Favorite Quotes

“Never doubt that a small group of concerned citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

“Quotations are condensations of a multitude of mysteries. They point the way, advance consciousness, unify and synthesize the experience of one into an elegant threshold for another to cross.” – Jan Phillips, author
 The Art of Original Thinking

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Mohandas K. Gandhi

“This is the true joy in life. That being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. That being a force of nature instead of a feverish clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it what ever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is not brief candle for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I’ve got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.” – George Bernard Shaw

Quotes on Education

“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” – Derek Bok

“Only the educated are free.” – Epictetus, Discourses, Bk. ii, Ch. 1, Sec. 23

“Education, a debt due from the present to future generations.” – George Peabody (1869)

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” – Henry Adams

“The function of education is to help you from childhood not to imitate anybody, but be yourself all the time.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

“There are two types of education… One should teach us how to make a living, and the other how to live.” – John Adams

“Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.” – Malcolm Forbes

“The man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.” – Mark Twain

“Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.” – Robert Frost

“More money is put into prisons than into schools. That, in itself, is the description of a nation bent on suicide. I mean, what is more precious to us than our own children? We are going to build a lot more prisons if we do not deal with the schools and their inequalities.” – Jonathan Kozol

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” – Joseph Addison

“The real struggle is not between East and West, or capitalism and communism, but between education and propaganda.” – Martin Buber

“Literacy is the fertilizer needed for development and democracy to take root and grow.” – David Archer

“Only in popular education can man erect the structure of an enduring civilization.” – Andrew Carnegie

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – William Butler Yeats

“Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.” – Roger Lewin

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

“Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting.” – Aldous Huxley

“An education isn’t how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It’s being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don’t.” – Anatole France

“According to the Department of Education, one in every five teachers leaves after the first year, and almost twice as many leave within three. If any business had that rate of turnover, someone would do something smart and strategic to fix it. This isn’t any business. It’s the most important business around – the gardeners of the landscape of the human race.” – Anna Quindlen

“We receive three educations, one from our parents, one from our schoolmasters, and one from the world. The third contradicts all that the first two teach us.” – Baron de Montesquieu

“I view education as not just simply K through 12, I view it as beginning at birth, extending through every life stage and for everybody.” – Bill Bradley

“Life is a continual process of education and reeducation.” – Leonard Leeman

“He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened.” – Lao Tzu

“Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.” – Gertrude Stein

“Real learning comes when the competitive spirit has ceased.” – Krishnamurti

“As long as you live, keep learning how to live.” – Seneca

“I affirm that to grow as a teacher, I must remain an alert learner.” – Eric Maisel

Quotes on Food Safety

“Food safety involves everybody in the food chain.” – Mike Johanns, US Senator

“And I presume on the eighth day God called you and said, ‘I changed my mind about insects!” ― John Brunner, The Sheep Look Up

“An apple a day might have kept the doctor away prior to the industrialization of food growing and preparation. But, according to research compiled by the United States Drug Administration (USDA) today’s apple contains residue of eleven different neurotoxins—azinphos, methyl chloripyrifos, diazinon, dimethoate, ethion, omthoate, parathion, parathion methyl, phosalone, and phosmet — and the USDA was testing for only one category of chemicals known as organophosphate insecticides. That doesn’t sound too appetizing does it? The average apple is sprayed with pesticides seventeen times before it is harvested.” ― Michelle Schoffro Cook, The Brain Wash: A Powerful, All-Naural Program to Protect Your Brain Against Alzheimer’s, Depression, Parkinson’s and Other Brain Diseases

“In nature health is the default,” he pointed out. “Most of the time pests and disease are just nature’s way of telling the farmer he’s doing something wrong.” ― Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

“When people say they prefer organic food, what they often seem to mean is they don’t want their food tainted with pesticides and their meat shot full of hormones or antibiotics. Many object to the way a few companies – Monsanto is the most famous of them – control so many of the seeds we grow.” – Michael Specter

“The more we pour the big machines, the fuel, the pesticides, the herbicides, the fertilizer and chemicals into farming, the more we knock out the mechanism that made it all work in the first place.” – David R. Brower

“What happened after the Second World War is the adoption of a chemical based agricultural system. The very same chemical companies that were producing chemicals for warfare started turning their attention to killing pests in our agricultural context. That became the dominant way in which farmers began to produce their crops.” – Dr. Michael Antoniou, Geneticist, Kings College, London

I feel that good food should be a right and not a privilege, and it needs to be without pesticides and herbicides. And everybody deserves this food. And that’s not elitist. – Alice Waters

