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- Albert Einstein


The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing

- Albert Einstein



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Albert Einstein Albert Einstein

Einstein, not only was one of the greatest scientists of all times, but he also was a great revolutionary and a prominent humanist.

Anatole France Anatole France

It is better to understand little than to misunderstand a lot.

Anna Louise Strong Anna Louise Strong

They say the Pharaohs built the pyramids. Do you think one Pharaoh dropped one bead of sweat? We built the pyramids for the Pharaohs and we’re building for them yet.

Bertolt Brecht Bertolt Brecht

Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are.

Carlos Fuentes Carlos Fuentes

Fuentes last message on Twitter “There must be something beyond slaughter and barbarism to support the existence of mankind, and we must all help search for it.

Charlie Chaplin Charlie Chaplin

Charlie's early miserable life had a great impact in shaping his future thoughts and ideas.

Claudia Jones Claudia Jones

“Our fight is the fight of all opponents of fascist barbarism, of all who abhor war and desire peace”.

Ed Asner Ed (Edward) Asner

There are genuinely sufficient resources in the world to ensure that no one, nowhere, at no time should go hungry.

Eduardo Galeano Eduardo Galeano

I am astonished each time I come to the U.S. by the ignorance of a high percentage of the population, which knows almost nothing about Latin America or about the world. It's quite blind and deaf to anything that may happen outside the frontiers of the U.S.

Ella Reeve Bloor Ella Reeve Bloor (Mother Bloor)

All my suffrage speeches were class struggle speeches; I always tried to make clear that the object of our campaign was not alone to get the vote, but to prepare women to use the power of the ballot to get the decent pay and decent working conditions for women and to strengthen the position of the whole working class.

Ernesto Sabato Ernesto Sabato

What is admirable, is that man keeps fighting and creating beauty in the midst of a barbaric, hostile world (Ernesto Sabato)

Erskine Caldwell Erskine Caldwell

He once explained that his aim was “Describing to the best of my ability the aspirations and despairs of the people I wrote about”.

Eugene Victor Debs Eugene Victor Debs

"I believe in socialism because I believe in humanity."
Eugene Victor Debs

Federico Garcia Lorca Federico Garcia Lorca

"I sing to Spain and I feel her to the core of my being, but above all I am a man of the world and brother of everyone."

Gabriel Garcia Marquez Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Freedom is often the first casualty of war (The General in His Labyrinth)

George Bernard Shaw George Bernard Shaw

Workers ruthlessly exploited by greedy employers, lived in abject poverty and were too ignorant and apathetic to vote intelligently.

George Politzer George Politzer

The philosophers of philosophy without substance are unaware and the comedy brought to bear on them is that they know from science certain that they have had philosophers unaware of being without substance, and that they are perfectly incapable of diagnosing in themselves the ills that they recognize in others.

Hajime Kawakami Hajime Kawakami

Tales of Poverty (1917), in this book Kawakami described the miserable condition of working class in England, the same as jack London witnessed in 1902, and wrote about in his book The People of the Abyss in 1903.

Harold Pinter Harold Pinter

If to be a socialist is to be a person determined to do everything in his or her power to alleviate these unforgivably degraded lives, then socialism can never be dead because these aspirations will never die. (Speech at the Cuba Rally, London, 1997)

Harry Belafonte Harry Belafonte

That song is a way of life, it's a song about my father, my mother, my uncles, the men and women who toil in the banana fields, the cane fields of Jamaica.

Helen Keller Helen Keller

If I ever contribute to the socialist movement, the book that I sometimes dream of, I know what I shall name it: Industrial Blindness and Social Deafness.

Herbert Joseph Biberman Herbert Joseph Biberman

Biberman and his colleagues declined to answer any question, and claimed that the 1st Amendment of the US Constitution gave them the right to do this. The HUAC and the appeal courts disagreed. The Hollywood Ten were found guilty of contempt of Congress. Biberman was sentenced to six months in Texarkana Federal Correctional Institution and fined $ 1,000.

Hilda Bernstein Hilda Bernstein

Hilda Bernstein was also a writer, a journalist and an artist who put her talents in the service of human liberty.

Howard Fast Howard Fast

Howard Fast was the son of a factory worker in the New York City. He witnessed the extent of exploitation and miserable life of workers and their families at the young ages of his life.

Jack London Jack London

A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog.

John Howard Lawson John Howard Lawson

They know that the only way to trick the American people into abandoning their rights and liberties is to manufacture an imaginary danger, to frighten the people into accepting repressive laws which are supposedly for their protection. (John H. Lawson).

John Pilger John Pilger

Journalism is nothing if it’s not about humanity, it has to be about people’s life.

John Reed John Reed

“I can not give up the idea that out of democracy will be born the new world-richer, braver-freer, more beautiful.”

Jose de Sousa Saramago Jose de Sousa Saramago

The world is governed by institutions that are not democratic - the World Bank, the IMF and the WTO.

Joseph Walton Losey Joseph Walton Losey

Losey told an interviewer the year before he died that he was not bitter about being blacklisted: "Without it I would have three Cadillacs, two swimming pools and millions of dollars, and I'd be dead. It was terrifying, it was disgusting, but you can get trapped by money and complacency. A good shaking up never did anyone any harm."

