Quote Book -[2]- People

4 – An American Spirit The future does not belong to those who are content with today, apathetic toward common problems and their fellow man alike, timid and fearful in the face of new ideas and bold projects. Rather it will belong to those who can blend passion, reason and courage in personal commitments to the ideal and great enterprises of America society. It will belong to those who see that wisdom can only emerge from the clash of contending views, the passionate expression of deep and hostile beliefs. Plato said ‘A life without criticism is not worth living’

For it is not enough to allow dissent. We must demand it. For there is much to dissent from.

4 – The Act of Living “God offers to everyone his choice between truth and repose,   Take which you please – you can never have both.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

[Repose – 1. The act of resting or the state of being at rest. 2. Freedom from worry; peace of mind. 3. Calmness; tranquillity.]

4 – The Act of Living “We all stand to transcend the cruelties and the follies of mankind. That struggle will not be won by standing aloof and pointing a finger; it will be won by action, by men who commit their every resource of mind and body to the education and improvement and help of their fellow man” – Robert F. Kennedy, 1966 South Africa
4 – The Act of Living “He has called on the best that was in us. There was no such thing as half-trying. Whether it was running a race or catching a football, competing in school – we were to try. And we were to try harder than anyone else. We might not be the best, and none of us were, but we were to make the effort to be the best. “After you have done the best you can” he used to say, “the hell with it” [from a memoir of Joseph P Kennedy Sr]
4 – The Act of Living The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who in times of moral crisis preserve their neutrality
4 – The Act of Living “I think that the picture in the paper of a child drowning should trouble us more than it does, or the picture last week of a paratrooper holding a rifle to a women’s head, it must trouble us more than it does”
4 – The Act of Living “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step” – Law-Tzu
Page 96 Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of his generation
Page 98 No man in the whole world is free. Not one.   Slaves all to what they own or want or fear.

Source: “Make gentle the life of this world”