"It is a curious fact that people are never so trivial as when they take themselves seriously."
"You have to make more noise than anybody else, you have to make yourself more obtrusive than anybody else, you have to fill all the papers more than anybody else, in fact you have to be there all the time and see that they do not snow you under, if you are really going to get your reform realized."
"To be liberated, woman must feel free to be herself, not in rivalry to man but in the context of her own capacity and her personality."
"I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. They are the real heroes, and so are the families and friends who have stood by them."
Christopher Reeve would have been 62-years-old yesterday. Next month will mark the ten-year anniversary of his death.
"The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil."
"Our greatest responsibility is to be good ancestors."
"Think not the bigotry of another is any excuse for your own."
-John Wesley, English preacher and co-founder of the Methodist movement
“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.”
Have you been watching The Roosevelts on PBS? Big Think Expert Doris Kearns Goodwin discusses Theodore Roosevelt's "bully pulpit."
Neuroscientist and author Sam Harris discusses a form of spirituality founded on science and reason.
"In the information age, you don't teach philosophy as they did after feudalism. You perform it. If Aristotle were alive today he'd have a talk show."
"Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends."
- Maya Angelou, from Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now (1993)
The English writer Mary Wollstonecraft (1759 - 1797) is best known for her early feminist treatise A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, published in 1792. Two years earlier, Wollstonecraft published A Vindication of the Rights of Man (are you sensing a theme here?), which argued for republicanism ...