What is your Favourite Slogan or Quote?

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Jul 18 2006 05:16
What is your Favourite Slogan or Quote?

Hi guys

Meant to start this thread eons ago..only just remembered to do so.

When you are feeling down ,what slogan or quote enables you to keep going? It could be cheerful or cynical, cool or un-cool, from a pc or non-pc source - just whatever you find uplifting, inspirational amusing or helpful in some way. There was an amazing long and heavy quote from Durutti someone posted BITD if anyone remembers that?

I will have loads but to get the ball rolling, just to repeat the one I recently posted in Thought from Wiesel:

"Always Take Sides. Silence Favours The Oppressor".

Look forward to hearing your responses.

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Jul 18 2006 05:24

"There is one thing you have got to learn about our movement. Three people are better than no people." wink

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Jul 18 2006 06:02

tongue Fab! And true! Who said it Jesse?

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Jul 18 2006 07:39
Lone Wolf wrote:
There was an amazing long and heavy quote from Durutti someone posted BITD if anyone remembers that?

the famous one of his is

""We have always lived in slums and holes in the wall. We will know how to accommodate ourselves for a while. For, you must not forget, we also know how to build. It is we the workers who built these palaces and cities, here in Spain and in America, and everywhere.

"We, the workers, can build others to take their place, and better ones! We are not in the least afraid of ruins. We are going to inherit the earth, there is not the slightest doubt about that. The bourgeoisie might blast and ruin its own world before it leaves the stage of history. We carry a new world, here, in our hearts. That world is growing this minute."

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Jul 18 2006 08:28

"The laws of history are always written after the event. Let us first make history."

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Jul 18 2006 08:30

"rice is nice, but pasta's faster"

good for drowning out socialist loudspeakers

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Jul 18 2006 08:48

I like "we have a world of pleasures to win, and nothing to lose but boredom" by raoul vaneigem. I'm sure I'll think of some others later.

In v4 of the site we may have these randomly displayed with links to their historical background, people who said them, etc.

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Jul 18 2006 09:00

that Durutti one is fucking amazing 8) red n black star

I quite like the first line of Adam Smith's 'Wealth of Nations'; (from memory) "labour is the fund from which all the wealth of a nation is purchased" - just to throw at pro-capitalists who've never read him and assume i'm quoting Marx grin

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Jul 18 2006 09:27

Following in a similar vien to Jack i would like to announce my favourite slogan/quote is The Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts. roll eyes grin

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Jul 18 2006 14:19
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""We have always lived in slums and holes in the wall. We will know how to accommodate ourselves for a while. For, you must not forget, we also know how to build. It is we the workers who built these palaces and cities, here in Spain and in America, and everywhere.

"We, the workers, can build others to take their place, and better ones! We are not in the least afraid of ruins. We are going to inherit the earth, there is not the slightest doubt about that. The bourgeoisie might blast and ruin its own world before it leaves the stage of history. We carry a new world, here, in our hearts. That world is growing this minute."

That mine.

But also.

"There is a spectre haunting europe, the spectre of communism."

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Jul 18 2006 14:35

Here's one from Malatesta's Anarchy (1891):

"When this opinion is changed, and the public are convinced that government is not necessary, but extremely harmful, the word "anarchy," precisely because it signifies "without government," will become equal to saying "natural order, harmony of needs and interests of all, complete liberty with complete solidarity."

http://dwardmac.pitzer.edu/Anarchist_Archives/malatesta/anarchy.html

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Jul 18 2006 14:42

None of my favourite quotations are political.

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Jul 18 2006 15:06

'lefty loosey, righty tighty'

invaluble stuff

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Jul 18 2006 16:41

Here's one for a hot day: "The more I make love the more I want to make the revolution; the more I make the revolution the more I want to make love."

I also like (& have the t-shirt) Zapata's "It's better to die on your feet than live on your knees!"

"You may not be interested in the dialectic but the dialectic is interested in you" is another favourite of mine but I prefer not to discuss it's rather distasteful origins.

