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“The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that is wrong with the world.”
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“It is very expensive to give bad medical care to poor people in a rich country.”
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“Anywhere you have extreme poverty and no national health insurance, no promise of health care regardless of social standing, that's where you see the sharp limitations of market-based health care. ”
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“WL’s [White Liberals] think all the world’s problems can be fixed without any cost to themselves. We don’t believe that. There’s a lot to be said for sacrifice, remorse, even pity. It’s what separates us from roaches”
Paul Farmer, Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World
“We want to be on the winning team, but at the risk of turning our backs on the losers, no, it is not worth it. So we fight the long defeat.”
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“I've been asked a lot for my view on American health care. Well, 'it would be a good idea,' to quote Gandhi.”
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“There is nothing wrong with underlining personal agency, but there is something unfair about using personal responsibility as a basis for assigning blame while simultaneously denying those who are being blamed the opportunity to exert agency in their lives”
Paul Farmer, Infections and Inequalities: The Modern Plagues
“Statistics or graphs,’” are not optimal to understand the ‘experience of suffering.’” (qtd in Sutton 11)”
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“Haiti was founderd by a righteous revolution in 1804 and became the first black republic. It was the first country to break the chains of slavery, the first to force Emperor Napoleon to retreat, and the only to aid Simón Bolívar in his struggle to liberate the indigenous people and slaves of Latin America from their colonial oppressors.”
Paul Farmer, Haiti After the Earthquake
“I said, "Nég Mawon toujou kanpé!!" —the free man is still standing!! And she replied, powerfully. "Cheri, Nég Mawon p'ap jamn krazé" —my dear, the free man will never be broken.”
Paul Farmer, Haiti After the Earthquake
“If I am hungry, that is a material problem; if someone else is hungry, that is a spiritual problem.”
Paul Farmer, In the Company of the Poor: Conversations with Dr. Paul Farmer and Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez
“It is with this surety that we must stand with Haiti, a country whose spirit and people will never be broken, and work in solidarity toward the future the Haitian people deserve.”
Paul Farmer, Haiti After the Earthquake
“a decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization.”
Paul Farmer, In the Company of the Poor: Conversations with Dr. Paul Farmer and Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez
“with rare exceptions, all of your most important achievements on this planet will come from working with others—or, in a word, partnership.”
Paul Farmer, To Repair the World: Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation
“the basis of our preferential option for the poor to say: I accompany them not because they are all good, or because I am all good, but because God is good.”
Paul Farmer, In the Company of the Poor: Conversations with Dr. Paul Farmer and Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez


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