Friday, February 03, 2006

Quotes of the Day (II)

"This notion that inside every human being is the burning desire for freedom and liberty, much less democracy, is probably not the case . . . some people don't really want to be free."

Brent Scowcroft, as quoted in theNew Yorker, 10/31/05

"It doesn't matter if you feed someone or give him a little flat to live in if he doesn't have his freedom. This is an essential human need. Without it, life is nothing."

Ali Bashir, Iraqi plastic surgeon and artist (and a favorite of Saddam Hussein's), 3/21/03, as quoted in Jon Lee Anderson's The Fall of Baghdad