, what man added to nature increased its beauty. Since then, what he adds destroys it."
"Every act of beauty is a revolt against the modern world."— Unknown
"My principles are only those that, before the French Revolution, every well-born person considered sane and normal."
"Traditions are answers that have been discovered to enduring questions."
"When it is not necessary to change, it is necessary not to change."
On Liberals and leftists
"Liberals love passionately the oppressed people except those whom they opress."
"The left claims that the guilty party in a conflict is not the one who covets another’s goods but the one who defends his own."
"Oh Liberty, what crimes are committed in thy name!"
"Many on the political left are so entranced by the beauty of their vision they cannot see the ugly reality they are creating in the real world."
"Altruism, beyond kinship, is selfishness in disguise."— Laurent Obertone
"You can't come to the government with a begging bowl in one hand and a molotov cocktail in the other."
"The existence of the authentic reactionary is usually a scandal to the progressive. His presence causes a vague discomfort."
"Ten thousand women marched through the streets shouting, ‘We will not be dictated to,’ and went off and became stenographers."
"Womanizers of yesterday had two phobias : carrying the ball and chain of marriage and getting their partners pregnant. The paradoxical fate of feminism has been to fulfill the wildest dreams of those irresponsible male predators, by exalting sex without marriage, by imposing divorce and by legalizing abortion, all in the name of women's freedom!"
"It’s queer how out of touch with truth women are. They live in a world of their own, and there has never been anything like it, and never can be. It is too beautiful altogether, and if they were to set it up it would go to pieces before the first sunset. Some confounded fact we men have been living contentedly with ever since the day of creation would start up and knock the whole thing over."
"Women have never created a masterpiece of any kind. They did not produce the Iliad or the Aeneid [...] or the Pantheon or St-Peter's Basilica [...] They did not invent algebra or telescopes or spectacles [...] but they create something greater than all that: on their knee the most excellent thing in the world is formed : an honest man and an honest woman [...] This is the greatest masterpiece in the world."
"The journalist who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the street hunting for another job. The business of a New York journalist is to distort the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to villify, to fawn at the feet of Mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread, or for what is about the same — his salary. You know this, and I know it; and what foolery to be toasting an "Independent Press"! We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are jumping-jacks. They pull the string and we dance. Our time, our talents, our lives, our possibilities, are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes."
"The decisive question is who enlightens the people, who educates them? In those countries, it is actually capital that rules; that is, nothing more than a clique of a few hundred men who possess untold wealth and, as a consequence of the peculiar structure of their national life, are more or less independent and free. They say: 'Here we have liberty.' By this they mean, above all, an uncontrolled economy, and by an uncontrolled economy, the freedom not only to acquire capital but to make absolutely free use of it. That means freedom from national control or control by the people both in the acquisition of capital and in its employment. This is really what they mean when they speak of liberty. These capitalists create their own press and then speak of the 'freedom of the press.' In reality, every one of the newspapers has a master, and in every case this master is the capitalist, the owner. This master, not the editor, is the one who directs the policy of the paper. If the editor tries to write other than what suits the master, he is ousted the next day. This press, which is the absolutely submissive and characterless slave of the owners, molds public opinion. Public opinion thus mobilized by them is, in its turn, split up into political parties. The difference between these parties is as small as it formerly was in Germany."
"The worst enemies of freedom of expression are journalists."
"Let's not be unfair with journalists, most of them check with great care their lies."
"Journalists do not lie, not really. Let's say, they choose what deserves to be remembered and what must be forgotten."— Laurent Obertone
"Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state."
"What is courage for us is fanaticism for him. We hold his examples of atrocity screamingly to the heavens while we cover up our own and condone them as just retribution for his acts."
"Formerly the thieves were hanged on crosses. Today, we hang crosses on thieves."
"Young people are arrogant because they go about with their own kind, each of whom is nothing, but wishes to be important.."
"Fascism, now and always, believes in holiness and in heroism; that is to say, in actions influenced by no economic motive, direct or indirect."
"The defeated ones are those who accept defeat."
"The history of failure in war can almost be summed up in two words: too late."
"My country, right or wrong."
"There are no great men save the poet, the priest, and the soldier. The man who sings, the man who offers up sacrifice, and the man who sacrifices himself. The rest are born for the whip."
"A thoughtful American professor, whom I met in Heidelberg, expressed the opinion that the United States military authorities on entering Germany and seeing the ghastly destruction wrought by our obliteration bombing were fearful that knowledge of it would cause a revulsion of opinion in America and might prevent the carrying out of Washington's policy for Germany by awakening sympathy for the defeated and realization of our war crimes. This, he believes, is the reason why a whole fleet of aircraft was used by General Eisenhower to bring journalists, Congressmen, and churchmen to see the concentration camps; the idea being that the sight of Hitler's starved victims would obliterate consciousness of our own guilt. Certainly it worked out that way."
