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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 quality, not the longevity, of one's life is what is important.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed; We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal
He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it.
If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.
Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
The Negro needs the white man to free him from his fears. The white man needs the Negro to free him from his guilt.
Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.
The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.
The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be.
Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.
Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.
It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important.
I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Councilor or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate.
Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will be powerless to vex your mind.
Nothing pains some people more than having to think.
Let the ruling classes tremble at a Communist revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose, but their chains. .Workers of the world unite!
To be a revolutionary you have to be human being. You have to care about people who have no power.
The successful revolutionary is a statesman, the unsuccessful one a criminal.
The main object of a revolution is the liberation of man... not the interpretation and application of some transcendental ideology.
The surest guide to the correctness of the path that women take is joy in the struggle. Revolution is the festival of the oppressed.
The spirit of revolution, the spirit of insurrection, is a spirit radically opposed to liberty.
When people contend for their liberty they seldom get anything for their victory, but new masters.
True revolutionaries are like God -- they create the world in their own image. Our awesome responsibility to ourselves, to our children, and to the future is to create ourselves in the image of goodness, because the future depends on the nobility of our imaginings.
We used to think that revolutions are the cause of change. Actually it is the other way around: change prepares the ground for revolution.
History teaches us that the great revolutions aren't started by people who are utterly down and out, without hope and vision. They take place when people begin to live a little better -- and when they see how much yet remains to be achieved.
Oh, my friend, it's not what they take away from you that counts -- it's what you do with what you have left.
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.
And then, Sir, there is this consideration, that if the abuse be enormous, nature will rise up, and claiming her original rights, overturn a corrupt political system.
Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy.
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
Revolutionary politics, revolutionary art, and oh, the revolutionary mind, is the dullest thing on earth. When we open a revolutionary review, or read a revolutionary speech, we yawn our heads off. It is true, there is nothing else. Everything is correctly, monotonously, dishearteningly revolutionary. What a stupid word! What a stale fuss!
It is easier to run a revolution than a government.
Every revolution was first a thought in one man?s mind.
Plots, true or false, are necessary things, to raise up commonwealths, and ruin kings.
We must use time creatively -- and forever realize that the time is always hope to do great things.
There is nothing more tragic than to find an individual bogged down in the length of life, devoid of breadth.
Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill-will.
The time is always right to do what is right.
Whatever your life's work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.
Yes, I see the Church as the body of Christ. But, oh! How we have blemished and scarred that body through social neglect and through fear of being nonconformists.
We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now.
If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live.
Inferiors revolt in order that they may be equal, and equals that they may be superior. Such is the state of mind which creates revolutions.
Thinkers prepare the revolution and bandits carry it out.
The scrupulous and the just, the noble, humane, and devoted natures; the unselfish and the intelligent may begin a movement -- but it passes away from them. They are not the leaders of a revolution. They are its victims.
I began revolution with 82 men. If I had [To] do it again, I do it with 10 or 15 and absolute faith. It does not matter how small you are if you have faith and plan of action.
I feel my belief in sacrifice and struggle getting stronger. I despise the kind of existence that clings to the miserly trifles of comfort and self-interest. I think that a man should not live beyond the age when he begins to deteriorate, when the flame that lighted the brightest moment of his life has weakened.
Every revolutionary ends up by becoming either an oppressor or a heretic.
So they united, and the Communist revolution took the chain from their legs and wound it around their necks.
Revolution is an abrupt change in the form of misgovernment.
Revolution today is taken for granted, and in consequence becomes rather dull.
Three can keep a secret if two are dead.
Glass, china, and reputation are easily cracked, and never mended well.
One today is worth two tomorrows.
Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is.
If you teach a poor young man to shave himself, and keep his razor in order, you may contribute more to the happiness of his life than in giving him a thousand guineas. This sum may be soon spent, the regret only remaining of having foolishly consumed it; but in the other case, he escapes the frequent vexation of waiting for barbers, and of their sometimes dirty fingers, offensive breaths, and dull razors.
I have always thought that one man of tolerable abilities may work great changes, and accomplish great affairs among mankind, if he first forms a good plan, and, cutting off all amusements or other employments that would divert his attention, make the execution of that same plan his sole study and business.
Necessity never made a good bargain.
Savages we call them because their manners differ from ours.
Those disputing, contradicting, and confuting people are generally unfortunate in their affairs. They get victory, sometimes, but they never get good will, which would be of more use to them.
There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self.
Observe all men, thyself most.
We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.
Remember that credit is money.
If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.
Constant complaint is the poorest sort of pay for all the comforts we enjoy.
Let the child's first lesson be obedience, and the second will be what thou wilt.
Never take a wife till thou hast a house (and a fire) to put her in.
Wealth is not his that has it, but his that enjoys it.
If you would know the value of money try to borrow some.
Never confuse motion with action.
Words may show a man's wit but actions his meaning.
Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
She laughs at everything you say. Why? Because she has fine teeth.
Being ignorant is not so much a shame as being unwilling to learn.
