"It is true that the police have exercised a degree of discipline in handling the demonstrators. In this sense they have conducted themselves rather "nonviolently" in public. But for what purpose? To preserve the evil system of segregation. Over the past few years I have consistently preached that nonviolence demands that the means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek. I have tried to make clear that it is wrong to use immoral means to attain moral ends. But now I must affirm that it is just as wrong, or perhaps even more so, to use moral means to preserve immoral ends. Perhaps Mr. Connor and his policemen have been rather nonviolent in public, as was Chief Pritchett in Albany, Georgia, but they have used the moral means of nonviolence to maintain the immoral end of racial injustice. As T. S. Eliot has said: "The last temptation is the greatest treason: To do the right deed for the wrong reason.""

Martin Luther King Jr.


"Mona Lisa is the only beauty who went through history and retained her reputation. "

Will Rogers, an American stage and film actor, vaudeville performer, cowboy, humorist, newspaper columnist, and social commentator. In the mid-1930s he was hugely popular as a wit and a film star, commanding some of Hollywood's highest fees. Rogers was also a Cherokee citizen born in 1879 in the Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory. It is today Oklahoma.


"Coffee-houses...have produced very evil and dangerous effects...many Tradesmen and others, do therein mis-spend much of their time, which might...otherwise be imployed in and about their Lawful Callings and Affairs; but also, for that in such houses, and by occasion of the meetings of such persons therein, divers False, Malitious, and Scandalous Reports are devised and spread abroad, to the Defamation of his Majesties Government...his Majesty hath thought it fit and necessary, that the said Coffee-houses be...put down and suppressed..."

Proclamation for the suppression of coffeehouses, issued by King Charles II of England in 1675. The new brew was popular, with at least 63 coffeehouses in London by 1660. They were a place for all classes of people to gather and talk. But this also meant they were under suspicion by the government, as places of sedition and plots. King Charles II's proclamation, however, simply caused a public outcry that was so strong the proclamation had to be removed after eleven days.


"The difference between the amoeba and Einstein is that, although both make use of the method of trial and error elimination, the amoeba dislikes erring while Einstein is intrigued by it."

Karl Popper, Objective Knowledge: An Evolutionary Approach, 1972. Popper, by the way, is generally known as the most important philosopher of science in the 20th century.


"The only way to keep ahead of the procession is to experiment. If you don’t, the other fellow will. When there’s no experimenting there’s no progress. Stop experimenting and you go backward. If anything goes wrong, experiment until you get to the very bottom of the trouble."

Thomas Edison, famous American experimenter who created, among other things, the lightbulb and the first motion picture.


"Researching into nature we are pantheists, writing poetry we are polytheists, morally we are monotheists."

Goethe (1739 - 1832) a German writer and statesman.


"Woe to all of us if ever as a people we grow to condone evil because it is successful."

Theodore Roosevelt, American president


"To strive with difficulties, and to conquer them, is the highest human felicity; the next is, to strive, and deserve to conquer; but he whose life has passed without a contest, and who can boast neither success nor merit, can survey himself only as a useless filler of existence; and if he is content with his own character, must owe his satisfaction to insensibility."

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784). English author who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer. In addition to writing for magazines, poems, plays, and a biography, he also wrote a dictionary! After nine years of work, Johnson's A Dictionary of the English Language was published in 1755.  It had a far-reaching effect on Modern English and has been acclaimed as "one of the greatest single achievements of scholarship". Until the completion of the Oxford English Dictionary 150 years later, Johnson's was the pre-eminent British dictionary.


"Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total; of all those acts will be written the history of this generation."

Robert Kennedy, American politician (1925 - 1968)

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    By Lillian Audette

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