The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.
Prejudice, not being founded on reason, cannot be removed by argument.
Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t—you’re right.
Melinda and I have focused on poverty and disease globally, and on education in the US. We picked those issues by starting with an idea we learned from our parents: Everyone’s life has equal value. If you begin with that premise, you quickly see where the world acts as though some lives aren’t worth as much as others. That’s where you can make the greatest difference, where every dollar you spend is liable to have the greatest impact.
In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
You don’t have to attend every argument you’re invited to.
News in general doesn’t matter most of the time, and most people would be far better off if they spent their time consuming less news and more ideas that have more lasting import.
Is he a traitor? Yes, absolutely. But so were Washington, Adams, Hamilton, Franklin, and Jefferson, to name a few. If you think being a traitor is always bad, no matter the circumstances or motives, you’re officially too dumb to vote.
The government is not one monolithic thing. It’s a bunch of people, thinking they’re doing their jobs.