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I still have a dream, because, you know, you can't give up in life.  Never lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you to go on in spite of all.  And so today I still have a dream. 

(Martin Luther King, Jr.)


Life’s most urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?”  (Martin Luther King)


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
The true neighbor will risk his position, his prestige and even his life for the welfare of others. (Martin Luther King)


Life’s most urgent question is: what are you doing for others.  (Martin Luther King)


We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. (Martin Luther King)


Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance.  Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.  Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.  Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.  Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.  (Calvin Coolidge)


Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.  (Theodore Roosevelt)


One man with courage makes a majority.  (Andrew Jackson)


Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.  (William Jennings Bryan)


I expect to pass through this life but once.  If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again. (William Penn)


Leaders aren't born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard  work. And that's the price we'll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal. (Vince Lombardi)


Concepts such as truth, justice, compassion are often the only bulwarks which stand against ruthless power.  (Daw Aung San Suu Kyi)


People who are spiritually developed do not think of others in terms of their differences, but in terms of what they have in common. That is why a spiritually developed person is full of compassion: because he can think of every other human being as the same sort of person as he is, basically, with hopes and fears. He can feel a lot of compassion for others. (Daw Aung San Suu Kyi)


To some it's a strange or outdated idea, but I do believe there is such a thing as a human spirit.

There is a spiritual dimension to man which should be nurtured.  (Daw Aung San Suu Kyi)


I intend no modification of my oft-expressed personal wish that all men everywhere could be free.

(Abraham Lincoln)


Surely God would not have created such a being as man ... to exist only for a day!  No, no, man was made for immortality.  (Abraham Lincoln)


There is nothing which can better deserve our patronage than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness.

(George Washington)


We hold these truths self-evident, that all persons are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.  (The Declaration of Independence)


Don’t be in a hurry to condemn because he doesn’t do what you do or think as you think or as fast.  There was a time when you didn’t know what you know today.  (Malcolm X)


Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another. (Nelson Mandela)


It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, "Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?" Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.   We were born to make manifest the glory of god that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.   (Nelson Mandela )


It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.

(Nelson Mandela)


Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.  (Nelson Mandela)


During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people, I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if it needs be it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.  (Nelson Mandela)


If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.  (Nelson Mandela)


If there are dreams about a beautiful South Africa, there are also roads that lead to their goal. Two of these roads could be named Goodness and Forgiveness.  (Nelson Mandela)


There is no path to peace.  Peace is the path.  (Mahatma Gandhi)


Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it.   (Malcolm X)


A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. 

(Sir Winston Churchill)


My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you     ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.   (John Fitzgerald Kennedy)


When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence.  When power corrupts, poetry cleanses, for art establishes the basic human truths which must serve as the touchstone of our judgment.  (John F. Kennedy)


We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  (Thomas Jefferson)


I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.  (Thomas Jefferson)


All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.  (Edmund Burke)


There has never been a good war or a bad peace. (Benjamin Franklin)


The 21st century can deliver improved quality of life for everyone, and more hope for the future.  It can be a world where the emphasis is on quality rather than quantity; where stewardship of nature, the preservation of wilderness and the creation of sanctuaries are paramount; where pollution is eliminated, and where food is safe and water and air are clean. (Peter Melchett, Executive Director, U.K. Greenpeace)


So much is on the brink of happening in the coming decades.  Technologies that have been inching their way forward, virtually unnoticed, over the past few years are now ready to explode into mainstream life - making possible the new clean energy economy that so many people want which governments have lacked the imagination to support.  It’s an exciting time, because the positive changes will happen if we make them.  (Greenpeace)

The natural world is the only word of God. It alone was created by him, without assistance or interference. Only observation of nature could give a true picture of what God was like.  The creation we behold is the real word of God in which we cannot be deceived. It proclaims his power and demonstrates his wisdom. It manifests its goodness and beneficence. (Thomas Paine)

If what you seek is Truth, then there is one thing you must have above all unremitting readiness to admit you may be wrong.  (Thomas Paine)


My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.  (Thomas Paine)


These are the times that try men's souls: The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country: but he that stands it Now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder
the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly:-- Tis dearness only that gives everything its value. Heaven know how to put a proper price upon its goods: and it would be strange indeed, if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated. (Thomas Paine)


You will do me the justice to remember that I have always supported the right of every man to his opinion, however different that opinion might be to mine.  (Thomas Paine)


Don’t worry about what other people think about you.  (Rush Limbaugh)