Quotes are my favorite means of encapsulating powerful ideas. Offering a snapshot into someone’s story. As writers, we are drawn to quotes, aren’t we?
Here are some that offer a tinny snapshot into the life of a towering figure.
“I want justice, oceans of it. I want fairness, rivers of it. That’s what I want.”
“I was in special ed, but I felt like I was a caged bird. I felt like I could do better,” Cummings told a a group of special-ed students. “I made sure I mastered my special-ed lessons. I made sure I listened to my teacher. I made sure I did my homework.”
“Who do you think you are?” when being challenged on his career aspirations.
“Words that pain me to this day.”
“When I became a lawyer, no one asked me if I had spent some time in special ed. All they wanted was a good lawyer.”
“The same little boys that bullied me, the same ones that beat me up, they became my clients.”
“When you’ve got integrity, you just do what you know is right.”
And when paraphrasing some of his favorites:
“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.”