"I am aware, that many object to the severity of my language; but is there not cause for severity? I will be as harsh as truth, and as uncompromising as justice. On this subject, I do not wish to think, or speak, or write, with moderation. No! No! Tell a man whose house is on fire, to give a moderate alarm; tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hand of the ravisher; tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the fire into which it has fallen; - but urge me not to use moderation in a cause like the present. I am in earnest - I will not equivocate - I will not excuse - I will not retreat a single inch - AND I WILL BE HEARD. The apathy of the people is enough to make every statue leap from from its pedestal, and to hasten the resurrection of the dead."
— William Lloyd Garrison (1831)
"-She served the people all her life, and now the people are scattered, driven like tumbleweeds by the winds of war."
— Bless Me, Ultima - Rudolfo Anaya
"My teachers could have easily ridden with Jesse James for all the time they stole from me."
— Richard Brautigan