„Come down the glorious steps of our banner. Every great record we have made we have vindicated with our blood and with our truth. It sweeps the ground, and it touches the stars. Come here, young man, and put in your young life where all is living, and where nothing is dead but the heroes that defended it.“
— James A. Garfield American politician, 20th President of the United States (in office in 1881) 1831 - 1881
„Fantasy remains a human right: we make in our measure and in our derivative mode, because we are made: and not only made, but made in the image and likeness of a Maker.“
— John Ronald Reuel Tolkien British philologist and author, creator of classic fantasy works 1892 - 1973
— George Bernard Shaw Irish playwright 1856 - 1950
„We feel as if we were hard labor convicts where everything but our feeding has been made subject to iron rules. We have become lost as human beings, and have been turned into slaves.“
— Samuel Gompers American Labor Leader[AFL] 1850 - 1924
Out of Their Own Mouths: A Revelation and an Indictment of Sovietism, New York: NY, E.P Dutton and Company (1921) p. 84. Resolution from the Petrograd workers, (Sept. 5, 1920). Co-authored by William English Walling.
„We have begun to contemplate our origins: starstuff pondering the stars; organized assemblages of ten billion billion billion atoms considering the evolution of atoms; tracing the long journey by which, here at least, consciousness arose.“
— Carl Sagan, Cosmos
Context: And we who embody the local eyes and ears and thoughts and feelings of the cosmos we've begun, at last, to wonder about our origins. Star stuff, contemplating the stars organized collections of 10 billion-billion-billion atoms contemplating the evolution of matter tracing that long path by which it arrived at consciousness here on the planet Earth and perhaps, throughout the cosmos. 53 min 54 sec Context: We are the local embodiment of a Cosmos grown to selfawareness. We have begun to contemplate our origins: starstuff pondering the stars; organized assemblages of ten billion billion billion atoms considering the evolution of atoms; tracing the long journey by which, here at least, consciousness arose. Our loyalties are to the species and the planet. We speak for Earth. Our obligation to survive is owed not just to ourselves but also to that Cosmos, ancient and vast, from which we spring.
„I have insisted on our own activity as essential to our progress; but we were not made to live or advance alone. Society is as needful to us as air or food.“
— William Ellery Channing United States Unitarian clergyman 1780 - 1842
Context: I have insisted on our own activity as essential to our progress; but we were not made to live or advance alone. Society is as needful to us as air or food. A child doomed to utter loneliness, growing up without sight or sound of human beings, would not put forth equal power with many brutes; and a man, never brought into contact with minds superior to his own, will probably run one and the same dull round of thought and action to the end of llfe. It is chiefly through books that we enjoy intercourse with superior minds, and these invaluable means of communication are in the reach of all. In the best books great men talk to us, give us their most precious thoughts, and pour their souls into ours. God be thanked for books. They are the voices of the distant and the dead, and make us heirs of the spiritual life of past ages. Books are true levelers. They give to all, who will faithfully use them, the society, the spiritual presence, of the best and greatest of our race. "Self-Culture", an address in Boston (September 1838) http://www.americanunitarian.org/selfculture.htm
„We face the future with our past and our present as guarantors of our promises; and we are content to stand or to fall by the record which we have made and are making.“
— Theodore Roosevelt American politician, 26th president of the United States 1858 - 1919
Address at Oyster Bay, New York (27 July 1904) http://www.theodore-roosevelt.com/images/research/txtspeeches/104.txt, in response to the committee appointed to notify him of his nomination for the Presidency.
— Lorin Morgan-Richards American poet, cartoonist, and children's writer 1975
Excerpt from the poem Celestial Son in the book Dark Letter Days: Collected Works (2016) by Lorin Morgan-Richards.
„Standing at the edge of our city, a man could feel that we had made this place of streets and dwellings in the stillness of the desert, and that we had done a brave thing... Or a man could feel that we had made this city in the desert and that it was a fake thing and that our lives were empty lives, and that we were the contemporaries of the jack rabbits.“
— William Saroyan American writer 1908 - 1981
As quoted in "Saroyan's Literary Quarantine" http://www.cilicia.com/armo22_william_saroyan_2.html by Peter H. King, in The Los Angeles Times (26 March 1997). <!-- p A3r -->
— Cassandra Clare, City of Heavenly Fire
„Highly ought we to rejoice that God dwelleth in our soul, and much more highly ought we to rejoice that our soul dwelleth in God. Our soul is made to be God’s dwelling-place; and the dwelling-place of the soul is God, Which is unmade. And high understanding it is, inwardly to see and know that God, which is our Maker, dwelleth in our soul; and an higher understanding it is, inwardly to see and to know that our soul, that is made, dwelleth in God’s Substance: of which Substance, God, we are that we are.
And I saw no difference between God and our Substance: but as it were all God; and yet mine understanding took that our Substance is in God: that is to say, that God is God, and our Substance is a creature in God.“
— Julian of Norwich English theologian and anchoress 1342 - 1416
„We made up our minds that the fourteenth and fifteenth amendments to the constitution were themselves null and void.“
— Benjamin Tillman American politician 1847 - 1918
Speech to the U.S. Senate https://web.archive.org/web/20160228073733/http://emancipation.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/emancipation/publication/attachments/A_Republican_Text-Book_for_Colored_Voters.pdf (23 March 1900)
„We are made ridiculous less by our defects than by the affectation of qualities which are not ours.“
— John Lancaster Spalding Catholic bishop 1840 - 1916
„Our triumphs seem hollow unless we have friends to share them, and our failures are made bearable by their understanding.“
— James Rachels American philosopher 1941 - 2003
The Elements of Moral Philosophy (1999), p. 183