Favorite Quotes

"If the United States is supposed to uphold "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness" how can a sick or dying person without health care have these rights."
~Motivated In Ohio

"If the events of September 11, 2001, have proven anything, it's that the terrorists can attack us, but they can't take away what makes us American - our freedom, our liberty, our civil rights. No, only Attorney General John Ashcroft can do that."
~Jon Stewart

"Any health care funding plan that is just, equitable, civilized and humane must - must - redistribute wealth from the richer among us to the poorer and the less fortunate. Excellent healthcare is by definition re-distributional."
~Donald Berwick

"And for the record, I do not hate you. I am embarrassed by you and nauseated by your cruel and thoughtless behavior and your all consuming greed, but I do not hate you. I forgive you and I hope you can change someday, but I don't hate you. You have enough hate in you for the rest of us as it is."
~Jesse LaGreca

"Slut-Shaming is one of the chief ways that women attempt to compete with each other for male approval in a patriarchy that defines women's worth by their physical attractiveness and limits their ability to distinguish themselves by other means."
~Nina Deuce

"‎‎‎I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand."
~Susan B. Anthony

"I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires."
~Susan B. Anthony

"I always distrust people who know so much about what God wants them to do to their fellows."
~Susan B. Anthony

"No Self Respecting Woman Should Wish or Work for the Success of a Party That Ignores Her Sex."
~Susan B. Anthony 1872

"The United States of America have exhibited, perhaps, the first example of governments erected on the simple principles of nature; and if men are now sufficiently enlightened to disabuse themselves of artifice, imposture, hypocrisy, and superstition, they will consider this event as an era in their history. Although the detail of the formation of the American governments is at present little known or regarded either in Europe or in America, it may hereafter become an object of curiosity. It will never be pretended that any persons employed in that service had interviews with the gods, or were in any degree under the influence of Heaven, more than those at work upon ships or houses, or laboring in merchandise or agriculture; it will forever be acknowledged that these governments were contrived merely by the use of reason and the senses."
~John Adams

"Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism."
~Hubert Humphery

"I tried to live on food service wages and failed. I was constantly exhausted, humiliated, and terrified of getting sick, because getting sick might mean losing my apartment. One bad month stood between me and desperate poverty. And, as any person who's ever been in similar straits knows, there's nothing that makes you feel less powerful than the constant daily fear of not having enough money to live on. When I wasn't able to afford the things I needed to live, I didn't feel like a feminist. I didn't feel strong and proud -- a sister in struggle to the kind of college-educated white-collar women who would run me ragged and then sail out of the restaurant without tipping me. I didn't even feel human. There is nothing more objectifying than poverty."
~Sarah Katherine Lewis

"At a time of rising college costs and unsustainable student debt, it is essential that we do all we can to make college affordable for students and working families. The productivity and strength of our economy depends upon a well-educated work force. It is a great waste of intellectual capital when an increasing number of high school graduates are not able to afford a higher education. Further, our nation suffers, as do millions of families, when students graduate college deeply in debt."
~Senator Bernie Sanders

"It's worth noting, as well, that many of the big banks that make a killing on private student loans and still have billions of government-subsidized student debt on their books, are able to borrow money from the government through the Federal Reserve's discount window at nearly no interest at all. Why, then, are young people, who aren't guilty of trashing the economy but remain the victims of a rate of unemployment nearly twice that of the rest of the population, expected to pay more?"
~Sarah Jaffe

"I come in too many flavors for one fucking spoon."
~Stayceyann Chin

"Let’s talk about rape for a moment. Rape is not what George Lucas did to your childhood. Rape is not what happens when a sports team beats another sports team by a wide margin. Rape is not what happens when your electric bill is higher this month than it was last month. Rape is when a person violates another person in the most despicable, degrading way imaginable and among the myriad of terrible things humans can do to one another, rape is among the worst. I think the casual misappropriation of the concept of rape extending all the way to its widespread comical usage is disgusting even by Internet standards. Off my chest."
~Jeffrey Rowland

