I've accumulated a pretty good stash of them, and in keeping with the contemplative nature of the ending of one year and beginning of another, here are some of the best. We'll start with the very first quote that I posted way back when and work forward to the here and now in no particular order:
The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it's profitable to continue it. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will take down the scenery, pull back the curtains, move the tables and chairs out of the way, and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theatre.
-- FRANK ZAPPA
In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes an act of rebellion.-- GEORGE ORWELL
Life Is Not a Dress Rehearsal.
-- ROSE TREMAIN
These bloody shamans tell the people anything, no matter how insane, and the people believe them, it's like Americans, only different.
-- THOMAS PYNCHON
In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.
Only a catastrophe gets our attention. We want them, we need them, we depend on them, as long as they happen somewhere else.
-- DON DeLILLO
The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.
-- ALBERT EINSTEIN
It doesn't matter what you do, so long as you don't frighten the horses.
-- EDWARD VII
Mother’s milk leads to everything.
-- GEORGE CARLIN
It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope. That ripple builds others. Those ripples -- crossing from each other from a million different centers of energy -- build a current than can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and injustice.
-- ROBERT F. KENNEDY
If you're white, you're alright.
If you're brown, stick around.
but if you're black, oh baby.
Get back, Get back, Get back.
Each party steals so many articles of faith from the other, and the candidates spend so much time making each other’s speeches, that by the time election day is past there is nothing much to do save turn the sitting rascals out and let a new gang in.
-- H.L. MENCKEN
You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.
-- MAHATMA GANDHI
Well, Watson, we seem to have fallen upon evil days.
-- SHERLOCK HOLMES
Portrait of Frank Zappa by Anthony Hare