Posted by: Jim | January 22, 2007

Who Said It?

Who can tell me who said this without Googling it? (Thanks to Camille for typing this up.) It’s a bit schmaltzy, but inspiring nevertheless.

 “I’m sorry, but I do not want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I do not want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone, if possible. Jew, Gentile, Black Man, white … we all want to help one another–human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness not by each other’s misery. We do not want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone for the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way.

Greed has poisoned men’s souls … has barricaded the world with hate … has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that has given us abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical [and] our cleverness hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. The more the machinery … [the more] we need humanity … [and] more than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities life will be violent and all will be lost. The [airplane] and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men–cries out for universal brotherhood, for the unity of us all, even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world. Millions of despairing men, women, and children … victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people.

To those who can hear me, I say ‘Do not despair!’ The misery that is upon us is merely the passing of greed … [and] the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die and the power they took away from the people will return to the people, and so long as men die, liberty will never perish.

Soldiers! Don’t give yourselves to brutes! Men who despise you, enslave you, who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, [or] what to think or what to feel!, who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle!, use you as Cannon fodder–don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men!  Machine men, with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts, you don’t hate, only the unloved hate – the unloved and the unnatural. “,1] ); //–>

Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty!

In the seventeenth chapter of St. Luke it is written that “the Kingdom of God is within man.” Not one man nor a group of men but in all men! In you! You the people have the power! The power to create machines, the power to create happiness! You the people have the power to make this life free and beautiful! To make this life a wonderful adventure!! Then in the name of democracy let us use that power, let us all unite! Let us fight for a new world – a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give you the future and old age a security.

By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power, but they lie, they do not fulfill that promise. They never will. Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people.

Now let us fight to fulfill that promise! Let us fight to free the world, to do away with national barriers, to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness.

Soldiers! In the name of democracy, let us all unite!”

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Responses

  1. Oh, that’s an easy one. Charlie Chaplin’s first nonsilent character, in ‘The Great Dictator’. Nobody who’s ever taken a film class should have to google THAT one.

    Give me a tough one, monsignor.

    🙂

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  2. OK, someone give this man a challenging quote to identify!

  3. Bri, THAT was good. In my film class we didn’t get to see that one. But… since you wanted a tough one from the monsignor and not the monsieur … here’s one:
    ” It is not that Christianity has been tried and found wanting. It hasn’t been tried.”
    Hint: this is a well-known author.

  4. It sounds like Gandhi, or maybe Mullah Omar in a lighter moment. God, I hope it’s not my bete noire, Richard Dawkins. I give up, and I won’t resort to Google. J K Rowling…?

  5. No idea. But I’m pretty sure it wasn’t Pat ‘Smite me’ Robertson.

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  6. CS Lewis. 🙂

  7. Oh no! Not C.S. Lewis. A really unpleasant writer. I read those books as a child and was repulsed by something I couldn’t work out. I really disliked Aslan. (I still do). Years later, well, it was revealed who Aslan is to be idenitified with, and the mystery was solved.


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