Quotes worth remembering, at least worth copying

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“The classical liberalism of the nineteenth century is widely and correctly admired, but we can now see that it was inevitably a transitional phase. The tendencies inherent in individualism were kept within bounds by the health of institutions other than the state, a common moral culture, and the strength of religion. Liberalism drained the power from the institutions. We no longer have a common moral culture and our religion, while pervasive, seems increasingly unable to affect actual behavior.

“Modern liberalism is one branch of the rupture that occurred in liberalism in the last century. The other branch is today called conservatism. American conservatism, neo or otherwise, in fact represents the older classical liberal tradition. Conservatism of the American variety is simply liberalism that accepts the constraints that a clear view of reality, including a recognition of the nature of human beings, places upon the main thrusts of liberalism—liberty and equality. The difference, it has been said, is that between a hard-headed and a sentimental liberalism. Sentimental liberalism, with its sweet view of human nature, naturally evolves into the disaster of modern liberalism.”

—Robert H. Bork, in
Slouching Towards Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism And American Decline
pp. 64 (bottom) to 65 (top)
Full text of book

“It is a characteristic of any decaying civilization that the great masses of the people are unaware of the tragedy. Humanity in a crisis is generally insensitive to the gravity of the times in which it lives. Men do not want to believe their own times are wicked, partly because they have no standard outside of themselves by which to measure their times. If there is no fixed concept of justice, how shall men know it is violated? Only those who live by faith really know what is happening in the world; the great masses without faith are unconscious of the destructive processes going on, because they have lost the vision of the heights from which they have fallen.”

—Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”

— H. L. Mencken

“A society that puts equality—in the sense of equality of outcome—ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality nor freedom.  The use of force to achieve equality will destroy freedom, and the force, introduced for good purposes, will end up in the hands of people who use it to promote their own interests.”

—Milton and Rose Friedman
in Free to Choose: A Personal Statement

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

― Voltaire, in The Age of Louis XIV

Idiosyncrasies of Totalitarian Ideologies

  • “While the endless contradictions, fabrications and fantasies within identity politics are visible to all, identifying them is not just discouraged but literally policed. And so we are asked to agree to things which we cannot believe.”

—Douglas Murray, quoted by Peter Robinson in a discussion with Douglas Murray, author of The Madness of Crowds, Dec 1, 2020

  • “I was a loyal Soviet citizen until the age of 20. What is meant to be a loyal citizen was to say what you were supposed to say, to read what you were supposed to read, to vote the way you were told to vote and, at the same time, to know that it was all a lie.”

—Natan Sharansky, prominent Israeli parliamentarian and former refusenik in the USSR; quoted by Peter Robinson in a discussion with Douglas Murray, Dec 1, 2020

  • «[Gottfried Benn] experienced the “second phase of his fame” in post-war times. His autobiography “Double-Life — The life experiences of an intellectual,” was published in 1949. The author declared himself in that to be contemptuous of the historical world and to be a theoretician of double-life. That the integrity of a person were a questionable matter; that our cultural cycle had begun with dual-figures: Sphinx figures, centaurs, dog-headed gods; that he now finds himself at the culmination of leading a double life. And, with slogans that remind one of the factual discourse of the ‘twenties, Benn delivers a ‘vade mecum’ [sic] for perpetrators and collaborators. “Double-life, in the theoretical meaning claimed, and as executed by me,” so Benn, “is a deliberate splitting of the personality, a systematic, tendentious,” an “inner self” with its own convictions, and an outer self that gives the applicable contemporary system what is due to the system. About the main maxim of his “Ptolemarian” Benn explains:

“Recognize the situation — that is, adapt to the situation, camouflage yourself, no convictions at any price (…) — other than that, go calmly along with convictions, world views, syntheses in any direction of the compass, if institutions and offices demand it so, only: keep your head free, it must always leave space for [objectively philosophical? —Walter Schneider] constructs.”

