Monday, September 19, 2011

Barack Obama on Equilibrium

This is not class warfare. It's math.

Barack Obama
Monday, September 19, 2011
at a White House Rose Garden presentation of his deficit reduction plan that includes, the Buffet Rule, a minimum tax for Americans earning $1 million or more in income.


Sunday, September 11, 2011

Joyce Grenfell on Farewells

By Herself and Her Friends

If I should go before the rest of you
Break not a flower nor inscribe a stone,
Nor when I'm gone speak in a Sunday voice
But be the usual selves that I have known.
Weep if you must, Parting is hell,
But Life goes on, So sing as well.

Joyce Grenfell


Mary Lee Hall on Remembrance

Turn Again To Life

If I should die and leave you here a while,
be not like others sore undone,
who keep long vigil by the silent dust.
For my sake turn again to life and smile,
nerving thy heart and trembling hand
to do something to comfort other hearts than thine.
Complete these dear unfinished tasks of mine
and I perchance may therein comfort you.

Mary Lee Hall

Franklin Delano Roosevelt on Freedom

In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.

The first is freedom of speech and expression -- everywhere in the world.

The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way -- everywhere in the world.

The third is freedom from want, which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants -- everywhere in the world.

The fourth is freedom from fear, which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor -- anywhere in the world.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt
The Four Freedoms
January 6, 1941


Henri Frederic Amiel on Reslience

You desire to know the art of living, my friend? It is contained in one phrase: make use of suffering.

Henri Frederic Amiel


Barack Obama on America

We are Americans, and we are stronger and safer when we stay true to the values, freedoms and diversity that make us unique among nations.

Barack Obama
Weekly Address: Remembering September 11th
September 10, 2011


Bertrand Russell on Outcomes

War does not determine who is right - only who is left.

Bertrand Russell


Bill Clinton on Progress

The real differences around the world today are not between Jews and Arabs; Protestants and Catholics; Muslims, Croats, and Serbs.  The real differences are between those who embrace peace and those who would destroy it; between those who look to the future and those who cling to the past; between those who open their arms and those who are determined to clench their fists. 

William Jefferson Clinton, 1997