Laws can embody standards; governments can enforce laws--but the final task is not a task for government. It is a task for each and every one of us. Every time we turn our heads the other way when we see the law flouted--when we tolerate what we know to be wrong--when we close our eyes and ears to the corrupt because we are too busy, or too frightened--when we fail to speak up and speak out--we strike a blow against freedom and decency and justice.
Goethe tells us in his greatest poem that Faust lost the liberty of his soul when he said to the passing moment, 'Stay, thou art so fair.'
Whenever men take the law into their own hands, the loser is the law. And when the law loses, freedom languishes.
The free way of life proposes ends, but it does not prescribe means.
Ultimately, America's answer to the intolerant man is diversity, the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired.
There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not.
Moral courage is a more rare commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence.
One-fifth of the people are against everything all the time.
Progress is a nice word, but change is its motivator and change has enemies.
Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
Last Update: 4 July 2020
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