The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who in time of moral crisis preserve their neutrality.
               - J.F. Kennedy's favorite quote (Paraphrasing of part of third canto of Inferno, by Dante Alighieri)
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how
the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood;
who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming;
but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions;
who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement,
and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be
with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

               - Theodore Roosevelt
Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies.
               - Robert Kennedy
Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be a great generation. Let your greatness blossom.
               - Nelson Mandela
These are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others.
               - Groucho Marx
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[...] the degree of weakness may perhaps be measured by the degree of obstinacy and dogmatic confidence.
               - Edward Gibbon, History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1782)
How terrifying and glorious the role of man if, indeed, without guidance and without consolation
he must create from his own vitals the meaning for his existence and write the rules whereby he lives.

               - Thorton Wilder, Julius Caesar's journal in The Ides of March (1948)
All this will not be finished in the first 100 days. Nor will it be finished in the first 1,000 days,
nor in the life of this Administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.

               - John F. Kennedy
If I am not for myself, who will be? If I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?
               -Hillel, 1st century b.C.E.
All good things arrive unto them that wait -- and don't die in the meantime.
               - Mark Twain
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The aim of human rights, if I may borrow a term from engineering, is to move beyond
thinking and talking about the foundations stones - to laying those foundation stones,
inch by inch, together.

               - Mary Robinson (seventh President of Ireland 1990-97, and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights 1997-2002)
I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.
               - Nelson Mandela (anti-apartheid activist and President of South Africa 1994-99)
Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.
               - Mark Twain
They are full of the wine of life. But they have not tasted the cup - let us call it the teacup - of experience.
               - E.M. Forster, The Longest Journey (1907)
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I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish church, by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Turkish church, by the Protestant church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church.
               - Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason (1796)
I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth - and truth rewarded me.
               - Simone de Beauvoir (1972)
The idea was fantastically, wildly improbable. But like most fantastically, wildly improbable ideas it was at least as worthy of consideration as a more mundane one to which the facts had been strenuously bent to fit.
               - Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (1988)
Caminante, son tus huellas
el camino, y nada más;
caminante, no hay camino,
se hace camino al andar.
Al andar se hace camino,
y al volver la vista atrás
se ve la senda que nunca
se ha de volver a pisar.
Caminante, no hay camino,
sino estelas en la mar.

               - Antonio Machado, Proverbios y Cantares (1917)
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It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.
               - Voltaire
the Ascetics, who obeyed and abused the rigid precepts of the gospel, were inspired by the savage enthusiasm which represents man as a criminal, and God as a tyrant. They seriously renounced the business, and the pleasures, of the age; abjured the use of wine, of flesh, and of marriage; chastised their body, mortified their affections, and embraced a life of misery, as the price of eternal happiness. [...] They soon acquired the respect of the world, which they despised; and the loudest applause was bestowed on this Divine Philosophy, which surpassed without the aid of science or reason, the laborious virtues of the Grecian schools.
               - Edward Gibbon, Esq., History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Volume 1, Chapter XXXVII, Part I, 1782)
We are, I am, you are
by cowardice or courage
the one who find our way
back to this scene
carrying a knife, a camera
a book of myths
in which
our names do not appear.

               - Adrienne Rich, Diving into the Wreck (1973)
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If you're in trouble or hurt or need - go to the poor people. They're the only ones that'll help - the only ones.
               - John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath (1939)
Creyeron que te
mataban con una orden
de ¡fuego!
Creyeron que te
enterraban
Y lo que hacían
era enterrar una semilla.

               - Ernesto Cárdenas (epitafio para la tumba de Adolfo Báez Bone)
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He was a dreamer, a thinker, a speculative philosopher... or, as his wife would have it, an idiot.
               - Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979)
I find television very educating; every time somebody turns on the set, I leave the room and read a book.
               - Groucho Marx
Es mejor morir de pie que vivir de rodillas.
               - Dolores Ibárruri, España, 1939

          ¿Y será muy deshonroso subsistir sentados?
                       - Felipe, tira de prensa Mafalda (1964-1973), Quino
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War is no longer made by simply analysed economic forces if it ever was. War is made or planned now
by individual men, demagogues and dictators who play on the patriotism of their people to mislead them
into a belief in the great fallacy of war when all their vaunted reforms have failed to satisfy the people they misrule.

               - Ernest Hemingway, Notes on the Next War (1935)
[...] and the war was preceded, according to the practice of civilized nations, by the most solemn protestations, that each party was sincerely desirous of peace.
               - Edward Gibbon, History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Volume 4, Chapter XLI Part 1, 1782)
It isn't enough to talk about peace. Once must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it.
               - Eleanor Roosevelt (1951)
Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.
               - Arundhati Roy, Confronting Empire (Porto Alegre, Brazil, January 27, 2003)
Tho' much is taken, much abides; and tho'
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

               - Alfred Tennyson, Ulysses (1842)
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Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
               - Oscar Wilde
If we are to be condemned to a poetry based on buried trains of thought, my dear Pomponius,
we shall soon be at the mercy of the unintelligible parading about among us as a superior mode of sensibility.

               - Thorton Wilder, Cicero's letter in The Ides of March (1948)
Bigotry and national aversion are powerful magnifiers of every object of dispute
               - Edward Gibbon, History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Volume 6, Chapter LX Part 1, 1782)
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Let him think I am more man than I am and I will be so.
               - Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea (1952)
You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' ... You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
               - Eleanor Roosevelt (1960)
He must teach himself that the basest of all things is to be afraid; and, teaching himself that, forget it forever, leaving no room in his workshop for anything but the oldest verities and truths of the heart, the old universal truths lacking which any story is ephemeral and doomed - love and honor and pity and pride and compassion and sacrifice. Until he does so, he labors under a curse. He writes not of love but of lust, of defeats in which nobody loses anything of value, of victories without hope and, worst of all, without pity or compassion. His griefs grieve on no universal bones, leaving no scars. He writes not of the heart but of the glands.
               - William Faulkner (Nobel Prize acceptance speech)
The highest endeavor of the mind, and the highest virtue is to understand.
               - Baruch Spinoza, Ethics (1677)
¡Ay del noble peregrino
que se para a meditar,
después de largo camino,
en el horror de llegar!

¡Ay de nuestro ruiseñor,
si en una noche serena
se cura del mal de amor
que llora y canta sin pena!

               - Antonio Machado (De la Vida, Coplas Elegíacas)
Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.       :)
               - Oscar Wilde
 
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