Thought and mind control

"There are no dangerous thoughts; thinking itself is dangerous."

The New Yorker 1977
German-American political scientist (1906-1975)

"The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed."

Steve BIKO
South African political leader (1946–77)

"He that complies against his will, Is of his own opinion still."

English novelist (1825-1902)

"Reality is that which refuses to go away when I stop believing in it."

Philip K. DICK
American science fiction writer (1930-1982)

"Either you think - or else others have to think for you and take power from you, pervert and discipline your natural tastes, civilize and sterilize you."

Tender is the Night, 1934
American novelist and short-story writer (1896-1940)

"I, Galileo, being in my seventieth year, being a prisoner and on my knees, and before your Eminencies, having before my eyes the Holy Gospel, which I touch with my hands, abjure, curse, and detest the error and the heresy of the movement of the earth."

Italian astronomer, mathematician, and physicist (1564-1642)

"During a war, news should be given out for instruction rather than information."

German National Socialist Propaganda Minister (1897-1945)

"One has to multiply thoughts to the point where there aren't enough policemen to control them."

Stanislaw Jerzey LEC
Polish writer (

"The interpretation of our reality through patterns not our own, serves only to make us ever more unknown, ever less free, ever more solitary."

Nobel Prize Lecture, 8 December 1982
Colombian novelist, short-story writer, and journalist (1928-)

"To err is human, but when the eraser wears out ahead of the pencil, you're overdoing it."


"The media's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses."

Militant black leader in the United States (1925-1965)

"Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds."

Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, and guitarist (1945-81)

"One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present."

Golda MEIR
Israeli political leader (

"No one ever heard of the truth being enforced by law. Whenever the secular arm is called in to sustain an idea, whether new or old, it is always a bad idea, and not infrequently it is downright idiotic."

Henry Louis MENCKEN
American writer (1880-1956)

"The price paid for intellectual pacification is the sacrifice of the entire moral courage of the human mind."

John Stuart MILL
On Liberty, 1859
British philosopher and economist (1806-1873)

"Thought control, like birth control, is best undertaken as long as possible before the fact."


"Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with surprising effectiveness. A genuinely unfashionable opinion is almost never given a fair hearing."

Eric Arthur Blair or George ORWELL
British novelist and essayist (1903-1950)

"Who controls the past controls the future and who controls the present controls the past."

Eric Arthur Blair or George ORWELL
British novelist and essayist (1903-1950)

"There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."

Hamlet, 1602
English dramatist and poet (1564-1616)

"The most tyrannical of governments are those which make crimes of opinions, for everyone has an inalienable right to his thoughts."

Benedict or Baruch SPINOZA
"Ethics" (1677)
Dutch philosopher (1632–77)

"Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas."

Joseph Vissarionovich STALIN
Soviet Communist leader and head of the USSR (

"Adam was but human - this explains it all. He did not want the apple for the apple's sake, he wanted it only because it was forbidden. The mistake was in not forbidding the serpent; then he would have eaten the serpent."

Samuel Langhorne Clemens or Mark TWAIN
Pudd'nhead Wilson, Pudd'nhead Wilson's Calendar
American author (1835-1910)

"If they give you lined paper, write the other way."

William Carlos WILLIAMS
American poet and physician (1883-1963)

Last update: 26 January 2007

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