HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

June 25, 2007
Wisdom from Polonius

Eleanor Roosevelt

"A mature person is one who does not think only in absolutes, who is able to be objective even when deeply stirred emotionally, who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and in all things, and who walks humbly and deals charitably with the circumstances of life, knowing that in this world no one is all knowing and therefore all of us need both love and charity."

"When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?"

“A respect for the rights of other people to determine their forms of government and their economy will not weaken our democracy.  It will inevitably strengthen it.  One of the first things we must get rid of is the idea that democracy is tantamount to capitalism.”

“A woman is like a tea bag.  You never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.”


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