A great tragedy has ended. A great victory has been won. A new era is upon us We have had our last chance. If we do not devise some greater and more equitable system, Armageddon will be at our door.Douglas MacArthur: 1945 National radio broadcast on the surrender of Japan, 2 Sep.
Armageddon is not a foreign policy.madeleine albright: Speech at Harvard forum (April 11, 2007)
There are as many Scottish roads to Socialism as there are predictions of Britain's economic doom - but most of them demand three things: a coherent plan for an extension of democracy and control in society and industry which sees every reform as a means to creating a socialist society; a harnessing of the forces for industrial and community self-management within a political movement; and a massive programme of education by the Labour Movement as a whole.Gramsci's relevance to Scotland today is in his emphasis that in a society which is both mature and complex, where the total social and economic processes are geared to maintaining the production of goods and services (and the reproduction of the conditions of production), then the transition to socialism must be made by the majority of the people themselves and a socialist society must be created within the womb of existing society and prefigured in the movements for democracy at the grass roots. Socialists must neither place their faith in an Armageddon or of capitalist collapse nor in nationalisation alone. For the Jacobin notion of a vanguard making revolution on behalf of working people relates to a backward society (and prefigures an authoritarian and bureaucratic state), then the complexity of modern society requires a far reaching movement of people and existing conditions and as a co-ordinator for the assertion of social priorities by people at a community level and control by producers at an industrial level. In such a way political power will become a synthesis of – not a substitute for – community and industrial life.This requires from the Labour Movement in Scotland today a postive commitment to creating a socialist society, a coherant strategy with rhythm and modality to each reform to cancel the logic of capitalism and a programme of immediate aims which leads out of one social order into another. Such a social reorganisation - a phased extension of public control under workers' sustained and enlarged, would in EP Thompson's words lead to "a crisis not of despair and disintegration but a crisis in which the necessity for a peaceful revolutionary transition to an alternative socialist logic became daily more evident."gordon brown: Introduction to "The Red Paper On Scotland", 1975.
Honestly, if you're given the choice between Armageddon or tea, you don't say "what kind of tea?"neil gaiman: In a widely reported post from his Twitter account (25 February 2009)
When [Jesus] executes judgment over the world at Armageddon, he will destroy all but the faithful Jehovah's witnesses. [Jesus is then shown hurling fireballs that destroy New York City, breaking dams, causing fires, and murdering many people, including children]. Jesus, alias Michael , will always remain invisible to those on earth, and can be seen only by the 144,000 select Jehovah's witnesses who rule with Him from heaven.From a Jehovah's Witness's cartoon explaining Jesus.
The unwritten treaty between the United States and Israel is based on a similar world view. Both countries believe in democratic values, respect for human rights, solving conflicts through negotiation using rational and logical arguments, and both would like to see a better, more reasonable world living in peace and prosperity without oppressing people, while providing equal opportunities and exploiting the abilities of each and every person. [...] And anyone who does not want to solve the Middle East conflict because he is unwilling to pay the price of compromise, finds it convenient to hide behind slogans such as a war of religions or a war of cultures, in order to explain that the conflict is insoluble and that no territorial arrangement will satisfy the fighters for religion or culture. The conclusion: It is therefore preferable not to give up anything and to keep what there is, to fortify ourselves for the upcoming Armageddon, and to steal from welfare and education and health so that we can arm ourselves to the teeth.Yossi Beilin, November 10, 2006 
God would never be cruel enough to create a cyclone as terrible as that Argonne battle. Only man would ever think of doing an awful thing like that. It looked like "the abomination of desolation" must look like. And all through the long night those big guns flashed and growled just like the lightning and the thunder when it storms in the mountains at home. And, oh my, we had to pass the wounded. And some of them were on stretchers going back to the dressing stations, and some of them were lying around, moaning and twitching. And the dead were all along the road. And it was wet and cold. And it all made me think of the Bible and the story of the Anti-Christ and Armageddon. And I'm telling you the little log cabin in Wolf Valley in old Tennessee seemed a long long way off.Alvin C. York, in his account of 7 October 1918, in the Diary of Alvin York
We seemed to see our flag unfurled, Our champion waiting in his place For the last battle of the world, The Armageddon of the race.John Greenleaf Whittier, Rantoul. Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 841-60.
To you men who, in your turn, have come together to spend and be spent in the endless crusade against wrong; to you who face the future resolute and confident; to you who strive in a spirit of brotherhood for the betterment of our nation; to you who gird yourselves for this great new fight in the never-ending warfare for the good of mankind, I say in closing what I said in that speech in closing: "We stand at Armageddon and we battle for the Lord."Theodore Roosevelt, speech, at Chicago, Progressive Convention, Aug. 5, 1912, quoting from his speech in June.
