Sacrificing the values that define you for a good cause cannot bring real victory. If division is the enemy, dividing cannot be the answer. Building bridges is the answer. If war is the problem, violence cannot be the answer. Peaceful resistance, compassionately displayed is the answer. If selfishness and greed are the concerns, then looking out for your best interests cannot be the answer. Heartfelt sacrifice for the good of others is the answer. If dishonesty is the problem, responding with half-truths or falling into self-deception cannot be the answer. Openly and fairly seeking the truth is the answer. Our ego’s tell us to do to others what they have done to us. But most of us see the superiority of the golden rule, doing unto others what we would want them to do to us. If we become that which we oppose, then we abandon the moral high ground and the real basis for lasting change.
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out– Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out– Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out– Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me–and there was no one left to speak for me
I care not for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.
Those who plead their cause in the absence of an opponent can invent to their heart’s content, can pontificate without taking into account the opposite point of view and keep the best arguments for themselves, for aggressors are always quick to attack those who have no means of defence.
There are some upon this earth of yours who lay claim to know us, and who do their deeds of passion, pride, ill-will, hatred, envy, bigotry, and selfishness in our name; who are as strange to us and all our kith and kin, as if they had never lived. Remember that, and charge their doings on themselves, not us.
He was very religious; he believed that he had a secret pact with God which exempted him from doing good in exchange for prayers and piety.
That which we call sin in others is experiment for us.
If anyone says that the best life of all is to sail the sea, and then adds that I must not sail upon a sea where shipwrecks are a common occurrence and there are often sudden storms that sweep the helmsman in an adverse direction, I conclude that this man, although he lauds navigation, really forbids me to launch my ship.
All reformers, however strict their social conscience, live in houses just as big as they can pay for.
I don’t never have any trouble in regulating my own conduct, but to keep other folks’ straight is what bothers me.
He does not believe that does not live according to his belief.
Everyone loves a witch hunt as long as it’s someone else’s witch being hunted.
The injury we do and the one we suffer are not weighed in the same scales.