Quotations for Now

 

*** Scroll down for the postings. (They're down below the quotations.) Vaccine-related postings are listed in a column on the right-hand side of the page, down below the quotations (topmost on the list is the most recent).

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” – Plato, Greek author & philosopher in Athens (427 B.C. – 347 B.C.)

“I can’t understand why people are afraid of new ideas. I’m afraid of the old ones.” – John Cage

“Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts.” – Daniel Moynihan

“Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

“Be brave!” Del Bigtree (who made the documentary ‘Vaxxed,’) says this all the time. Watch the latest episode of ‘Highwire’ to see why we need to become brave! *** lots of great quotations about courage here.

“Your silence will not protect you.” – Audre LordeSister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

“Sometimes a concept is baffling not because it is profound but because it is wrong.” – E.O. Wilson, biologist & naturalist

“Frederick Douglass taught that literacy is the path from slavery to freedom. There are many kinds of slavery and many kinds of freedom, but reading is still the path.” – Carl Sagan (I found it here)

“No matter how far you’ve gone down a wrong road, TURN BACK!” – Source unknown

“First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew so I did not speak out. And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.” – Pastor Martin Niemoeller (1892-1964), a Nazi victim who was imprisoned at Sachsenhausen & Dachau (different versions of this quote exist. You can buy postcards of it here.)

“Truth is the only safe ground to stand on.” – Elizabeth Cady Stanton (more truth quotes)

“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” George Orwell

Alexander McCall Smith has the character Angus Lordie say, in Bertie’s Guide to Life and Mothers, “He [psychiatrist Dr. Macgregor] told me that the solution to so many problems is to talk about them. If you talk freely about a problem, then you take away its power to distress you.”

“I was stunned. I was, and I knew it, an ordinary person who long after he was grown up retained the childhood assumption that the people who largely control our lives are somehow better informed than, and have judgment superior to, the rest of us; that they are more intelligent. Not until Vietnam did I finally realize that some of the most important decisions of all time can be made by men knowing really no more than, and who are not more intelligent than, most of the rest of us. That it was even possible that my own opinions and judgment could be as good as and maybe better than a politician’s who made a decision of profound consequence. Some of that childhood awe and acceptance of authority remained, and while I was sitting … it seemed presumptuous that ordinary Simon Morley should question the judgment of this board. And of the men in Washington who agreed with it. Yet I knew I had to. And was going to.” (from the amazing novel Time and Again'by Jack Finney – published in 1970)

“Wake up. Kick ass. Be kind. Repeat.” – Rob Brezsny, Dec. 31/14.

“Each day we are born again to start our life anew.  What we do today is what matters most.” – Buddha

“Hoard each joyous moment that comes to you. No one knows how it will all end.” – Háfiz

“Just to live is holy. To be is a blessing.” – Rabbi Abraham Heschel

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