Quotes

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This page contains quotes by famous personalities and thinkers on various topics. (The topics are arranged alphabetically)

Corruption/Inequality

  • "As human beings. our greatness lies not so much in remaking the world but in remaking ourselves." (By Mahatma Gandhi)
  • "Righteousness is the foundation stone of peace and good governance." (By Confucius)
  • "Dharma is the foundation stone of good governance." (By Buddha)
  • "Nearly all men can stand adversity but if you want to test a man's character, give them power." (By Abraham Lincoln)
  • "Wealth is so concentrated that a large segment of society is virtually unaware of its existence" (By Thomas Piketty)
  • "Caste system is ascending scale of reverence and descending scale of contempt." (By Dr. B R Ambedkar)

Democracy

  • "The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter." (By Winston Churchill)
  • "The tyranny a prince in an oligarch is not so much dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy" (By Montesquieu)
  • "The ballot is stronger than the bullet." (By Abraham Lincoln)
  • "There cannot be daily democracy without daily citizenship." (By Ralph Nader)
  • "l understand democracy as something that gives the weak the same chance as the strong." (By Mahatma Gandhi)
  • "Democracy is not the law of the majority but protection of the minority," (By Albert Camus)
  • "Governments exist for the interests of the governed, not for the governors." (By Thomas Jefferson)
  • "Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others." (By Winston Churchill)

Education

  • "Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world." (By Nelson Mandela)
  • "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." (By Mahatma Gandhi)
  • "Children must be taught how to think, not what to think." (By Margaret Mead)
  • "Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learnt in school." (By Einstein)
  • "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." (By Aristotle)
  • "Education is the manifestation of perfection already in man." (By Swami Vivekananda)
  • Education that does not mould the character is absolutely worthless. (By Mahatma Gandhi)
  • "Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all." (By Martin Luther King)
  • "You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation." (By Brigham Young)
  • "The pen is mightier than the sword, unless your foe is illiterate - Reddit (haha)
  • "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid" (By Einstein)
  • “Be Educated, Be Organised and Be Agitated” ( B.R. Ambedkar)

Ethics and Morality

  • "If ethics are poor at the top, that behavior is copied down through the organization."
  • "Freedom is not procured by a full enjoyment of what is desired, but by controlling that desire." (By Epictetus)
  • "To exercise good character daily is to be morally fit for life."
  • "Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses and avoids." (By Aristotle)
  • "A nation, as a society, forms a moral person, and every member of it is personally responsible for his society." (By Thomas Jefferson)
  • "It isn’t the absence of conscience or values that prevents us from being all we should be, it is simply the lack of moral courage."
  • "To educate a person in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society." (By Theodore Roosevelt)
  • "The best way to teach morality is to make it a habit with children."
  • "Morality is simply the attitude we adopt toward people whom we personally dislike." (By Oscar Wilde)
  • "The first step in the evolution of ethics is a sense of solidarity with other human beings. " (By Albert Schweitzer)
  • "In law a man is guilty when he violates the rights of others. In ethics he is guilty if he only thinks of doing so." (By Immanuel Kant)
  • "Without civic morality communities perish; without personal morality their survival has no value." (By Bertrand Russell)
  • "The essence of morality is the subjugation of nature in obedience of social needs." (By John Morley)
  • "Ethics is a code of values which guide our choices and actions and determine the purpose and course of our lives." (By Ayn Rand)
  • "A hungry man cannot understand ethics"
  • "The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who remain neutral in time of great moral crisis." (By Dante Alighieri)
  • "Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster.
  • "Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.
  • "[Because power corrupts] Society’s demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases." (By John Adams)
  • "The people have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge – I mean of the character and conduct of their rulers.
  • "Political interest [can] never be separated in the long run from moral right. " (By Thomas Jefferson)
  • "Without commonly shared and widely entrenched moral values and obligations, neither the law nor democratic government will function properly." (By Vaclav Havel)
  • "Values are like fingerprints. Nobody's are the same, but you leave 'em all over everything you do.
  • "Two things fill my mind with ever-increasing wonder and awe: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me." (By Immanuel Kant)
  • "There can be no high civility without a deep morality." (By Ralph Waldo Emerson)
  • "Compassion is the basis of morality." (By Arthur Schopenhauer)
  • "Laws control the lesser person. Right conduct controls the greater one." (A Chinese proverb)
  • "All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If people speak or act with evil thoughts, pain follows them. If people speak or act with pure thoughts, happiness follows them, like a shadow that never leaves them." (By Buddha
  • "Moral obligations and the expectations do not go away just because we ignore them.”

Free Speech

  • "Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear". (By George Orwell)
  • "l do not agree with what you have to say, but l'll defend to the death your right to say it." (By Voltaire)
  • "Whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter." (By Thomas Jefferson)

Hunger

  • "Hunger is actually the worst weapon of mass destruction. It claims millions of victims each year" (By Lula Da Silva)
  • "There are people in the world, so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread"(By Mahatma Gandhi)
  • "Give a bowl of rice to a man and you will feed him for a day. Teach him how to grow his own rice and you will save his life." (By Confucius)

Judiciary

  • "Yatho Dharma Thatho Jayaha: Where there is justice, there is victory.
  • "Good need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws." (By Plato)

Knowledge

  • “Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.” (By Confucius)

Law

  • "Rights are protected not by law, but by the social and moral conscience of the society". (Dr. B. R. Ambedkar)
  • "Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws." (Plato)

Materialism/Consumerism/Environment

  • "The Earth does: not belong to us: we belong to the Earth." Native American saying
  • "The world has. enough for everyone's need but not enough for everyone's greed." (By Mahatma Gandhi)
  • "We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors. we borrow it from our children." (By Anonymous)
  • "We never know the worth of water till the well is dry." (By Anonymous)

Peace/Justice

  • "When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace." (By William Gladstone)
  • "The greatness of humanity is not in being human, but in being humane." (By Mahatma Gandhi)
  • "There was never a bad peace or a good war." (By Benjamin Franklin)
  • "Injustice anywhere is a treat to justice everywhere." (By Martin Luther King)
  • "War does not decide who is right but who is left." (By Bertrand Russell)
  • "Lokah Sarnastah Sukhino Bhavantu (Let the whole world be prosperous and peaceful)
  • "Tolerance has never provoked a civil war, intolerance has covered the earth in carnage." (By Voltaire)
  • "Order cannot simply be ordained; to be enduring, it must be accepted as just." (By Henry Kissinger)
  • "Now I am become Death; the destroyer of worlds" Oppenheimer quoting Gita after creating atomic bomb
  • "You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist." (By Indira Gandhi)
  • "I know not With What weapons World War Ill win be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones." (By Einstein)

Science and Religion

  • "All thinking men are atheists." (By Ernest Hemingway)
  • "The notion that science and spirituality are somehow mutually exclusive does a disservice to both." (By Carl Sagan)
  • "Science without religion is lame and religion without science is blind" (By Einstein)
  • "What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence." (By Christopher Hitchens)
  • "Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men." (By Martin Luther King)

Technology

  • "Technology is a useful servant but a dangerous master." (By Christian Lous Lange)
  • "Human spirit must prevail over technology." (By Albert Einstein)

Terrorism

  • "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing" (By Edmund Burke)
  • "With guns you can kill terrorists. with education you can kill terrorism" (By Malala Yousafzai)

Trustworthiness

  • " The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie — deliberate, contrived, and dishonest, but the myth: persistent, persuasive, and realistic." (By John F. Kennedy)
  • "Believe nothing merely because you have been told it. But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be kind, conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings, that doctrine believe and cling to, and take it as your guide." (By Buddha)
  • "Every kind of peaceful cooperation among men is primarily based on mutual trust and only secondarily on institutions such as courts of justice and police." (By Albert Einstein)
  • "Whatever else may be shaken, there are some facts established beyond warring: virtue is better than vice, truth is better than falsehood, kindness than brutality." (By Quintin Hogg)
  • "Most of our faults are more pardonable than the means we use to conceal them"

Women

  • "l measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved." (By Dr. B R Ambedkar)
  • "For most of history, Anonymous was a woman." (By Virginia Woolf)
  • "One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman" (By Simone de Beauvoir)