Moses' Collection of Quotations

Advocate for Others

"Among American citizens, there should be no forgotten men and no forgotten races." October 26, 1936 - Franklin Roosevelt, (1882–1945), 32nd president of the U.S. 1933–45; This quote is built into the Roosevelt Memorial in Washington D.C.

"During the campaign for president in 1880 even as James Garfield was not doing any of the campaigning . . . and speaking to the members of a singing group from an all-black university in Nashville, Tennessee after they sang to James Garfield in front of his modest farmhouse. “And I tell you now, in the closing days of this campaign, that I would rather be with you and defeated than against you and victorious." 20th USA President James A. Garfield

"Either we are with the poor, or we are not. God teaches us to most help the poor. Any other interpretation is unacceptable." Padre Leo of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, from Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario

"First they came or the Socialists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out - because I was not a Jew. And then they came for me - and there was no one left to speak for me." Martin Niemoller, (1892–1984), German Lutheran pastor. An outspoken opponent of Nazism, he was imprisoned in Sachsenhausen and Dachau concentration camps (1937–45).

"Following the initial shock, however, came something altogether unexpected; their yawning indifference." 3rd person in Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good by Jan Karon

"I never meet a ragged boy in the street without feeling that I may owe him a salute, for I know not what possibilities may be buttoned up under his coat." President James Abram Garfield (November 19, 1831 – September 19, 1881) was the 20th President of the United States, serving from March 4, 1881, until his assassination later that year. President James A. Garfield (Note that I feel confident in stating that should President James A. Garfield who was a wonderful supporter of the rights of all citizens especially those recently freed from slavery rise from the grave today he would include "ragged girls" in this quote. db)

"It is high time we broke with our theologically based restraint towards the state's actions - which, after all is only fear. 'Speak out for those who cannot speak.' Who in the church today realizes that this is the very least that the Bible requires of us?" Dietrich Bonhoeffer, (1906–45), German Lutheran theologian and pastor

A prayer - "Look here, Father, this is serious business. Protect __________ wherever s/he is, bring an end to the fear I'm feeling, and give me wisdom. Show me precisely what to do, through Christ our Lord, Amen." Father Tim, a character in These High Green Hills by Jan Karon

"My most difficult moment . . . when I let myself focus on my own pain and fear. Then I became weaker." Eric Greitens in The Heart and the Fist

"Only he who cries out for the Jews may sing Gregorian chants." Dietrich Bonhoeffer, (1906–45), German Lutheran theologian and pastor; (The Roman Catholic Church officially considers Gregorian chants the music most suitable for worship. Listen to the chants online on YouTube.)

(Writing about abortion:) "To raise the question whether we are here concerned already with a human being or not is merely to confuse the issue. The simple act is that God certainly intended to create a human being and that his nascent human being has been deliberately deprived of his life. And that is nothing but murder." Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 4 February 1906 – 9 April 1945) was a German Lutheran pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi dissident, and key founding member of the Confessing Church.

"You Christians are glad when someone else does what you know must be done, but it seems that somehow you are unwilling to get your own hands dirty and do it." Dietrich Bonhoeffer, (1906–45), German Lutheran theologian and pastor

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