"The Briefcase"; Rebecca Makkai

History was safer than the news, because there was no question of how it would end.

If the sun so willingly leaves us, each morning it returns is a stay of execution, an undeserved gift.

I run by standing still.

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Gandhi

I cannot intentionally hurt any thing that lives, much less fellow-human being even though they may do the greatest wrong to me and mine.

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Martin Luther King Jr.

We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.

Such an attitude stems from a tragic misconception of time, from the strangely irrational notion that time will inevitably cure all ills.

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T. S. Elliot

The last temptation is the greatest treason: To do the right deed for the wrong reason.

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"Musee des Beaux Arts"; W. H. Auden

About suffering they were never wrong...Its human position; how it takes place while someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along.