"I am concerned about young women who are raped on college campuses, in bars, after poetry readings like this one, in bars. Bruised lip and broken heart, you will forgive her if she does not come forward before the truth immediately, for when she does it is she who will stand at trial as damaged goods. Everyone will say she asked for it, dressed as she was, she must have wanted it. The words will knock about in her head: harlot, slut, tease, loose woman. Some people cannot handle a woman on the loose."
~Stayceyann Chin

"You have confused a war on your religion, with not always getting everything that you want."
~Jon Stewart

"The Bible and the Church have been the greatest stumbling blocks in the way of woman's emancipation."
~Elizabeth Cady Stanton, The Woman's Bible

"One isn't required to do great things, they are required to do small things with great Love"
~Mother Tereasa

"Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed."
~Martin Luther King Jr

"As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion..."
~Treaty of Tripoli, 1797

"Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst; every other species of tyranny is limited to the world we live in; but this attempts to stride beyond the grave, and seeks to pursue us into eternity."
~Thomas Paine

“A group of men with no real background in law or medicine, but blessed with a strong personal interest in women’s bodies, have quietly influenced all of the major anti-abortion legislation over the past several years.”
~Huffington Post

"There is looming up a dark new power ... The enterprises of the country are aggregating vast corporate combinations of unexampled capital, boldly marking, not for economic conquest only, but for political power. For the first time in our politics, money is taking the field of organized power. The question will arise, and arise in your day though perhaps not fully in mine: "Which shall rule -- wealth or man? Which shall lead -- money or intellect? Who shall fill public stations -- educated and patriotic free men, or the feudal serfs of corporate wealth?"
~Edward Ryan, Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court

"Those who think it is permissible to tell white lies soon grow color-blind."
~Austin O'Malley

"As long as woman regards the Bible as the charter of her rights, she will be the slave of man. The Bible was not written by a woman. Within its lids there is nothing but humiliation and shame. She is regarded as the property of man."
~Robert Green Ingersoll

"Most people would rather feel comfortable than know the truth. Well I'm going to make you uncomfortable by telling you the truth."
~Robert F. Kennedy

"It is amazing how people spend the entire year supporting policies that ensure millions of American are hungry and homeless, and then sing and preach about peace on Earth and good will toward men during Christmas season. These same people who claim America is a Christian nation spend their time preaching that health care is a privilege and that Medicare and Social Security are entitlements regardless that retired seniors paid into the program their entire working lives."
~Rmuse, PoliticusUSA

"Once social change begins it cannot be reversed. You cannot un-educate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore."
~Cesar Chavez

"I almost never experience you as people who understand what real-world friendship is about. Friendship, true friendship, doesn’t come in the form of paternalistic charity from the powerful to the weak. I don’t want crumbs from your share of the non-profit industrial complex charity, I want you to fight with me for a world where I don’t need charity."
~Kristin Rawls

"I meant that figuratively, but seriously: I cannot eat your prayers, and it’s a struggle to buy food these days."
~Kristin Rawls

"You insist on praying for people like me, but you haven’t the slightest idea that I walk among you. I have conversations with you. I hold my own in arguments. I call you out on your bullshit. I am unlucky, but I don’t think “downtrodden” describes me very well. I’m not downtrodden. I’m pissed off. So, no, I do not want your prayers. I do not want an invitation to your church, and I’m not interested in discussing “the poor” as if they are some kind of abstract concept. The things you had to say—the things you’ve built your careers on—are irrelevant in the face of actual poverty. It was shameless, the way you paraded a few token “poor people” around for kicks."
~Kristin Rawls

"You don't have to be anti-man to be pro-woman."
~Jane Galvin Lewis

"We all remember how many religious wars were fought for a religion of love and gentleness; how many bodies were burned alive with the genuinely kind intention of saving souls from the eternal fire of hell."
~Karl Popper

