Some say we’re responsible for those we love. Others know we are responsible for those who love us.
–Nikki Giovanni, American Poet
Since our leaders are behaving like children, we will have to take the responsibility they should have taken long ago.
Whoever controls the education of our children controls the future.
— Wilma Mankiller, former Chief of the Cherokee Nation
Before mass leaders seize the power to fit reality to their lies, their propaganda is marked by its extreme contempt for facts as such, for in their opinion fact depends entirely on the power of man who can fabricate it.
― Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism
Economic growth accompanied by worsening social outcomes is not success, it’s failure
― Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand
Truth is the only safe ground to stand on.
― Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Let’s take some of our free time to play at doubting what we are naturally inclined to believe, and believing what we are naturally inclined to doubt. I guarantee that if nothing else, it will help us better argue for what we believe, and against what we doubt, with more reason and passion.
Another friend tells you you have to learn not to absorb the world. She says sometimes she can hear her own voice saying silently to whomever—you are saying this thing and I am not going to accept it. Your friend refuses to carry what doesn’t belong to her.
― Claudia Rankine
You have been having our rights so long, that you think, like a slave-holder, that you own us. I know that it is hard for one who has held the reins for so long to give up; it cuts like a knife. It will feel all the better when it closes up again.
― Sojourner Truth
Well, we have a whole new year ahead of us. And wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all be a little more gentle with each other, a little more loving, and have a little more empathy, and maybe, next year at this time we’d like each other a little more. –Judy Garland