First Words

By Utne

??If a voter has a choice between a Republican and a Democrat
who acts like a Republican, he?ll vote for the Republican every
Harry S. Truman, former U.S. President

?Speak your mind, even when your voice shakes.?
Maggie Kuhn, founder of the Gray Panthers, quoted on a bumper

?We have become a culture of the copy, rather than a culture of
the masterpiece. We no longer deal with original ideas but with
regurgitated clich?s. Look at cloning. A clone is a copy. Sex, on
the other hand, breeds originality. You get something entirely new.
Does anyone believe you can have a livable world based on copy?
Rejecting the copy will do interesting things to your purchasing
habits, and to your experience of beauty and integrity.?
Carolyn Raffensperger, environmental activist, The Sun
(November 2002)

?Technologies which are environmentally more sustainable are
less prone to being hijacked by those intent on harm. No terrorist
is going to make governments tremble by threatening to bomb a wind
turbine, or release clouds of compost over our cities.?
Jonathon Porritt, English environmentalist, Resurgence
(Sept./Oct. 2002)

?The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the public
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 quoted by Noam Chomsky in Z Magazine
(October 2002)

?You can no more win a war than you can win an
Jeanette Rankin, first woman in the U.S. House of Representatives,
1917?1919, 1940?1942, (R-Montana)

?It?s important to remember . . . that our current happiness is
not permanent and is not due to any intrinsic ?goodness? on our
part. American society is uncomfortable with the idea that some
people?s lives are difficult past the point of sanity and that they
aren?t necessarily to blame.?
George Saunders, author, in an interview in The Missouri
(v.24 n.2, 2001)

?I am struck once again by the unutterable beauty, terror, and
strangeness of everything we think we know.?
Ed Abbey, novelist and environmental prophet, from The Journey
(Dutton, 1991)

?Love life. Take great pleasure in small offerings. Believe that
the world owes you nothing. Understand that every gift given to you
is exactly that.?
Maya Angelou, novelist, Iris (#44)

?There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot,
but there are others who, thanks to their art and their
intelligence, transform the yellow spot into the sun.?
Pablo Picasso, artist, quoted in Color: A Natural History of
the Palette

?The Stone Age did not end because people ran out of stone. The
Petroleum Age will not end because we run out of petroleum, but
because we develop superior technologies.?
Fritjof Capra, physicist and philosopher, speaking at the Bioneers
conference, October 2002

? . . . and the time came when the risk it took to remain in a
tightly closed bud became infinitely more painful than the risk it
took to blossom.?
Ana?s Nin, author, quoted in Ripples (Summer 2002)

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