"On the dogmas of religion, as distinguished from moral principles, all mankind, from the beginning of the world to this day, have been quarreling, fighting, burning and torturing one another, for abstractions unintelligible to themselves and to all others, and absolutely beyond the comprehension of the human mind."
~Thomas Jefferson

"More people have been slaughtered in the name of religion than for any other single reason. That, my friends, that is true perversion."
~Harvey Milk

"The problem with writing about religion is that you run the risk of offending sincerely religious people, and then they come after you with machetes."
~Dave Barry

"Religion is fundamentally opposed to everything I hold in veneration - courage, clear thinking, honesty, fairness, and above all, love of the truth."
~Henry Louis Mencken

"The lowest form of popular culture - lack of information, misinformation, disinformation, and a contempt for the truth or the reality of most people's lives - has overrun real journalism. Today, ordinary Americans are being stuffed with garbage."
~Carl Bernstein

"Women are the only exploited group in history to have been idealized into powerlessness."
~Erica Jong

“If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.”
~John F. Kennedy

‎“Threats are the last resort of a man with no vocabulary.”
~Tamora Pierce, Lady Knight

"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country."
~Thomas Jefferson

"Love is the felt experience of connection to another being. An economist says 'more for you is less for me.' But the lover knows that more of you is more for me too. If you love somebody their happiness is your happiness. Their pain is your pain. Your sense of self expands to include other beings. This shift of consciousness is universal in everybody, 99% and 1%."
~Charles Eisenstein

"You can't evict an idea who's time has come."
~Occupy Wall Street

"Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves."
~Abraham Lincoln

"What did liberals do that was so offensive to the Republican Party? I'll tell you what they did. Liberals got women the right to vote. Liberals got Africa-Americans the right to vote. Liberals created Social Security and lifted millions of elderly people out of poverty. Liberals ended segregation. Liberals passed the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act. Liberals created Medicare. Liberals passed the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act.

What did the Conservatives do? They opposed them on every one of those things, every one. So when you try and hurl that label at my feet, 'Liberal,' as if it were something to be ashamed of, something dirty, something to run away from, it won't work, because I will pick up that label and I will wear it as a badge of honor."
~Lawrence O'Donnell Jr.

"Freedom is just another word for nothing else to lose."
~Janice Joplin

"If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor, either we’ve got to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we’ve got to acknowledge that he commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition... and then admit that we just don’t want to do it."
~Stephen Colbert

"It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself."
~Eleanor Roosevelt

“It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life -- the sick, the needy and the handicapped."
~Hubert H. Humphrey

"Our fundamentalists at home wouldn’t force you to marry your rapist, of course. No, they just want to force you to have children with him. Same song, different note: fundies around the world working hard to make sure that once a rapists chooses you to rape, he owns you forever."
~Amanda Marcotte

"When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist."
~Dom Helder Comara

“There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious — makes you so sick at heart — that you can’t take part. You can’t even passively take part. And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop. And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all.”
~Mario Savio

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”
~John F. Kennedy

“We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.”
~Thomas Jefferson

“The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.”
~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"Hypocrisy has its own elegant symmetry."
~Julie Metz

"When it gets down to having to use violence, then you are playing the system's game. The establishment will irritate you - pull your beard, flick your face - to make you fight. Because once they've got your violent, then they know how to handle you. The only thing they don't know how to handle is non-violence and humor."
~John Lennon

"They had begun to consider the Government of the United States as a mere appendage to their own affairs. We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob."

"We had to struggle with the old enemies of peace--business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering."

"Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness."
~Thomas Jefferson - Declaration of Independence

"Although women do two thirds of the world's labor, they own less than 1% of the world's assets. They are paid less then men, for the same work, if they are paid at all."
~Isabel Allende

"Everything you described there, I believe, is a misdemeanor. The actual Tea Party was a fucking felony. Do you know how much trouble....? I mean, do you know what the Tea Party actually was? You know how much trouble you'd get in if you broke into a ship, stole the cargo from the ship's owners, and just threw it overboard? Not to mention the EPA fines and the damage it would do to your Indian costume? The Tea Party namesake... you're named after the most celebrated act of theft and vandalism of private property in our nation's history! And you can't stomach a little park camping?"
~Jon Stewart

"You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him."
~James D. Miles

"We are the 99%. We are getting kicked out of our homes. We are forced to choose between groceries and rent. We are denied quality medical care. We are suffering from environmental pollution. We are working long hours for little pay and no rights, if we're working at all. We are getting nothing while the other 1% is getting everything. We are the 99%."
~Occupy Wall Street Manifesto

"Why do people say 'grow some balls'? Balls are weak & sensitive. If you really wanna get tough, grow a vagina. Those things take a pounding."
~Betty White

"The voice of protest, of warning, of appeal is never more needed than when the clamor of fife and drum, echoed by the press and too often by the pulpit, is bidding all men fall in step and obey in silence the tyrannous word of command. Then, more than ever, it is the duty of the good citizen not to be silent."
~Charles Eliot Norton

"When an individual is protesting society's refusal to acknowledge his dignity as a human being, his very act of protest confers dignity on him."
~Bayard Rustin

"People are always asking me how is it that firefighters run into a burning building when everyone else is running out. Courage is the answer."
~Ladder 49

"An unregulated, unchecked economy eats human beings, we need to invest in human beings."
~Melissa Harris-Perry

"Liberalism in religion is the doctrine that there is no positive truth in religion, but that one creed is as good as another and this is the teaching which is gaining substance and force daily. It is inconsistent with any recognition of any religion as true. It teaches that all are to be tolerated, for all are matters of opinion. Revealed religion is not a truth, but a sentiment and a taste; not an objective fact, not miraculous, and it is the right of each individual to make it say just what strikes his fancy. Religion is so personal a peculiarity and so private a possession we must of necessity ignore it in the intercourse of man with man. If a man puts on a new religion every morning, what is that to you? It is as impertinent to think about a man's religion as about his sources of income or his management of his family."
~John Henry Newman

"It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg."
~Thomas Jefferson

“No man has a natural right to commit aggression on the equal rights of another, and this is all from which the laws ought to restrain him.”
~Thomas Jefferson

“Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined and imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth.”
~Thomas Jefferson

"Now, should we treat women as independent agents, responsible for themselves? Of course. But being responsible has nothing to do with being raped. Women don’t get raped because they were drinking or took drugs. Women do not get raped because they weren’t careful enough. Women get raped because someone raped them."
~Jessica Valenti

"These are our values. Don’t you mess with our values! Don’t you tell us no more, “We don’t love our own country”! You don’t know this country! We work in neighborhoods you won’t even go into! Fighting for liberty and justice for all! Don’t you tell us who we are! Now, I’m tired of this! We stand up for folks, and we help people, and we love people, the people y’all run over, the people you laugh at and mistreat. We hold them and help ‘em. Now we’ve seen the effects of your cynicism and your disrespect and your hatemongering! And it’s not just immoral, it’s un-American to abuse the airwaves and abuse the ears of our children with your lies and your filth! We’re tired of it! We are tired of it! We’re sick of it! We are a better country than you acting like! You’re not America! You’re not America! All of our children are better than how you all act! Every one of our children act better than how you all act! You’re not America! Quit abusing our country. Quit abusing our country!"
~Van Jones

"You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, 'Look at that, you son of a bitch.'"
~Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 astronaut,

"The fundamental rights of [humanity] are, first: the right of habitation; second, the right to move freely; third, the right to the soil and subsoil, and to the use of it; fourth, the right of freedom of labor and of exchange; fifth, the right to justice; sixth, the right to live within a natural national organization; and seventh, the right to education."
~Albert Schweitzer

