My Favorite Quotes
"I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of this society but the people themselves, and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise control and a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education."
"Settle your quarrels. Come together. Understand the reality of the situation. Understand that fascism already exists. That people are already dying that could be saved. That generations more will die or live poor, butchered, half-lives if you fail to act. Do what must be done, discover your humanity, and live in revolution." -George Jackson
"The way to love something is to realize that it might be lost."
you judge people, you have no time to love them."
- Mother Teresa
"Our silence undermines our struggle."
"No matter how
little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich."
must dissent because America can do better, because America has no choice but to
do better. The legal System can force open doors and some times even knock down
walls. But it cannot build bridges. That job belongs to you and me. We can run
from each other, but we cannot escape each other. We will only attain freedom if
we learn to appreciate what is different and muster courage to discover what is
fundamentally the same. Take a chance, won't you? Knock down the fences that
divide. Tear apart the walls that imprison. Reach out: freedom lies just on the
-Chief Justice Thurgood Marshall
"In their heart a desolate dream. And in their hands a broken rope. But before their eyes stands a never say die Galilean who majors in stepping in when everyone else steps out. " -Max Lucado
a firm believer in the people.
If given the truth, they can be depended upon
to meet any national crises.
The great point is to bring them the real facts."
- Abraham Lincoln
"Courage doesn't always roar.
Sometimes courage is the little voice
at the end of the day that says
I'll try again tomorrow."
successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have
thrown at him"
"Treat a man as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he
could be, and he will become what he should be."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation;
for 'tis better to be alone than in bad company."
- George Washington
“Hope has two beautiful daughters: anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to change them.” - Saint Augustine
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it's the only thing that ever does." -Margaret Mead
"Speak your mind, even if your voice shakes."
"It's better to light one candle than to curse the darkness."
"A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle."
"When the power of love replaces the love of power, there will be peace."
"If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention."
"I'm strong enough to rise above most any troubled time. Today may be a mountain...but I was born to climb."
time someone stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or
strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope."
- Robert F. Kennedy
"Every flower that ever bloomed has to go through a whole lot of dirt to get there."
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." -Plato
"I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. They are so unlike your Christ." -Gandhi
"BE the change you wish to see in the world" -Gandhi
"Won't you colorize my world - I'm so sick of black and white." -Meatloaf
"People who give up on love aren't worth loving."
God sees what we can be, but loves us as we are.
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an
inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever
affects one directly, affects all indirectly."
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
selfish, impatient, and a little insecure.
I make mistakes, I'm out of control, and at times
I'm hard to handle. But if you can't handle me
at my worst then you don't deserve me at my best.
When the Nazis came for the communists, I remained silent; I was not a communist. When they locked up the social democrats, I remained silent; I was not a social democrat. When they came for the trade unionists, I did not speak out; I was not a trade unionist. When they came for me, there was no one left to speak out.
- Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)
drive us into action and not into a depression."
"One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar."
"Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup."
"The more we lack the courage and the will to act, the more we condemn to death our brothers and sisters, our children and our grandchildren. When the history of our times is written, will we be remembered as the generation that turned our backs in a moment of a global crisis or will it be recorded that we did the right thing?"
-- Nelson Mandela
"Speaking up about AIDS is a point of pride, not a source of shame. There must be no more sticking heads in the sand, no more embarrassment, and no more hiding behind a veil of apathy."
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?'
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
"This disease will be the end of many of us, but not nearly all. And the dead will be commemorated, and we'll struggle on with the living, and we are not going away. We won't die secret deaths anymore. The world only spins forward. We will be citizens. The time has come." - Prior Walter, Angels in America