And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.Revelation, XVI. 16. Armageddon. Correct reading is Har-Magedon, signifying Mountain of Megiddo. Authorized version, City of Megiddo. Mount Megiddo possibly Mount Carmel. The plain of Megiddo lay at its foot. Scene of many battles.
We seemed to see our flag unfurled,Our champion waiting in his placeFor the last battle of the world,The Armageddon of the race.john greenleaf whittier: Rantoul, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
There are elements within the religions who believe that war in the Middle East has been foretold by scripture. I'm no theologian, but I do know this: Armageddon is not a foreign policy.Madeleine Albright, in a speech at Harvard Divinity School (11 April 2007)
Kids! Bringing about Armageddon can be dangerous. Do not attempt it in your own home.Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, in Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (1990), in a disclaimer on the credits page.
That's how it goes, you think you're on top of the world, and suddenly they spring Armageddon on you. The Great War, the Last Battle. Heaven versus Hell, three rounds, one Fall, no submission. And that'd be that. No more world. That's what the end of the world meant. No more world. Just endless Heaven or, depending who won, endless Hell. Crowley didn't know which was worse.Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, in Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (1990), "Eleven years ago", on musings of the demon Crowley, as he contemplates avoiding Armageddon with the help of the angel Aziraphale.
The Antichrist is alive on earth at this moment, Sergeant. He is bringing about Armageddon, the Day of Judgement, even if he himself does not know it. Heaven and Hell are both preparing for war, and it's all going to be very messy.Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, in Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (1990), the angel Aziraphale, in "Saturday"
Honestly, if you're given the choice between Armageddon or tea, you don't say "what kind of tea?"Neil Gaiman, in a widely reported post from his Twitter account (25 February 2009)
The appropriate response to the bin Ladens of the world is to correct everyone’s reading of these texts by making the same evidentiary demands in religious matters that we make in all others. If we cannot find our way to a time when most of us are willing to admit that, at the very least, we are not sure whether or not God wrote some of our books, then we need only count the days to Armageddon – because God has given us far many more reasons to kill one another than to turn the other cheek.Sam Harris, on literalist interpretations of religious scriptures, in The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason (2005), Ch. 1 : Reason in Exile, p. 35
I had no objection to calling Armageddon by the name 'Ragnarok'. Jesus or Joshua or Jesu; Mary or Miriam or Maryam or Maria, Jehovah or Yahweh — any verbal symbol will do as long as speaker and listener agree on meaning. But Loki? Ask me to believe that a mythical demigod of an ignorant, barbarian race has wrought changes in the whole universe? Now, really!Robert A. Heinlein, in A Comedy of Justice (1984), Alexander Hergensheimer (aka Alec Graham), in Ch. 12
We have had our last chance. If we will not devise some greater and more equitable system, Armageddon will be at our door.General Douglas MacArthur, warning of the perils of war in the age of nuclear weapons, in a radio broadcast after the official surrender of Japan on the battleship USS Missouri, ending World War II (2 September 1945)
Soon there will be war. Millions will burn. Millions will perish in sickness and misery. Why does one death matter against so many? Because there is good and there is evil, and evil must be punished. Even in the face of Armageddon I shall not compromise in this. But there are so many deserving of retribution ... and there is so little time."Rorschach" in Watchmen (1986) by Alan Moore
Never compromise. Not even in the face of Armageddon."Rorschach" in Watchmen (2009 film), screenplay by David Hayter and Alex Tse, based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore
As far as her mom was concerned, tea fixed everything. Have a cold? Have some tea. Broken bones? There's a tea for that too. Somewhere in her mother's pantry, Laurel suspected, was a box of tea that said, "In case of Armageddon, steep three to five minutes."Aprilynne Pike, in Illusions (2011)
We stand at Armageddon and we battle for the Lord.Theodore Roosevelt, in a speech at the Progressive Party Convention, Chicago, Illinois (17 June 1912)
Your Holiness, the sequence of events has been successfully interpreted. The appearance of the comet only confirms our worst fear. We stand now, on the eve of Armageddon. The darkest evil this way comes and He will do battle for our very souls.David Seltzer, in The Omen (2006 film)
The blame for Armageddon lies on man. And the millennium will come only when the average man exhibits a scientific integrity about all he is and does — instead of half of it. Many a psychological Archimedes has put signposts on the hard road man must follow if he is to avoid self-destruction and come into his own. A few very great modern scientists have added to the lore. Indications of what man may expect of himself are everywhere at hand. But most men must first be persuaded that the task lies ahead and not behind — that we are infants still, with loaded guns for toys.Philip Wylie, in Generation of Vipers (1942)