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  • #1
    Augustine of Hippo
    “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”
    Augustine of Hippo

  • #2
    Lao Tzu
    “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
    Lao Tzu

  • #3
    Lao Tzu
    “A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.”
    Lao Tzu

  • #4
    Mark Twain
    “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”
    Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad/Roughing It

  • #5
    Robert Louis Stevenson
    “I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.”
    Robert Louis Stevenson, Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes

  • #6
    Mary Anne Radmacher
    “I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.”
    Mary Anne Radmacher

  • #7
    Hans Christian Andersen
    “To travel is to live.”
    Hans Christian Andersen, The Fairy Tale of My Life: An Autobiography

  • #8
    Gustave Flaubert
    “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”
    Gustave Flaubert

  • #9
    Anderson Cooper
    “The farther you go, however, the harder it is to return. The world has many edges, and it's easy to fall off.”
    Anderson Cooper

  • #10
    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    “I think you travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there.”
    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

  • #11
    Robert Louis Stevenson
    “There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.”
    Robert Louis Stevenson, The Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson, Fiction, Historical, Literary

  • #12
    James A. Michener
    “If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion, and avoid the people, you might better stay home.”
    James A. Michener

  • #13
    I read; I travel; I become
    “I read; I travel; I become”
    Derek Walcott

  • #14
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “to travel is worth any cost or sacrifice.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

  • #15
    Gustave Flaubert
    “It is always sad to leave a place to which one knows one will never return. Such are the melancolies du voyage: perhaps they are one of the most rewarding things about traveling.”
    Gustave Flaubert, Flaubert in Egypt: A Sensibility on Tour

  • #16
    Frederick Douglass
    “Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.”
    Frederick Douglass

  • #17
    William Wilberforce
    “You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.”
    William Wilberforce

  • #18
    Booker T. Washington
    “You can't hold a man down without staying down with him.”
    Booker T. Washington

  • #19
    Somaly Mam
    “I strongly believe that love is the answer and that it can mend even the deepest unseen wounds. Love can heal, love can console, love can strengthen, and yes, love can make change.”
    Somaly Mam, The Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine

  • #20
    Abraham Lincoln
    “As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.”
    Abraham Lincoln

  • #21
    Patrick Henry
    “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”
    Patrick Henry

  • #22
    Theodore Parker
    “I do not pretend to understand the moral universe; the arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways; I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by the experience of sight, I can divine it by conscience. And from what I see I am sure it bends towards justice.”
    Theodore Parker, The present aspect of slavery in America and the immediate duty of the North: a speech delivered in the hall of the State house, before the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Convention, on Friday night, January 29, 1858

  • #23
    Alex Haley
    “The first time he had taken the massa to one of these "high-falutin' to-dos," as Bell called them, Kunta had been all but overwhelmed by conflicting emotions: awe, indignation, envy, contempt, fascination, revulsion—but most of all a deep loneliness and melancholy from which it took him almost a week to recover. He couldn't believe that such incredible wealth actually existed, that people really lived that way. It took him a long time, and a great many more parties, to realize that they didn't live that way, that it was all strangely unreal, a kind of beautiful dream the white folks were having, a lie they were telling themselves: that goodness can come from badness, that it's possible to be civilized with one another without treating as human beings those whose blood, sweat, and mother's milk made possible the life of privilege they led.”
    Alex Haley, Roots: The Saga of an American Family

  • #24
    Nicholas D. Kristof
    “In the nineteenth century, the central moral challenge was slavery. In the twentieth century, it was the battle against totalitarianism. We believe that in this century the paramount moral challenge will be the struggle for gender equality around the world.”
    Nicholas D. Kristof, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

  • #25
    Elie Wiesel
    “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”
    Elie Wiesel

  • #26
    Timothy J. Keller
    “Older forms of indentured servanthood and the bond-service of biblical times had often been harsh, but Christian abolitionists concluded that race-based, life-long chattel slavery, established through kidnapping, could not be squared with biblical teaching either in the Old Testament or the New.”
    Timothy J. Keller, The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism

  • #27
    bell hooks
    “Dominator culture teaches all of us that the core of our identity is defined by the will to dominate and control others. We are taught that this will to dominate is more biologically hardwired in males than in females. In actuality, dominator culture teaches us that we are all natural-born killers but that males are more able to realize the predator role. In the dominator model the pursuit of external power, the ability to manipulate and control others, is what matters most. When culture is based on a dominator model, not only will it be violent but it will frame all relationships as power struggles.”
    bell hooks

  • #28
    Mahatma Gandhi
    “Let the first act of every morning be to make the following resolve for the day:

    - I shall not fear anyone on Earth.
    - I shall fear only God.
    - I shall not bear ill will toward anyone.
    - I shall not submit to injustice from anyone.
    - I shall conquer untruth by truth. And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering.”
    Mahatma Gandhi

  • #29
    Benjamin Franklin
    “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.”
    Benjamin Franklin

  • #30
    Robert F. Kennedy
    “Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
    Robert F. Kennedy



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