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Jul 18 2006 17:12

"Please sir, can I have some more?"

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Jul 18 2006 19:07

the secret ingredient is crime!

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Jul 18 2006 19:16
Jef Costello wrote:
None of my favourite quotations are political.

They don't need to be. Re-read my opening post. It can be anything you find helpful. smile

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Jul 18 2006 19:26

says miss "Everything Is Inter-Related" wink

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Jul 18 2006 19:30

Exactly! tongue

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Jul 18 2006 19:35
Lab Rat wrote:
the secret ingredient is crime!

They should be paying us to eat that shit!

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Jul 18 2006 23:24

"before my body I throw my warlock shield"

I love it, anyone picks it up I'll offer to donate another £5 to libcom.

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Jul 19 2006 03:35

Thats the spirit Jef! I like the quote - no idea where tis from tho..(although I feel it COULD be from a work of fiction. tongue

..which is cool).

I will repeat again the Roosevelt quote I used in libcommunity once:

"Do what you can.

With what you have.

Where you are."

And a related one - don't know where from but I find it useful:

"Most people overestimate what can be achieved in the short term. And underestimate what can be achieved in the long term."

As J and I said in the above mentioned thread - long slow sure work....gets there in the end..

Love

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Jul 19 2006 08:50

"It is impossible for anyone without a sense of humour to grasp dialectics."

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Jul 19 2006 09:07

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Jul 19 2006 17:26

"Capitalism is organised crime."

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Jul 19 2006 17:29
Refused wrote:
"Capitalism is organised crime."

"And pimping rehashed 60's radical aesthetics and superficial analysis is a lucrative racket"

"As is ginger hair".

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Jul 19 2006 17:34

"Awake, arise or be forever fallen!"

Satan in Paradise Lost when all the fallen angels are lying around in hell with sore heads having just been whupped by Jesus. For some reason it gets me motivated to do stuff when I can't be arsed, I kept saying it the other night when I was so drunk my girlfriend was carrying me home, I kept almost collapsing then saying that and getting a new burst of energy. I must've been the geekiest drunk in town 8)

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Jul 19 2006 19:57

Folks -for those of you who haven't - if you know please can you attribute your quotes. Some of us are curious...(And it is OK to make up your own IMO - why not?? )

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Jul 19 2006 20:21
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I think it only makes sense to seek out and identify structures of authority, hierarchy, and domination in every aspect of life, and to challenge them; unless a justification for them can be given, they are illegitimate, and should be dismantled, to increase the scope of human freedom.

- Noam Chomsky

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To be GOVERNED is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so. To be GOVERNED is to be at every operation, at every transaction noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished. It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be place[d] under contribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited, monopolized, extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, robbed; then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, vilified, harassed, hunted down, abused, clubbed, disarmed, bound, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, derided, outraged, dishonored. That is government; that is its justice; that is its morality.

- Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

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Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.

- Groucho Marx

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Jul 19 2006 21:19

real men kiss men

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Jul 20 2006 15:43
Pilchardman wrote:
Quote:
To be GOVERNED is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so. To be GOVERNED is to be at every operation, at every transaction noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished. It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be place[d] under contribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited, monopolized, extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, robbed; then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, vilified, harassed, hunted down, abused, clubbed, disarmed, bound, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, derided, outraged, dishonored. That is government; that is its justice; that is its morality.

- Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

I was gonna say that one as well - guaranteed to get me riled up again angry

But also:

Kropotkin wrote:
Either the State for ever, crushing individual and local life, taking over in all fields of human activity, bringing with it all its wars and domestic struggles for power, its palace revolutions which only replace one tyrant by another, and inevitably at the end of this development there is ... death!

Or the destruction of States, and new life starting again in thosands of centres on the principle of the lively initiative of the individual and groups and that of free agreement.

The choice lies with you!

And I've always found Bakunin quite uplifting, but can't think of any specific bits right now.