Elie Wiesel Page

“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”

- Elie Wiesel

Source/Notes: Nobel acceptance speech (1986)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Page

“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Source/Notes: I have a dream: the quotations of Martin Luther King, Jr (1968 edition)
Publilius Syrus Page

“He who helps the guilty, shares the crime.”

- Publilius Syrus

Source/Notes: Maxim 139. - Sentences
Sophia Loren Page

“I've never tried to block out the memories of the past, even though some are painful. I don't understand people who hide from their past. Everything you live through helps to make you the person you are now.”

- Sophia Loren

Source/Notes: As quoted in Valentines & Vitriol (1977) by Rex Reed
Sojourner Truth Page

“That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain't I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain't I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man - when I could get it - and bear the lash as well! And ain't I a woman? I have borne thirteen children, and seen most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother's grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain't I a woman?”

- Sojourner Truth

Source/Notes: Women's Convention, Akron Ohio, 1851


John D. Rockefeller Page

“Charity is injurious unless it helps the recipient to become independent of it.”

- John D. Rockefeller

Martin Luther King, Jr. Page

“If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you to go on in spite of all. And so today I still have a dream.”

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Benjamin Franklin Page

“God helps those who help themselves.”

- Benjamin Franklin

Source/Notes: Poor Richard's Almanack by Benjamin Franklin, 1736 ed.
Carl Sagan Page

“The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world.”

- Carl Sagan

Source/Notes: Essay as Mr. X (1969)
Frank Zappa Page

“You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer.”

- Frank Zappa


Victor Cherbuliez Page

“What helps luck is a habit of watching for opportunities, of having a patient but restless mind, of sacrificing one's ease or vanity, or uniting a love of detail to foresight, and of passing through hard times bravely and cheerfully.”

- Victor Cherbuliez

Howard Dean Page

“The status quo helps liberals. We're going to change the country.”

- Howard Dean

Rachel Carson Page

“We have been troubled about the world, and had almost lost faith in man; it helps to think about the long history of the earth, and of how life came to be. And when we think in terms of millions of years, we are not so impatient that our own problems be solved tomorrow.”

- Rachel Carson

Maya Angelou Page

“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.”

- Maya Angelou

Anonymous Page

“An older sister helps one remain half child, half woman.”

- Anonymous


Natalie Portman Page

“When I was in nursery school, the teachers asked me, y'know, 'What does your dad do for a living?' So I said 'He helps women get pregnant!' They called my mom and they were like, 'What exactly does your husband do?”

- Natalie Portman

Norbet Platt Page

“The act of putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought, this in turn makes us think more deeply about life, which helps us regain our equilibrium.”

- Norbet Platt