Some Favorite Quotations

Most of these quotations come from the bank of 30 or so that appear randomly at the end of my emails. I’ll probably add more over time. Emphasis is placed on quotations that I have found to be lesser known. Please add your own in the comments. Thanks! 

“We are post-post-postmodern, present, pre-future, but a little bit of future today, with the history that comes with us.”
-Paola Antonelli, The Colbert Report, 2013

“The androgynous mind is resonant and porous; it transmits emotion without impediment; it is naturally creative, incandescent, and undivided.”
-Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own, 1929

“And since words survive the chops and change of time longer than any other substance, therefore they are the truest. Buildings fall; even the earth perishes. What was yesterday a cornfield is to-day a bungalow. But words, if properly used, seem able to live for ever.”
-Virginia Woolf, “Craftsmanship, Words Fail Me,” 1937

“When our laws, our leaders, or our government are out of alignment with our ideals, then the dissent of ordinary Americans may prove to be one of the truest expressions of patriotism.”
-Senator Obama, 2008

“We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths – that all of us are created equal – is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall; just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone; to hear a King proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth.”
-President Obama, Inauguration Speech, 2013

“The only lesson we’ve learned from history is that we have not learned any of history’s lessons.”

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
-Dr. Maya Angelou

“There is always a little truth behind every ‘just kidding.’ A little knowledge behind every ‘I don’t know.’ A little emotion behind every ‘I don’t care.’ And a little pain behind every ‘it’s okay’.”

“What are you going to do? Are you going to be a passive recipient of education or are you going to become an active owner of your education?”
-Vision of Students Today Submission, You Tube, 2011

“When deciding whether to take action, truth and justice should always be the deciding factor. Let the pieces fall. If we fall to speak for what we know is right, we are our own oppressors.”

“Imagining a world free of television, I can envision only beneficial effects. What is lost because we can no longer flip a switch for instant entertainment will be more than offset by human contact, enlivened minds, and resurgence of personal investigation and activation.”
-J. Mander, Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television, 1978

“Feminism seeks to empower women and girls through critical analysis of power, privilege, and oppression, as well as through social change actions at individual, community, and institutional levels.”
-Kim A. Case, UH-Clear Lake

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”

“If I only had three words of advice, they would be, Tell the Truth. If got three more words, I’d add, all the time.”
-Randy Pausch

“But this is History. Distance yourselves. Our perspective on the past alters. Looking back, immediately in front of us is dead ground. We don’t see it, and because we don’t see it this means that there is no period so remote as the recent past. And one of the historian’s jobs is to anticipate what our perspective of that period will be”
The History Boys, 2006

“Well, would you kindly tell me when that day is gonna come? Is it going to come tomorrow? Is it going to come next week? In a hundred years? Never? No, the time for justice, the time for freedom, and the time for equality is always, is always right now!”
The Great Debaters, 2007

“Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every conceived notion, follow humbly wherever and whatever abysses nature leads, or you will learn nothing.”
-Thomas Huxley

“If you can’t fly, then run; if you can’t run, then walk; if you can’t walk, then crawl; but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., c. 1960

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” 1963 

“Be silly. Be honest. Be kind.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson 

And see these, too!

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