Sunday, May 31, 2009

Thoughts for the day

It was shortly after that episode that [Justice Charles Evans] Hughes made a statement to me which at the time was shattering but which over the years turned out to be true: "Justice Douglas, you must remember one thing. At the constitutional level where we work, ninety percent of any decision is emotional. The rational part of us supplies the reason for supporting our predilections. Source: William O. Douglas. The Court Years, 1939-1975

All men are equal but only as long as those who have do not have to sacrifice anything to those who have not. Raja Shehadeh, The Sealed Room: Selections from the Diary of a Palestinian Living Under Israeli Occupation

Life's most urgent question is: what are you doing for others?

Martin Luther King, Jr., civil-rights leader (1929-1968)