Quotes for January 6, 2008
Robert F. Kennedy Quotes:
The problem of power is how to achieve its responsible use rather than its irresponsible and indulgent use — of how to get men of power to live for the public rather than off the public.
The intolerant man will not rely on persuasion, or on the worth of the idea. He would deny to others the very freedom of opinion or of dissent which he so stridently demands for himself. He cannot trust democracy.
If our constitution had followed the style of Saint Paul, the First Amendment might have concluded: “But the greatest of these is speech.” In the darkness of tyranny, this is the key to the sunlight. If it is granted, all doors open. If it is withheld, none.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes:
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws, but conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.
He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetuate it.
Mahatma Mohandas K. Gandhi quotes:
Truth never damages a cause that is just.
To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.
Freedom is not worth living if it does not connote freedom to err. It passes my comprehension how human beings, be they ever so experienced and able, can delight in depriving other human beings of that previous right.
An eye for an eye only makes the whole world blind.
Truth resides in every human heart, and one has to search for it there, and to be guided by truth as one sees it. But no one has a right to coerce others to act according to his own view of truth.
Once one assumes an attitude of intolerance, there is no knowing where it will take one. Intolerance, someone has said, is violence to the intellect and hatred is violence to the heart.
Honest differences are a healthy sign of progress.
Barry Goldwater Quotes:
A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.
Now those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth, and let me remind you they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyranny.
Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Tolerance in the face of tyranny is no virtue.