I was the conductor of the Underground Railroad for eight years, and I can say what most conductors can't say; I never ran my train off the track and I never lost a passenger.
What a blind person needs is not a teacher but another self.
My darkness has been filled with the light of intelligence, and behold, the outer day-lit world was stumbling and groping in social blindness.
With age, you get to a place where you don't want to knock people out. You just want to give people a hug.
The welfare of each is bound up in the welfare of all.
I think my dad is the only Arabic descendent who is an unsuccessful businessman.
I've always been in the middle of making my own movies, so taking acting jobs that take me away from that has been impossible.
Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind; it requires the same effort of the brain that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle.
Anything in history or nature that can be described as changing steadily can be seen as heading toward catastrophe.
The highest result of education is tolerance.
It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.
The world is moved along not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.
No one is above the game or the rules that govern it. Respect for the game and the people who participate in it will not be compromised.
My share of the work may be limited, but the fact that it is work makes it precious.
We all rely on technology to communicate, to survive, to do our banking, to shop, to get informed, but none of us knows how to read and write the code.
College isn't the place to go for ideas.
Wishful thinking is not idealism. It is self-indulgence at best and self-exaltation at worst. In either case, it is usually at the expense of others. In other words, it is the opposite of idealism.
I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.
A lovely thing about Christmas is that it's compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.
Now is the time for all good men to come to.
As iron put into the fire loseth its rust and becometh clearly red-hot, so he that wholly turneth himself unto God puts off all slothfulness, and is transformed into a new man.
I know my dad is a big Internet freak, and he's been known to be a Wikileaker.
Adversities do not make a man frail. They show what sort of man he is.
Everything a writer learns about the art or craft of fiction takes just a little away from his need or desire to write at all. In the end he knows all the tricks and has nothing to say.
Activate yourself to duty by remembering your position, who you are, and what you have obliged yourself to be.
Surely the President can agree with us, that theft from government is not good. I know it's bold. It's out on the edge. I know from a Chicago-Springfield background it's hard to fully grasp that honesty could be part of government.
The enemy is more easily overcome if he be not suffered to enter the door of our hearts, but be resisted without the gate at his first knock.
Fame is a lot of pressure, especially when you're responsible for your entire family. Financially, emotionally - everything.
Scruples, temptations, and fears, and cutting perplexities of the heart, are often the lot of the most excellent persons.
I'm delirious with joy. It proves that if you confront the universe with good intentions in your heart, it will reflect that and reward your intent. Usually. It just doesn't always do it in the way you expect.
J. Michael Straczynski
Don't flatter the rich, or appear to willing before the great.
Set me free from evil passions, and heal my heart of all inordinate affections; that being inwardly cured and thoroughly cleansed, I may be made fit to love, courageous to suffer, steady to persevere.
A perfect storm is in the making: financial uncertainty, economic downturn, government cuts, rising unemployment and a future that looks less clear the more we try to fathom it.
Love Him, and keep Him for thy Friend, who, when all go away, will not forsake thee, nor suffer thee to perish at the last.
The state comes into existence for the sake of life and continues to exist for the sake of good life.
He that loveth, flieth, runneth, and rejoiceth. He is free, and cannot be held in. He giveth all for all, and hath all in all, because he resteth in one highest above all things, from whom all that is good flows and proceeds.
Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle.
Whatever you do, do it with intelligence, and keep the end in view.
Man proposes, but God disposes.
He does much who loves God much, and he does much who does his deed well, and he does his deed well who does it rather for the common good than for his own will.
No lover, if he be of good faith, and sincere, will deny he would prefer to see his mistress dead than unfaithful.
Marquis de Sade
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