I spent my boyhood behind the barbed wire fences of American internment camps and that part of my life is something that I wanted to share with more people.

— George Takei

The most helpful George Takei quotes that are life-changing and eye-opening

Our differences in beliefs do not truly separate us, or elevate us over others. Rather, they highlight the rich tapestry that is humanity.

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I myself am a Buddhist, not a Christian.

But I cannot help but think that if Christ ran a public establishment, it would be open to all, and He would be the last to refuse service to anyone. It is, simply put, the most un-Christian of notions.

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You know, I grew up in two American internment camps, and at that time I was very young.

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We should indeed keep calm in the face of difference, and live our lives in a state of inclusion and wonder at the diversity of humanity.

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It’s really hard to hate someone for being different when you’re too busy laughing together.

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Good grief. If we can’t laugh at ourselves, and at one another, in good spirit and without malice, then what fun can be left? If we must withhold all ribbing in the name of protecting everyone’s feelings, then we truly are a toothless society. We will reach what I call “the lowest common denominator of butthurt.

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And it seems to me important for a country, for a nation to certainly know about its glorious achievements but also to know where its ideals failed, in order to keep that from happening again.

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This is supposed to be a participatory democracy and if we're not in there participating then the people that will manipulate and exploit the system will step in there.

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I'm a civic busybody and I've been blessed with an active career.

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There is more story in a minor character like Boba Fett than there is in all the clutter of various vampires in the Twilight franchise.

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As the old saying goes, I was simply looking for fan love, in Alderaan places.

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I am emboldened, not cowed, by the words and actions of Trump and his circle.

I believe many others are as well. Together we will stand in opposition. I'm not going anywhere, and I won't be silenced.

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About George Takei

Quotes 62 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Actor
Birthday October 16

But when we came out of camp, that's when I first realized that being in camp, that being Japanese-American, was something shameful.

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To do theater you need to block off a hunk of time.

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People forget that stereotypes aren’t bad because they are always untrue.

Stereotypes are bad because they are not always true. If we allow ourselves to judge another based on a stereotype, we have allowed a gross generalization to replace our own thinking.

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We have the history of slavery or inequality to women, and now the civil rights movement of the 21st century is the struggle for equality for the gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people. And I think it's important for Americans to know about the times that we failed.

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I have two passions in my life. One is to raise the awareness of the internment of Japanese-American citizens. My other passion is the theater.

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The word today is "detained," not "interred.

" People are being detained with no due process. They don't know what the charges are, why they're being detained. Simply because they have an Arab name or some association, but there are no charges.

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Well, the whole history of Star Trek is the market demand.

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Yes, I remember the barbed wire and the guard towers and the machine guns, but they became part of my normal landscape. What would be abnormal in normal times became my normality in camp.

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We need to take our passion and effect real change at the local, state, and federal levels, to help elect progressive leaders, and to stem the tide of division, fear and scapegoating.

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My memories of camp - I was four years old to eight years old - they're fond memories.

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Cat's are unpredictable. It is a fine line between the cure, inquisitive and innocent creature resting on our lap and the hissing, spitting and deranged banshee it might become at any moment. This is why we're trying always to win their love.

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I've run the marathon several times, so I definitely don't look like the Great Ancestor!

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The theatre for me is much more satisfying as an actor because you are working in front of a living, breathing, throbbing, gasping, laughing and hopefully applauding audience. And the immediate connection you get with that audience is very satisfying.

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Confidence in the human capacity for problem solving, for invention, for innovation.

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Well, it gives, certainly to my father, who is the one that suffered the most in our family, and understanding of how the ideals of a country are only as good as the people who give it flesh and blood.

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For me, country music symbolized freedom and the joys of life.

.. roaming the country, experiencing the joys as well as the heartbreaks. It was a transporting kind of song, and I'd just kind of sing along with them.

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Life is too short not to order the bacon dessert.

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Social media is like ancient Egypt: writing things on walls and worshiping cats.

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As you know, when Star Trek was canceled after the second season, it was the activism of the fans that revived it for a third season.

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The starship Enterprise was a metaphor starship Earth, and the vision was that the strength of this starship lay in its diversity.

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The large majority of faith-based people are decent, fair-minded people.

We should not characterize people of faith as the adversaries of GLBT equality.

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The world has changed from when I was a young teen feeling ashamed for being gay. The issue of gay marriage is now a political issue. That would have been unthinkable when I was young.

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If leadership requires a fired-up sense of purpose and imagination, it also demands a profound connection to the society to be led.

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Unfriending me when I didn’t even know we were friends? It’s like breaking wind when you’re home alone. If I can’t smell you, knock yourself out.

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I marched back then - I was in a civil-rights musical, Fly Blackbird, and we met Martin Luther King.

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STAR TREK is a show that had a vision about a future that was positive.

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Do your duty as an American, and as a citizen of the galaxy... Vote!

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Nothing is what it seems on the surface of Heroes.

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Pioneering is never done in front of cheerleaders urging on a roaring grandstand of popular approval.

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I thought this convention phenomenon was very flattering, but that's about the extent of it.

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The only thing worse than human ignorance is human pride in that ignorance.

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What's needed today, now, more than ever, is 'Star Peace' for there is an ominous, mutual threat to all science fiction. It's called 'Twilight'. And it is really, really bad.

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I had a really unusual, remarkably unusual father because he, in our family, was the one that suffered the most. He was the one that explained American democracy to me. He said, ‘Our democracy is a people’s democracy and it can be as great as people can be, and it can be great… but we are also fallible human beings.’

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Every time we had a hot war going on in Asia, it was difficult for Asian Americans here.

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If you have to make laws to hurt a group of people just to prove your morals and faith, then you have no true morals or faith to prove.

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We must remind ourselves that an assault on any one of our liberties and freedoms is an assault on all.

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I'm a preservationist, I believe in preserving history intact, but I also enjoy the technological advances which have been made.

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