This special Sunbeams section features quotes culled from past issues of The Sun.


I love America more than any other country in the world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.

James Baldwin

In the Soviet Union, capitalism has triumphed over communism. In this country, capitalism has triumphed over democracy.

Fran Lebowitz

This republic was not established by cowards, and cowards will not preserve it.

Elmer Davis

I don’t believe there’s any problem in this country, no matter how tough it is, that Americans, when they roll up their sleeves, can’t completely ignore.

George Carlin

The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.

Flannery O’Connor

I love the story about A.J. Muste, who, during the Vietnam War, stood in front of the White House night after night with a candle — sometimes alone. A reporter interviewed him one evening as he stood there in the rain. “Mr. Muste,” the reporter said, “do you really think you are going to change the policies of this country by standing out here alone at night with a candle?” A.J. responded, “Oh, I don’t do this to change the country. I do this so the country won’t change me.”

Andrea Ayvazian

Revolution does not begin with a group. It begins from the heart.

Shahla Khan

In America the word revolution is used to sell pantyhose.

Rita Mae Brown

Realize that for every ongoing war and religious outrage and environmental devastation and bogus Iraqi attack plan, there are a thousand counterbalancing acts of staggering generosity and humanity and art and beauty happening all over the world, right now, on a breathtaking scale, from flower box to cathedral. . . . Resist the temptation to drown in fatalism, to shake your head and sigh and just throw in the karmic towel. . . . Realize that this is the perfect moment to change the energy of the world, to step right up and crank your personal volume; right when it all seems dark and bitter and offensive and acrimonious and conflicted and bilious . . . there’s your opening.

Mark Morford

If Rosa Parks had taken a poll before she sat down in the bus in Montgomery, she’d still be standing.

Mary Frances Berry

Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.

Frederick Douglass

As you come to know the seriousness of our situation — the war, the racism, the poverty in the world — you come to realize that it is not going to be changed just by words or demonstrations. It’s a question of risking your life. It’s a question of living your life in drastically different ways.

Dorothy Day

Fall seven times. Stand up eight.

Japanese proverb

If you assume that there’s no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, that there are opportunities to change things, there’s a chance you may contribute to making a better world. That’s your choice.

Noam Chomsky

I got the blues thinking of the future, so I left off and made some marmalade. It’s amazing how it cheers one up to shred oranges and scrub the floor.

D.H. Lawrence

As you press on for justice, be sure to move with dignity and discipline, using only the weapon of love.

Martin Luther King Jr.

If we listen attentively, we can hear, amid the uproar of empires and nations, a faint flutter of wings, the gentle stirring of life and hope. Some will say that this hope lies in a nation; others, in a person. I believe, rather, that it is awakened and nourished by millions of solitary individuals whose deeds and works every day negate frontiers and the crudest implications of history.

Albert Camus