"To understand everything is to forgive everything."
"Believe nothing, no matter where you have read it, or who said it, no matter if I said it, unless it agrees with your own common sense and your own reason."
-Sidharta Guatama, The Buddha
"Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth."
"There are two primary choices in life: To accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them."
"Darkness cannot drive out dark - only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate - only love can do that."
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
"A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."
"The first supermarket supposedly appeared on the American landscape in 1946. That's not very long ago. Until then, where was all the food? Dear folks, the food was in homes, gardens, local fields, and forests. It was near kitchens, near tables, near bedsides. It was in the cellar, the pantry, the back yard."
"You see, I heard the screams of my dying father as his body was ravaged by the cancer that killed him, and I realized I'd heard those screams before. In slaughterhouses, their eyes stabbed out and their tendons slashed, on cattle ships to the middle east, and the dying mother whale as a harpoon explodes in her brain as she calls out to her calf. Their cries were the cries of my father, and I discovered that when we suffer, we suffer as equals. In their capacity to suffer, a dog, is a pig, is a bear, is a boy."