People managed to live with such attitudes after 1945 — once they escaped from denazification and the court rooms — without being embarrassed at all. »

—Bernd-A. Rusinek, in Politics of Transformation: NS Elites in the West-German Post-War Society, p. 167
The book is in German: Verwandlungs-Politic: NS-Eliten in der Westdeutschen Nachkriegs-Gesellschaft, Wilfried Loth, Bernd-A. Rusinek (Hg.);
Frankfurt/Main; New York: Campus Verlag; 1998; ISBN 3-593-35994-4
Comments and excerpts (in English)

“It is true that liberty is precious — so precious that it must be rationed.”

— Lenin

“Who falls asleep in a democracy will wake up in a dictatorship.”

— Otto Gritschneder,
(when asked why he wanted to publicize
the system of terror in German military justice under the Nazis)

«In the April 24, 1995 issue of the New Jersey Law Journal, a judicial training program on domestic violence caught on tape was recounted. The program openly encouraged judges to ignore constitutional considerations in granting temporary restraining orders. “Your job is not to become concerned about all the constitutional rights of the man that you’re violating as you grant a restraining order,” they were advised. “Throw him out on the street, give him the clothes on his back, and tell him, ‘See ya’ around.'” Attendees were given additional advice: “If you’ve got any hint whatsoever there’s a problem, sign the TRO. Don’t take the chance;” “Quite frankly, the standard really is by a preponderance of credible evidence. That’s what the law is. But what he’s saying to ya, ‘Don’t make that mistake at three o’clock in the morning.’ You may be a little tired. Err on the side of being cautious;” and “So don’t get callous about the fact that these people are pestering you again. You know, grant the restraining order. It’ll be the one time that you don’t grant the restraining order that you’ll be tomorrow’s headlines.”»

Nifong and HRES 590
By David Heleniak
web posted October 8, 2007

“Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.”

— Winston Churchill
He said it (House of Commons, 11 November 1947)—but he was quoting an unknown predecessor. From Churchill by Himself, p. 574
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“Neither the EU nor the UN are democracies. They are bureaucracies – anti-democratic, nonelected, unrepresentative, unaccountable, oppressive, destructive, inflationary and essentially totalitarian.”

—Walter H. Schneider

“A government is not the expression of the popular will, but rather the expression of what a nation’s people are willing to endure.”

 — Kurt Tucholsky

“….there are ‘political’ schools of history, slanted to discredit the actions of our past leaders, in order to support modern political movements. In all these cases, history is not an attempt to ascertain the truth, but a system of propaganda, devoted to the furtherance of modern projects, or the gratification of national vanity.
Men can scarcely be blamed for not learning from the history they are taught. There is nothing to learn from it, because it is not true.”

— Sir John Glubb, in The Fate of Empires, p. 22

“Perhaps if the pattern of the rise and fall of nations were regularly taught in schools, the general public would come to realise the truth, and would support policies to maintain the spirit of duty and self-sacrifice, and to forestall the accumulation of excessive wealth by one nation, leading to the demoralisation of that nation.”

— Sir John Glubb, in The Fate of Empires, p. 23

“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”

— George Orwell, in 1984

“Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing; a confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished.”

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Plato, in Republic, has Socrates offer this advice to philosopher kings:

“Take all the children from their parents and rid the city of adults.”

“Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.”


“Who owns the youth controls the future.”

— Slogan used by Napoleon and
also by the founders of the Wandervogel
(“bird of passage”) the enormously popular youth movement that began
in about 1880 in Germany and produced many
of the prominent, and often homosexual, Nazi leaders

“Give me your four-year-olds, and within one generation I will build a socialist state.”

— Lenin

“Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.”

— Lenin

“[The State] must set race in the center of all life. It must take care to keep it pure. It must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. It must  see to it that only the healthy beget children….”

