Julian Assange Quotes

Best 25 Quotes by Julian Assange

“Big Brother is home. He is installed in the item you just dragged home from the Apple store.”

“Capable, generous men do not create victims, they nurture victims.”

“Consistency was a matter of style and values – not where you parked your car.”

“Courage is not the absence of fear. Only fools have no fear. Rather, courage is the intellectual mastery of fear by understanding the true risks and opportunities of the situation and keeping those things in balance.”

“Every time we witness an injustice and do not act, we train our character to be passive in its presence and thereby eventually lose all ability to defend ourselves and those we love.”

“Google's colourful, playful logo is imprinted on human retinas just under six billion times each day, 2.1 trillion times a year – an opportunity for respondent conditioning enjoyed by no other company in history.”

“Non-conformity is the only real passion worth being ruled by.”

“One of the best ways to achieve justice is to expose injustice.”

“Opponents past and present have the same essential weakness about them: first they want to use you, then they want to be you, then they want to snuff you out.”

“Populations basically don’t like wars and they have to be lied into it. That means we can be ‘truthed’ into peace.”

“Power is a thing of perception. They don't need to be able to kill you. They just need you to think they are able to kill you.”

“Reality is an aspect of property. It must be seized. And investigative journalism is the noble art of seizing reality back from the powerful.”

“Smears don't have much staying power on their own because they deviate from the foundations of reality (what actually happened). They require constant energy from our opponents to keep going. The truth has a habit of reasserting itself.”

“The act of assassination – the targeting of visible individuals, is the result of mental inclinations honed for the pre-literate societies in which our species evolved.”

“The internet has become a political space. I think that is one of the most important developments in the past decade.”

“The only way to keep a secret is to never have one.”

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“Under observation, we act less free, which means we effectively are less free.”

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“The sense of perspective that interaction with multiple cultures gives you I find to be extremely valuable, because it allows you to see the structure of a country with greater clarity, and gives you a sense of mental independence.”

“Vanity in a newspaper man is like perfume on a wh*re: they use it to fend off a dark whiff of themselves.”

“What we know is everything, it is our limit, of what we can be.”

“Where they couldn't pick holes in our arguments they would drive horses and carriages through my character.”

“You have to start with the truth. The truth is the only way that we can get anywhere. Because any decision-making that is based upon lies or ignorance can't lead to a good conclusion.”

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“If you take away the state’s monopoly over the means of economic interaction, then you take away one of the three principal ingredients of the state. In the model of the state as a mafia, where the state is a protection racket, the state shakes people down for money in every possible way. Controlling currency flows is important for revenue-raising by the state, but it is also important for simply controlling what people do.”


“Left to its own trajectory, within a few years, global civilization will be a postmodern surveillance dystopia, from which escape for all but the most skilled individuals will be impossible. In fact, we may already be there.

While many writers have considered what the internet means for global civilization, they are wrong. They are wrong because they do not have the sense of perspective that direct experience brings. They are wrong because they have never met the enemy.”


“The world is not sliding, but galloping into a new transnational dystopia. This development has not been properly recognized outside of national security circles. It has been hidden by secrecy, complexity and scale. The internet, our greatest tool of emancipation, has been transformed into the most dangerous facilitator of totalitarianism we have ever seen. The internet is a threat to human civilization.”


“When Putin goes out to buy a Coke, thirty seconds later it is known in Washington DC.”


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“The reason why people buy into the narrative is because it leads to this new social bond, this new solidarity. People are social beings and being socially isolated is really painful. And through the process of mass formation they switch from the very negative state of social isolation to the opposite state of maximal connectedness that exists in a crowd in a mass. And that in itself leads up to a kind of mental intoxication which is the real reason why people stick to the narrative, why people are willing to go along with the narrative, even as we said, if it is utterly wrong and even more important, even if they lose everything that is important to them personally.”

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