Long time no update, I know.
10 days left of school, 15 till graduation (I think)
I wanted to put these put quick, so i'm not going to make this entree friends only, because I think everyone should see them. I got these quotes from www.stop-the-hate.org I think everyone should see them. These are things I live my life by. (kind of) I want to leave this earth, knowing that I made an impact on someone's life. So here are some things I think everyone should read.
"I can't understand, what makes a man hate another man.
People are people"
"Every man, my brother. Every woman, my sister.
Every old man, my grandfather. Every old woman, my grandmother.
Every crying child, my child. Every wounded soul, my soul."
"When we say 'War is over if you want it,' we mean that
if everyone demanded peace instead of another
television set, we'd have peace."
"Every child smiles in the same language."
"Unexpected kindness is the most powerful,
least costly and most underrated agent of human change. Kindness
that catches us by surprise brings out the best in our natures."
Senator Bob Kerrey
"We cannot change what happened anymore. The only
thing we can do is to learn from the past and to realize
what discrimination and persecution of innocent people means.
I believe that it's everyone's responsibility to fight prejudice."
Otto Frank (father of Anne Frank)
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean;
if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
Where there is love there is life."
"If I am not for myself, who will be for me?
If I am not for others, what am I?
And if not now, when?"
"Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first;
nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first."
Charles de Gaulle
"If all this suffering does not help us to broaden
our horizon, to attain a greater humanity by shedding
all trifling and irrelevant issues,
then it will all have been for nothing"
"Intolerance: a veil worn to disguise fear and ignorance."
Binda Fraser, Ontario Canada
"When you find peace within yourself,
you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others."
Mildred Norman, The Peace Pilgrim
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten
we belong to each other."
"Just as you have the instinctive natural desire to be happy and
overcome suffering, so do all sentient beings; just as you have
the right to fulfill this innate aspiration, so do all sentient beings.
so on what grounds do you discriminate?"
His Holiness the Dalai Llama
"Happily the government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no
sanction and to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live
under its protection should demeanor themselves as good citizens."
President George Washington
"All [we are] trying to do is tell America we are not mascots.
We are people of dignity, we are people of character,
we are people of pride."
Billy Mills (Oglala Lakota Sioux), Olympic gold medalist, author, mentor, youth teacher,
speaking about the use of Native-American characterizations as sports team mascots
"Racism is a learned affliction and anything that is learned can be unlearned"
"The mind of the bigot is like the pupil of the eye; the more light you pour
upon it, the more it will contract."
Oliver Wendell Holmes
"If a man calls me a nigger, he is calling me something I am not. The nigger
exists only in his own mind; therefore his mind is the nigger. I must feel
sorry for such a man."
"In Germany they first came for the Communists and I didn't speak up because
I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up
because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't
speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant."
"Then they came for me --- and by that time no one was left to speak up."
German Pastor Martin Niemoller
"I let no man drag me down so low as to make me hate him."
Booker T. Washington
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."
"If we leave somebody behind for something as ridiculous
as skin color, we all lose."
Janet Langert (wife of Secretary of Defense William Cohen)
"Marches alone can't bring integration - when human
respect is disintigrating."
"Think of all the hate there is in Red China - then look
around to Selma, Alabama."
lyrics from "Eve of Destruction" (1965) by Barry McGuire
"Hate is like a cancer. It doesn't matter if you have a
little cancer or a lot of cancer - it's still cancer!"
"You are a human being. You have rights inherent in that
reality. You have dignity and worth that exists prior to law."
Lyn Beth Neylon, Human Rights USA director
"Everyone knows how my brother died. I want you to know how he lived"
Mary Nell Verrett, sister of James Byrd Jr., talking about her brother
"Let us rise up tonight with a greater readiness. Let us stand
with a greater determination. And let us move on in these powerful days,
these days of challenge, to make America what it ought to be."
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., on the night before his assassination
"We may have different religions, different languages,
different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race.
We all share the same basic values."
Kofi Annan, United Nations Secretary General
"I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human
beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides.
Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages
the tormentor, never the tormented."
"As long as you keep a person down,
some part of you has to be down there to hold him down,
so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might."
Marian Anderson (1897-1993), singer