People

Nelson Mandela Page

“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

- Nelson Mandela

Source/Notes: Long Walk to Freedom (1995)
Steve Jobs Page

“Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”

- Steve Jobs

Source/Notes: Address at Stanford University (2005) - youtube.com/watch?v=UF8uR6Z6KLc
Albert Einstein Page

“Try not to become a man of success, but a man of value. Look around at how people want to get more out of life than they put in. A man of value will give more than he receives. Be creative, but make sure that what you create is not a curse for mankind.”

- Albert Einstein

Source/Notes: Einstein and the Poet (1983)
Albert Einstein Page

“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or objects.”

- Albert Einstein

Source/Notes: As quoted by Ernst Straus in Einstein: A Centenary Volume by A.P. French (1980), p. 32.
Ferdinand Marcos Page

“We cannot and we will not negotiate with terrorists. We have nothing but contempt for them. To conciliate differences with these people without them changing their objectives is to condemn our Republic to ultimate strangulation and death.”

- Ferdinand Marcos

Source/Notes: Extemporaneous remarks during the Meeting with the Leaders of Regions I and II, Mansion House, Baguio City (15 March 1981)

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John Lennon Page

“I'm not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I've always been a freak. So I've been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know. I'm one of those people.”

- John Lennon

Source/Notes: Interview, September 1980
Audrey Hepburn Page

“I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it's the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It's probably the most important thing in a person.”

- Audrey Hepburn

Source/Notes: As quoted in: Vanity Fair, Volume 54 (1991), p. 136
Thomas Jefferson Page

“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.”

- Thomas Jefferson

Source/Notes: (Attributed)
Oscar Wilde Page

“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”

- Oscar Wilde

Source/Notes: De Profundis (1895)
John Lennon Page

“I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It's just that the translations have gone wrong.”

- John Lennon

Source/Notes: Press Conference at Astor Towers Hotel, August 11 1966

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Booker T. Washington Page

“There is another class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs-partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.”

- Booker T. Washington

Source/Notes: My Larger Education: Being Chapters from My Experience (1911), p. 118, Chapter V: The Intellectuals and the Boston Mob
Thomas Jefferson Page

“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”

- Thomas Jefferson

Source/Notes: As quoted in: "Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States", National Archives and Records Service, 1984, p. 672
Martin Luther King, Jr. Page

“I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Source/Notes: I Have A Dream (1963)
Abraham Lincoln Page

“You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”

- Abraham Lincoln

Source/Notes: According to "The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln: 1858-1860" (Rutgers University Press, 1953), "tradition has come to attribute to the Clinton speeches [September 1858 speech in Clinton, Illinois] one of Lincoln's most famous utterances..." - Although, according to "They Never Said It : A Book of Fake Quotes, Misquotes, and Misleading Attributions" (Oxford University Press, May 18, 1989), there is no substantial evidence to support the attribution.
Mark Twain Page

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”

- Mark Twain

Source/Notes: As quoted in: Morally We Roll Along, Gay MacLaren, Little, Brown, 1938, p. 66, "I Meet Mark Twain"

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Muhammad Page

“O People, it is true that you have certain rights with regard to your women, but they also have right over you. If they abide by your right then to them belongs the right to be fed and clothed in kindness. Do treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners and committed helpers.”

- Muhammad

Source/Notes: Final sermon
Bertrand Russell Page

“If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have a paradise in a few years.”

- Bertrand Russell

Source/Notes: As quoted in Think, Vol. 27 (1961), p. 32