The first thing I look at each morning is a picture of Albert Einstein I keep on my the table right beside my bed. The personal inscription reads: “A person first starts to live when he can live outside of himself.” In other words, when he can have as much regard for his fellow man as he does for himself. I believe we are here to do good. It is the responsibility of every human being to aspire to do something worthwhile, to make this world a better place than the one he found. Life is a gift, and if we agree to accept it, we must contribute in return. When we fail to contribute, we fail to adequately answer why we are here.
Armand Hammer, industrialist, physician and self-made diplomat, was chairman of Occidental Petroleum
Money and women. The reasons for making most mistakes in life. Looks like you’ve mixed up both.
Police Inspector - Slumdog Millionaire
If anybody thinks he or she knows why we’re here, more power to him or her. I myself don’t know the answer to the mystery of creation. I never accepted the idea that everybody’s going to go to heaven. It seems to me like a fairy tale, invented because people found it hard to contemplate death. It is a great comfort for some people and that’s fine.
I often think we’re like perennials that bloom. They’re wonderful, they die, they come back the next year. We’re part of a generation; it blooms, it dies, it’s replaced by the next generation - and I find that very, very strengthening. We are part of a whole: plants, animals and humans, each dependent on the others. I believe we as humans have the great challenge of living in harmony with the planet and all its parts. If we achieve that harmony we will have lived up to our fullest potential.
Molly Yard, feminist activist, is the president of the National Organization for Women
I have my belief, and in all its simplicity that is the most powerful thing.
Bobby Sands - Hunger
Life is possessed by everybody from the garden worm up. It exists because the creator of this universe wanted it to exist. He designed it so it would perpetuate itself. The human being was given a mind, the ability to express himself, and has become very, very elevated. But he’s also been aggressive. Passions, greed and irrationality, said Edmund Burke, have to be brought under control. If not, there will be a deterioration in society. The aggressiveness that human beings possess is basically essential to the progress we’ve made, but this aggressiveness has manifested itself in a lot of feuding and a lot of unnecessary killing over the years. As we become more civilized there will be fewer wars, but don’t foresee that we will become civilized enough in the near future to dispense with war as a means of settling conflict.
William Westmoreland, retired U.S. Army general, commanded American forces in Vietnam
This is Harvey Milk speaking on Friday November the 18. This is only to be played in the event of my death by assassination. During one of my early campaigns I began to open speeches with a line that became kind of a signature. “My Name is Harvey Milk and I want to recruit you.” If I was speaking to a slightly hostile audience, or a mostly straight one, I might break the tension with a joke. “I know, I’m not what you expected, but I left my high heels at home.” I fully realize that what I stand for, an activist, a gay activist, makes himself a target for someone who is insecure, terrified, afraid and disturbed themselves. Its a very real possibility you see, because in San Francisco, we have broken the dam of a major prejudice in this country.
Harvey Milk - Milk