-Martin Luther King Jr(more…)
919 – Benét’s Prayer for The Common Man
“God of the free, we pledge our hearts and lives today to the cause of all free mankind.
Grant us victory over the tyrants who would enslave all free men and nations. Grant us faith and understanding to cherish all those who fight for freedom as if they were our brothers. Grant us brotherhood in hope and union, not only for the space of this bitter war, but for the days to come which shall and must unite all the children of earth.
Our earth is but a small star in the great universe. Yet of it we can make, if we choose, a planet unvexed by war, untroubled by hunger or fear, undivided by senseless distinctions of race, color or theory. Grant us that courage and foreseeing to begin this task today that our children and our children’s children may be proud of the name of man.
The spirit of man has awakened and the soul of man has gone forth. Grant us the wisdom and the vision to comprehend the greatness of man’s spirit, that suffers and endures so hugely for a goal beyond his own brief span. Grant us honor for our dead who died in the faith, honor for our living who work and strive for the faith, redemption and security for all captive lands and peoples. Grant us patience with the deluded and pity for the betrayed. And grant us the skill and valor that shall cleanse the world of oppression and the old base doctrine that the strong must eat the weak because they are strong.
Yet most of all grant us brotherhood, not only for this day but for all our years — a brotherhood not of words but of acts and deeds. We are all of us children of earth — grant us that simple knowledge. If our brothers are oppressed, then we are oppressed. If they hunger, we hunger. If their freedom is taken away, our freedom is not secure. Grant us a common faith that man shall know bread and peace — that he shall know justice and righteousness, freedom and security, an equal opportunity and an equal chance to do his best, not only in our own lands, but throughout the world. And in that faith let us march toward the clean world our hands can make.
-Stephen Vincent Benét(more…)
861 – “The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.”
832 – “We must keep our faith in the Republic. The day we stop believing democracy can work is the day we lose it.”
–Jamillia, Queen of Naboo (Played by Ayesha Dharker) in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
May the Force be with you. Always. Happy Star Wars Day!
539 – “Airports see more sincere kisses than wedding halls. The walls of hospitals have heard more prayers than the walls of churches.”
505 – “A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.”
311 – “In this land of ‘milk and honey,’ the ‘almighty dollar’ rules supreme and is being upheld by the faithful troops who move without question in the name of ‘law and order.’ Only in this garden of hypocrisy and inequality can a murderer not be considered a murderer—only here can innocent people be charged with a crime and be taken to court with the confessed criminal testifying against them. Incredible?”
297 – “Each time you open a book and read it, a tree smilies knowing there’s life after death.”
196 – “Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid.”
91 – “What if your blessing come through raindrops? What if your healing comes through tears? What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know you’re near?”
– Laura Story