"I always tell the truth. Even when I lie."
"No one I have ever heard of has ever died in the middle of writing a poem, just as birds never die in mid-flight."
"What we call chaos are patterns we haven't recognized. What we can’t understand we call nonsense. What we call random are just patterns we can’t decipher. What we can’t decipher we call gibberish."
"The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection."
"An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot."
"Give me liberty, or give me death."
"In the early ages of the world, according to the scripture chronology, there were no kings; the consequence of which was there were no wars; it is the pride of kings which throws mankind into confusion."
"Common sense will tell us, that the power which hath endeavored to subdue us, is of all others, the most improper to defend us."
"It is not in numbers, but in unity, that our great strength lies; yet our present numbers are sufficient to repel the force of all the world."
"Let us go forth with fear and courage and rage to save the world."
"Waves, once they land on the beach, are not reversible."
"I remember talking with a friend who has worked for many years at the catholic worker, a ministry to the poor in New York City. Daily she tries to respond to waves of human misery that are as ceaseless as surf in that community. Out of my deep not-knowing, I asked her how she could keep doing a work that never showed any results, work in which the problem keep getting worse instead of better. I will never forget her enigmatic answer. "The thing you don't understand, Parker, is that just because something is impossible doesn't mean you shouldn't do it.""