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“Naturally the common people don’t want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.” – Hermann Goering

Top 10 Famous Quotes About Propaganda

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“Propaganda is a soft weapon; hold it in your hands too long, and it will move about like a snake, and strike the other way.”
—Jean Anouilh, L’Alouette, 1952

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“One of the most horrible features of war is that all the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.”
—George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia, 1938

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“When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, ‘This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know,’ the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, not anything—you can’t conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.”
—Robert A. Heinlein, If This Goes On, 1940

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“Only the mob and the elite can be attracted by the momentum of totalitarianism itself. The masses have to be won by propaganda.”
—Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism, 1951

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“Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.”
—Noam Chomsky, Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda, 1997

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“As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: You liberate a city by destroying it. Words are used to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests.”
—Gore Vidal, Imperial America, 2004

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“A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.”
—Saul Bellow, To Jerusalem and Back, 1976

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“Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.”
—Charles Mackay, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, 1841

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“He who wants to persuade should put his trust not in the right argument, but in the right word. The power of sound has always been greater than the power of sense.”
—Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim, 1900

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“It is worthy of remark that a belief constantly inculcated during the early years of life, whilst the brain is impressible, appears to acquire almost the nature of an instinct; and the very essence of an instinct is that it is followed independently of reason.”
—Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man, 1871


Critical Thinking Quotes

Quotable Quotes: Illuminating the Importance of Critical Thinking

Each of the following quotes either exemplifies critical thought, or illuminates a problem in human thought which critical thinking addresses.


But if thought is to become the possession of many, not the privilege of the few, we must have done with fear. It is fear that holds men back — fear lest their cherished beliefs should prove delusions, fear lest the institutions by which they live should prove harmful, fear lest they themselves should prove less worthy of respect than they have supposed themselves to be. – Bertrand Russell (Principles of Social Reconstruction)

You assist an evil system most effectively by obeying its orders and decrees. An evil system never deserves such allegiance. Allegiance to it means partaking of the evil. A good person will resist an evil system with his or her whole soul. – Mahatma Gandhi

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. – George Orwell

Big Government and Big Business … will try to impose social and cultural uniformity upon adults and their children. To achieve this they will (unless prevented) make use of all the mind-manipulating techniques at their disposal and will not hesitate to reinforce these methods of non-rational persuasion by economic coercion and threats of physical violence. If this kind of tyranny is to be avoided, we must begin without delay to educate ourselves and our children for freedom and self-government. Such an education for freedom should be … first of all in facts and in values — the facts of individual diversity and genetic uniqueness and the values of freedom, tolerance and mutual charity, which are the ethical corollaries of these facts. – Aldous Huxley: (Brave New World Revisited)

The voice of protest, of warning, of appeal is never more needed than when the clamor of fife and drum, echoed by the press and too often by the pulpit, is bidding all men fall in and keep step and obey in silence the tyrannous word of command. Then, more than ever, it is the duty of the good citizen not to be silent. – Charles Eliot Norton

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. – Bertrand Russell

The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human. – Aldous Huxley

The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same. – Stendhal

The great masses of the people…will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one. – Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, 1933

Any formal attack on ignorance is bound to fail because the masses are always ready to defend their most precious possession – their ignorance. – Hendrik Van Loon

The trouble with most folks isn’t so much their ignorance, as knowing so many things that ain’t so. – Josh Billings

I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. – Thomas Jefferson

I am mortified to be told that, in the United States of America, the sale of a book can become a subject of inquiry, and of criminal inquiry too. – Thomas Jefferson

Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind. – General William Westmoreland

So long as a man rides his hobbyhorse peaceably and quietly along the King’s highway, and neither compels you or me to get up behind him – pray, Sir, what have either you or I to do with it? – Laurence Sterne, 1759

Men become civilized, not in proportion to their willingness to believe, but in their readiness to doubt. – H. L. Mencken

The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object. – Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address, 1801

It is not only vain, but wicked, in a legislator to frame laws in opposition to the laws of nature, and to arm them with the terrors of death. This is truly creating crimes in order to punish them. – Thomas Jefferson, 1779

We are all tolerant enough of those who do not agree with us, provided only they are sufficiently miserable. – David Grayson

We learn from history that we do not learn from history. – George Wilhelm Hegel

Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it. – George Bernard Shaw

There is no slavery but ignorance. Liberty is the child of intelligence. – Robert G. Ingersoll

The highest result of education is tolerance. – Helen Keller

Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one. – Malcolm S. Forbes

Hastiness and superficiality are the psychic diseases of the twentieth century, and more than anywhere else this disease is reflected in the press. – Alexander Solzhenitsyn

The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression. – Thomas Paine, 1795

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. – Edmund Burke, 1770

The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in a period of moral crisis maintain their neutrality. – Dante

We think so because other people all think so; or because – or because – after all we do think so; or because we were told so, and think we must think so; or because we once thought so, and think we still think so; or because, having thought so, we think we will think so… – Henry Sidgwick

To every complex question there is a simple answer and it is wrong… – H.L. Mencken

There are gaps and distance between nations. Through propaganda, gaps are created in order to fill the pockets of wealthy people and capitalists with more money and power. – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

“The Federal Reserve (Banks) are one of the most corrupt institutions the world has ever seen. There is not a man within the sound of my voice who does not know that this Nation is run by the International Bankers.” -Louis McFadden

