Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Quotations #092

"In societies where men are truly confident of their own worth, women are not merely tolerated but valued." -- Aung San Suu Kyi, September 1995

"After mourning for the dead, we must swear to get rid of meaningless suffering which blights our lives. We must do away with all the stupidity and tyranny which create and relish the sufferings of others." -- Lu Xun, "My Views on Chastity" (1918)

"I was discovering something marriage does: it defines you, in part, as the sort of person who'd marry whoever your spouse was." -- Alice Mattison, The Wedding of the Two-Headed Woman (2004)

"How does it feel to be a problem?" -- W. E. B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk

"If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein. If there are any circumstances which permit an exception, they do not now occur to us." -­West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624 (1943)

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