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Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.
It's possible to light another man's candle without damaging your own.
Rubén Darío (Nicaraguan poet, 1867-1916)
The America of Moctezuma and Atahualpa,
Clarence Darrow (U.S. lawyer and reformer, 1857-1938)
You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom. You can only be free if I am free.
Angela Davis (U.S. author and social activist, 1944- )
Racism cannot be separated from capitalism.
Clarence Day (U.S. writer, 1874-1935)
The test of a civilized person is first self-awareness, and then depth after depth of sincerity in self-confrontation.
Eugene V. Debs (U.S. socialist leader, 1855-1926)
While there is a lower class, I am in it; while there is a criminal element, I am of it; and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.
Martin Delany (U.S. physician, 1812-1885)
I am not in favor of caste, nor separation of the brotherhood of mankind, and would as willingly live among white men as Black, if I had equal possession and enjoyment of privileges, but I shall never be reconciled living among them subservient to their will.
Lloyd deMause (U.S. psychohistorian, 1931- )
The evolution of culture is ultimately determined by the amount of love, understanding and freedom experienced by its children... Every abandonment, every betrayal, every hateful act towards children returns tenfold a few decades later upon the historical stage, while every empathic act that helps a child become what he or she wants to become, every expression of love toward children heals society and moves it in unexpected, wondrous new directions.
Agnes de Mille (U.S. choreographer, 1905-1993)
I learned three important things in college--to use a library, to memorize quickly and visually, to drop asleep at any time given a horizontal surface and fifteen minutes. What I could not learn was to think creatively on schedule.
The longer we listen to one another--with real attention--the more commonality we will find in all our lives. That is, if we are careful to exchange with one another life stories and not simply opinions.
Aubrey T. de Vere (French-born Earl of Oxford, c. 1110-1194)
Prejudice, which sees what it pleases, cannot see what is plain.
Bernadette Devlin (Irish politician, 1947- )
There are no illegitimate children, only illegitimate parents--if the term is to be used at all.
John Dewey (U.S. education reformer, 1859-1952)
The result of the educative process is capacity for further education.
Dhammapada (Buddhist poetry collection, c. 300 B.C.)
The wise man will not look for the faults of others, nor for what they have done or left undone, but will look rather to his own misdeeds.
Isak Dinesen (Danish writer, 1885-1962)
It is more than their land that you take away from the people, whose native land you take. It is their past as well, their roots and their identity. If you take away the things that they have been used to see and will be expecting to see, you may, in a way, as well take their eyes.
Benjamin Disraeli (English statesman and novelist, 1804-1881)
To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge.
John Donne (English metaphysical poet, c. 1572-1631)
Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
You are not judged by the height you have risen, but from the depth you have climbed.
Helen Gahagan Douglas (U.S. actor and Congresswoman, 1900-1980)
To be free you must afford freedom to your neighbor, regardless of race, color, creed, or national origin, and that sometimes, for some, is very difficult.
John Dryden (English poet and playwright, 1631-1700)
By education most have been misled;
The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression.
Rene Dubos (U.S. microbiologist and experimental pathologist, 1901-1982)
Human diversity makes tolerance more than a virtue; it makes it a requirement for survival.
Will Durant (U.S. teacher and philosopher, 1885-1981)
Sixty years ago I knew everything; now I know nothing; education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
Andrea Dworkin (U.S. feminist author, 1946- )
Men who want to support women in our struggle for freedom and justice should understand that it is not terrifically important to us that they learn to cry; it is important to us that they stop the crimes of violence against us.
People who demand neutrality in any situation are usually not neutral but in favor of the status quo.
Abba Eban (Israeli diplomat and politician, 1915- )
A nation writes its history in the image of its ideal.
Thomas Edison (U.S. scientist and inventor, 1847-1931)
Somewhere between the ages of eleven and fifteen, the average child begins to suffer from an atrophy, the paralysis of curiosity and the suspension of the power to observe. The trouble, I should judge, to lie with the schools.