"Why am I surprised that these young people behave destructively, "mindlessly", motivated only by self-interest? How should we describe the actions of the city bankers who brought our economy to its knees in 2010? Altruistic? Mindful? Kind? But then again, they do wear suits, so they deserve to be bailed out, perhaps that's why not one of them has been imprisoned. And they got away with a lot more than a few fucking pairs of trainers. These young people have no sense of community because they haven't been given one. They have no stake in society because Cameron's mentor Margaret Thatcher told us there's no such thing. If we don't want our young people to tear apart our communities then don't let people in power tear apart the values that hold our communities together."
~Russell Brand

“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much, it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."

"We stopped looking for monsters under our beds when we realized they were hiding in the people around us."
~Author Unknown

"As you press on for justice, be sure to move with dignity and discipline, using only the weapon of love. Let no man pull you so low as to hate him. Always avoid violence. If you succumb to the temptation of using violence in your struggle, unborn generations will be the recipients of a long and desolate night of bitterness, and your chief legacy to the future will be an endless reign of meaningless chaos."
~Martin Luther King Jr

"The Tyranny Party can complain that caring for the people should be left to the churches, but if the churches are so capable, why was the Great Depression so awful? How many people have the churches put back to work in the Great Recession?"
~Hrafnkell Haraldsson

“What the fuck Tea Partiers? You control less than half of one chamber of congress and yet have somehow convinced everybody they’ve to cut billions in spending because of the deficit crisis. Many Republicans supported extending the largest contributing policy piece to our deficit – the bush tax cuts. Take the win! What are you still angry about? Yes, government still exists. We still have “traffic lights” We’re sorry. Not everybody defines freedom as the ability to not pay taxes. Government isn’t perfect but some people wish it was better but not gone.”
~Jon Stewart

“You cannot negotiate with people who say ‘what’s mine is mine, and what’s yours is negotiable.’"
~John F. Kennedy

"We didn't get into this recession by spending too much on poor people."
~Author Unknown

"The poorest and most backward societies are always those that put women down."
~Isabel Allende

"You wonder sometimes, how our government puts it pants on in the morning."
~Jon Stewart

"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself."
~Mark Twain

“My question to Congress — and I think a question that many Americans may be sharing as of tonight — is this: Do you want out of this relationship so bad, but don’t have the balls to leave so you’ve all decided to act like such giant assholes, you force us to break up with you. Because if so, just get the fuck out.”
~Jon Stewart

"It's Republicans wrapping their arms around Republicans, rather than doing the right thing on behalf of the heroes! It is a shame! A shame!"
~Anthony Weiner

"If the anti-abortion movement took a tenth of the energy they put into noisy theatrics and devoted it to improving the lives of children who have been born into lives of poverty, violence, and neglect, they could make a world shine."
~Michael Jay Tucker

“When the Republicans stop telling lies about the Democrats, we’ll stop telling the truth about them.”
~Adlai Stevenson

"A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman thinks of the next generation."
~James Freeman Clarke

‎‎"Racism is man's gravest threat to man - the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason."
~Abraham Joshua Heschel

"Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others."
~John F. Kennedy

"Tolerance is the positive and cordial effort to understand another's beliefs, practices, and habits without necessarily sharing or accepting them."
~Joshua Leibman

"What do our opponents mean when they apply to us the label 'Liberal?' If by 'Liberal' they mean, as they want people to believe, someone who is soft in his policies abroad, who is against local government, and who is unconcerned with the taxpayer's dollar, then the record of this party and its members demonstrate that we are not that kind of 'Liberal.' But if by a 'Liberal' they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people -- their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties -- someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a 'Liberal,' then I'm proud to say I'm a 'Liberal.'"
~John F. Kennedy

"If a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it."