"In general, the greater the understanding, the greater the delusion; the more intelligent, the less sane."
"England is an old French colony which turned out badly"
"Any race and land that has been successively Romanized, Christianized, and, as regards the mind, disciplined by the Greeks, is absolutely European."
"From the graves of patriot men and women spring living nations."
"The price of avoiding politics is being ruled by your inferiors."— Plato
"Our laws are like spiderwebs; the mere gnats and little butterflies get caught, but the big harmful gadflies break out of them and pass through."
"Racism does not exist. If a community is not accepted by the others, it is because it does not produce good results, otherwise it is admitted without problem. If its members complain of racism, it is because they bring disorder. When they do only good, everybody welcomes them with open arms."
"The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
"Academic degrees are nothing but badges of conformity placed on the chest of narcissistic individuals to indicate that they form a sort of thought police."— Francis Cousin
"The Americans are the living refutation of the Cartesian axiom, "I think, therefore I am": Americans do not think, yet they are."
"The European Union is a creature from the Abyss, the only thing it fears is light."
"France is at war with America. Yes, a constant war, a vital war, an economic war, a war without death. In appearance. Yes, they are very tough, the Americans, they are rapacious, they want undisputed power over the world... They left nothing to their allies."
"In the Soviet Union we had the gulags. We have a gulag in the European Union also. An intellectual gulag called "political correctness"."
"We hear now on all sides the term "robber barons" applied to some of the great capitalists. ... The old robber barons of the Middle Ages who plundered sword in hand and lance in rest were more honest than this new aristocracy of swindling millionaires."— Lida F. Baldwin
"It is indeed better to live among hermits and goatherds than among our gilded, false, painted mob— even if they call themselves "good society"."
"When men can not change things, they change the words."
"The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same."— Stendhal
"One should dispense contempt sparingly because of the great number of people who deserve it."
"The decline in courage, at times attaining what could be termed a lack of manhood, is ironically emphasized by occasional outbursts and inflexibility on the part of the political and intellectual functionaries when dealing with weak governments and with countries that lack support, or with doomed currents which clearly cannot offer resistance. But they get tongue-tied and paralyzed when they deal with powerful governments and threatening forces, with aggressors and international terrorists."
"America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland."
"Lofty posts make great men greater still, and small men much smaller."
"Propaganda is the executive arm of the invisible government."
"Righteous indignation could become a pose that cheaters use to escape suspicion."
"Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind."
"Russia wants war. Look how close they put their country to our military bases."— Unknown
"It is urgent to replace the myth of liberal democracy by its concrete reality of mercantile totalitarian system."— Jean-François Brient
"The "Clash of Civilizations" exists, albeit not in the way it is usually presented. It is the struggle of the civilizations against Western decadence, absolute materialism and the world of usury."
"Third World countries have an unfair military advantage over our Western democracies, as they have an endless amount of desperate and humiliated citizens ready to blow themselves against us, while none of our citizens would want to commit suicide for British Petroleum's interests."
"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."
"The amount of bullshits that actors can profess when they improvise is crazy! These uneducated pooches should understand that, despite the warm charm of their voices, if their job is to carefully recite sentences written by others, it is precisely to spare us from having to hear their bullshits."
"People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use."
"Men think they die for the fatherland while they die for industrials."
"The fatherland is the only possession of those who have nothing."
"Politics is all about stirring people well before using them."
"America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization."
"I prefer my fatherland to my own soul."
"Figures are fragile beings, by dint of being tortured; they eventually end up saying whatever we wanted them to confess."
"Beyond a certain point, quantity becomes quality."
"Randomness is the Providence of fools."
"War, the only entertainment of kings where the people has his share."
"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."
"God laughs at people who deplore the effects whose causes they cherish."— Bossuet
"It's not because persecuting homosexuals is reactionary, that being sodomized is progressive."
"Not being able to fortify justice, they justified force."
"The hand that gives is always above the hand that takes."
"History is written by the victors."
"I've more respect for an anti-riot policeman who's the son of a peasant, than I've for a young protester who's the son of a notary."
"No nation has friends, only interests."
"Diplomacy is the art of saying "Nice Doggie!" till you can find a rock."
"To believe in official history is to believe in the words of criminals."
"Even if France is a lost cause, duty commands to devote ourselves to it."
"France belongs to the French."
"When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right."