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)
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
Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.
— Langston Hughes
So, let us not be blind to our differences—but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to the means by which those differences can be resolved. And if we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal.
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
Well, the only chains that we can stand
Are the chains of hand in hand
Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on
Got my hand on the freedom plow
Wouldn't take nothing for my journey now
Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on!
View our dystopia with a sense of humor. See a utopia in every person we meet.
No man is great enough or wise enough for any of us to surrender our destiny to.
—Henry Miller (1891-1980)
The Wisdom of the Heart, 1941
There is no elegant solution to a poorly defined problem.
—Architect Harry Gordon
And Jesus was a sailor
When he walked upon the water
And he spent a long time watching
From his lonely wooden tower
And when he knew for certain
Only drowning men could see him
He said "All men will be sailors then
Until the sea shall free them"
But he himself was broken
Long before the sky would open
Forsaken, almost human
He sank beneath your wisdom like a stone
—Leonard Cohen, from "Suzanne"