"True peace is not merely the absence of tension, it is the presence of Justice."
"We who have been seared in the flames of withering injustice, will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty river."
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." Letter from Birmingham City Jail (1963).
"The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. Will we be extremists for hate or for love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice or the extension of justice?"
Pope Paul VI: "If you want peace, you must work for justice."
Elanor Roosevelt: "When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?"
Lucy Stone: "To make the public sentiment on the side of all that is just and true and noble is the highest use of life." (1852).
Rabbi R. Tarfon: "It is not incumbent upon you to finish the job, however, neither are you free from doing all you can to complete it."
Tolstoy: "When will justice come? When those who are not injured are as indignant as those who are."
Desmond Tutu: "To remain neutral in situations of injustice is to be complicit in that injustice."
Elie Wiesel: "There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest."
Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626 CE): "The general root of
superstition is that men observe when things hit, and not when they
miss, and commit to memory the one, and pass over the other."
"Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge. It is those
who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that
this or that problem will never be solved by science."
"Problems cannot be solved at the same
level of awareness that created them."
undertakes to set himself up as a judge of truth and knowledge is
shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods."
Ronald Heifetz: "...conflict is the primary engine of creativity and innovation. People don't learn by staring into a mirror; people learn by encountering difference."
Anais Nin: "We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are."
Bertrand Russell: "The trouble with the world is that the stupid
are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt."
Dana Scully, character on the TV program "X-files": "There is no
contradiction in Nature - only contradiction in what we know of it."
Alvin Toffler: "The illiterate of the 21st century will
not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn,
unlearn, and relearn."
Chuang Tzu, circa 300 BCE: "To be
truly ignorant, be content with your own knowledge."
Ralph Reed, head of the Christian Coalition: "This century has given us giants
and moral leaders, like Churchill and Roosevelt, Gandhi and de Gaulle, Ronald Reagan and
Martin Luther King" (Quoted by The Internal Light, issue 3, a publication of The Interfaith
Alliance, from a speech given by Mr. Reed to the National Press Club in 1996-OCT.)
Edmund Burke: "When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall
one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle."
(Quoted in Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontent, Vol.
William Sloane Coffin: senior minister, Riverside Church,
NYC: "The sense of fulfillment which comes with being in the right
fight is a very wonderful thing." 1
C.G. Jung: "It is high time we realized that it is pointless
to praise the light and preach it if nobody can see it. It is much more
needful to teach people the art of seeing."
Confucius: "By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by
reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and
third by experience, which is the bitterest."
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