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Quote of the day, June 27

June 27, 2014

Voltaire, on writing (1770)

“I detest what you write, but I would give my life to make it possible for you to continue to write.”

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Quote of the day, Aug. 28

August 28, 2013

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Aug. 28, 1963)

“Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves, who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity. But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land, and so we have come here today to dramatize a shameful condition. (more…)

Quote of the day, March 13

March 13, 2013

Helen Keller, on peace (1916)

“Strike against war, for without you no battles can be fought. Strike against manufacturing shrapnel and gas bombs and all other tools of murder. Strike against preparedness that means death and misery to millions of human beings. Be not dumb, obedient slaves in an army of destruction. Be heroes in an army of construction.”

Quote of the day, March 7

March 7, 2013

Hutchins Commission, on mass communication companies (1947)

“The great agencies of mass communication should regard themselves as common carriers of public discussion.”