“This [Federal Reserve Act] establishes the most gigantic trust on earth. When the President Wilson signs this bill, the invisible government of concentrated in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated governments in the world–no longer a government of free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and duress of small groups of dominant men.” -Woodrow Wilson

“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. Already they have raised up a money aristocracy that has set the government at defiance. The issuing power should be taken from the banks, and restored to the people to whom it properly belongs.” -Thomas Jefferson

“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.” -Thomas Jefferson

“History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and it’s issuance” -James Madison

“You are a den of vipers. I intend to rout you out and by the Eternal God I will rout you out. If the people only understood the rank injustice of our money and banking system, there would be a revolution before morning.” -Andrew Jackson

“It is well that the people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.” -Henry Ford

“The one aim of these financiers is world control by the creation of inextinguishable debts.” -Henry Ford

“Banking was conceived in iniquity and was born in sin. The Bankers own the earth. Take it away from them, but leave them the power to create deposits, and with the flick of the pen they will create enough deposits to buy it back again. However, take it away from them, and all the great fortunes like mine will disappear and they ought to disappear, for this would be a happier and better world to live in. But, if you wish to remain the slaves of Bankers and pay the cost of your own slavery, let them continue to create deposits.”-Sir Josiah stamp, President of the Bank of England in the 1920’s

“We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set …We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.” –Barack Obama

“Ideas are far more powerful than guns. We don’t allow our enemies to have guns, why should we allow them to have ideas?” –Joseph Stalin

“The CIA owns everyone of any significance in the major media.” -Former C.I.A. Director William Colby

“We can’t be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans.” -Bill Clinton

“There ought to be limits to freedom” –George W. Bush

“We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis and the nations will except the New World Order.” –David Rockefeller

“It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries.” –David Rockefeller

“Allow me to issue and control the money of a nation, and I care not who writes the laws.” -Amschel Rothschild

“Military men are dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns for foreign policy.” –Henry Kissinger

“The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders…tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.” – Herman Goering, nazi

“By the skillful and sustained use of propaganda, one can make a people see even heaven as hell or an extremely wretched life as paradise.” –Adolph Hitler

“How fortunate for leaders that men do not think.” –Adolph Hitler

“If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” –Adolph Hitler

“He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.” –Adolph Hitler

“There exist in this country a plot to enslave every man, woman, and child. Before i leave this high and noble office i intend to expose this plot!” JFK

“If you make peaceful change impossible, you make violent revolution inevitible.” -John F. Kennedy

The American people should be made aware of the trend toward monopolization of the great public information vehicles (the media) and the concentration of more and more power over public opinion in fewer and fewer hands.”-Spiro Agnew

“These international bankers and Rockefeller-Standard Oil interests control the majority of newspapers and the columns of these papers to club into submission or drive out of public office officials who refuse to do the bidding of the powerful corrupt cliques which compose the invisible government.” –Teddy Roosevelt

“First, they ignore. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.” -Mahatma Gandhi

“Terrorism is the war of the poor. War is the terrorism of the rich.” -Leon Uris

“It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.” –Voltaire

“With politicians like these, who needs terrorists?” –Ron Paul

“In Germany, they came first for the Communists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist; And then they came for the trade unionists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist; And then they came for the Jews, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew; And then . . . they came for me . . . And by that time there was no one left to speak up.” -Martin Niemöller

“If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.”
-Noam Chomsky

“Out of these troubled times, our objective is that a New World Order can emerge. Today, that new world is struggling to be born, a world quite different from the one we have known.” -George H.W. Bush, September 11, 1990

“All Freemasonry should be disbanded in America Because our organization has been infiltrated by the Illuminati and they have bad intention for America and the World” -George Washington

“When the government fears the people it is a democracy….when the people fear their government it is tyranny” -Thomas Jefferson

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty or security.” -Benjamin Franklin

“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” -Thomas Paine

“In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.” -Mark Twain

“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.” -Mark Twain

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” -Abraham Lincoln

“The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home.” -James Madison

“If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.” -James Madison

“Fascism will come wrapped in a flag and carrying a Bible.” -Sinclair Lewis

“The individual is handicapped by coming face to face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists.” -J. Edgar Hoover, former head of the FBI

“I think that it was a mistake. And if I’d known what was going to happen, I never would have done it…. But it got out of hand…. Now as nearly as I can make out, those fellows in the CIA don’t just report on wars and the like, they go out and make their own and there is nobody to keep track of what they are up to. They spend billions of dollars on stirring up trouble so they will have something to report on. They’ve become . . . it’s become a government of all its own and all secret. They just don’t have to report to anybody. . . The people have got a right to know what those birds are up to.” –Harry S. Truman

“Many of the ugly pages of American history have been obscured and forgotten.” -Martin Luther King. Jr

“The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.” -Thomas Jefferson

“If a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.” -Martin Luther King. Jr

“You can jail a revolutionary, but you can’t jail the revolution” -Huey P Newman

“Any unarmed people are slaves, or are subject to slavery at any given moment. If the guns are taken out of the hands of the people and only the pigs have guns, then it’s off to the concentration camps, the gas chambers, or whatever the fascists in America come up with. One of the democratic rights of the United States, the Second Amendment to the Constitution, gives the people the right to bear arms. However, there is a greater right; the right of human dignity that gives all men the right to defend themselves.” -Huey P Newman

“It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds.” -Samuel Adams

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