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Quotes of the Day for 17 May 2004 – Separate

It was on this day in 1954 that the US Supreme Court handed down their ruling in Brown v. Topeka Board of Education. It was a rare event as the court directly reversed the 1896 Plessey v. Ferguson decision in which it had been ruled that 'separate but equal' was an allowable way to teach black and white children. Essentially, the court noticed that separate isn't equal.

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The quotes:

The distinctions separating the social classes are false; in the last analysis they rest on force.
     - Albert Einstein, 1879 - 1955

If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of their own heart?
     - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago

Heat cannot be separated from fire, or beauty from The Eternal.
     - Dante Alighieri, 1265 - 1321

There is just enough room in the world for all the people in it, but there is no room for the fences which separate them.
     - Father Taylor

The best things and best people rise out of their separateness; I'm against a homogenized society because I want the cream to rise.
     - Robert Frost, 1874 - 1963

What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous.
     - Thomas Merton, 1915 - 1968


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