— Hitler, in Mein Kampf
Volume Two: The National Socialist Movement
Chapter 2, The State

“President Obama is committed to helping states develop seamless, comprehensive, and coordinated ‘Zero to Five’ systems to improve developmental outcomes and early learning for all children….it will be the goal of this Administration to ensure that every child has access to a complete and competitive education — from the day they are born to the day they begin a career.”

— (Fact Sheet: Expanding the Promise of Education in America, Mar 10, 2009
see also: Remarks of President Barack Obama –
As Prepared for Delivery Address to Joint Session of Congress,
Tuesday, February 24th, 2009)

First they came for the fathers, then for the mothers, and now for both parents in intact families.  In the end all children will be in the care, custody and control of the State.

— Walter H. Schneider

It is extremely curious that a common education system and its extensions (the media) – attended by potentially oppressed and their oppressors-to-be, equally, compulsorily, from cradle to grave, as members of a captive audience – continues to produce oppressed and their oppressors, feminists and rational individuals alike.

Perhaps the time has come for all to face the inescapable reality that the genders and their attributes are not social constructs.

— Walter H. Schneider

“The woman who is not pursued sets up the doctrine that pursuit is offensive to her sex, and wants to make it a felony. No genuinely attractive woman has any such desire. She likes masculine admiration, however violently expressed, and is quite able to take care of herself. More, she is well aware that very few men are bold enough to offer it without a plain invitation, and this awareness makes her extremely cynical of all women who complain of being harassed, beset, storied, and seduced. All the more intelligent women that I know, indeed, are unanimously of the opinion that no girl in her right senses has ever been actually seduced since the world began;”

― H.L. Mencken, In Defense Of Women

“Make sure that when you get an erection you don’t lose your mind.  Always think of the consequences:

“Is she someone you would want to face across the breakfast table ten years down the road?

“Is she the woman who’ll be the best possible mother to your children?

“Whether you’ll still are together ten years from now or not, you are trusting her with most of what you’ve got, with half of your genes, with more than half of all you’ll be able to earn for the rest of your life, and with your and your children’s physical and emotional health.

“Will she be worthy of all that?”

— Ruth Schneider

“But what difference does it make whether women rule, or the rulers are ruled by women? The result is the same.”

— Aristotle, in Politics

“Soon I began distinguishing among the feminism I loved (what I now call empowerment feminism) and the two forms of feminism I feared (victim feminism and competitive feminism).
“Empowerment feminism empowers a woman by encouraging her to develop all of her potential without regard to gender.  It is the feminism I shall always support.”

— Warren Farrell
in Women Can’t Hear What Men Don’t Say: Destroying Myths, Creating Love, p. 2

(More on Power Feminism)

Love is like an onion.
You taste it with delight,
And when it is all gone,
You wonder what made you bite.

— (One of Ruth Schneider’s favorites; author unknown)

“If we have gotten to the point in our desperate culture in which we feel obligated to kill children, regardless of why or of what color, then we do not deserve to survive and probably won’t.”

— William Faulkner

“Idiocy is a gift from the gods – one should not punish it.”

— German adage

“Nothing is as terrible to see as ignorance in action.”

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Moral indignation is a technique used to endow the idiot with dignity.”

— Marshall McLuhan

Quoted by Philip Marchand, MM’s biographer, in
Marshall McLuhan: The Medium And the Messenger

“There is no such thing as consensus science. If it’s consensus, it isn’t science. If it’s science, it isn’t consensus. Period.”

— Richard Feynman, in
Aliens Cause Global Warming“, Caltech Michelin Lecture, January 17, 2003

“Insanity is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results.”

–1981 October 11, The Knoxville News-Sentinel, “Al-Anon Helps Family, Friends to Orderly Lives” by Betsy Pickle (Living Today Staff Writer), Quote Page F17, Column 2, Knoxville, Tennessee. (GenealogyBank)

(h/t https://quoteinvestigator.com/2017/03/23/same/ )

Happiness and Misery

Paraphrasing Charles Dickens:

  • Happiness is when you come to the end of the pay period and have a little or a lot of money left over.
  • Misery is when you come to the end of the money and have a little or a lot of pay period left until the next payday.

