Throughout history, leaders, authors, and philosophers have reflected on the results of hatred and intolerance. Their words serve as inspiration for thinking about what you can do to stop hatred and discrimination.
We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.
Maya Angelou (1928-)
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
Edmund Burke (1720-1797)
To know what is right and not to do it is the worst cowardice.
Confucius (552-479 B.C.)
Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit.
Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
How do we create a harmonious society out of so many kinds of people? The key is tolerance, the one value that is indispensable in creating community.
Barbara Jordan (1936-1996)
In the end, we will not remember the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead (1901-1978)
Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
Barack Obama (1961-)
You have enemies? Good! It means you stood up for something at least once in your life.
Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)
The cruelest lies are often told in silence.
Robert Lewis Stevenson (1850-1894)
Take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
Elie Wiesel (1928-)