Most of these quotes touch directly on an aspect of identity such as language, ethnicity, religion, or class. Others inspire and motivate us to be merciful, just, moral, and productive human beings. There are also quotes from corrupt individuals (Hitler) but they too can be thought provoking. We cannot shy away from hatred if we are to defeat it..
“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
“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” – Winston Churchill, English Prime Minister
“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 the Americas, in his 16th century book In Defense of the Indians.
“Only the Church stood squarely across the path of Hitler’s campaign for suppressing the truth…The Church alone has had the courage and persistence to stand for intellectual truth and moral freedom. I am forced thus to confess that what I once despised, I now praise unreservedly.” – Albert Einstein, German scientist, Time magazine December 23, 1940.
“We have made great progress when few have too much and fewer too little.” – Severin Grundtvig, Danish poet and theologian
“Had Charles Martel not been victorious at Poitiers – then we should in all probability have been converted to Mohammedanism, that cult which glorifies the heroism and which opens up the seventh Heaven to the bold warrior alone. Then the Germanic races would have conquered the world. Christianity alone prevented them from doing so.”
– Adolf Hitler, German dictator, August 28, 1942
“To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” – Martin Luther King, Jr., American pastor and civil rights leader
“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
“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.” – Li Er (李耳) known as Lao Tzu (老子), Chinese author, founder of Taoist philosophy. c.500 B.C.
“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
“We cannot shy away from hatred if we are to defeat it.” – Daniel Roddick, the least among us.
“Pit race against race, religion against religion, prejudice against prejudce. Divide and conquer! We must not let that happen here.” – Eleanor Roosevelt, American First Lady
“The refusal to take sides on great moral issues is itself a decision. It is a silent acquiescence to evil. The Tragedy of our time is that those who still believe in honesty lack fire and conviction, while those who believe in dishonesty are full of passionate conviction.” – Fulton Sheen, American bishop, author, and speaker
“Hearing nuns’ confessions is like being stoned to death with popcorn.” – Fulton Sheen, American bishop, author, and speaker
“The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent & respectable Stranger,
but the oppressed & persecuted of all Nations & Religions; whom we shall wellcome to a participation of all our rights & privileges if by decency and propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment.” – George Washington, American President, Address to Irish Immigrants, December 2, 1783.