„Our institutions were not devised to bring about uniformity of opinion; if they had we might well abandon hope.“
— Jay Leno American comedian, actor, writer, producer, voice actor and television host 1950
Guest monologue on The Tonight Show http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/jay-leno-takes-jimmy-fallons-867267, 17 February, 2016
„Our preceptors were gentlemen as well as scholars. There was not a grain of sentimentalism in the institution; on the other hand, the place was permeated by a profound sense of justice.“
— Albert Jay Nock American journalist 1870 - 1945
Context: Our preceptors were gentlemen as well as scholars. There was not a grain of sentimentalism in the institution; on the other hand, the place was permeated by a profound sense of justice. … An equalitarian and democratic regime must by consequence assume, tacitly or avowedly, that everybody is educable. The theory of our regime was directly contrary to this. Our preceptors did not see that doctrines of equality and democracy had any footing in the premises. They did not pretend to believe that everyone is educable, for they knew, on the contrary, that very few are educable, very few indeed. They saw this as a fact of nature, like the fact that few are six feet tall. … They accepted the fact that there are practicable ranges of intellectual and spiritual experience which nature has opened to some and closed to others. p. 34
— John F. Kennedy 35th president of the United States of America 1917 - 1963
„My greatest satisfaction comes from helping to erase the old opinion about Latin American and black ballplayers. People had the wrong opinion. They never questioned our ability but they considered us inferior in our station of life. Simply because many of us were poor, we were thought to be low class. Even our integrity was questioned. I don't blame the fans for that; I blame the writers. They made it look like we were something different entirely from the white players. We're not. We're the same.“
— Roberto Clemente Puerto Rican baseball player 1934 - 1972
As quoted in "Sports Parade"
„While bringing about reforms and improving institutions, we have to be cautious that while shaking the tree to remove the bad fruit, we do not bring down the tree itself.“
— Pratibha Patil 12th President of India 1934
Quoted in BBC News, "India President Pratibha Patil cautions on reform" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-16724191, January 25, 2012.
„... against which we should direct all our force, the navy of France: in the destruction of her marine we might see some hope of recovering America; but while our army remained in that country, we were to expect nothing from its operations. On the continent of Europe, it might be employed; there we might contend with France, in a manner that would make her feel that her own consequence was at stake. But the old Whig system of alliances on the continent had been given up, and we were left to fight all our battles by ourselves. If these alliances were renewed, France might then be taught, that rashness, not prudence, had made her enter into the American confederacy... America... might be won in Europe, while England might be ruined in America.“
— Charles James Fox British Whig statesman 1749 - 1806
Speech in the House of Commons (14 December 1778), reprinted in the The Parliamentary History of England, from the Earliest Period to the Year 1803. Vol. XX (London: 1814), p. 79.
„We spend so much time bantering about the words when the real open conversations might very well be our actions. I worry about our rhetoric.“
— Anna Deavere Smith American actress, playwright and professor 1950
„Only a merciful Church shines! Were we to forget, even only for a moment, that mercy is ‘what pleases God most,’ all our efforts would be in vain, for we would become slaves of our institutions and our structures, however renewed they might be. We would always be slaves.“
— Papa Francesco 266th Pope of the Catholic Church 1936
„We can safely abandon the doctrine of the eighties, namely that the rich were not working because they had too little money, the poor because they had much.“
— John Kenneth Galbraith American economist and diplomat 1908 - 2006
The Guardian [UK] (20 November 1991)
„Our country needs a truly great leader, and we need a truly great leader now. We need a leader that wrote “The Art of the Deal.” We need a leader that can bring back our jobs, can bring back our manufacturing, can bring back our military, can take care of our vets. Our vets have been abandoned. And we also need a cheerleader.... We need somebody that can take the brand of the United States and make it great again. It’s not great again.“
— Donald J. Trump 45th President of the United States of America 1946
„We are sufficiently at the mercy of machines, Roger; if our music must necessarily be mechanical, then it is time for us to throw in the sponge, and abandon all hope for the future of humanity.“
— Jack Vance American mystery and speculative fiction writer 1916 - 2013
Chapter 4 (p. 31)
„I think at first they were a bit surprised that it had happened, then they realised it was really nice and it was good fun and we got on really well, they were good friends of ours as well so we had a good giggle with them as well.“
— Prince William, Duke of Cambridge a member of the British royal family 1982
On the reaction of their flatmates when he and Kate became romantically involved with each other.