“Satire is cathartic, cleansing, and essential. It throws a glaring spotlight on social outrages and makes them live on more vividly in collective memory. But it’s rarely transformative. Still, it’s a helluva lot of fun.”
– John Lithgow

“If we don’t focus on saving the environment, there will be no future for anybody.”
– Sophie Zhou, 23, digital marketing agency employee. Based in New York, registered to vote in Atlanta. [NYT]

“Science progresses one funeral at a time.”
– Max Planck

“The vote is precious. It’s almost sacred. It is the most powerful nonviolent tool or instrument that we have in a democratic society. And we must use it.”
– John Lewis, former civil rights leader and congressman

“I will unite with anyone to do right and no one to do wrong.”
– Frederick Douglass

“People pay for what they do, and, still more, for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it very simply: by the lives they lead.”
– James Baldwin


Insults from an era before 4-letter words

“Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease.”
“That depends, sir,” said Disraeli, “whether I embrace your policies or your mistress.”
– A member of Parliament to Disraeli

“He had delusions of adequacy.”
– Walter Kerr

“He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.”
– Winston Churchill

“I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.”
– Clarence Darrow