Friday, March 25, 2005

7 days and counting

Someone somewhere once compared hope to a bird that sings to the dawn while it is still dark. Maybe the human emotion of hope is more based on expectation and trust than we imagine, but truly at it's best it is who we are, all of us together in a common human struggle find the courage and the capacity within us to hope, even if just a little, and even in the bleakest of times.

For a second time, Judge Whittemore has ruled against Bob and Mary Schindler. This seems to be the end of the last hope for Terri Schiavo. Whittemore acknowledged that there existed a larger emotional rhetoric that he was unable to consider in the courts judgement. He further acknowledged and praised the lawyers' civility, saying it was "a credit to their professionalism - and to Terri."

There are many thoughts right now to express but instead I will leave you to enjoy some quotes from my collection that span the wisdom of the ages.

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor."
- Archbishop Desmond Tutu

"Our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."
- Confucious

"To the world you might be one person, but to one person you might be the world."
- Anonymous

"Justice will only be achieved when those who are not injured by crime feel as indignant as those who are."
- King Solomon, 635-577 BC

"The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it."
- Albert Einstein

"It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal."
- Martin Luther King Jr.

"Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves."
- Abraham Lincoln

"Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience."
- George Washington

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