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Edward Everett Hale (U.S. Unitarian minister and author, 1822-1909)
I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something I can do.
Janet Campbell Hale (Coeur D'Alene Dacotah writer, 1946- )
If you were going to compete successfully in a white man's world, you had to learn to play the white man's game. It was not enough that an Indian be as good as; an Indian had to be better than.
Margaret Halsey (U.S. author and humorist, 1910-1997)
Working with children is the easiest part of educating for democracy, because children are still undefeated and have no stake in being prejudiced.
Fannie Lou Hamer (U.S. civil rights activist, 1917-1977)
When I liberate others, I liberate myself.
Edith Hamilton (U.S. educator and writer, 1867-1963)
So far, we do not seem appalled at the prospect of exactly the same kind of education being applied to all the school children from the Atlantic to the Pacific, but there is an uneasiness in the air, a realization that the individual is growing less easy to find; an idea, perhaps, of what standardization might become when the units are not machines, but human beings.
Learned Hand (U.S. jurist, 1872-1961)
That community is already in the process of dissolution where each man begins to eye his neighbor as a possible enemy, where non-conformity with the accepted creed, political as well as religious, is a mark of disaffection; where denunciation, without specification or backing, takes the place of evidence; where orthodoxy chokes freedom of dissent; where faith in the eventual supremacy of reason has become so timid that we dare not enter our convictions in the open lists, to win or lose.
Lorraine Hansberry (U.S. playwright, 1930-1965)
It is difficult for the American mind to adjust to the realization that the Rhetts and the Scarletts were as much monsters as the keepers of Buchenwald--they just dressed more attractively.
Frances Harper (U.S. abolitionist, 1825-1911)
My hands were weak, but I reached them out
Michael Harrington (U.S. writer and social critic, 1928-1989)
That the poor are invisible is one of the most important things about them. They are not simply neglected and forgotten as in the old rhetoric of reform; what is much worse, they are not seen.
Hartmann von Aue (German poet, 1170-1215)
He who helps in the saving of others, saves himself as well.
William Hastie (U.S. judge, 1904-1976)
It is not a persuasive argument that an evil should continue because it has existed in the past.
The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.
Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time.
Ben Hecht (U.S. writer, 1894-1964)
Prejudice is a raft onto which the shipwrecked mind clambers and paddles to safety.
Lillian Hellman (U.S. playwright, 1905-1984)
No one can argue any longer about the rights of women. It's like arguing about earthquakes.
Reverend I. Carter Heyward (U.S. Episcopal priest and professor)
In the Spirit which draws us into honest engagement with one another, including those who may be very different from us in various ways, God calls us to wake up and learn how to love and respect one another, period.
Gilbert Highet (Scottish-born U.S. classical scholar and writer, 1906-1987)
Wherever there are beginners and experts, old and young, there is some kind of learning going on, some kind of teaching. We are all pupils and we are all teachers.
Christopher Hill (English historian, 1912- )
Only very slowly and late have men come to realize that unless freedom is universal it is only extended privilege.
Etty Hillesum (Dutch lawyer and writer, Holocaust victim, 1914-1943)
I really see no other solution than to turn inwards and to root out all the rottenness there. I no longer believe that we can change anything in the world until we first change ourselves. And that seems to me the only lesson to be learned from this war.
Chester Himes (U.S. writer, 1909-1984)
Our highest ambition is to be included in the stream of American life, to be permitted to "play the game" as any other American; and is opposed to anything that aids in the exclusion; the face may be Africa, but the heart has the beat of Wall Street.
The tree casts its shade upon all, even upon the woodcutter.
Eric Hoffer (U.S. longshoreman and philosopher, 1902- )
We are least open to precise knowledge concerning the things we are most vehement about.
Eva Hoffman (Polish-born U.S. teacher and writer, 1945- )
While we allow the inhabitants of imaginary remote corners the authenticity of savages or sufferers, we rarely suppose them to possess the authenticity of complex, sophisticated perceptions.
