The earth is the earth as a peasant sees it, the world is the world as a duchess sees it, and anyway a duchess would be nothing if the earth was not there as the peasant tills it.
Gertrude Stein, Everybody's Autobiography (1937)
When I find myself among the lemmings
Ceaseless questions come to me.
Is what I'm doing right for me?
As I stop and look around me
Relentless feet flee toward the sea.
Is all I do conformity?
Conformity or best for me?
What I do now must set me free.
To be sung to the tune of "Let It Be"
kakistocracy [ kah-ki-stok'-racy ] n. Government by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens. [ Greek kakistos, worst, superlative of kakos, bad ]
— American Heritage Dictionary, 3rd Edition
Inside of me there are two dogs. One is mean and evil and the other is good and they fight each other all the time. When asked which one wins I answer, the one I feed the most.
— Sitting Bull
It demands great spiritual resilience not to hate the hater whose foot is on your neck, and an even greater miracle of perception and charity not to teach your child to hate.
— James Arthur Baldwin
You should not cooperate with evil.
— Mohandas Gandhi
The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.
— Stephen Covey
to be nobody-but-yourself—in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else—means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.
— e.e. cummings
Ottawa Hills Michigan High School Spectator
Ocober 26, 1955
Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.
— Rabindranath Tagore
... the concept of freedom. It's what's important to Indian children. The only way you can be free is to know is that you are worthwhile as a distinct human being. Otherwise you become what the colonizers have designed, and that is a lemming.
— Russell Means
Oglala Lakota activist for the rights of Native American people
We are living 'neath the great Big Dipper
We are washed by the very same rain
We are swimming in the stream together
Some in power and some in pain
We can worship this ground we walk on
Cherishing the beings that we live beside
Loving spirits will live forever
We're all swimming to the other side
— Pat Humphries