If the well-being of my loved place depends on the well-being of Earth, I have a good reason for supporting the well-being of your loved place. I have selfish as well as cosmopolitan reasons for preserving the home-places of all human beings. Cosmopolitanism becomes thicker and more potent with this realization. — Nel Noddings
Some people become cops because they want to make the world a better place. Some people become vandals because they want to make the world a better looking place. –Banksy
You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. —Jane Goodall
First, I must confess that over the last few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Council-er or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I can’t agree with your methods of direct action;” who paternalistically feels he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by the myth of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait until a “more convenient season.” Shallow understanding from people of goodwill is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection. –Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from a Birmingham Jail
I don’t believe in God, but I’m very interested in her. –Arthur C. Clarke
That’s one of the things that “queer” can refer to: the open mesh of possibilities, gaps, overlaps, dissonances and resonances, lapses and excesses of meaning when the constituent elements of anyone’s gender, of anyone’s sexuality aren’t made (or can’t be made) to signify monolithically. The experimental linguistic, epistemological, representational, political adventures attaching to the very many of us who may at times be moved to describe ourselves as (among many other possibilities) pushy femmes, radical faeries, fantasists, drags, clones, leatherfolk, ladies in tuxedos, feminist women or feminist men, masturbators, bulldaggers, divas, Snap! queens, butch bottoms, storytellers, transsexuals, aunties, wannabes, lesbian-identified men or lesbians who sleep with men, or … people able to relish, learn from, or identify with such.
–Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
Calvin and Hobbes on the right not to go to school:
HOBBES: Is it a right to remain ignorant?
CALVIN: I don’t know but I refuse to find out!
I was quiet, but I was not blind. –Jane Austen
DANNY: Gimme your hand. You’re with me now. Everything I make, you get half. Everything I feel, I’m gonna tell you. When I walk down the street, you’ll be walkin with me.
ROBERTA: All right.
–John Patrick Shanley, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea
One of the things I’m seeking out right now is places to have uncomfortable conversations. Not all liberation is going to be won civilly. We have to make space in the dialogue for rage and frustration sometimes, and for impatience. –Ivan Coyote