“To my Mother and Father,
who never confused the possession of goods with the good life.”

— Dedication in Vance Packard’s The Waste Makers


As far back as 1928, Edward Bernays, Sigmund Freud’s nephew, stated in his book Propaganda:

The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society.  Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country…. The important thing is that [propaganda] is universal and continuous; and in its sum total it is regimenting the public mind every bit as much as an army regiments the bodies of its soldiers.[123]

Some of Hitler’s advice for effective propaganda (he and Goebbels had copies of ‘Propaganda’, by Eward Bernays, on their book shelves, which they habitually and proudly showed to American visitors):

  • The function of propaganda does not lie in the scientific training of the individual, but in calling the masses’ attention to certain facts, processes, necessities, etc., whose significance is thus for the first time placed within their field of vision. …
  • All propaganda must be popular and its intellectual level must be adjusted to the most limited intelligence among those it is addressed to. Consequently, the greater the mass it is intended to reach, the lower its purely intellectual level will have to be. But if, as in propaganda for sticking out a war, the aim is to influence a whole people, we must avoid excessive intellectual demands on our public, and too much caution cannot be extended in this direction. …
  • The receptivity of the great masses is very limited, their intelligence is small, but their power of forgetting is enormous. In consequence of these facts, all effective propaganda must be limited to a very few points and must harp on these in slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him to understand by your slogan….
  • The function of propaganda is, for example, not to weigh and ponder the rights of different people, but exclusively to emphasize the one right which it has set out to argue for. Its task is not to make an objective study of the truth, in so far as it favors the enemy, and then set it before the masses with academic fairness; its task is to serve our own right, always and unflinchingly.

    Hitler, Mein Kampf, Volume I, Chapter VI: War Propaganda

“One of the paradoxes of management is this: Most employees usually are happier and more comfortable in a well-structured environment than in one that operates with disorder and permissiveness.”

— Unknown author
Telephony, Feb. 6, 1978, p. 61

“I am most anxious to enlist everyone who can speak or write to join in checking this mad, wicked folly of ‘Women’s Rights,’ with all its attendant horrors, on which her poor feeble sex is bent, forgetting every sense of womanly feelings and propriety. Feminists ought to get a good whipping. Were woman to ‘unsex’ themselves by claiming equality with men, they would become the most hateful, heathen and disgusting of beings and would surely perish without male protection.”

— Queen Victoria, March, 1870

“Feminism is not about giving women freedom to choose; it is about taking away choices of which feminists disapprove. And one choice they disapprove is participation in a conventional family.”

—Robert H. Bork, in
Slouching Towards Gomorrah : Modern Liberalism and American Decline
p. 204

Not Guilty contains this gem:

“Armed with their wage packets and fortified by booze and the new, fashionable female machismo, young women are now taking to the road with all the mad abandon of their boyfriends and beginning to kill themselves with increasing frequency. Before they do, they should consider one important fact which sober, health conscious, emotionally open men have cottoned onto: the traditional male life style is hazardous to your health. It doesn’t carry a government warning, but it should. Once women start to behave like men, and work like men, and earn like men, they may well start to die like them, too.”

— David Thomas, in
Not Guilty: In Defence of the Modern Man (1993)
p. 29, second-last par.

“The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected. Even when the revolutionist might himself repent of his revolution, the traditionalist is already defending it as part of his tradition. Thus we have two great types — the advanced person who rushes us into ruin, and the retrospective person who admires the ruins.”

— G.K. (Gilbert Keith) Chesterton (1874-1936),
British essayist, critic, poet, and novelist;
Source: Illustrated London News, 1924

“Not merely the validity of experience, but the very existence of external reality was tacitly denied by their philosophy. The heresy of heresies was common sense.”

