We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.
~ Abraham Lincoln
Whatever you can do,
or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius,
power and magic in it.
~ often attributed to Goethe, but apparently of unknown origin
that which comes nearest
to expressing the inexpressible
~ Aldous Huxley
Seize the time. Live now.
Make now always the most precious time.
Now will never come again.
~ from "The Inner Light", Star Trek: The Next Generation
The world is a dangerous place,
not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.
~ Albert Einstein
In order to succeed,
we must first believe that we can.
~ Nikos Kazantzakis
I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever
human beings endure suffering and humiliation.
We must always take sides.
Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.
Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
~ Elie Wiesel
The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
~ Mark Twain
Music gives a soul to the universe,
wings to the mind, flight to the imagination
and life to everything."
There may be times when we are
powerless to prevent injustice,
but there must never be a time
when we fail to protest.
~ Elie Wiesel
My brother need not be idealized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life; to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it. Those of us who loved him and who take him to his rest today, pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will some day come to pass for all the world. As he said many times, in many parts of this nation, to those he touched and who sought to touch him: 'Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not.'
~ Edward Kennedy at his brother Robert's requiem mass
The superior person understands rightness;
the inferior person understands profit.
Well done is better than well said.
~ Benjamin Franklin
During times of universal deceit,
telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.
~ George Orwell
Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character,
give him power.
~ Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld
This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
~ William Shakespeare
No oppression is so heavy or lasting as that
which is inflicted by the perversion and
exorbitance of legal authority.
~ Joseph Addison
If we desire respect for the law,
we must first make the law respectable.
~ Louis D. Brandeis
If you let a bully come in your front yard,
he'll be on your porch the next day
and the day after that
he'll rape your wife in your own bed.
~ Lyndon Baines Johnson, 36th US President
Music, to create harmony, must investigate discord.
It might seem that the empirical philosopher is the slave of his material,
but that the pure mathematician, like the musician,
is a free creator of his world of ordered beauty.
~ Bertrand Russell