A great change is at hand, and our task, our obligation, is to make that revolution, that change, peaceful and constructive for all. Those who do nothing are inviting shame as well as violence.
The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were and ask, why not?
History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.'
John F. Kennedy
'Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don't learn anything.
Cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say no. But saying yes begins things.'
'All successful revolutions are the kicking in of a rotten door.'
John Kenneth Galbraith
'This generation has a rendezvous with destiny.'
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
For good or ill, after a long period of abuse and a testing of the extremities of power and the people's willingness to accept them, the only inevitability is change. Always.
History is not a given, it is not given to us. It is what we are, what we have been given, and what we make of it.