Moses' Collection of Quotations

Equality, Acceptance versus Prejudice, Bias, Hatred

"As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy." Abraham Lincoln (1809–65), 16th president of the US 1861–65, written fragment, ca August 1, 1858

"Common sense was sufficient to determine that it could not mean that all men were equal in fact, but in right, not all equally tall, strong, wise, handsome, active, but equally men . . . the work of the same Artist, children in the same cases entitled to the same justice." John Adams, (1735–1826), 2nd president of the US 1797–1801

"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).

"I beg the next generation not to do what people have done for centuries - hate others because of their skin, shape of their eyes, or religious preference. I know what hatred does. I barely escaped what hatred does." Robert Clary, survivor of Buchenwald and other concentration camps

" . . . I desire you would remember the ladies, and be more favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of husbands."
Abigail Adams, November 22, 1744 – October 28, 1818) was the wife of John Adams and the mother of John Quincy Adams

"I never could believe that Providence had sent a few men into the world, ready booted and spurred to ride, and millions ready saddled and bridled to be ridden." Richard Rumbold, (1622–1685) was a Cromwellian soldier who took part in the Rye House Plot to assassinate Charles II of England and his brother James

"Remember all men would be tyrants if they could."
Daniel Defoe, (1660–1731), English novelist and journalist, as quoted by Former U.S. First Lady Abigail Adams during the 1700s

"That hand is not the color of your hand, but if I pierce it I shall feel pain. The blood that will follow from mine will be the same color as yours. The Great Spirit made us both." Luther Standing Bear, (December 1868-February 20, 1939) (Ota Kte, "Plenty Kill" or "Mochunozhin") was an Oglala Lakota chief notable in American history as an Native American author, educator, philosopher, and actor of the twentieth century. Standing Bear fought to preserve Lakota heritage and sovereignty and was at the forefront of a Progressive movement to change government policy toward Native Americans.

"There are persons whom in my heart I despise, others I abhor. Yet I am not obliged to inform the one of my contempt, nor the other of my detestation. This kind of dissimulation . . . is a necessary branch of wisdom, and so far from being immoral . . . that it is a duty and a virtue." John Adams, (1735–1826), 2nd president of the US 1797–1801

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