Linda Hogan (Chickasaw poet, 1947- )
It has seemed so strange to me that the larger culture, with its own absence of spirit and lack of attachment for the land, respects these very things about Indian traditions, without adopting those respected ways themselves.
To do nothing teaches evil.
John Haynes Holmes (U.S. clergyman, 1879-1964)
If Christians were Christians, there would be no anti-Semitism. Jesus was a Jew. There is nothing that the ordinary Christian so dislikes to remember as this awkward historical fact.
Oliver Wendell Holmes (U.S. jurist, 1841-1935)
The mind of the bigot is like the pupil of the eye; the more light you pour upon it, the more it will contract.
bell hooks (U.S. educator and writer, 1952- )
Stereotypes abound when there is distance. They are an invention, a pretense that one knows when the steps that would make real knowing possible cannot be taken or are not allowed.
Benjamin Hooks (U.S. civil rights activist, 1925- )
We're no longer arguing about riding in the back of the bus, but being the bus driver or the president of the bus company. We're not pushing for the right to buy the hot dog, but selling the hot dog and the right to own the hot dog franchise.
The single largest variable that predicts SAT scores is family income. If you want higher SAT scores, you need to get your kids born into wealthier families. You know, it's great to tell kids to pull themselves up by their own boot straps, but you better put boots on them first.
Hsun-tzu (Chinese philosopher, 298-238 B.C.)
Men of all social stations live together: they are equal in their desires, yet vary in their methods; they are equal in their passions, yet different in their intelligence; that is their nature-given vitality.
Elbert Hubbard (U.S. writer, editor, and teacher, 1856-1915)
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Hu Shih (Chinese writer, 1891-1962)
The underlying sickness of human life is an unwillingness to look with open eyes at the condition of the world.
Charles Evans Hughes (U.S. justice, 1862-1948)
When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free.
Langston Hughes (U.S. poet, 1902-1967)
There is no color line in death.
Elbert Hubbard (U.S. businessman and writer, 1856-1915)
Human service is the highest form of self-interest for the person who serves.
Victor Hugo (French poet and essayist, 1802-1885)
He who opens a school door, closes a prison.
Kristin Hunter (U.S. writer, 1931- )
When you get up in the morning, you merely put on your clothes. When a colored man gets up in the morning, he puts on his armor.
Sometimes I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can they deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It's beyond me.
Robert Maynard Hutchins (U.S. educator and university president, 1899-1977)
Equality and justice, the two great distinguishing characteristics of democracy, follow inevitably from the conception of men, all men, as rational and spiritual beings.
Aldous Huxley (English novelist, 1894-1963)
Most ignorance is vincible ignorance. We don't know because we don't want to know.
Ali Ibn-Abi-Talib (Fourth caliph of the Moslems, c. 600-661)
A man's behavior is the index of the man, and his discourse is the index of his understanding.
A story is only half told if there is only one side presented.
It is better to be blind than to see things from only one point of view.
Different fields, different grasshoppers; different seas, different fish.
Robert Green Ingersoll (U.S. lawyer and writer, 1833-1899)
I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample under foot. Men are not superior by reason of accidents of race or color. They are superior who have the best heart--the best brain.
There is not strength without unity.
The Reverend Jesse Jackson (U.S. minister and civil rights activist, 1941- )
Never look down on anybody unless you're helping them up.
Clive James (Austrian journalist, 1939- )
The essence of a class system is not that the privileged are conscious of their privileges, but that the deprived are conscious of their deprivations.
William James (U.S. philosopher and teacher, 1842-1910)
A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.
Elizabeth Janeway (U.S. author and critic, 1913- )
Whatever class and race divergences exist, top cats are tom cats.
Juan Ramón Jiménez (Spanish poet, 1881-1958)
A permanent state of transition is man's most noble condition.
James Weldon Johnson (U.S. poet, 1871-1938)
This country can have no more democracy than it accords and guarantees to the humblest and weakest citizen.
Mordecai W. Johnson (U.S. president of Howard University, 1890-1976)
The time is past when Christians in America can take a long spoon and hand the gospel to the black man out the back door.
