Any idealist who tries to join the Peace Corps must realize he is not going to change the world overnight.
A line has to be drawn somewhere between what is essential and what is peripheral.
As far as I was concerned, the Depression was an ill wind that blew some good. If it hadn't occurred, my parents would have given me my college education. As it was, I had to scrabble for it.
The Peace Corps is guilty of enthusiasm and a crusading spirit. But we're not apologetic about it.
My parents had always preached the virtues of hard work. But hard work is one thing; economic struggle is another.
It's the most rewarding thing to be a civil servant.
If education does not create a need for the best in life, then we are stuck in an undemocratic, rigid caste society.
Racists are irrational and illogical in their attempts to justify their prejudices.
It is well to be prepared for life as it is, but it is better to be prepared to make life better than it is.
We must treat the disease of racism. This means we must understand the disease.
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