Tuesday, 8 April 2014


Edith Cavell   Her very last words – spoken to a British chaplain before she was executed – were these: “But this I would say, standing in view of God and eternity, I realise that patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone.” 
War           “War is not over when fighting ends. Last year, more British soldiers and veterans took their own lives than were killed in battle.  Paul Vallely  (November 2012)
Paul Vallely is visiting professor of public ethics at the University of Chester

WAR          “We are rapidly getting to the point that no war can be won.  War implies a contest; when you get to the point…that the outlook looks close to the destruction of the enemy and suicide for ourselves…. then arguments as to the exact amount of available strength as compared to somebody else’s are no longer the vital issues.”   Dwight D.Eisenhower, 1956  (quoted by Ruth Leger Sivard)

Some Nelson Mandela Quotes:            from Common Dreams        December, 2013
1. "There is no doubt that the United States now feels that they are the only superpower in the world and they can do what they like."
2. “It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.”
3. “Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.”
4. "Gandhi rejects the Adam Smith notion of human nature as motivated by self-interest and brute needs and returns us to our spiritual dimension with its impulses for nonviolence, justice and equality. He exposes the fallacy of the claim that everyone can be rich and successful provided they work hard. He points to the millions who work themselves to the bone and still remain hungry."      
5. "We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do what is right.

Pope Francis:   “We have created new idols. The worship of the ancient golden calf (cf. Ex 32:1-35) has returned in a new and ruthless guise in the idolatry of money and the dictatorship of an impersonal economy lacking a truly human purpose. … A new tyranny is thus born, invisible and often virtual, which unilaterally and relentlessly imposes its own laws and rules.”   A quote from his Evangelii Gaudium, December 2013.

Two Winston Churchill Quotes:
[of Hitler]  “The story of his struggles cannot be read without admiration for the courage, the perseverance and the vital force which enabled him to challenge, defy, conciliate or overcome all the authorities or resistances which barred his path.”   “I have always said that if Great Britain were defeated in a war, I hoped we should find a Hitler to lead us back to our rightful position among the nations.”  From speech 11 November, 1938   Not quoted to indicate agreement!

Today   “We live in the most illuminated of dark ages.”   Paul Heins – quoted by Dorothy Butler in her autobiography “All This and a Bookshop too”  P.407

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