Harry Edwards (U.S. sociologist, 1942- )
In the '60s, it was Jim Crow. In the '80s it's Mr. James Crow, Esquire.
Barbara Ehrenreich (U.S. journalist, 1941- )
The "discovery" of poverty at the beginning of the 1960s was something like the "discovery" of America almost five hundred years earlier. In the case of each of these exotic terrains, plenty of people were on the site before the discoverers ever arrived.
Albert Einstein (German-Swiss U.S. physicist, 1879-1955)
The distinctions separating the social classes are false; in the last analysis they rest on force.
T.S. Eliot (U.S.-born English poet and playwright, 1888-1965)
We can at least try to understand our own motives, passions, and prejudices, so as to be conscious of what we are doing when we apeal to those of others. This is very difficult, because our own prejudice and emotional bias always seems to us so rational.
I am a man of substance and bone, fiber and liquids--and I might even be said to posses a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.
What is a man born for but to be a reformer, a remaker of what has been made, a denouncer of lies, a restorer of truth and good?
Practice what you preach.
Euripides (Greek playwright, 480-405 B.C.)
An ally need not own the land he helps.
In place of equal respect, the nation offered women the Miss America beauty pageant, established in 1920--the same year women won the vote.
Frantz Fanon (U.S. psychiatrist, 1925-1961)
Anti-Semitism hits me on the head: I am enraged, I am bled white by an appalling battle, I am deprived of the possibility of being man. I cannot disassociate myself from the future that is proposed for my brother.
Sissy Farenthold (U.S. lawyer, 1926- )
I am working for the time when unqualified blacks, browns and women join the unqualified men in running our government.
George Farquhar (English playwright, 1678-1707)
There is no scandal like rags, nor any crime so shameful as poverty.
William Faulkner (U.S. novelist, 1897-1962)
Some things you must always be unable to bear. Some things you must never stop refusing to bear. Injustice and outrage and dishonor and shame. No matter how young you are or how old you have got. Not for kudos and not for cash, your picture in the paper nor money in the bank, neither. Just refuse to bear them.
Jules Feiffer (U.S. cartoonist, 1929- )
I used to think I was poor. Then they told me I was not poor, I was needy. They told me it was self-defeating to think of myself as needy, I was deprived. Then they told me underprivileged was overused. I was disadvantaged. I still do not have a dime but I have a great vocabulary.
Edna Ferber (U.S. novelist and playwright, 1885-1968)
A closed mind is a dying mind.
Charles Ferguson (U.S. linguist, 1921-1998)
A fierce and sentimental addiction to forms makes us shudder at change. It is much easier to say that the system is all right--only the people need to be improved.
Francisco Ferrer (Spanish political activist, 1849-1909)
We must destroy all which in the present school answers to the organization of constraint, the artificial surroundings by which children are separated from nature and life, the intellectual and moral discipline made use of to impose ready-made ideas upon them, beliefs which deprave and annihilate natural bent.
Harvey Fierstein (U.S. playwright and actor, 1954- )
CBS really wants me on TV. That's their aim. My aim is to have an all-gay sitcom someday, with heterosexuals as token guest stars. Let them be the next-door neighbors for a change.
Dorothy Canfield Fisher (U.S. writer, 1879-1958)
Freedom is not worth fighting for if it means no more than license for everyone to get as much as he can for himself.
M.P. Follett (U.S. sociologist, 1868-1933)
Fear of difference is fear of life itself.
Malcolm Forbes (U.S. publisher, 1919-1990)
The goal of education is to replace an empty mind with an open mind.
Clyde Ford (U.S. historian, 1952- )
We cannot choose the color of our skin, but we can choose the nature of our beliefs.
E.M. Forster (English novelist, 1879-1970)
Naked I came into the world, naked I shall go out of it! And a very good thing too, for it reminds me that I am naked under my shirt, whatever its colour.