"In my 50+ years I’ve yet to have a Muslim appear at my door to witness to me, or to accost me in a parking lot or on a sidewalk to witness to me. To stand at my door and waste my time; to barge onto my property and stalk me on my own lawn to shove their religion down my throat. Not once. Not in 50+ years."
~Hrafnkell Haraldsson

"Poverty is not a certain small amount of goods, nor is it just a relation between means and ends; above all it is a relation between people. Poverty is a social status... It has grown...as an invidious distinction between classes..."
~Marshall Sahlins, Stone Age Economics

"One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present."
~Golda Meir

"People shouldn't be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people."
~Alan Moore

"I care for riches, to make gifts to friends, or lead a sick man back to health with ease and plenty. Else small aid is wealth for daily gladness; once a man be done with hunger, rich and poor are all as one."
~Euripides, Electra

"There are things about organized religion which I resent. Christ is revered as the Prince of Peace, but more blood has been shed in His name than any other figure in history. You show me one step forward in the name of religion and I'll show you a hundred retrogressions. Remember, they were men of God who destroyed the educational treasures at Alexandria, who perpetrated the Inquisition in Spain, who burned the witches at Salem. Over 25,000 organized religions flourish on this planet, but the followers of each think all the others are miserably misguided and probably evil as well."
~Frank Sinatra

"While I respect the Judeo-Christian ethic, as well as the Eastern philosophies and of course the teachings of Mohammed, I find that organised religion has corrupted those believes to justify countless atrocities throughout history. If I were to attend church, I'd be a hypocrite."
~Steven Hyde from That 70's Show

"Do not choose to be wrong for the sake of being different."
~Lord Samuel

"Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if Labor had not first existed. Labor is superior to capital, and deserves much the higher consideration."
~Abraham Lincoln

"An 'acceptable' level of unemployment means that the government economist to whom it is acceptable still has a job."
~Author Unknown

"So, keep calling Republican workers fascists and haters and keep attacking liberal workers over abortion and for being socialist and see where that gets you. You are playing right into the hands of the bourgeoisie. Or, you can go after the Corporodems and the Koch brother’s drones and others who are attacking workers. How about supporting workers against cuts to hard-earned pay and benefits instead? Abortion and god and climate change and gay marriage and Islamophobia are only distractions from the class warfare the wealthy are waging against all U.S. citizens."
~Tex Shelters

"A man willing to work, and unable to find work, is perhaps the saddest sight that fortune's inequality exhibits under this sun."
~Thomas Carlyle

"You take my life when you do take the means whereby I live."
~William Shakespeare

"As different as we all are, there's one thing most young women have in common: We're all brought up to feel like there's something wrong with us. We're too fat. We're dumb. We're too smart. We're not lady like enough - stop cursing, chewing with your mouth open, speaking your mind. We're too slutty. We're not slutty enough. Fuck that. You're not too fat. You're not too loud. You're not too smart. You're not unladylike. There is nothing wrong with you."
~Jessica Valenti, Full Frontal Feminism

"It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union.... Men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less."
~Susan B. Anthony

"I'm tough, I'm ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay."
~Madonna Ciccone

"Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him."
~Martin Luther King Jr.

"I mean, what kind of mindless cretins would blind themselves to the gifts of science? How else would a Creator reveal Himself but through His creation? And to deny the mind of that creation is to deny the mind of God!"
~Larry from Numb3rs

“Who wrote that question for you? Bill O’Reilly or Sean Hannity? You are spouting a senseless, conservative talking point. Howard Dean obviously doesn’t mean that no Republicans work for a living. He made a simple misstatement in the heat of the moment because he was justifiably angry at what this Republican Party and its leadership has done to the average working family in America. How they have saddled them with over $25,000 in debt for every man, woman and child alive. For how they have lost over a million jobs in five years. For creating the largest deficit in United States history. For rewarding companies that outsource jobs to other countries. For ignoring their real problems – the rising cots of gasoline and out of control health care prices. For sending their sons and daughters into an illegal war based on faulty assumptions and outright lies. Under the circumstance, wouldn’t you be angry? Aren’t you glad someone is angry? And that someone is fighting for you, even if he fights a little too hard at times?”
~Cenk Uygur

