Sunday, August 10, 2008

Civility as the route to justice: rising

As frustration mounts over The Democratic Party's failure to squarely address the problems of an Obama candidacy and the importance of making it clear that the Party would welcome a Clinton candidacy at least as much as an Obama one, the level of vitriol and venom directed at the DNC and others increases.

Satire and sarcasm have their place in political discourse, as I have written about previously in this space. But the dignity of civility is a powerful force for justice. Some apt quotations from unarguably successful advocates of justice:
  • Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Let no man pull you low enough to hate him. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • A 'No' uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a 'Yes' merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble. Mohandas Gandhi
  • A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history. Mohandas Gandhi
  • All compromise is based on give and take, but there can be no give and take on fundamentals. Any compromise on mere fundamentals is a surrender. For it is all give and no take. Mohandas Gandhi
  • An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it. Mohandas Gandhi
  • An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind. Mohandas Gandhi
  • First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. Mohandas Gandhi
  • Healthy discontent is the prelude to progress. Mohandas Gandhi
  • I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people. Mohandas Gandhi
  • Action expresses priorities. Mohandas Gandhi
  • Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth. Mohandas Gandhi
  • Moral authority is never retained by any attempt to hold on to it. It comes without seeking and is retained without effort. Mohandas Gandhi
  • Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. Mohandas Gandhi
  • Truth never damages a cause that is just. Mohandas Gandhi
  • Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Nelson Mandela
  • You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do. Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Do what you feel in your heart to be right - for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't. Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn't have the power to say yes. Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Have convictions. Be friendly. Stick to your beliefs as they stick to theirs. Work as hard as they do. Eleanor Roosevelt
  • I have spent many years of my life in opposition, and I rather like the role. Eleanor Roosevelt
  • The battle for the individual rights of women is one of long standing and none of us should countenance anything which undermines it. Eleanor Roosevelt
  • It is not more vacation we need - it is more vocation. Eleanor Roosevelt

4 Comments:

Anonymous kavala007 said...

Thank you for all of the quotes. I especially like the ones from Eleanor Roosevelt. She was a remarkable woman. Her passion for democracy is well documented in history books. Equally well documented was the love and respect many Americans had for her. This woman went into war zones and gave comfort to wounded soldiers. This women went among the jobless citizens, who had “marched on Washington”, with coffee and doughnuts and listened to their anguish. She was not afraid to do so nor did she consider anyone of them to be beneath her. Hillary does the same. She will go into the crowd, listen and understand people’s problems and goals. In the process, she will form policies that will help solve the problems and help achieve the goals. It is in these great traditions of all who fought and spoke for democracy, equality, and justice that we must do the same and do so with great civility.

August 10, 2008 at 3:05 PM  
Blogger Mountain Sage said...

Lots of great quotes here but this is a favorite that I relate to: I have spent many years of my life in opposition, and I rather like the role. Eleanor Roosevelt

Mountain Sage

August 10, 2008 at 3:07 PM  
Blogger democraticjack said...

Thanks for this. It is easy to understand why Mrs. Roosevelt was a major influence on Hillary Clinton. There are many layers of truth and insight in her quotations.

August 10, 2008 at 4:32 PM  
Blogger p said...

As Senator Clinton continues to campaign for Senator Obama, I wonder if she has taken these quotes to heart:

-A 'No' uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a 'Yes' merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble. Mohandas Gandhi

-Action expresses priorities. Mohandas Gandhi

-Do what you feel in your heart to be right - for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't. Eleanor Roosevelt

August 12, 2008 at 11:58 AM  

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