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“Religion does not require women to veil their hands, feet and faces or enjoin any special type of veil. Tribal custom must not impose itself on the free will of the individual”
King Amanullah Khan, King of Afghanistan from 1919-1929
 
“It (Independence) belongs to all of us and that is why we celebrate it. Do you think, however, that our nation from the outset needs only men to serve it? Women should also take their part as women did in the early years of our nation and Islam. From their examples we must learn that we must all contribute toward the development of our nation and that this cannot be done without being equipped with knowledge. So we should all attempt to acquire as much knowledge as possible, in order that we may render our services to society in the manner of the women of early Islam.”
Queen Soraya of Afghanistan (1919-1929)
 
“We will never allow you to dictate to us how to run our country and whom to employ in Afghanistan. How and where we employ the foreign experts will remain the exclusive prerogative of the Afghan state. Afghanistan shall remain poor, if necessary, but free in its acts and decisions.”
Daoud Khan
 
“A Nation stays alive when its culture is alive “
“Thing’s aren’t complicated, people make them complicated”
Christini Martini McFarlene
 
“Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both”
Benjamin Franklin
 
“There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people for a purpose which is unattainable”
Howard ZInn
 
“If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”
Malcolm X
 
“We are not hated because we practice democracy, value freedom, or uphold human rights. We are hated because our government denies these things to people in Third World countries whose resources are coveted by our multinational corporations. That hatred we have sown has come back to haunt us in the form of terrorism….Instead of sending our sons and daughters around the world to kill Arabs so we can have the oil under their sand, we should send them to rebuild infrastructure, supply clean water, and feed starving children…In short, we should do good instead of evil. Who would try to stop us? Who would hate us? Who would want to bomb us? That is the truth the American people need to hear.”
Robert Bowman
 
“It is a most wicked crime against God and Islam to deny education to women and children.”
The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)
 
“The tragedy of our day is the climate of fear in which we live, and fear breeds repression. Too often sinister threats to the Bill of Rights, to freedom of the mind, are concealed under the patriotic cloak of anti-communism.”
Adlai Stevenson
 
“My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.”
Thomas Paine
 
“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross.”
Sinclair Lewis
 
“If you want to be free, there is but one way; it is to guarantee an equally full measure of liberty to all your neighbors. There is no other.”
Carl Shurz
 
“You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man’s freedom. You can only be free if I am free.” Clarence Darrow
 
“I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever, in religion, in philosophy, in politics or in anything else, where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent. If I could not go to Heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all.”
Thomas Jefferson
 
Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never has and it never will.”
Frederick Douglass
 
“The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities and officials and to establish them as legal principles to be applied by the courts.
One’s right to life, liberty, and property, to free speech, a free press, freedom of worship and assembly, and other fundamental rights may not be submitted to vote; they depend on the outcome of no elections”
Robert Jackson
 
“If you let someone take the rights of some people away it is only a matter of time before they get to you and your ideas and beliefs”
“When I woke up this morning I asked myself: What are some of the secrets of success in life? I found the answer right there in my very room.The Fan said – Be cool. The Roof said – Aim high. The Window said – See the world. The Clock said – Every minute is precious. The Mirror said – Reflect before you act. The Door said – Push hard for your Goals. And don’t forget, the Carpet said – Kneel down & Pray”
 
“Dort wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man auch am Ende Menschen.” “Where they burn books, at the end they also burn people.” Heinrich Heine
 
If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.”
Peace Pilgrim
 
“All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”
Abraham Lincoln
 
“Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such a purpose – and you allow him to make war at pleasure.”
Abraham Lincoln
 
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
Abraham Lincoln
 
“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free…it expects what never was and never will be.”
Thomas Jefferson
 
‎”Never promote men who seek after a state-established religion; it is spiritual tyranny–the worst of despotism.”
John Leland
 
“If each man or woman could understand that every other human life is as full of sorrows, or joys, or base temptations, of heartaches and of remorse as his own how much kinder, how much gentler he would be.”
William Allen White
 
“If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.”
James Madison
 
“We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization”
Franklin D. Roosevelt
 
“I believe in only one thing: liberty; but I do not believe in liberty enough to want to force it upon anyone.”
H. L. Mencken
 
