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The Sun Magazine

Quotations

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Government is a tool, like a hammer. You can use a hammer to build or you can use a hammer to destroy.

Molly Ivins

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When I was poor and complained about inequality they said I was bitter; now that I’m rich and I complain about inequality they say I’m a hypocrite. I’m beginning to think they just don’t want to talk about inequality.

Russell Brand

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The real question is: How sturdy and solid is the floor our civilization stands on? How many lives with no prospects, shattered and senseless, can it bear the weight of before it cracks?

Christa Wolf, City of Angels: Or, The Overcoat of Dr. Freud

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Natural law is the highest law, and it would be folly to figure that you can outwit natural law.

Winona LaDuke

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The mistake 99 percent of humanity made, as far as Fats could see, was being ashamed of what they were; lying about it, trying to be somebody else.

J.K. Rowling, The Casual Vacancy

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Everybody remembers the first time they were taught that part of the human race was Other. . . . It’s as though I told you that your left hand is not part of your body.

Toni Morrison

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Success is the American Dream we can keep dreaming because most people in most places . . . live wide awake in the terrible reality of poverty.

Ursula K. Le Guin

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One of the first things we must get rid of is the idea that democracy is tantamount to capitalism.

Eleanor Roosevelt

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Religion is not about accepting twenty impossible propositions before breakfast, but about doing things that change you. It is a moral aesthetic, an ethical alchemy. If you behave in a certain way, you will be transformed.

Karen Armstrong

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I learned a history not then written in books but one passed from generation to generation on the steps of moonlit porches and beside dying fires in one-room houses, a history of great-grandparents and of slavery and of the days following slavery; of those who lived still not free, yet who would not let their spirits be enslaved.

Mildred D. Taylor