The world no longer has a choice between force and law: if civilization is to survive, it must choose the rule of law.
--Dwight D. Eisenhower
In Germany, they came first for the Communists, And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist;
And then they came for the trade unionists, And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist;
And then they came for the Jews, And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew;
And then . . . they came for me . . . And by that time there was no one left to speak up.
--Pastor Martin Niemöller
Go within every day and find the inner strength so that the world will not blow your candle out.
Institutions are what nations make of them. If the rule of law is to replace anarchy, international law involves surrender of a certain amount of sovereignty.
--Vernon A. Walters, former US Representative to the United Nations
A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman thinks of the next generation.
--James Freeman Clark
I am a citizen, not of Athens, or Greece, but of the World.
My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.
Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent than power derived from fear of punishment.
Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin.
--Dwight D. Eisenhower
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
--Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Government … Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.
If the United Nations is to survive, those who represent it must bolster it; those who advocate it must submit to it; and those who believe in it must fight for it.
--Norman Cousins, past President, World Federalist Association
We have learned that we cannot live alone, at peace; that our own well being is dependent on the well being of other nations, … We have learned to be citizens of the world, members of the human community.
--Franklin D. Roosevelt
Never has so much military and economic and diplomatic power been used so ineffectively, and if after all of this time, and all of this sacrifice, and all of this support, there is still no end in sight, then I say the time has come for the American people to turn to new leadership not tied to the mistakes and policies of the past.
--Richard Nixon, 1968
The government is us; we are the government, you and I.
In a democratic society like ours, relief must come through an aroused popular conscience that sears the conscience of the people's representatives.
--Felix Frankfurter, US Supreme Court Justice
The imperial project of the so-called neo-conservatives is not conservatism at all, but radicalism, egotism and adventurism articulated in the stirring rhetoric of traditional patriotism.
--Clyde Prestowitz, Empire as a Way of Life, New York: Basic Books, 2003
The dominant values of American life - affluence, achievement, appearance, power, competition, consumption, individualism - are vastly different from anything recognizably Christian. As individuals and as a culture, our existence has become massively idolatrous.
--Marcus Borg, A New Vision, San Francisco, Harper & Row, 1987
Boldness has genius and a power and a magic in it. Whatever you do, or dream you can do, begin it.
Politics is what we create out of what we do, what we hope for, what we dare to imagine.
No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be.
There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world and that is an idea whose time has come.
The independence of states can no longer be understood apart from the concept of interdependence. All states are interconnected -- both for better and for worse.
--POPE JOHN PAUL II, July 2003
New realities, which are forcefully affecting the production process - such as globalization of finance, of the economy, of commerce and of work - should never be allowed to violate the dignity and centrality of the human person or the democracy of peoples.
--POPE JOHN PAUL II, February 2000
In the twenty-first century, more than ever before, no State can stand wholly alone. Collective strategies. collective institutions and a sense of collective responsibility are indispensable.
--Report of the High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change
Peoples and governments cannot change the world by themselves. They need not only good ideas but also sustained pressure from internationalists in all countries - people who are both visionary and pragmatic.
--Kofi Annan, UNSG
My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.
--Archbishop Desmond Tutu
There is one thing stronger than all the armies of the world and that is an idea whose time has come.
An Affirmation Of Human Oneness
I am a member of the human family.
My home is Earth.
The achievements of men and women
throughout the ages are my heritage.
My destiny is bound to that of all my
fellow human beings.
What we jointly create forms our
bequest to future generations.
May my life serve the good of my family.
May our use of the earth preserve it
for those yet to come.
The love of country
is a splendid thing.
But why should love
stop at the border?
The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.
If voting chaged anyting, they'd make it illegal.
--Emma Goldman 1869-1940
I vote, but I realize it's the least important think I do.
--Sam Day, 1926-2001
A lot of people are waiting for Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi to come back -- but they are gone. We are it. It is up to us. It is up to you.
--Marian Wright Edelman
People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid.
Just living is not enough, one must have freedom, sunshine, and a little flower.
--Hans Christian Anderson
You can not parcel out freedom in pieces, because freedom is all or nothing.
The more we sweat in peace, the less we bleed in war.
--Madame Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
I'm a universal patriot ... My country is the World.
To work with what one has and at the same time for what one hopes to have -- this is the guiding principle of political progress.
--Ralph Barton Perry, One World in the Making
The state has become too big for the small things and too small for the big things. The small things call for delegation downwards to the local level … The big things call for delegation upwards, for coordination between national policies, or for transnational institutions.
--Paul Streeten, 1992
The world needs a centre, and some confidence that the centre is holding: the United Nations is the only credible candidate.
--External Affairs Committee, House of Commons of Canada
I am a citizen, not of Athens or of Greece, but of the world.
We have it in our power to begin the world over again.
--Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776
Every generation needs a new revolution.
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, make violent revolution inevitable.
--John F. Kennedy
You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy; you must have a democracy to have a revolution.
The SOLUTION to our most vexing energy and environmental problems COMES UP EVERY MORNING.
Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.
It is not because it is difficult that we are afraid to act; it is because we are afraid to act that it is difficult.
Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
-- Old English proverb
“Science is my passion, politics my duty.”
-- Thomas Jefferson
"Behind the short-sighted governments that divide and mismanage human affairs, a real force for world unity and order exists and grows.”
--H. G. Wells in A Short History of the World, 1943