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Murray Kempton Quotes and Sayings

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A political convention is not a place where you can
come away with any trace of faith in human nature.
- Murray Kempton

The faces in New York remind me of people who played a game and lost.
- Murray Kempton

A man can look upon his life and accept it as good or evil;
it is far,
far harder for him to confess that it has been unimportant in the sum of things.
- Murray Kempton

It is function of government to invent philosophies
to explain the demands of its own convenience.
- Murray Kempton

 

The beauty of a strong, lasting commitment is often
best understood by men incapable of it.
- Murray Kempton

No great scoundrel is ever uninteresting.
- Murray Kempton

To say that an idea is fashionable is to say,
I think, that is has been adulterated to a point where
it is hardly an idea at all.
- Murray Kempton

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A neighborhood is where, when you go out of it,
you get beat up.
- Murray Kempton

We are a government of laws.
Any laws some government hack can find to louse up a man who's down.
- Murray Kempton

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent
about things that matter.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. PHOTO

If we have no peace,
it is because we have forgotten
that we belong to each other.
- Mother Teresa PHOTO

Individually, we are one drop.
Together, we are an ocean.
- Ryunosuke Satoro PHOTO

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek,
but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. PHOTO

Majority rule only works if you're also
considering individual rights,
because you can't have five wolves and one sheep
voting on what to have for dinner.
- Larry Flynt PHOTO

Give me your tired, your poor,
your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
- written on the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor PHOTO

Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe,
our class, and our nation;
and this means we must develop a world perspective.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. PHOTO

If you want to make peace with your enemy,
you have to work with your enemy.
Then he becomes your partner.
- Nelson Mandela PHOTO

Winners Dream Big Dreams.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

When we step on the battlefield, I will be
The First Boots On and the Last Boots Off.
- LtG. Hal Moore PHOTO

When written in Chinese, the word "crisis"
is composed of two characters.
One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
- John F. Kennedy PHOTO

Am I not destroying my enemies
when I make friends of them?
- Abraham Lincoln PHOTO

Let's have faith that right makes might;
and in that faith let us, to the end,
dare to do our duty as we understand it.
- Abraham Lincoln

They who can give up essential liberty
to obtain a little temporary safety
deserve neither liberty nor safety.
- Benjamin Franklin

A leader is most effective when people barely know he exists.
When his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
his troops will feel they did it themselves.
- Lao Tzu

I have a dream that my four little children will one day
live in a nation where they will
not be judged by the color of their skin,
but by the content of their character.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The wave of evil washes all our institutions alike.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are not afraid to follow truth
wherever it may lead,
nor to tolerate any error
so long as reason is left free to combat it.
- Thomas Jefferson

The choice is to work alone to be a little
more successful than the next person,
or to work together for the great betterment of humanity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Freedom is not worth having if it
does not connote freedom to err.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

An instructed and intelligent people
are always more decent and orderly
than an ignorant and stupid one.
- Adam Smith

Healthy discontent is the prelude to progress.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

It is not desirable to cultivate
a respect for the law,
so much as for the right.
- Henry David Thoreau

A leader is best when people barely know he exists;
when his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
they will say: we did it ourselves.
- Lao Tzu

A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.
- John F. Kennedy

We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

In matters of truth and justice,
there is no difference between large and small problems,
for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.
- Albert Einstein

We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.
- Edward R. Murrow

Non-violence means avoiding not only external physical violence
but also internal violence of spirit.
You not only refuse to shoot a man,
but you refuse to hate him.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The price of greatness is responsibility.
- Winston Churchill

The only way to deal with an unfree world
is to become so absolutely free
that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
- Albert Camus

Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past
have coped with the unforeseeable and the unpredictable.
- George S. Patton

I must dedicate my life to teaching my people,
for only education would make their lot less bitter,
their latent power more strong.
- Jimmy Yen

Pull the string, and it will follow wherever you wish.
Push it, and it will go nowhere at all.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Is freedom anything else than the right
to live as we wish? Nothing else.
- Epictetus

The wicked leader is he who the people despise.
The good leader is he who the people revere.
The great leader is he who the people say, "We did it ourselves."
- Lao Tzu

Unless both sides win,
no agreement can be permanent.
- Jimmy Carter

Only aim to do your duty,
and mankind will give you credit where you fail.
- Thomas Jefferson

Kindness is the light that dissolves
all walls between souls, families, and nations.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

The hope of a secure and livable world
lies with disciplined nonconformists
who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

We may have different religions, different
languages, different colored skin,
but we all belong to one human race.
- Kofi Annan

If co-operation is a duty, I hold that non-co-operation
also under certain conditions is equally a duty.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

It is better to displease the people
by doing what you know is right.
- William J. H. Boetcker

You can't have five wolves and one sheep
voting on what to have for dinner.
- Larry Flynt

We must, indeed, all hang together or,
most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.
- Benjamin Franklin

The minority is always stronger than the majority,
because the minority is generally formed by those
who really have an opinion.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Our real problem, then, is not our strength today;
it is rather the vital necessity of action today
to ensure our strength tomorrow.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Education is not the filling of a pail,
but the lighting of a fire.
- William Butler Yeats

Truth is certainly a branch of morality
and a very important one to society.
- Thomas Jefferson

Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind.
It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction
devised by the ingenuity of man.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Motivation is the art of getting people to do
what you want them to do because they want to do it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

When you are in any contest,
you should work as if there were -
to the very last minute - a chance to lose it.
This is battle, this is politics, this is anything.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The farther backward you can look,
the farther forward you can see.
- Winston Churchill

Be a yardstick of quality.
Some people aren't used to an environment
where excellence is expected.
- Steve Jobs

In matters of conscience,
the law of the majority has no place.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The pursuit of truth does not permit violence on one's opponent.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

We work with the people not out of pity
but out of respect for their potential for growth and development,
both as individuals and as communities.
- Jimmy Yen

War settles nothing.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

How could man rejoice in victory
and delight in the slaughter of men?
- Lao Tzu

What people often mean by getting rid of conflict
is getting rid of diversity,
and it is of the utmost importance
that these should not be considered the same.
- M. P. Follett

If the misery of the poor be caused
not by the laws of nature,
but by our institutions,
great is our sin.
- Charles Darwin

Who controls the past controls the future.
Who controls the present controls the past.
- George Orwell


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