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Sunday, November 02, 2008

Words of Talk

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today."
Martin Luther King, Jr., delivering his "I Have a Dream" speech at the 1963 March on Washington, USA, for Jobs and Freedom.

"I really don't care what [US presidential candidate Barack] Obama says because I don't want someone with a Muslim background running our country. He'll be letting [the terrorists] all come over here and he'll be buddy buddy with them all. We'll be giving them nuclear arms. Next thing you know they'll be attacking us again."
A Texan woman's response when asked about the 2008 US Presidential race by the BBC's Newsbeat.

Religions always come into cultures, they don't come into abstract and pure spaces. Islam came into a very patriarchal, tribal and misogynistic culture. One of the deepest damages to Islam has been its reduction to "Arabisation".
Pakistani author Asma Barlas on fighting for Muslim women's rights.

"Curiosity did not kill this cat."
Pulitzer Prize winner Studs Terkel on his drive to chronicle history through the eyes of everyday Americans.

"My Lord, I had forgot the fart."
Queen Elizabeth I to Edward de Vere, the Earl of Oxford who had farted loudly as he had bowed to her seven years earlier.

"Hiking in British districts, I picnic in virgin firths, grinning in mirth with misfit whims, smiling if I find birch twigs, smirking if I find mint sprigs."
Excerpt from Canadian poet Christian Bok's book of fiction Eunoia (Chapter I), in which each chapter uses only one vowel. "Eunoia" is the shortest word in English containing all five vowels and it means "beautiful thinking".

"It is sometimes when you are on the road, that some of your best ideas come, that allow you a new perspective on your life."
Writer and philosopher Alain de Botton on the magic of the long car journey.

"We are so scared about talking about death that we are letting people die in silence. It is good to talk publicly."
Academy Award winning Spanish actor Javier Bardem on the issue of the right to die or "euthanasia" (which means "easeful death").

"Find the truth. Then live or die by it."
Ali Yildirim on the truth in general (Read more quotes)

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