Quotations for Daily Use

Valuing Others

"A honeyed mouth with milky words hides a heart filled with gall and evil deeds."Philander Chase Knox (May 6, 1853 – October 12, 1921) was an American lawyer, bank director and politician who served as United States Attorney General (1901–1904), a Senator from Pennsylvania (1904–1909, 1917–1921) and Secretary of State (1909–1913). He served in the Cabinet under three presidents.

"Among American citizens, there should be no forgotten men and no forgotten races." October 26, 1936 - Franklin Roosevelt, (1882–1945), 32nd president of the U.S. 1933–45; This quote is built into the Roosevelt Memorial in Washington D.C.

"As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy." Abraham Lincoln, written fragment, ca August 1, 1858, Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was the 16th President of the United States

"But my very stomach turned over when I learned that Negro soldiers, just back from overseas, were being dumped out of army trucks in Mississippi and beaten. Whatever my inclinations as a native of Missouri might have been, as President I know this is bad. I shall fight to end evils like this." Harry Truman, (May 8, 1884 – December 26, 1972) was the 33rd President of the United States (1945–1953)

"During the campaign for president in 1880 even as James Garfield was not doing any of the campaigning . . . and speaking to the members of a singing group from an all-black university in Nashville, Tennessee after they sang to James Garfield in front of his modest farmhouse. “And I tell you now, in the closing days of this campaign, that I would rather be with you and defeated than against you and victorious." 20th USA President James A. Garfield

"Every group runs the risk of becoming an 'inner ring,' or seeing itself as the 'Important People' or the 'People in the Know.' " C.S. Lewis, (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963) was a British novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, broadcaster, lecturer, and Christian apologist.

"Everybody you ever meet knows something you don't." Bill Nye quoting a cab driver he once had; Bill Nye (born November 27, 1955), popularly known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, is an American science educator, comedian, television presenter, actor, writer, scientist, and former mechanical engineer

"Examine what is said, not him who speaks." Egyptian Proverb

"First they came or the Socialists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out - because I was not a Jew. And then they came for me - and there was no one left to speak for me." Martin Niemoller, 14 January 1892 – 6 March 1984) was a German anti-Nazi theologian and Lutheran pastor.

"He liked familiar things, things that had been worn in by good people, people he could trust." 3rd person comment about Dooley Barlowe Kavanagh in Come Rain or Come Shine by Jan Karon

"He never allowed his interests in his patient's case to hide the fact that he was dealing with a fellow human being." Vincent Bowditch was writing about his father, Henry Bowditch, doctor and professor of clinical medicine. Henry Ingersoll Bowditch (1808-1892) was an American physician and a prominent Christian abolitionist.

"If we want to change something, we must begin with understanding. But if we want to love something, we must begin with acceptance." Eric Greitens, author, in The Heart and the Fist

"If you fall, you'll crack your skulls, and then we'll have to leave the both of you behind." An adult escort on the orphan train to one of the orphans who was carrying a 14 month-old baby; Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

"I’ll love you even when I don’t like you." Lace Harper, a character in Come Rain or Come Shine by Jan Karon

"[My mother] said, 'If they can learn to say Tchaikovsky and Michelangelo and Dostoyevsky, then they can learn to say Uzoamaka.' " Uzoamaka "Uzo" Aduba, actress

"No doubt the greatest of all evils that afflict humanity." Alexander von Humboldt, said when he observed the institution of slavery in Cuba in 1800; Alexander von Humboldt (14 September 1769 – 6 May 1859) was a Prussian geographer, naturalist, explorer, and influential proponent of romantic philosophy.

"One feels such a tremendous longing for real peace, in which all the misery and injustice, the lying and cowardice will come to an end." Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 4 February 1906 – 9 April 1945) was a German Lutheran pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi dissident, and key founding member of the Confessing Church.

"The elevation of the negro race from slavery to the full rights of citizenship is the most important political change we have known since the adoption of the Constitution. It has liberated the master as well as the slave from a relation which wronged and enfeebled both." 20th USA Presdient James A. Garfield

"The emancipated race has already made remarkable progress. With unquestioning devotion to the Union with a patience and gentleness not born of fear, they have ‘followed the light as God gave them to see the light’ . . . They deserve the generous encouragement of all good men. So far as my authority can lawfully extend they shall enjoy the full and equal protection of the Constitution and the laws." 20th USA President James A. Garfield

"The first principal of nonviolent action is that of noncooperation with everything humiliating." Cesar Chavez (born César Estrada Chávez, ( March 31, 1927 – April 23, 1993) was an American labor leader and civil rights activist who, with Dolores Huerta, co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (later the United Farm Workers union, UFW) in 1962.

"There are higher uses for surplus wealth than adding petty sums to the earnings of the masses." Andrew Carnegie

"To Fred Rogers, every child required special attention, because every child needed assurance that he or she was someone who mattered." Maxwdll King, author of The Good Neighbor - The Life and Work of Fred Rogers

(Writing about abortion:) "To raise the question whether we are here concerned already with a human being or not is merely to confuse the issue. The simple act is that God certainly intended to create a human being and that his nascent human being has been deliberately deprived of his life. And that is nothing but murder." Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 4 February 1906 – 9 April 1945) was a German Lutheran pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi dissident, and key founding member of the Confessing Church.

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