cannot change the past, but we can change our attitude
toward it. Uproot guilt and plant forgiveness. Tear
out arrogance and seed humility. Exchange love for
hate --- thereby, making the present comfortable and
the future promising."
"We who have been born Buddhist, Hindu, Christian,
Muslim, or any other faith can be very comfortable
in each others temple's, mosques, and churches, praying
or meditating together to create a spiritual mass
of consciousness which can overcome our greed, hatred,
purpose of economic theory is to make those who are comfortable
-- Lord Balogh
think happiness comes from self-acceptance. We all
try different things, and we find some comfortable
sense of who we are. We look at our parents and learn
and grow and move on. We change.
my friends, I am opposed to the system of society
in which we live today, not because I lack the natural
equipment to do for myself but because I am not satisfied
to make myself comfortable knowing that there are
thousands of my fellow men who suffer for the barest
necessities of life. We were taught under the old
ethic that man's business on this earth was to look
out for himself. That was the ethic of the jungle;
the ethic of the wild beast. Take care of yourself,
no matter what may become of your fellow man. Thousands
of years ago the question was asked; ''Am I my brother's
keeper?'' That question has never yet been answered
in a way that is satisfactory to civilized society.
Yes, I am my brother's keeper. I am under a moral
obligation to him that is inspired, not by any maudlin
sentimentality but by the higher duty I owe myself.
What would you think me if I were capable of seating
myself at a table and gorging myself with food and
saw about me the children of my fellow beings starving
V. Debs, 1908
can't comfort the afflicted with afflicting the comfortable.
just need to be a flea against injustice. Enough committed
fleas biting strategically can make even the biggest
dog uncomfortable and transform even the biggest nation.
friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable.
--Dave Tyson Gentry
are risks and costs to a program of action. But they
are far less than the long-range risks and costs of
feel my family's needs are a priority. I'm not comfortable
with the idea of serving the many and ignoring my
man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.
Wilbur burst into tears. "I dont want to die," he
moaned. "I want to stay alive, right here in my comfortable
manure pile with all my friends. I want to breathe
the beautiful air and lie in the beautiful sun."
B. White (Charlotte's Web)
you're at war, you think about a better life;
when you're at peace you think about a more comfortable
-- Thornton Wilder
are two visions of America. One precedes our founding fathers
and finds its roots in the harshness of our puritan past.
It is very suspicious of freedom, uncomfortable with diversity,
hostile to science, unfriendly to reason, contemptuous of
personal autonomy. It sees America as a religious nation.
It views patriotism as allegiance to God. It secretly adores
coercion and conformity. Despite our constitution, despite
the legacy of the Enlightenment, it appeals to millions
of Americans and threatens our freedom. The other vision
finds its roots in the spirit of our founding revolution
and in the leaders of this nation who embraced the age of
reason. It loves freedom, encourages diversity, embraces
science and affirms the dignity and rights of every individual.
It sees America as a moral nation, neither completely religious
nor completely secular. It defines patriotism as love of
country and of the people who make it strong. It defends
all citizens against unjust coercion and irrational conformity.
This second vision is our vision. It is the vision of a
free society. We must be bold enough to proclaim it and
strong enough to defend it against all its enemies.
-- Rabbi Sherwin Wine