Thought Provoking Quotations



Tell me, and I forget. Show me, and I remember. Let me do, and I understand.
Ancient Chinese proverb

We mock what we are to be.
Mel Brooks

Never try to walk across a river just because it has an average depth of four feet.
Milton Friedman

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind
Mahatma Gandhi (attributed)

Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!
Patrick Henry

The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.
Patrick Henry

Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.
Patrick Henry

Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.
John F. Kennedy, speech at The American University, Washington, D.C., June 10, 1963

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
Martin Luther King Jr., Strength to Love, 1963

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
Martin Luther King Jr.

You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.
M. Little

How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.
Henry David Thoreau

What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?
Henry David Thoreau