"One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity."
~Albert Schweitzer

"We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid."
~Benjamin Franklin

"And so, to the end of history, murder shall breed murder, always in the name of right and honor and peace, until the gods are tired of blood and create a race that can understand."
~George Bernard Shaw

"It is the deed that teaches, not the name we give it. Murder and capital punishment are not opposites that cancel one another, but similars that breed their kind."
~George Bernard Shaw

"There have been periods of history in which episodes of terrible violence occurred but for which the word violence was never used.... Violence is shrouded in justifying myths that lend it moral legitimacy, and these myths for the most part kept people from recognizing the violence for what it was. The people who burned witches at the stake never for one moment thought of their act as violence; rather they thought of it as an act of divinely mandated righteousness. The same can be said of most of the violence we humans have ever committed."
~Gil Bailie

"If you rejoice in revenge, torture and war , you cannot say you’re a follower of the guy who explicitly said, 'love your enemies' The next line isn’t 'and if that doesn’t work, send a titanium fanged dog to rip his nuts off.' He has lines like, 'do not repay evil with evil,' and 'do not take revenge on someone who wrongs you.' Really, it’s in that book you hold up when you scream at gay people."
~Bill Maher

"They are unanimous in their hate for me - and I welcome their hatred."
~Franklin D. Roosevelt

"I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think."

"A lady is a woman that is rendered harmless by conventions. In my view a lady is everything a woman should not aspire to be."
Note: Lydia is a follower of my blog and I would like to thank her for allowing me to share this.

"A Conservative Government is an organized hypocrisy."
~Benjamin Disraeli

"We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It's one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it's another to think that yours is the only path."
~Paulo Coelho

"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending."
~Author Unknown

"All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."
~Edmund Burke

"If you have no will to change it, you have no right to criticize it."
~Author Unknown

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
~Winston Churchill

"My evangelistic brethren confuse an objection to compulsion with an objection to religion. It is possible to hold a faith with enough confidence to believe that what should be rendered to God does not need to be decided and collected by Caesar."
~Justice Robert H. Jackson, United States Supreme Court

"Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it."

"The most violent element in society is ignorance."
~Emma Goldman

"Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace."
~Dalai Lama

"Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed.  If I fail, no one will say, 'She doesn't have what it takes.'  They will say, 'Women don't have what it takes."
~Clare Boothe Luce

"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom."
~Martin Luther King, Jr.

"A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference."
~Thomas Jefferson

"So the question is not whether we will be extremist, but what kind of extremists we will be. Will we be extremists for hate, or will we be extremists for love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice, or will we be extremists for the cause of justice?"
~Martin Luther King Jr

"When they love their children more than they hate us, then we will have peace."
~Golda Meir

“I like to pay taxes. With them, I buy civilization.”
~Oliver Wendell Holmes

"When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him."
~Jonathan Swift

"We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal."
~Thomas Jefferson

"An unjust law is no law at all."
~St Augustine

"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."
~Mohandas Gandhi

"Everyone must work to live, but the purpose of life is to serve and to
show compassion and the will to help others. Only then have we ourselves become true human beings."
~Albert Schweitzer

"The constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government."
~Patrick Henry

"Any people that would give up liberty for a little temporary safety deserves neither liberty nor safety."
~Benjamin Franklin

"Success has made failures of many men."
~Cindy Adams

"It's called The American Dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it."
~George Carlin

“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.”
~Sinclair Lewis

"There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats."
~Albert Schweitzer

"A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him."
~David Brinkley

"To have suffered much is like knowing many languages; It gives the sufferer access to many more people."