"Intolerance: a veil worn to disguise fear and ignorance."
- Binda Fraser
"Racism is a learned affliction and anything that is learned can be unlearned"
- Jane Elliott
"The mind of the bigot is like the pupil of the eye; the more light you pour upon it, the more it will contract."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes
"Hate is like a cancer. It doesn't matter if you have a little cancer or a lot of cancer - it's still cancer!"
"As long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might."
- Marian Anderson (1897-1993)
"Prejudices are what fools use for reason."
- Voltaire
"The less secure a man is, the more likely he is to have extreme prejudice."
- Clint Eastwood
"I have fought too long and hard against discrimination based on race and color, and I'm not about to stand by and not fight against discrimination based on sexual orientation. I want to create a national beloved community where we can enhance the dignity of all humankind."
- John Lewis, Congressman and Civil Rights pioneer
"I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant nor Jewish - where no public official either requests or accepts instructions from the pope, The National Council of Churches or any other ecclesiastical source - where no religious body seeks to impose its will directly or indirectly upon the general populace or the public acts of its officials - and where religious liberty is so indivisible that an act against one church is treated as an act against all."
- President John Fitzgerald Kennedy
"Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly and most underrated agent of human change. Kindness that catches us by surprise brings out the best in our natures."
- Senator Bob Kerrey
"We cannot change what happened anymore. The only thing we can do is to learn from the past and to realize what discrimination and persecution of innocent people means. I believe that it's everyone's responsibility to fight prejudice."
- Otto Frank (father of Anne Frank)
"When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others."
- Mildred Norman, The Peace Pilgrim
"I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented."
- Elie Wiesel