"I personally think we developed language because of our deep need to complain."
— Lily Tomlin
"We shall overcome because the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice."
— Martin Luther King, Jr.
"I feel no need for such. However, I would not, by word or deed, attempt to deprive another of the consolation it affords. It is simply not for me. Somebody else may have my rapturous glance at the archangels. The springing of the yellow line of morning out of the misty deep of dawn, is glory enough for me."
— Zora Neale Hurston, in her 1942 autobiography “Dust Track on a Road”, referring to the creeds of organized religions as a “collection of words around a wish.”
"Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so."
— Noam Chomsky
"Hatred & fanatacism, the flabby spirit of complacency that has permitted the preachers of fanatical hatred to appear respectable, and the self-righteousness that labels all who disagree with us as traitors and dolts, provided the way for the vile deed that snuffed out John Kennedy’s life."
— Austin American, November 1963
"There will always be dissident voices heard in the land, expressing opposition without alternatives, finding fault but never favor, perceiving gloom on every side and seeking influence without responsibility. But today other voices are heard in the land - voices preaching doctrines wholly unrelated to reality, wholly unsuited to the Sixties, doctrines which apparently assume … that vituperation is as good as victory and that peace is a sign of weakness. (The notion) that this nation is headed for defeat through deficit or that strength is but a matter of slogans, is nothing but just plain nonsense. Strength is meaningless without righteousness."
— John F. Kennedy, Dallas, November, 1963.