I’ve launched a new quotes page. More will be added over time. Most of these touch an aspect of identity such as language, citizenship, religion, or class.
“We cannot free ourselves unless we move forward united in a single desire.” – Emilio Aguinaldo, Filipino revolutionary, and first president of the Philippines
“The whole story of the comfort women, the system of forced sexual slavery, the medical experiments of Unit 731, is not something that is in the US psyche. That is changing because many books are coming out.” – Iris Shun-Ru Chang, American journalist discussing the topic of her book The Rape of Nanking
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”– Winston Churchill, English Prime Minister
“Again if we want to be sons of Christ and followers of the truth of the gospel, we should consider that, even though these people may be completely barbaric, they are nevertheless created in God’s image. They are not so forsaken by divine providence that they are incapable of attaining Christ’s kingdom” – Bartolomé de Las Casas, Spanish priest, in his 16th century book In Defense of the Indians.
“We have made great progress when few have too much and fewer too little.” – Severin Grundtvig, Danish poet and theologian
“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.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr., American pastor and civil rights leader
“In this country American means white. Everybody else has to hyphenate.” – Toni Morrison, American author
“Tír gan teanga, tír gan anam. A country without a language is a country without a soul.” – Pádraig Pearse, Irish revolutionary and writer
“Your example will embolden others, who fear only to commence.” – José Rizal, Filipino author and nationalist, in his 19th century novel Noli me Tangere