Color line is a great problem of this century. . . . Back of the problem of race and color lies a greater problem which both obscures and implements it; and that is the fact that so many civilized persons are willing to live in comfort, even if the price of this is poverty, ignorance and disease of the majority of their fellowmen; that to maintain this privilege men have waged war until today war tends to become universal and continuous, and the excuse for this war continues largely to be color and race.
— W.E.B Du Bois (1868-1963), American writer, editor
He who will not reason is a bigot; he who cannot is a fool, and he who dares not is a slave.
— William Drummond of Hawthornden (1585-1649), Scottish poet
Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master.
— Sallust (Gaius Sallustus Crispus) (86-34 B.C.), First great Roman historian
“Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.”
— Douglas Adams (1952-2001), British author
Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices.
— Voltaire (1694-1778), French philosopher
The power to destroy the world by the use of nuclear weapons is a power that cannot be used — we cannot accept the idea of such monstrous immorality …. The time has now come for the nations of the world to submit to the just requisition of their conduct by international law.
— Linus Pauling (1901-1994), American scientist, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and Nobel Prize for Chemistry
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
— Abraham Lincoln
“A mature person is one who does not think only in absolutes, who is able to be objective even when deeply stirred emotionally, who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and in all things, and who walks humbly and deals charitably with the circumstances of life, knowing that in this world no one is all knowing and therefore all of us need both love and charity.”
— Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady, diplomat, author (1884-1962)