T. Thomas Fortune (U.S. journalist, 1856-1928)
It is the sleepless agent of colonization. It has penetrated the utmost bounds of the globe. It has wrenched from the weak their fertile valleys and luxuriant hillsides; and when they protested, when they resisted, it has enslaved them or cut their throats.
Henry Emerson Fosdick (U.S. religious leader, 1878-1969)
Hating people is like burning down your own house to get rid of a rat.
Charles Fourier (French social reformer, 1772-1837)
The extension of women's rights is the basic principle of all social progress.
The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets and steal bread.
Anne Frank (German-Jewish diarist, 1929-1945)
...the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.
Barney Frank (U.S. politician, 1940- )
They have to convert our agenda into something aggressive. Two guys wanting to be happy together are invading their marriages. Helping a kid who's getting beaten up in school is promoting homosexuality. If you gave me a million dollars, I wouldn't know how to promote homosexuality.
Victor Frankl (Austrian psychiatrist and author, 1905-1997)
We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms--to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.
Antonia Fraser (U.S. author, 1932- )
Of course there's no such thing as a totally objective person, except Almighty God, if she exists.
Ignorance and incuriosity are two very soft pillows.
Betty Friedan (U.S. feminist, 1921- )
Who knows what women can be when they are finally free to become themselves?
Paulo Friere (Brazilian adult educator, 1922-1997)
The intellectual activity of those without power is always characterized as non-intellectual.
Erich Fromm (German-born U.S. psychoanalyst, 1900-1980)
Men are born equal but they are also born different.
Robert Frost (U.S. poet, 1874-1963)
Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
Athol Fugard (South African playwright, 1932- )
We compound our suffering by victimizing each other.
Margaret Fuller (U.S. author and critic, 1810-1850)
We would have every arbitrary barrier thrown down. We would have every path laid open to women as freely as to men. If you ask me what offices they may fill, I reply--any. I do not care what case you put; let them be sea captains, if you will.
Thomas Fuller (English pysician and writer, 1654-1734)
None so deaf as he who will not hear.
Before healing others, heal yourself.
Indira Gandhi (Indian politician, 1917-1984)
Peace we want because there is another war to fight against poverty, disease and ignorance.
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
Lella Gandini (U.S. early childhood educator and writer)
All children have preparedness, potential, curiosity and interest in constructing their learning, in engaging in social interaction and in negotiating with everything the environment brings to them.
Henry Highland Garnet (U.S. minister, 1815-1852)
In every man's mind the good seeds of liberty are planted, and he who brings his fellow down so low, as to make him contented with a condition of slavery, commits the highest crime against God and man.
William Lloyd Garrison (U.S. editor and abolitionist, 1805-1879)
Let Southern oppressors tremble--let their secret abettors tremble--let their Northern apologists tremble--let all the enemies of the persecuted blacks tremble.
Marcus Garvey (U.S. civil rights activist, 1887-1940)
We are not engaged in domestic politics, in church building or in social uplift work, but we are engaged in nation building.
José Ortega y Gasset (Spanish philosopher, 1883-1955)
I am myself and what is around me, and if I do not save it, it shall not save me.
Both noble and common blood are the same color.
Geronimo (Chiricahua Apache Chief, 1829-1909)
We had no churches, no religious organizations, so sabbath day, no holidays, and yet we worshiped. Sometimes the whole tribe would assemble and sing and pray; sometimes a smaller number, perhaps only two or three. The songs had a few words, but were not formal. The singer would occasionally put in such words as he wished instead of the usual tone sound. Sometimes we prayed in silence; sometimes each prayed aloud; sometimes an aged person prayed for all of us. At other times one would rise and speak to us of our duties to each other and to Usen. Our services were short.
There is no medicine to cure hatred.
Aurobindo Ghose (Indian political leader, 1872-1950)
To attempt social reform, educational reform, industrial expansion, the moral improvement of the race without aiming, first and foremost, at political freedom is the very height of ignorance and futility.