Pesticides came about after the first world war. Some brainy petrochemical money maker said, ‘Hey, that mustard gas worked great on people, maybe we could dilute it down and spray it on our crops to deal with pests.’ – Woody Harrelson

Quotes on Health Creation

“We are accustomed to look for the gross and immediate effect and to ignore all else. Unless this appears promptly, we deny the existence of hazard. Even research men suffer from the handicap of inadequate methods of detecting the beginnings of injury. The lack of sufficiently delicate methods to detect injury before symptoms appear is one of the great unsolved problems in medicine.”  – Rachel Carson

“Enlightenment is man’s release from his self-incurred tutelage. Tutelage is man’s inability to make use of his understanding without direction from another. Self-incurred is this tutelage when its cause lies not in lack of reason but in lack of resolution and courage to use it without direction from another. Sapere aude! ‘Have courage to use your own reason!’- that is the motto of enlightenment.”Immanuel Kant

“There are some remedies worse than the disease.” – Publilius Syrus

“We must turn to nature itself, to the observations of the body in health and in disease to learn the truth.” – Hippocrates

“Take care of your body with steadfast fidelity. The soul must see through these eyes alone, and if they are dim, the whole world is clouded.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“I am convinced digestion is the great secret to life.” – Sydney Smith

“Nature, time and patience are three great physicians.” – H.G. Bohn

“Our own physical body possesses a wisdom which we who inhabit the body lack. We give it orders which make no sense.” – Henry Miller

“Time is the great physician.” – Benjamin Disraeli

“A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools.” – Spanish Proverb

“I am dying with the help of too many physicians.” – Alexander the Great

“God heals, and the doctor takes the fee.” – Benjamin Franklin

“The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not.” – Mark Twain

“The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.” – Voltaire

“Water, air, and cleanliness are the chief articles in my pharmacopoeia.” – Napoleon

“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses.” – Hippocrates

“Attention to health is life’s greatest hindrance.” – Plato

“As you improve health in a society, population growth goes down. You know, I thought it was… before I learned about it, I thought it was paradoxical.” – Bill Gates

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” – Buddha

“The devil has put a penalty on all things we enjoy in life. Either we suffer in health or we suffer in soul or we get fat.” – Albert Eisntein

Quotes on Vaccine Safety

“I am no longer ‘trying to dig up evidence to prove’ vaccines cause autism. There is already abundant evidence….This debate is not scientific but is political”  ― David Ayoub M.D.

“Nothing but the natural ignorance of the public, countenanced by the inoculated erroneousness of the ordinary general medical practitioners, makes such a barbarism as vaccination possible… Recent developments have shown that an inoculation made in the usual general practitioner’s light-hearted way, without previous highly skilled examination of the state of the patient’s blood, is just as likely to be a simple manslaughter as a cure or preventive. But vaccination is nothing short of attempted murder. A skilled bacteriologist would just as soon think of cutting his child’s arm and rubbing the contents of the dustpan into the wound, as vaccinating it in the same.”  ― George Bernard Shaw 

“The more it (vaccination) is supported by public authorities, the more will its dangers and disadvantages be concealed or denied.”  ― M. Beddow Bayly

“The greatest lie ever told is that vaccines are safe and effective.”  ― Leonard G. Horowitz

“Immunization is total nonsense! More than that is what’s hidden from people about vaccines. They are dangerous. One child out of five has overwhelming disabilities from vaccines — neurological problems, seizures.”  ― Guylaine Lanctot

“If vaccines were good for us, there would be no reason for dishonesty and deceit.” – Dr.Joseph Mercola

“No batch of vaccine can be proved safe before it is given to children.” – Surgeon General of the United States, Leonard Scheele, addressing an AMA convention in 1955

“In my closing remark, I urge parents to ask themselves a few questions. Have you noticed how much the vaccines are pushed by threats, coercion, victimisation and monetary punitive measures, with parents then being accused of causing what are clearly side effects of the vaccines? Would you succumb to the same type of pressure if any other product were pushed with the same vengeance? Wouldn’t you be suspicious and ask what’s wrong with the product if it has to be forced upon consumers? Why do so many informed parents, as well as many informed medical doctors, now refuse vaccination? Shouldn’t you be suspicious of a medical system which forces itself upon you, which won’t accept responsibility for vaccine injuries and unlawfully tries to take away your constitutional, democratic and legal right to have control over your own and your children’s health without being hassled and victimised?” – Dr. Viera Scheibner, Ph.D.