Nelson Mandela Page

“I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for, and to see realized. But my lord, if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

- Nelson Mandela

Source/Notes: Statement at trial, Johannesburg, South Africa, 20 April 1964
Frederick Douglass Page

“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.”

- Frederick Douglass

Source/Notes: Speech on the twenty-fourth anniversary of Emancipation in the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C. (April 1886)
Albert Einstein Page

“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”

- Albert Einstein

Robert Kennedy Page

“Few men are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change.”

- Robert Kennedy

Source/Notes: To seek a newer world (1967), p. 232
Robert A. Heinlein Page

“The two highest achievements of the human mind are the twin concepts of loyalty and duty. Whenever these twin concepts fall into disrepute — get out of there fast! You may possibly save yourself, but it is too late to save that society. It is doomed.”

- Robert A. Heinlein

Source/Notes: Time Enough for Love (1973)


George Soros Page

“A global society does not mean a global state. To abolish the existence of states is neither feasible nor desirable; but insofar as there are collective interests that transcend state boundaries, the sovereignty of states must be subordinated to international law and international institutions.”

- George Soros

Source/Notes: The Crisis of Global Capitalism (1998)
Lee Iacocca Page

“In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less, because passing civilization along from one generation to the next ought to be the highest honor and the highest responsibility anyone could have.”

- Lee Iacocca

Nelson Mandela Page

“There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.”

- Nelson Mandela

Source/Notes: As quoted in: Debates of the National Council of Provinces (Hansard), Issues 9-11, South Africa Parliament
Carl Sagan Page

“We live in a society absolutely dependent on science and technology and yet have cleverly arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. That's a clear prescription for disaster.”

- Carl Sagan

Source/Notes: with Anne Kalosh (October 1994), Bringing Science Down to Earth, Hemispheres
John Lennon Page

“Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives.... I think we're being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I'm liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That's what's insane about it.”

- John Lennon

Source/Notes: What Can I Tell You about Myself which You Have Not Already Found Out from Those Who Do Not Lie? in The Beatles Anthology (2000)


Ronald Reagan Page

“We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.”

- Ronald Reagan

Source/Notes: Excerpts of a Speech by Governor Ronald Reagan, Republican National Convention, Platform Committee Meeting, Miami, Florida, July 31, 1968 - Pre-presidency
John F. Kennedy Page

“The very word 'secrecy' is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths, and to secret proceedings.”

- John F. Kennedy

Source/Notes: Address before the American Newspaper Publishers Association (27 April 1961)
Anwar Sadat Page

“There can be hope only for a society which acts as one big family, not as many separate ones.”

- Anwar Sadat

Edsger Dijkstra Page

“It is not the task of the University to offer what society asks for, but to give what society needs.”

- Edsger Dijkstra

Source/Notes: Source: EWD 1305: Answers to questions from students of Software Engineering
Friedrich Hayek Page

“There is all the difference in the world between treating people equally and attempting to make them equal. While the first is the condition of a free society, the second means as De Tocqueville describes it, 'a new form of servitude.”

- Friedrich Hayek

Source/Notes: Individualism and Economic Order (1948)


Bhagat Singh Page

“By Revolution, we mean the ultimate establishment of an order of society which may not be threatened by such breakdown, and in which the sovereignty of the proletariat should be recognized and a world federation should redeem humanity from the bondage of capitalism and misery of imperial wars.”

- Bhagat Singh

Source/Notes: As quoted in Bhagat Singh and His Ideology (1981) by Shiri Ram Bakshi
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Page

“I am guiding you to seek truth from the facts of the historical conditions of our society and to identify the problems. The correct solutions will come with the correct identification of the problems.”

- Zulfikar Ali Bhutto

Source/Notes: Letter to his daughter (1978)