Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if Labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.

–Abraham Lincoln (1861 State of the Union address)

Torture is not particularly complicated or mysterious. A tool of the crudest kind of coercion, it crops up with great predictability whenever a local despot or a foreign occupier lacks the consent needed to rule…. The widespread abuse of prisoners is a virtually foolproof indication that politicians are trying to impose a system … that is rejected by large numbers of the people they are ruling.

–Naomi Klein

Curiosity endows the people who have it with a generosity in argument and a serenity in their own mode of life which springs from their cheerful willingness to let life take the form it will.

–Alistair Cooke