"I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark burn out in a brilliant blaze than it be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet." - Jack London
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not darkness that frightens us. We ask ourselves - Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?" - Nelson Mandela's inaugural address.
"I know that the regime will try to supress The Truth by all possible means; I know that there will be conspiracy to bury me in oblivion. But my voice will not be stifled - It will rise from my breast even when I feel Most alone, and my heart will give it all The fire that callous cowards deny it... Condemn me. It does not matter. History will absolve me." - Fidel Castro, 1953
“I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, and to be compassionate. It is, above all to matter to count to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all.” - Leo Rosten.
"We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of the dream. Wandering by lone sea breakers, and sitting by desolate streams. World losers and world for sakers, for whom the pale moon gleams. Yet we are movers and the shakers of the world forever it seems." - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaughnessy