All traditional methods should be pursued relentlessly. We should certainly call upon Congress, the President, and the Supreme Court for action and clarification, but when these methods fail, as they have, to bring results, we should not be forced into a position where no course of action is open to use except that which has failed us for twenty-five long years. Under the circumstances, are we not duty-bound to find new and challenging methods?
Bayard Rustin to C. B. Powell, Editor of the Amsterdam News (1948)
The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have little to do with success as we have defined it.
In these wonderful democracies that your country and my country happen to be, we are in danger of having our politics taken over by intense minorities that have truly retrograde opinions. And what we see in the US is the turning back of the clock on women’s reproductive health and rights – even to the point of, in some cases, denying certain forms of contraception – by those minority but determined groups that will never stop doing everything they can to impose their beliefs and values on everybody else.
Hillary Rodham Clinton
“I’m in love with you,” he said quietly.
“Augustus,” I said.
“I am,” he said. He was staring at me, and I could see the corners of his eyes crinkling. “I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.”
John Green: The Fault In Our Stars