Cowardice asks the question: Is it safe?
Expediency asks the question: Is it politic?
Vanity asks the question: Is it popular?
But conscience asks the question: Is it right?
And there comes a time one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular – but one must take it simply because it is right.
Martin Luther King
Gandhi’s 7 deadly sins:
- politics without principle
- pleasure without conscience
- wealth without work
- knowledge without character
- commerce without morality
- science without humanity ….. and finally
- worship without sacrifice
Imagine how much better the world would be if we turned our backs on these sins?
And Nelson Mandela’s view on freedom and responsibility:
I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made mistakes along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista which surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger for my long walk is not ended.
Words of wisdom from 3 great 20th Century leaders