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The Sun Magazine

Quotations

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We live in a system that espouses merit, equality, and a level playing field but exalts those with wealth, power, and celebrity, however gained.

Derrick Bell

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As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air — however slight — lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.

William O. Douglas

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True prophets sometimes, false prophets always, have fanatical adherents.

Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

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We live in a fantasy world, a world of illusion. The great task in life is to find reality.

Iris Murdoch

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The [prison] system does everything within its power to sever any physical or emotional links you have to anyone in the outside world. They want your children to grow up without ever knowing you. They want your spouse to forget your face and start a new life. They want you to sit alone, grieving, in a concrete box, unable even to say your last farewell at a parent’s funeral.

Damien Echols

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It’s not enough to be gentle with those who are like us if we can’t find it in ourselves to be kind with those who are less fortunate than we are. The true test of our compassion lies in our ability to have concern for those least like ourselves.

Keith Boykin

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I love America more than any other country in the world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.

James Baldwin

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I’m not against the police; I’m just afraid of them.

Alfred Hitchcock

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Life is just a short walk from the cradle to the grave — and it sure behooves us to be kind to one another along the way.

Alice Childress

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It seemed there was no end at all to the lies a person could tell, once she got started.

Kim Edwards, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter