Walt Alston Quotes (12 quotes)
“Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual).”
The Virtue of Selfishness (1964 edition), Penguin - ISBN: 9781101137222
“Human beings are so made that the ones who do the crushing feel nothing; it is the person crushed who feels what is happening. Unless one has placed oneself on the side of the oppressed, to feel with them, one cannot understand.”
To her pupils at Roanne in 1934. As reported in "Utopian pessimist: the life and thought of Simone Weil" (Poseidon Press, 1990) by David McLellan, p. 93
“How did it get so late so soon? It's night before it's afternoon. December is here before it's June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”
Earliest reference found in a webpage updated in 1997: http://web.archive.org/web/19980122214055/http://www.iwaynet.net/~wstocks/fun/seuss.html
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsWalt Alston
Born: December 1, 1911
Died: October 1, 1984 (aged 72)
Bio: Walter Emmons Alston, nicknamed Smokey, was an American baseball player and manager. He was born in Venice, Ohio but grew up in Darrtown. He is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he lettered three years in both basketball and baseball and is a member of the University's Hall of Fame. He maintained his residence in Oxford and died there in 1984 at the age of 72.