— George Orwell, in 1984

The full text of the passage from which the preceding quote was taken is this:

“In the end the Party would announce that two and two made five, and you would have to believe it. It was inevitable that they should make that claim sooner or later: the logic of their position demanded it. Not merely the validity of experience, but the very existence of external reality, was tacitly denied by their philosophy. The heresy of heresies was common sense. And what was terrifying was not that they would kill you for thinking otherwise, but that they might be right. For, after all, how do we know that two and two make four? Or that the force of gravity works? Or that the past is unchangeable? If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable—what then?”

― George Orwell, in 1984

The hungry sheep look up, and are not fed,
But swoln with wind, and the rank mist they draw,
Rot inwardly, and foul contagion spread.

— Milton: Lycidias

»The “family” in all ages and in all corners of the globe can be defined as a man and a woman bonded together through a socially approved covenant of marriage to regulate sexuality, to bear, raise, and protect children, to provide mutual care and protection, to create a small home economy, and to maintain continuity between the generations, those going before and those coming after.

It is out of the reciprocal, naturally recreated relations of the family that the broader communities–such as tribes, villages, peoples, and nations–grow.«

— Allan Carlson, in
What’s Wrong With the United Nations Definition of ‘Family’?
The Family in America (August 1994), p. 3

The traditional marriage vows once meant much and were taken seriously:

The man:
“I, [name of groom], take thee, [name of bride], to be my wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till in death we part, and with this ring I thee wed, and with my body I thee honor, and pledge my faithfulness.”

The woman:
“I, [name of bride], take thee, [name of groom], to be my wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till in death we part, and with this ring I thee wed, and with my body I thee honor, and pledge my faithfulness.”

It’s official: The experiment has failed

“For the best part of thirty years we have been conducting a vast experiment with the family, and now the results are in : the decline of the two-parent, married-couple family has resulted in poverty, ill-health, educational failure, unhappiness, anti-social behaviour, isolation and social exclusion for thousands of women, men and children.”

— Rebecca O’Neill, Sept. 2002
Experiments in Living: The Fatherless Family

“Contemporary (or second wave) feminism has aptly been described as “Marxism without economics,” since feminists replace class with gender as the key social construct. Of course, what society constructs can be deconstructed. This is the feminist project: to abolish gender difference by transforming its institutional source — the patriarchal family. Certain streams of the Gay Rights movement have taken this analysis one step farther. The problem is not just sexism but heterosexism, and the solution is to dismantle not just the patriarchal family but the heterosexual family as such.”

— F.L. Morton & Rainer Knopff in
The Charter Revolution & The Court Party (p. 75)

“If done successfully, committing suicide is one decision you’ll never live to regret!”

— The Contemporary Heretic, in
A Suicide Note in the Form of a Blog Post

Note:  The preceding observation is short, to the point, but is part of an exhaustive analysis, assessment and comparative evaluation of at least most practical methods of doing away with oneself (death by drowning or by burning or fire are obvious omissions).  It seems a little macabre, overkill, so to speak, to devote so much effort and attention to methods of bringing suicides to successful conclusions, in view of the relatively small number of suicide victims in the world. 

Consider an equally concise but no less cutting observation of a considerably less macabre nature that involves vastly greater numbers of victims who have absolutely no say in the matter or manner of their deaths at a young age,  and contemplate why so little thought is given to why they are routinely prevented from living long, rewarding  lives. 

Proceed to the next quote.

“I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.”

― Ronald Reagan

This is a statement that should, once and for all, settle the sex war and any other differences resulting from any acrimony between the sexes, the argument that settles all arguments:

“…My daughters and all of your daughters, will forever know that there is no barrier to know for who they are and what they can be in the United States of America. They can take for granted that women can do anything that the boys can do, and do it better, and do it in heels…”

—Barack Obama; Unite For Change: Barack Obama in Unity, NH; BarackObamadotcom, Published on Jun 27, 2008


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