Mordecai W. Johnson (U.S. president of Howard University, 1890-1976)
The time is past when Christians in America can take a long spoon and hand the gospel to the black man out the back door.
Sonia Johnson (U.S. author and activist, 1936- )
It's funny how heterosexuals have lives and the rest of us have "lifestyles."
LeeRoi Jones (U.S. writer and civil rights activist, 1934- )
A man is either free or he is not. There cannot be any apprenticeship for freedom.
Barbara Jordan (U.S. Congresswoman, 1936- )
"We the people"; it is a very eloquent beginning. But when the Constitution of the United States was completed on the seventeenth of September, 1787, I was not included in the "We the people." I felt for many years that somehow George Washington and Alexander Hamilton just left me out by mistake.
June Jordan (U.S. poet, journalist, activist, 1937- )
If we even tolerate any oppression of gay and lesbian Americans, if we join those who would intrude upon the choices of our hearts, then who among us shall be free?
Chief Joseph (Nez Percé chief, c. 1840-1904)
Good words will not give my people good health and stop them from dying. Good words will not get my people a home where they can live in peace and take care of themselves. I am tired of talk that comes to nothing. It makes my heart sick when I remember all the good words and broken promises.
Joseph Joubert (French essayist, 1754-1824)
To teach is to learn twice over.
Laure Junot (French writer, 1784-1838)
Prejudice squints when it looks and lies when it talks.
Henry J. Kaiser (U.S. entrepreneur, 1882-1967)
Children need models rather than critics.
K'ang Yu-wei (Chinese political philosopher, 1858-1927)
If we bring about that women seek to gain the rights of independence, to increase their sphere of responsibilities, and to incline toward studies, then human abilities will increase daily.
I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace.
Thomas à Kempis (German religious writer, 1379-1471)
Have therefore zeal to better thyself and then mayst thou have zeal to thy neighbor.
In America there must be only citizens, not divided by grade, first and second, but citizens, east, west, north, and south.
Robert F. Kennedy (U.S. politician, 1925-1968)
Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.
Debra Kent (U.S. writer, 1948- )
Though people with disabilities have become more vocal in recent years, we still constitute a very small minority. Yet the Beautiful People - the slender, fair and perfect ones - form a minority that may be even smaller.
Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.
Kermit the Frog (Muppet)
It's not that easy being green.
Otto Kerner, Jr. (U.S. judge, 1908-1976)
Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white--separate and unequal.
Mohammed Khair-Eddine (Moroccan writer, 1941- )
I have lived in the redness of the stones that mark a path through my blood; I am the descendant of a forgotten race, but I carry in my hands the remnants of their fire.
Most of us came here in chains and most of you came here to escape your chains. Your freedom was our slavery, and therein lies the bitter difference in the way we look at life.
We shall not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.
Maxine Hong Kingston (U.S. writer, 1940- )
Chinese Americans, when you try to understand what things in you are Chinese, how do you separate what is peculiar to childhood, to poverty, insanities, one family, your mother who marked your growing with stories, from what is Chinese? What is Chinese tradition and what is the movies?
Kiosaton (Iroquois chief)
There is no evil in my heart. My song is the song of peace.
Rudyard Kipling (Indian-born British author, 1865-1936)
Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,
Vicesimus Knox (British essayist, 1752-1821)
Can anything be more absurd than keeping women in a state of ignorance, and yet so vehemently to insist on their resisting temptation?
Jonathan Kozol (U.S. teacher and author, 1936- )
More money is put into prisons than into schools. That, in itself, is the description of a nation bent on suicide. I mean, what is more precious to us than our own children? We are going to build a lot more prisons if we do not deal with the schools and their inequalities.
Karl Kraus (Austrian editor and writer, 1874-1936)
There are people who can never forgive a beggar for their not having given him anything.
Jean de La Fontaine (French poet, 1621-1695)
Beware, as long as you live, of judging people by appearances.
Francois Duc de La Rochefoucauld (French writer, 1613-1680)
The world more often rewards the appearances of merit than merit itself.
