These are quotes by figures who have influenced me that I feel best express my convictions about politics, society, and humanity.
You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who mistreat you and persecute you. - Yeshua of Nazareth
Violence never really deals with the basic evil of the situation. Violence may murder the murderer, but it doesn’t murder murder. Violence may murder the liar, but it doesn’t murder lie; it doesn’t establish truth. Violence may even murder the dishonest man, but it doesn’t murder dishonesty. Violence may go to the point of murdering the hater, but it doesn’t murder hate. It may increase hate. It is always a descending spiral leading nowhere. This is the ultimate weakness of violence: It multiplies evil and violence in the universe. It doesn’t solve any problems. - Martin Luther King Jr.
Value your freedom or you will lose it, teaches history. 'Don't bother us with politics', respond those who don't want to learn. - Richard Stallman
Proprietary software is an injustice. - Richard Stallman
Talk is cheap. Show me the code. - Linus Torvalds
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. - Leo Tolstoy
You are insignificant in the big picture, so focus on serving your own community and those around you. Else you may trap yourself in irreconcilable discontentment. - Josias
Days have the potential to be long and eventful. We shouldn't spend our time on frivilous activities when we could spend time learning, working, and enjoying the world around us. Life is too short for addictions and compulsions.