In a world filled with hate, we must still dare to hope. In a world
filled with anger, we must still dare to comfort. In a world filled with
despair, we must still dare to dream. And in a world filled with
distrust, we must still dare to believe.
In a world full of audio visual marvels, may words matter to you and be
full of magic. (In a letter to his new grandchild, published in his
Sunday Times column (July 5, 1987))
In a world so redolent with wonder, how can we allow ourselves to
conduct our daily lives with so little insight, such absence of dignity?
In a world that daily disconnects further from truth, more and more
people accept the virtual in place of the real, and all things virtual
are also malleable.
In a world that is constantly changing, there is no one subject or set
of subjects that will serve you for the foreseeable future, let alone
for the rest of your life. The most important skill to acquire now is
learning how to learn.
In a world that operates largely at random, coincidences are to be
expected, but any one of them must always be mistrusted.
In a world we find terrifying, we ratify that which doesn't threaten us.
In a world where everything is ridiculous, nothing can be ridiculed. You
cannot unmask a mask.
In a world where we are forced to conform to society, it is necessary to
have personal chaos.
A person who thinks all the time has nothing to think about except
thoughts. So he loses touch with reality, and lives in a world of
A sense of humor is a measurement of the extent to which we realize that
we are trapped in a world almost totally devoid of reason. Laughter is
how we express the anxiety we feel at this knowledge.
As honest as you can expect a man to be in a world where it's going out
At the core, the American citizen soldiers knew the difference between
right and wrong, and they didn't want to live in a world in which wrong
prevailed. So they fought, and won, and we all of us, living and yet to
be born, must be forever profoundly grateful.
Every day I am asked to be a magician in a world where magic doesn't
exist. (posting on postsecret.blogspot.com)
Here we are living in a world of 'identity crises,' and most of us have
no idea what an identity is.
Humor in a world of waning beliefs remains like Hope still left at the
bottom of Pandora's box when all the evils of the Gods flew out from it
upon the world.
Hunger is inexcusable in a world where grain rots in silos and butter
turns rancid while being held for favorable commodity indices.
I believe that one of the great problems for us as individuals is the
depression and the tension resulting from existence in a world which is
increasingly less pleasing to the eye.
-Lady Bird Johnson
I don't know what more to say. I mean, we're all going to die in a world
that is worse than when we entered it.
I went to a doctor and told him I felt normal on acid, that I was a
light bulb in a world of moths. That is what the manic state is like.
I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery
than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it.
-Harry Emerson Fosdick
In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future.
The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no
Living in a world that worships swiftness and success no longer means
living in a world of new things. Rather it means living in a world of
old things; of things that very swiftly grow old.
Man lives in a world of meaning.
-George Herbert Mead
Man lives in a world of surmise, of mystery, of uncertainties.
Melancholy is at the bottom of everything, just as at the end of all
rivers is the sea. Can it be otherwise in a world where nothing lasts,
where all that we have loved or shall love must die? Is death, then, the
secret of life?
-Henri Frédéric Amiel
No one can estimate the power of authority among poor and uneducated
people in a world whose problems confuse even the wisest.
Nothing too long imagined can be perfect in a worldly way.
Of what use is a titanic intellect in a world full of icebergs?
Possibly the only dismaying aspect of excellence is that it makes living
in a world of mediocrity an ongoing prospect of a living Hell.
Religion. It's given people hope in a world torn apart by religion. If
America leads a blessed life, then why did God put all of our oil under
people who hate us?
Short of changing human nature, therefore, the only way to achieve a
practical, livable peace in a world of competing nations is to take the
profit out of war.
-Richard M. Nixon
The genius of the Constitution rests not in any static meaning it might
have had in a world that is dead and gone, but in the adaptability of
its great principles to cope with current problems and current needs.
-William J. Brennan, Jr.
The rule of law in place of force, always basic to my thinking, now
takes on a new relevance in a world where, if war is to go, only law can
-Roger Nash Baldwin
To be nobody but yourself in a world that's doing its best to make you
somebody else, is to fight the hardest battle you are ever going to
fight. Never stop fighting.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you
something else is the greatest accomplishment.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Tolerance, good temper and sympathy are no longer enough in a world
where ignorance rules, and Science, which ought to have ruled, plays the
Unilateral tolerance in a world of intolerance is like unilateral
disarmament in a world of armed camps: it regards hope as a better basis
for policy than reality.
We cannot play innocents abroad in a world that is not innocent.
We have to abandon the idea that schooling is something restricted to
youth. How can it be, in a world where half the things a man knows at 20
are no longer true at 40- and half the things he knows at 40 hadn't been
discovered when he was 20?
-Arthur C. Clarke
We live in a world in which politics has replaced philosophy.
-Martin L. Gross
We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It's easy
to say 'It's not my child, not my community, not my world, not my
problem.' Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider
those people my heroes.
We live in a world where emissions from our refrigerators have caused
the ozone layer to evaporate and we'll get skin cancer if we sunbathe.
If that's not a science fiction scenario, I don't know what is.
We live in a world where joy and empathy and pleasure are all around us,
there for the noticing.
We live in a world which respects power above all things. Power,
intelligently directed, can lead to more freedom. Unwisely directed, it
can be a dreadful, destructive force.
-Mary McLeod Bethune
We're living in a world where Google beats Gallup.
Why should we tolerate a diet of weak poisons, a home in insipid
surroundings, a circle of acquaintances who are not quite our enemies,
the noise of motors with just enough relief to prevent insanity? Who
would want to live in a world which is just not quite fatal?
You have no choice but to operate in a world shaped by globalization and
the information revolution. There are two options: adapt or die.