Quote of the day, Jan. 21

January 21, 2018

The late Matt Duffy at the Federal National Council election symposium he held at Zayed University in the fall of 2011. (Photo by Zajel staff)

Matt J. Duffy, on a free press

“The benefits of a free press have been widely documented. By accurately reporting the news, citizens gain an understanding of their local, national and international issues, while journalists can also serve as an independent monitor to those in positions of power. The Nobel Prize-winning economist, Dr. Amartya Sen, famously notes that no country with a free press has ever endured mass starvation such as the 1943 Bengal famine suffered under repressive British censorship.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Quote of the day, Jan. 20

January 20, 2018

Horace Mann, on education

“Teachers teach because they care. Teaching young people is what they do best. It requires long hours, patience, and care.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 19

January 20, 2018

Malala Yousafzai, on education

“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 18

January 18, 2018

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on education (1947)

“To save man from the morass of propaganda, in my opinion, is one of the chief aims of education. Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 17

January 18, 2018

Noam Chomsky, on freedom and survival

“In this possibly terminal phase of human existence, democracy and freedom are more than just ideals to be valued – they may be essential to survival.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 16

January 18, 2018

 Harriet Tubman, on freedom

“I had crossed the line. I was free; but there was no one to welcome me to the land of freedom. I was a stranger in a strange land.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 15

January 15, 2018

C.T. Vivian, on leadership

“Leadership is found in the action to defeat that which would defeat you … You are made by the struggles you choose.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 14

January 15, 2018

Christopher Hitchens, on race

“For years, I declined to fill in the form for my Senate press credential that asked me to state my ‘race,’ unless I was permitted to put ‘human.’ The form had to be completed under penalty of perjury, so I could not in conscience put ‘white,’ which is not even a color let alone a ‘race,’ and I sternly declined to put ‘Caucasian,’ which is an exploded term from a discredited ethnology. Surely the essential and unarguable core of [Dr. Martin Luther] King’s campaign was the insistence that pigmentation was a false measure: a false measure of mankind (yes, mankind) and an inheritance from a time of great ignorance and stupidity and cruelty, when one drop of blood could make you ‘black.'”

Quote of the day, Jan. 13

January 13, 2018

Winston S. Churchill, on history

“Facts are better than dreams.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 12

January 12, 2018

Eric Hoffer, on memory

“We can remember minutely and precisely only the things which never really happened to us.”