James Cardinal Gibbons (U.S. preacher, 1834-1921)
Reform must come from within, not from without. You cannot legislate for virtue.
You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
André Gide (French novelist and essayist, 1869-1951)
The important thing is being capable of emotions, but to experience only one's own would be a sorry limitation.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman (U.S. educator and activist, 1860-1935)
It is the duty of youth to bring fresh new powers to bear on Social progress. Each generation of young people should be to the world like a vast reserve force to a tired army. They should lift the world forward. That is what they are for.
Natalia Ginzberg (Italian writer, 1916-1991)
Every day silence harvests its victims. Silence is a mortal illness.
It is not who you attend school with, but who controls the school you attend.
William Ewart Gladstone (English politician, 1809-1898)
National injustice is the surest road to national downfall.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (German poet and playwright, 1749-1832)
A teacher who can arouse a feeling for one single good action, for one single good poem, accomplishes more than he who fills our memory with rows and rows of natural objects, classified with name and form.
Michael Goff (U.S. editor, 1965- )
Forget your stereotypes, your fears. Straight people are not what you have been led to believe. They're a wonderfully diverse bunch, though the flamboyant ones hog all the media attention.
Whoopi Goldberg (U.S. actor, 1955- )
Normal is in the eye of the beholder.
Emma Goldman (Russian-American Jewish lecturer and activist, 1869-1940)
No one has yet fully realized the wealth of sympathy, kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.
Oliver Goldsmith (Irish novelist and playwright, 1728-1774)
Laws grind the poor, and rich men rule the law.
Ellen Goodman (U.S. columnist, 1941- )
I have never been especially impressed by the heroics of people who are convinced they are about to change the world. I am more awed by those who struggle to make one small difference after another.
Baltasar Gracian (Spanish writer and priest, 1601-1658)
The sole advantage of power is that you can do more good.
Grand Council of American Indians (1927)
We want freedom from the white man rather than to be integrated. We don't want any part of the establishment, we want to be free to raise our children in our religion, in our ways, to be able to hunt and fish and live in peace. We don't want power, we don't want to be congressmen, or bankers....we want to be ourselves. We want to have our heritage, because we are the owners of this land and because we belong here.
A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.
Rayna Green (Cherokee author and folklorist, 1942- )
By the time they reach second grade, every child in the country knows what an Indian is. They wear lots of feathers, ride spotted ponies and shoot arrows. Indians who don't fit the type are invisible; they simply can't be imagined by the majority of white children or adults.
Germaine Greer (English journalist, 1939- )
Revolution is the festival of the oppressed.
Dick Gregory (U.S. civil rights activist, 1932- )
America is concerned more with the possibility of moon folks than the reality of hungry poor folks.
Stephen Grellet (French-born U.S. Quaker minister and missionary, 1773-1855)
I expect to pass through this world but once, therefore any good that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
John Howard Griffin (U.S. writer and social critic, 1920-1980)
If we say, as we do, that no one in this country intends for racism to lead to genocide, the effects of racism are genocidal, regardless of our intentions.
Sarah Grimké (U.S. abolitionist and suffragist, 1792-1873)
I ask no favors for my sex, I surrender not our claim to equality. All I ask of our brethren is that they will take their feet from off our necks, and permit us to stand upright on the ground which God has designed us to occupy.
Che Guevara (Cuban revolutionary, 1928-1967)
The question is one of fighting the causes and not just being satisfied with getting rid of the effects.
Nicolas Guillén (Cuban poet, 1902-1989)
We've got Chinese, white, black and mixed; but remember that our colors are cheap, for after many years of contracts and tricks nobody's purity runs very deep.
Lani Guinier (U.S. civil rights lawyer and professor)
As a country, we are in a state of denial about issues of race and racism. And too many of our leaders have concluded that the way to remedy racism is to simply stop talking about race.