Suzanne LaFollette (U.S. feminist and writer, 1893-1983)
The revolutionists did not succeed in establishing human freedom; they poured the new wine of belief in equal rights for all men into the old bottle of privilege for some; and it soured.
Dilys Laing (Canadian poet and playwright, 1906-1960)
To be a woman and a writer
Ronnie D. Laing (Scottish psychiatrist, 1927-1989)
The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to notice that we fail to notice, there is little we can do to change until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds.
Walter Savage Landor (English writer, 1775-1864)
There is no more certain sign of a narrow mind, of stupidity, and of arrogance, than to stand aloof from those who think differently from us.
Lao-Tzu (Chinese philosopher and founder of Taoism, c. 604-531 B.C.)
He who knows others is learned; he who knows himself is wise.
The Latino people of the Southwest are not immigrants. They never crossed the border--the border crossed them when the United States seized what is now Arizona, New Mexico, and California from Mexico in a war of conquest. Through a more complicated chain of events, Texas also became part of the U.S. by conquest, after being part of Mexico. So many illegal immigrants from Mexico are just visiting their family members. To Chicanos, it is the Anglos who are "illegal."
Max Lerner (Russian-born American teacher, 1902-1992)
In the end, as any successful teacher will tell you, you can only teach the things that you are. If we practice racism then it is racism we teach.
Doris Lessing (Rhodesian writer, 1919- )
When old settlers say 'One has to understand the country,' what they mean is, 'You have to get used to our ideas about the native.' They are saying in effect, 'Learn our ideas, or otherwise get out; we don't want you.'
Primo Levi (Italian novelist, 1919-1987)
Imagine now a man who is deprived of everyone he loves, and at the same time of his house, his habits, his clothes, in short, of everything he possesses: he will be a hollow man, reduced to suffering and needs, forgetful of dignity and restraint, for he who loses all often loses himself.
Shirley Geok-lin Lim (Malaysian-born U.S. poet, 1944- )
As a first-generation "Asian American woman," for one thing, I knew there was no such thing as an "Asian American woman." Within this homogenizing labeling of an exotica, I knew there were entire racial/national/cultural/sexual-preferenced groups, many of whom find each other as alien as mainstream America apparently finds me.
Abraham Lincoln (16th U.S. President, 1809-1865)
As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy.
Robert Lindner (U.S. psychoanalyst, 1914-1956)
How protean are the devices available to human intelligence when it lends itself to the persistence of the conformist error.
Walter Lippmann (U.S. teacher and journalist, 1889-1974)
The tendency of the casual mind is to pick out or stumble upon a sample which supports or defies its prejudices, and then to make it the representative of a whole class.
David Lloyd George (British Prime Minister, 1863-1945)
You cannot feed the hungry on statistics.
Alain Locke (U.S. philosopher, 1886-1954)
All classes of people under social pressure are permeated with a common experience; they are emotionally welded as others cannot be. With them, even ordinary living has epic depth and lyric intensity, and this, their material handicap, is their spiritual advantage.
Belva Lockwood (U.S. lawyer and reformer, 1830-1917)
I do not believe in sex distinction in literature, law, politics, or trade--or that modesty and virtue are more becoming to women than to men, but wish we had more of it everywhere.
Anita Loos (U.S. novelist and screenwriter, 1893-1981)
I'm furious about the Women's Liberationists. They keep getting up on soap-boxes and proclaiming that women are brighter than men. That's true, but it should be kept very quiet or it ruins the whole racket.
Audre Lorde (U.S. poet, 1934-1992)
If I cannot air this pain and alter it, I will surely die of it. That's the beginning of social protest.
James Russell Lowell (U.S. poet and critic, 1819-1891)
True freedom is to share / All the chains our brothers wear, / And, with heart and hand, to be / Earnest to make others free!
Clare Boothe Luce (U.S. diplomat and writer, 1903-1987)
Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, 'She doesn't have what it takes.' They will say, 'Women don't have what it takes.'
Albert John Luthuli (South African civil rights activist, 1898-1967)
To remain neutral, in a situation where the laws of the land virtually criticized God for having created men of color, was the sort of thing I could not, as a Christian, tolerate.