"It is said that those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad. It may well be that a war neurosis stirred up by propaganda of fear and hatred is the prelude to destruction."
"A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people."John Boyd Orr on John F. Kennedy
"Pick the day. Enjoy it - to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come... The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present - and I don't want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future."John Boyd Orr on Audrey Hepburn
"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death."John Boyd Orr on Thomas Paine
"We fear violence less than our own feelings. Personal, private, solitary pain is more terrifying than what anyone else can inflict."John Boyd Orr on Jim Morrison
"What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it."John Boyd Orr on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"There can be no peace in the world so long as a large proportion of the population lack the necessities of life and believe that a change of the political and economic system will make them available. World peace must be based on world plenty."
"When the fabric of society is so rigid that it cannot change quickly enough, adjustments are achieved by social unrest and revolutions."
"Measured in time of transport and communication, the whole round globe is now smaller than a small European country was a hundred years ago."
"Our civilization has evolved through the continuous adjustment of society to the stimulus of new knowledge."
"If the views I have expressed be right, we can think of our civilization evolving with the growth of knowledge from small wandering tribes to large settled law."