Inspiring Quotes

“Cowardice asks the question, ‘Is it safe?’

Expediency asks the question, ‘Is it politic?’

Vanity asks the question, ‘Is it popular?’

But, conscience asks the question, ‘Is it right?’

And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because one’s conscience tells one that it is right.”

— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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1 BIG SOUL

Tom Joad:  I been thinking about us, too, about our people living like pigs and good rich land layin’ fallow. Or maybe one guy with a million acres and a hundred thousand farmers starvin’…  Well, maybe it’s like Casy says. A fellow ain’t got a soul of his own, just little piece of a big soul, the one big soulthat belongs to everybody, then…

Ma Joad:  Then what, Tom?

Tom Joad:  Then it don’t matter. I’ll be all around in the dark – I’ll be everywhere. Wherever you can look – wherever there’s a fight, so hungry people can eat, I’ll be there. Wherever there’s a cop beatin’ up a guy, I’ll be there. I’ll be in the way guys yell when they’re mad. I’ll be in the way kids laugh when they’re hungry and they know supper’s ready, and when the people are eatin’ the stuff they raise and livin’ in the houses they build – I’ll be there, too.

Ma Joad:  I don’t understand it, Tom.

Tom Joad:  Me, neither, Ma, but – just somethin’ I been thinkin’ about.

— The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck


 

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1 Response to Inspiring Quotes

  1. maryw13 says:

    As true today as it was then

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