"Our lives begin to end the day that we become silent about things that matter." Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Choice is illusory to the degree it represents the expectations of others. While all transition involves change, not all change results in transition." Paulo Freire, Education for Critical Consciousness
"'Curiosity never killed this cat.' That's what I'd like as my epitaph." Studs Terkel
"Whenever I am asked to do a good thing, I say yes right away." Maya Angelou
"A well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people." James Madison
"I'd rather learn from one bird how to sing / than teach ten thousand stars how not to dance." e.e. cummings
"As the least drop of wine tinges the whole goblet, so the least particle of truth colors our whole lives. It is never isolated, or simply added as treasure to our stock. When any real progress is made, we unlearn and learn anew what we thought we knew before." Henry David Thoreau, "Winter"
"As long as we continue to mindlessly defer to institutions that have themselves begun to cynically drop any pretence of being moral, just, or respectable - why should the government listen? it's doing just fine." Arundhati Roy "The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crises, maintain their neutrality." Dante Alighieri " But don't worry, I am not the bread and the knife. / You are still the bread and the knife. / You will always be the bread and the knife, / not to mention the crystal goblet and--somehow-- the wine." Billy Collins
"If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?" Albert Einstein
"The broadest and most prevalent error requires the most disinterested virtue to sustain it. . . Those who, while they disapprove of the character and measure of a government, yield to it their allegiance and support are undoubtedly its most conscientious supporters, and so frequently the most serious obstacles to reform." Henry David Thoreau, "Civil Disobedience" "'Well, how can you talk without a brain?' 'I don't know, but some people without brains do an awful lot of talking, don't they?'" Dorothy & Scarecrow, The Wizard of Oz "Poetry (and now my voice is rising) / is not all love, love, love, / and I'm sorry the dog died. / Poetry (here I hear myself the loudest) / is the human voice, / and are we not of interest to each other?" Elizabeth Alexander
"But plans are one thing and fate another. When they coincide, success results. Yet success mustn't be considered the absolute. It is questionable, for that matter, whether success is an adequate response to life. Success can eliminate as many options as failure. " Tom Robbins, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues