I'll add another one which came through Twitter this morning (apologies, I can't recall through whose feed)."Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed."The first pronouncement is from Stephen Joseph Harper. The rest are from Joseph Stalin.
"Gratitude is a sickness suffered by dogs."
"The writer is the engineer of the human soul."
"Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas."
"Print is the sharpest and the strongest weapon of our party."
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."
The annual gathering of the Writers' Union of Canada took place in Ottawa in June, with many former chairs on hand to offer memories of their time in office. Susan Crean remembered encountering a young, blue-eyed politico at a constitutional conference in Calgary in 1992. When the man learned that she had co-authored a certain book about American domination of Canadian and Quebec politicians, the man responded:
"You should not have been allowed to write that book."
The man: Stephen Harper. Crean never forgot his words, but especially the word allowed. The room full of writers in Ottawa issued a gasp.