“I ain’t got no quarrel with the Vietcong. No Vietcong ever called me Nigger.”
Muhammad Ali
 
“However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?”
Gautama Siddharta Buddha
 
“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”
Gautama Siddharta Buddha
 
“I have no doubt that we will be successful in harnessing the sun’s energy… If sunbeams were weapons of war, we would have had solar energy centuries ago.”
Sir George Porter
 
“The (true) servants of (God) the Most Gracious are those who walk on the earth in humility, and when the ignorant address them, reply with (words of) peace.”
The Quran
 
“I tried to find Him on the Christian cross, but He was not there; I went to the Temple of the Hindus and to the old pagoda, but I could not find a trace of Him anywhere.
I searched the mountains and the valleys but neither in the heights nor in the depths was I able to find Him. I went to the Kaaba in Mecca, but He was… not there either.
I questioned the scholars and philosophers, but He was beyond their understanding.
I then looked into my heart and it was there where He dwelled that I saw him; He was nowhere else to be found.”
Rumi
 
“Oppression by it’s very nature creates the power that crushes it”
“Read, every day, something no one else is reading.Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity.”
Christopher Morley
 
“My Religion is simple; My Religion is kindness.”
Dalai Lama
 
“I lived in the West, I saw Islam; but I never saw any Muslims. I lived in the East, I saw the Muslims; but I never saw Islam.” Jamal–al–Din Afghani
 
“It is only when a society shares caring values that its people can feel secure.”
Michael Lerner
 
“The most violent element in society is ignorance.”
Emma Goldman
 
“The most unpardonable sin in society is independence of thought.”
Emma Goldman
 
“Only the educated are free”
Epictetus
 
“What Malcolm X said when he got silenced by Elijah Mohammed was in fact true, America’s chickens…are coming home to roost. We took this country by terror, away from the Sioux, the Apache, the Arowak, the Comanche, the Arapahoe, the Navajo. Terrorism. We took Africans from their country to build our way of ease and kept them enslaved and living in fear. Terrorism. We bombed Granada and killed innocent civilians, babies, non-military personnel. We bombed the black civilian community of Panama with stealth bombers and killed unarmed teenagers and toddlers, pregnant mothers, and hardworking fathers. We bombed Qaddafi’s home and killed his child. Blessed are they who bash your children’s head against a rock. We bombed Iraq. We killed unarmed civilians trying to make a living. We bombed a plant in Sudan to payback for the attack on our embassy, killed hundreds of hardworking people, mothers and fathers who left home to go that day not knowing that they would never get back home. We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon and we never batted an eye. Kids playing in the playground, mothers picking up children from school, civilians, not soldiers, people just trying to make it day by day.We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and Black South Africans and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards. America’s chickens are coming home to roost.Violence begets violence. Hatred begets hatred. And terrorism begets terrorism”
Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Jr.
 
“Those who know the least, obey the best.”
George Farquhar
 
“The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.”
Socrates
 
“My mind is my own church”
Thomas Paine
 
“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”
JFK
 
“Egypt did for itself in 3 weeks what the US could not do for Iraq and Afghanistan in nearly 10 years. Peace, not war, overcomes terror.”
Zahra Billoo
 
“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.”
Martin Niemöller
 
“Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams – they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do – they all contain truths.”
Muhammad Ali
 
“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”
Mother Teresa
 
“Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.”
Seneca
 
‎”Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams – they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do – they all contain truths.”
Muhammad Ali
 
“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones. I am not afraid.”
Marcus Aurelius
 
“All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.”
Thomas Paine
 
“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.”
Galileo
 
“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of Stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction. “
Strength To Love
Martin Luther King, Jr
 
“The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.”
Benjamin Franklin
 
“The church says the earth is flat, but I know that it is round, for I have seen the shadow on the moon, and I have more faith in a shadow than in the church.”
Ferdinand Magellan
 
“Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”
Mark Twain
 
“I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.”
Susan B. Anthony
 
“A man’s ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties and needs; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.”
Albert Einstein
 
“The will of the people… is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object.”
Thomas Jefferson
 
“I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.”
Stephen Roberts
 
“I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample under foot.” Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899)
“When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why are they poor, they call me a Communist.”
Hélder Câmara