There may be moments in life when we are so unformed that we need to use values, like an exoskeleton, to keep us from collapsing.

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When an entire society believes something is impossible, it suppresses, by its very way of life, the evidence that would contradict that belief.

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To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.

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It's the action, not the fruit of the action, that's important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there'll be any fruit. But that doesn't mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.

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The point is that while idealism is fine and essential — you have to dream of a better world — it’s not a virtue unless it goes along with hardheaded realism about the means that might achieve your ends.

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My activism has to do with my conscience; I cannot let certain things slide without doing something. My public speaking is part of an art form that is cultural.

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Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.

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We must believe before we can doubt, and doubt before we can deny. And … we all do begin by believing what we are told.

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There is no such thing as objectivity; our biases operate on all levels at all times.

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We must have ideals and try to live up to them, even if we never quite succeed. Life would be a sorry business without them. With them it’s grand and great.

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The world is a better place to live in because it contains human beings who will give up ease and security and stake their own lives in order to do what they themselves think worth doing. They help to offset the much larger numbers who are ready to sacrifice the ease and the security and the very lives of others in order to do what they want done.

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Many people fear nothing more terribly than to take a position which stands out sharply and clearly from the prevailing opinion. The tendency of most is to adopt a view that is so ambiguous that it will include everything and so popular that it will include everybody.

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It’s not just about hope and ideas. It’s about action.

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Without minute neatness of execution, the sublime cannot exist! Grandeur of ideas is founded on precision of ideas.

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Believe you can and you're halfway there.

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