As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.
Nothing can be loved or hated unless it is first known.
Anyone who in discussion relies upon authority uses, not his understanding, but rather his memory.
Experience does not err. Only your judgments err by expecting from her what is not in her power.
The proverb warns; Don't bite the hand that feeds you. But maybe you should, if it prevents you from feeding yourself.
It is not helpful to help a friend by putting coins in his pockets when he has got holes in his pockets.
Help a man against his will and you do the same as murder him.
One does nothing who tries to console a despondent person with word. A friend is one who aids with deeds at a critical time when deeds are called for.
Diligence is the mother of good luck.
Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.
Happiness consists more in small conveniences of pleasures that occur every day, than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom to a man in the course of his life.
Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.
There are three faithful friends, an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.
To be thrown upon one's own resources, is to be cast into the very lap of fortune; for our faculties then undergo a development and display an energy of which they were previously unsusceptible.
Most fools think they are only ignorant.
The world is full of fools and faint hearts; and yet everyone has courage enough to bear the misfortunes, and wisdom enough to manage the affairs of his neighbor.
If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing.
It is the eye of other people that ruin us. If I were blind I would want, neither fine clothes, fine houses or fine furniture.
Originality consists in trying to be like everybody else --and failing.
But it is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.
We are obliged to regard many of our original minds as crazy at least until we have become as clever as they are.
When a work appears to be ahead of its time, it is only the time that is behind the work.
Policemen so cherish their status as keepers of the peace and protectors of the public that they have occasionally been known to beat to death those citizens or groups who question that status.
If it were possible to make an accurate calculation of the evils which police regulations occasion, and of those which they prevent, the number of the former would, in all cases, exceed that of the latter.
Create your own method. Don't depend slavishly on mine. Make up something that will work for you! But keep breaking traditions, I beg you.
An alliance is like a chain. It is not made stronger by adding weak links to it. A great power like the United States gains no advantage and it loses prestige by offering, indeed peddling, its alliances to all and sundry. An alliance should be hard diplomatic currency, valuable and hard to get, and not inflationary paper from the mimeograph machine in the State Department.
The brave and bold persist even against fortune; the timid and cowardly rush to despair though fear alone.
The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.
Forbidden things have a secret charm.
Things are not to be judged good or bad merely because the public think so.
The more corrupt the state, the more laws.
It is a weakness of your human nature to hate those whom you have wronged.
If you think practicing what you preach is rough, just try preaching what you practice.
We are not certain, we are never certain. If we were we could reach some conclusions, and we could, at last, make others take us seriously.
When we are not sure, we are alive.
It is the dull man who is always sure, and the sure man who is always dull.
Certainties are arrived at only on foot.
To be uncertain is to be uncomfortable, but to be certain is to be ridiculous.
The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.
Information, usually seen as the precondition of debate, is better understood as its by-product.
In matters of principle, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the current.
Its easy to have principles when you're rich. The important thing is to have principles when you're poor.
It is always easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.
I find that principles have no real force except when one is well fed.
Prosperity is the best protector of principle.
Big thinking precedes great achievement.
Having once decided to achieve a certain task, achieve it at all costs of tedium and distaste. The gain in self confidence of having accomplished a tiresome labor is immense.
It isn't the incompetent who destroy an organization. It is those who have achieved something and want to rest upon their achievements who are forever clogging things up.
Fools take to themselves the respect that is given to their office.
There is no respect for others without humility in one's self.
Eminence without merit earns deference without esteem.
Respect commands itself and it can neither be given nor withheld when it is due.
Men are respectable only as they respect.
If you have some respect for people as they are, you can be more effective in helping them to become better than they are.
Respect a man, he will do it the more.
Treating your adversary with respect is giving him an advantage to which he is not entitled.
I must respect the opinions of others even if I disagree with them.
I learned very early in my life in Whitehall, the acid test of any political question is; What is the Alternative?
Set me a task in which I can put something of my very self, and it is a task no longer. It is joy and art.
The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot.
An original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one whom nobody can imitate.
All profoundly original art looks ugly at first.
Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it.
The greatness of art is not to find what is common but what is unique.
Accuracy is the twin brother of honesty; inaccuracy, of dishonesty.
Accuracy of statement is one of the first elements of truth; inaccuracy is a near kin to falsehood.
To possess your soul in patience, with all the skin and some of the flesh burnt off your face and hands, is a job for a boy compared with the pains of a man who has lived pretty long in the exhilarating world that drugs or strong waters seem to create and is trying to live now in the first bald desolation created by knocking them off.
It is not I who become addicted, it is my body.
It is not heroin or cocaine that makes one an addict, it is the need to escape from a harsh reality. There are more television addicts, more baseball and football addicts, more movie addicts, and certainly more alcohol addicts in this country than there are narcotics addicts.
Never give advice unless asked.
The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof, shit detector. This is the writer's radar and all great writers have had it.
Accuracy is to a newspaper what virtue is to a lady, but a newspaper can always print a retraction.

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