„We need better government, no doubt about it. But we also need better minds, better friendships, better marriages, better communities.“
— Wendell Berry author 1934
A Continuous Harmony (1972)
Source: The Australian Architects Offering Pro-Bono Design Services to Bushfire Survivors https://hivelife.com/architects-assist/.
— Wendell Berry author 1934
A Continuous Harmony (1972)
— Niamh Uí Bhriain Irish activist 1970
The US Billionaires Funding the Push For Abortion in Ireland http://www.thelifeinstitute.net/blog/2012/03/11/the-us-billionaires-funding-the-push-for-abortion-in-ireland/ (March 11, 2012)
— Charlie Chaplin British comic actor and filmmaker 1889 - 1977
The Great Dictator (1940), The Barber's speech
Context: I'm sorry, but I don't want to be an emperor. That's not my business. I don't want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone, if possible, Jew, gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other's happiness — not by each other's misery. We don't want to hate and despise one another.
In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way. Greed has poisoned men's souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical. Our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.
The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men, cries out for universal brotherhood, for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world — millions of despairing men, women and little children — victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me, I say — do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed — the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people and so long as men die, liberty will never perish.
Soldiers! Don't give yourselves to brutes — men who despise you — enslave you — who regiment your lives — tell you what to do — what to think or what to feel! Who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder. Don't give yourselves to these unnatural men — machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts. You don't hate! Only the unloved hate — the unloved and the unnatural!
Soldiers! Don't fight for slavery! Fight for liberty! In the 17th Chapter of St. Luke it is written: "the Kingdom of God is within man" — not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people have the power — the power to create machines. The power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure.
Then, in the name of democracy, let us use that power! Let us all unite! Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give youth the future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power, but they lie! They do not fulfill their promise; they never will. Dictators free themselves, but they enslave the people! Now, let us fight to fulfill that promise! Let us fight to free the world, to do away with national barriers, to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men's happiness.
Soldiers! In the name of democracy, let us all unite!
Hannah, can you hear me? Wherever you are, look up, Hannah. The clouds are lifting. The sun is breaking through. We are coming out of the darkness into the light. We are coming into a new world, a kindlier world, where men will rise above their hate, their greed and brutality. Look up, Hannah. The soul of man has been given wings, and at last he is beginning to fly. He is flying into the rainbow — into the light of hope, into the future, the glorious future that belongs to you, to me and to all of us. Look up, Hannah. Look up.
— Trevor Loudon New Zealand politician
"Green Is the New Red" https://www.theepochtimes.com/green-is-the-new-red_2778949.html
— Alex Salmond Scottish National Party politician and former First Minister of Scotland 1954
Broadcasting Speech (August 8, 2007)
— Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States 1809 - 1865
1860s, Second State of the Union address (1862)
Context: I do not forget the gravity which should characterize a paper addressed to the Congress of the nation by the Chief Magistrate of the nation, nor do I forget that some of you are my seniors, nor that many of you have more experience than I in the conduct of public affairs. Yet I trust that in view of the great responsibility resting upon me you will perceive no want of respect to yourselves in any undue earnestness I may seem to display. Is it doubted, then, that the plan I propose, if adopted, would shorten the war, and thus lessen its expenditure of money and of blood? Is it doubted that it would restore the national authority and national prosperity and perpetuate both indefinitely? Is it doubted that we here — Congress and Executive can secure its adoption? Will not the good people respond to a united and earnest appeal from us? Can we, can they, by any other means so certainly or so speedily assure these vital objects? We can succeed only by concert. It is not "Can any of us imagine better?" but "Can we all do better?" Object whatsoever is possible, still the question recurs, "Can we do better?"
— Newton Lee American computer scientist
Facebook Nation: Total Information Awareness (2nd Edition), 2014
— Calvin Coolidge American politician, 30th president of the United States (in office from 1923 to 1929) 1872 - 1933
Address at Arlington National Cemetery (30 May 1925), in Foundations of the Republic https://archive.org/stream/foundationsofrep00unit/foundationsofrep00unit_djvu.txt (1926), Coolidge, Ayer Publishing, p. 228.
— Howard F. Lyman American activist 1938
Source: No More Bull! (2005), Ch. 5: Message for My Meat-Eating Friends, p. 78
— Richard Stallman American software freedom activist, short story writer and computer programmer, founder of the GNU project 1953
"The Free Universal Encyclopedia and Learning Resource" (1999) http://www.gnu.org/encyclopedia/free-encyclopedia.html
— Ma Ying-jeou Taiwanese politician, president of the Republic of China 1950
Ma Ying-jeou (2013) cited in: " Time not right for political talks with China: Ma http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2013/10/26/2003575395" in Taipei Times, 26 October 2013.
Statement made in commenting his record-low approval rating and saying that he has no desire to change the cross-strait relations policies, 25 October 2013.
— Francis Escudero Filipino politician 1969
2014, Speech: Sponsorship Speech for the FY 2015 National Budget
— Hubert H. Humphrey Vice-President of the USA under Lyndon B. Johnson 1911 - 1978
Address to the 1977 Minnesota State AFL-CIO Convention.
— Roger Bannister English physician and athlete 1929 - 2018
cited by Craig A. Masback, "A Sports White Paper for Clinton," http://www.nytimes.com/1993/01/24/sports/backtalk-a-sports-white-paper-for-clinton.html?pagewanted=2&src=pm New York Times. January 24, 1993, p. S-11.
— Swami Vivekananda Indian Hindu monk and phylosopher 1863 - 1902
— Henry Royce English engineer, car designer, co-founder of Rolls-Royce 1863 - 1933
Slogan for the Rolls-Royce company, quoted in Transforming the Organization (1996) by Francis J. Gouillart, p. 85
— John Palfrey US law professor 1972
§3 p. 83
— Geovanny Vicente Political Strategist, lawyer, international consultant, columnist and university professor 1986