Linus Pauling, American scientist
Antoine de Saint Exupéry, French writer and aviator
"I take it as a personal affront to our warriors. To say that other countries' soldiers are professional enough to handle this and American soldiers aren't is really a slap in the face."
U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Pa., an Iraq War veteran who is championing the lifting of the U.S. military gay ban, as quoted by The Associated Press on Yahoo!
"Companies need to be on the lookout for existential threats; to embrace them instead of trying to suppress them."
Adam Werbach, CEO of Saatchi and Saatchi S, writing in HarvardBusiness.org's Conversation Starter blog
"No one who has seen the procession through this courtroom of hurt human beings reliving the most grotesque trauma would have been unmoved. We are human too, even while we declare this accused man to be not guilty of the charges he faces.""
Charles Taylor defense attorney Courtenay Griffiths. Read the full story.
UN Dispatch: It's encouraging to see that John Holmes, the UN's humanitarian coordinator, understands one of the most fundamental principles of dealing with situations of mass displacement: that returns must be voluntary. If returns are forced, it means that people don't yet feel safe returning to their homes, and the resettlement can effectively act as renewed displacement.
Eleanor Roosevelt, former U.S. first lady
"Massachusetts has a single category of married persons, and we view all married persons equally and identically. [The federal Defense of Marriage Act] divides that category into two distinct and unequal classes of marriage."
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, as quoted by CNN
"The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves."
Helen Keller, deaf and blind author, activist
"The traditional operating system is becoming less and less important. It's not going to go away, but it is going to shrink."
Paul Maritz, chief executive of VMware and a former Microsoft executive, as quoted by The New York Times' Bits blog