Juan Gelman Juan Gelman

“Look, words are like the air: they belong to everybody. Words are not the problem; it's the tone, the context, where those words are aimed, and in whose company they are uttered. Of course murderers and victims use the same words, but I never read the words utopia, or beauty, or tenderness in police descriptions. Do you know that the Argentinean dictatorship burnt The Little Prince? And I think they were right to do so, not because I do not love The Little Prince, but because the book is so full of tenderness that it would harm any dictatorship.”
― Juan Gelman

Jules Dassin Jules Dassin

He joined the Communist Party in 1930s, a decision he recalled in 2002 in an interview with the Gardian in London “You grow up in Harlem where there’s trouble getting fed and keeping families warm, and live very close to Fifth Avenue, which is elegant, you fret, you get ideas, seeing a lot of poverty around you, and it’s a very natural process.

Langston Hughes Langston Hughes

“...the only way to get a thing done is to start to do it, then keep on doing it, and finally you'll finish it,....”

― Langston Hughes, The Big Sea

Louise Bryant Louise Bryant

She was an ardent advocate of women’s rights, an extra-ordinary and respected international journalist of the 20th century, who was overlooked by traditional right-wing historians and journalists.

Luis Sepulveda Luis Sepulveda

"Antonio José Bolívar was in charge of keeping them at bay, while the colonists destroyed the jungle, building the masterpiece of civilizing man: the desert."

- Luis Sepúlveda, The Old Man Who Read Love Stories

Marilyn Monroe Marilyn Monroe

I knew I belonged to the public and to the world, not because I was talented or even beautiful, but because I had never belonged to anything or anyone else.

Mark Twain Mark Twain

I am an anti-imperialist; I am opposed to having the eagle put its talons on any other land.(Quoted in, A Pen Warmed Up in Hell)

Mary Harris Jones Mary Harris Jones (Mother Jones)

There was once a law on the statute books of Alabama, prohibiting the employment of children under twelve years of age more than eight hours a day. The Gadston Company would not build their mill until they were promised that this law should be repealed.

Michael Wilson Michael Wilson

The humanist writer did not meekly deliver what the philistine ordered, but struggled tenaciously to preserve human values in all his work; ... Hollywood writers in particular, dealing like all their kind in the radioactive commodity of ideas, were accountable to the peoples of the world for the effects of their ideas. - Speech delivered at 'A Salue to John Howard Lawson,' November 12, 1955.

Miguel Angel Asturias Miguel Angel Asturias

If you write novels merely to entertain - then burn them!This might be the message delivered with evangelical fervor since if you do not burn them they will anyway be erased from the memory of the people where a poet or novelist should aspire to remain.Just consider how many writers there have been who - down the ages - have written novels to entertain!And who remembers them now?(From Nobel Lecture, 1967).

Mikis Theodorakis Mikis Theodorakis

If I had not experienced what I Experienced, I would not have written this music.

Music for me has never been an end in itself, it is something that I have lived.

Mikis Theodorakis

Nawal El Saadawi Nawal El Saadawi

I Should be more aggressive, because the world is becoming more aggressive, and we need people to speak loudly against injustice.

Norman Bethune Norman Bethune

They make war to capture markets by murder, raw materials by rape.They find it cheaper to steal than to exchange, easier to butcher than to buy. This is the secret of war. It is the secret of all wars: profit.
(Norman Bethune)

Pablo Neruda Pablo Neruda

He always said, his “poet’s obligation” was to become a voice for all those who had no voice.

Pablo Picasso Pablo Picasso

After the liberation of Paris from the Nazi occupiers in 1944, he was there and rejoined the Communist Party of France, and became an active participant of peace movement.

Paul Jarrico Paul Jarrico

I want to make it clear that I am personally opposed to the overthrow of this Government by force and violence and to the use of force and violence. However, President Lincoln said that the people of this country have the right to revolution, if necessary, if the democratic processes are clogged, if the people can no longer exercise their will by constitutional means.

Paul Robeson Paul Robeson

He wrote: in the Soviet Union I had felt "like a human being for the first time since I grew up. Here I am not a Negro but a human being. Before I came I could hardly believe that such a thing could be. Here, for the first time in my life, I walk in full human dignity."

Pete Seeger Pete Seeger

"The American Indians were Communists. They were. Every anthropologist will tell you they were Communists. No rich, no poor. If somebody needed something the community chipped in."
― Pete Seeger

Polonsky, Abraham Lincoln Polonsky, Abraham Lincoln

The blacklist was already happening to people. It was inevitable that it was going to happen to me too, unless I changed my position, which I wasn’t about to do.

Robert Oppenheimer Robert Oppenheimer

The people of this world must unite, or they will perish.

Romain Rolland Romain Rolland

He believed that art must be a part of the struggle to bring enlightenment to people. In his works he always fought for political, economic and social justice.

Rosa Luxemburg Rosa Luxemburg

Freedom is always the freedom of dissenters.

Sinclair Lewis Sinclair Lewis

"When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross."

Theodore Dreiser Theodore Dreiser

Belief in the greatness and dignity of Man has been the guiding principle of my life and my work.

Upton Sinclair Upton Sinclair

From the Letter to President Woodrow Wilson, “It was futile to try and win democracy abroad, while we are losing it at home.”

Victor Jara Victor Jara

I need the wood and strings of my guitar to give vent to sadness or happiness, some verse which opens up the heart like a wound, some line which helps us all to turn from inside ourselves to look out and see the world with new eyes.

Will Geer Will Geer

I'm a lifelong agitator, a radical. A rebel is just against things for rebellion's sake. By radical, I mean someone who goes to the roots.

Woody Guthrie Woody Guthrie

“Life has got a habit of not standing hitched. You got to ride it like you find it. You got to change with it. If a day goes by that don't change some of your old notions for new ones, that is just about like trying to milk a dead cow.”
― Woody Guthrie

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