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"Why is it so difficult at times?”Author: Brigham Young, Source: Brigham Young’s Office Journal, 28 January 1857
President Young answered, “Because man is destined to be a God, and he must be able to demonstrate that he is for God and to develop his own resources so that he can act independently and yet humbly.” Then he added, “It is the way it is because we must learn to be righteous in the dark.”
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 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.Author: Nazi Reich Marshal Hermann Göring, Source: Nuremberg Trials
All this was inspired by the principle -- which is quite true in itself -- that in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily, and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.Author: Adolf Hitler, Source: "Mein Kampf", 1925
Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth. By simply not mentioning certain subjects... totalitarian propagandists have influenced opinion much more effectively than they could have by the most eloquent denunciations. Author: Aldous Huxley, Source: "Brave New World"
The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate the organized habits and opinions of the masses constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of the country....It remains a fact that in almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons....It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind, who harness old social forces and contrive new ways to bind and guide the world.Author: Edward Bernays, Source: Propaganda, excerpts from pp. 9-19
A handful of us determine what will be on the evening news broadcasts, or, for that matter, in the New York Times or Washington Post orW all Street Journal.... Indeed it is a handful of us with this awesome power.... And those [news stories] available to us already have been culled and re-culled by persons far outside our control.Author: Walter Cronkite, Source: Introduction to Censored, 1996
We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost 40 years......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 more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supernational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national autodetermination practiced in past centuries.Author: David Rockefeller, Source: Trilateral Commission meeting, June, 1991
Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.Author: John Quincy Adams, Source: Unknown
In questions of power then let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.Author: Thomas Jefferson, Source: Unknown
A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.Author: Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Source: Unknown