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Quotes of the Day for 23 October 2002 – Equality

It was on this day in 1945 that Branch Rickey, manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, signed Jackie Robinson to play for the AAA Montreal Royals, the first black player to sign with a major-league baseball team.

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The quotes:

No race can prosper till it learns there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.
     - Booker T. Washington

The idea of racial inferiority or superiority is foreign to me. I can't feel inferior or superior to another man because of race, or in any way antagonistic to him. I judge by the individual, not by his race, and have always done so. I would rather have one of my children marry into a good family of any race than into a bad family of any other race.
     - Charles Lindbergh, 1902 - 1974

Only now did I become throughly acquainted with the seducer of our people. It is not the inequality which is the real misfortune, it is the dependance.
     - François Marie Arouet (Voltaire), 1694 - 1778

The doctrine of human equality reposes on this: that there is no man really clever who has not found that he is stupid.
     - Gilbert Keith Chesterton, 1874 - 1936

An earthquake achieves what the law promises but does not in practice maintain - the equality of all men.
     - Ignazio Silone


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