December 2015

  • December 31, 2015

    “In the 21st century, everyone also deserves access to the tools and information that can help them to achieve… all their fundamental social and economic rights”

    Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and founder of Facebook, expressing the purpose behind Facebook’s free basic internet services offered in India. Times of India. December 28, 2015

  • December 30, 2015

    “You’re not getting rich, you’re not getting rich. If you’re not rich, you’re not getting rich.”

    Fran Lebowitz, American author and public speaker, discussing American views on taxes and tax policy. Vanity Fair. December 9, 2015.

  • December 29, 2015

    “I can name a lot of things that taste better than skinny feels: potatoes, bread.”

    Jennifer Lawrence, actress, in an interview with E! News. February 26, 2013

  • December 28, 2015

    “Your husband said that he would protect his family no matter what, and I acted like I didn’t understand, but I do. It’s the rock we all push, men. We call it our burden, but it’s really our privilege.”

    – Lou Solverson, character on television series Fargo played by Patrick Wilson. FX.

  • December 27, 2015

    “You know what? I think the American people are a little pissed, and I think they’re pissed at both parties – I think they’re really pissed at both parties – and it will be reflected during election time…”

    Whoopi Goldberg, actor and television host, in a discussion on the last election cycle. The View. October 8, 2013

  • December 26, 2016

    “When I think of people I am close to, I genuinely feel that I can include Josh Lyman, Toby Ziegler, C.J. Cregg and Sam Seaborn.”

    Eric Whitacre, American composer, referring to characters from the award-winning TV show The West Wing. Twitter. October 27, 2013.

  • December 25, 2015

    “Listen to yourself, and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.”

    Maya Angelou, American poet, author, and civil rights activist. Twitter. May 23, 2014

  • December 24, 2015

    “I thought that when I was on the floor, that if I survived this, I would be better than before, be someone worthy of life. Life is hard enough, but it is made easier with human connection. The world needs more love. It’s that simple.”

    Isobel Bowdery, student and survivor of the Paris terrorist attacks. Vanity Fair. December 14, 2015

  • December 23, 2015

    “So whether we aspire to be a mom-in-chief, a chief operating officer, commander-in-chief of the United States or a couple of those at once, it’s important for us all to remember that so many brave women before us fought to give us these choices—and now we shouldn’t be criticizing each other for making them.”

    Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States of America, in an editorial on women’s rights. MORE Magazine. 2015

  • December 22, 2015

    “ that’s a match made in heaven.”

    John McCain, United States Senator from Arizona, in an interview with FOX Business. FOX. December 17, 2015

  • December 21, 2015

    “Zaevion Dobson died saving three friends from getting shot. He was a hero at 15. What’s our excuse for not acting?”

    Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, in a tweet commenting on gun control. Twitter. December 20, 2015

  • December 20, 2015

    “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some hire public relations officers.”

    Daniel Boorstin, American historian. Date unknown

  • December 19, 2015

    “Peace, prosperity, and democracy cannot endure if imposed from the outside. We should cease to make false distinctions between peacekeeping and prevention; they are in fact inextricably linked.”

    Susan Rice, United States National Security Advisor, in a speech at the United Nations Security Council. September 11, 2012

  • December 18, 2015

    “Isn’t it a b**ch? …the vice president thing… I’m joking, I’m joking, I’m joking. Best decision I ever made.”

    Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States of America, in an address to the Harvard University Institute of Politics. October 2, 2014

  • December 17, 2015

    “I’m surprised at how fainthearted we sometimes are, and how quickly we lose courage.”

    Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany and winner of Time’s 2015 Person of the Year. TIME. December 10, 2015

  • December 16, 2015

    “In the days after the massacre, a lot of politicians in Washington expressed their thoughts and prayers. People said this time would be different. But since then, Congress has done something incredible: nothing at all”

    Gaby Giffords, former House Representative from Arizona, in a statement on the anniversary of the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre. The Hill, December 14, 2015

  • December 15, 2015

    “Only government that sends power back to the people can make American confident again.”

    Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House of Representatives, in his first major public address since taking the Speaker of the House position. December 3, 2015

  • December 14, 2015

    “Feeling a little small? Well, in the context of the cosmos, we are small.”

    Neil deGrasse Tyson, American astrophysicist,cosmologist, author, and science communicator, on his show Cosmos. March 9, 2014

  • December 12, 2015

    “I hope to challenge the ideas of beauty in gay culture. Putting a gay disabled character on TV is my number one dream.”

    Ryan O’Connell, author and blogger, discussing the announcement that his life memoir as a gay man with cerebral palsy will be made into a television show produced by actor Jim Parsons. OUT Magazine. November 9, 2015

  • December 13, 2015

    “She slept with wolves without fear, for the wolves knew a lion was among them.”

    R.M. Drake, self-published author, Instagram.

  • December 11, 2015

    “When out of all the poets who received the Pulitzer — the prize awarded to those who made the biggest contributions to the human spirit — 38 percent of them were bipolar, how can we simply label it a human disorder? Think how much more they could contribute to the human spirit if they knew it could be used as a gift to humanity, instead of something to hide from humanity?”

    Paul Dalio, filmmaker and father, in an opinion editorial discussing his experience as a man with bipolar in American society. Huffington Post. December 7, 2015

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    • December 10, 2015

      “See? I knew he wasn’t really human.”

      James Carter, grandson to former president Jimmy Carter, responding to the news that his grandfather former president Jimmy Carter beat cancer and is now cancer free. Journal-Constitution. December 6, 2015

    • December 9, 2015

      “We always have a concern when we see the rhetoric rising against any particular group in America, that it might inspire others to violent action — and that violent action is what we would have to deal with.”

      Loretta Lynch, Attorney General of the United States of America, explaining the effects of hate speech towards current day American Muslims. Politico, December 7, 2015

    • December 8, 2015

      “We’re all children of this earth, and we need to work together so that everyone has a chance at having a decent life.”

      Rochelle Ripley, community organizer of the South Dakota Lakota tribe, explaining her reasoning for returning to her grandmother’s tribal lands to help rebuild her ancestral community. CNN, December 7, 2015

    • December 7, 2015

      “But just as it is the responsibility of Muslims around the world to root out misguided ideas that lead to radicalization, it is the responsibility of all Americans — of every faith — to reject discrimination.”

      President Barack Obama, speaking to the American people about his plans for the war on terror, December 6, 2015

    • December 6, 2015

      “Clearly, U.S. cooperation with China is absolutely essential to successful efforts to combat climate change.”

      -Ben Rhodes, White House deputy national security adviser, addresses the role of China in the Paris climate talks during a briefing. CNN, November 29, 2015

    • December 5, 2015

      “If we allow our sovereign rights to be violated … then the territory would no longer be our territory.”

      -Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed sadness over the Russian plane that was downed, however he defended Turkey’s decisions. Associated Press, November 28, 2015

    • December 4, 2015

      “Neighborhoods change, and people tend to vote for people who look like them.”

      -David Paterson, the first African American governor of New York, discusses who will take Rep. Charles Rangel’s seat in Congress upon his retirement. Politico, November 28, 2015.

    • December 3, 2015`

      “For me this whole experience has meant the world for my whole family and it’s changed my life, this entire experience has changed my life.”

      Bindi Irwin dedicates her performance on Dancing with the Stars to her father, Steve Irwin. E! Online, November 24, 2015

    • December 2, 2015

      “The idea of imperfect candidates with forceful ideas opens the door for a lot of people that would not have previously run.”

      Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, hints that he might be interested in following in Donald Trump’s footsteps and running for office. Politico, September 14, 2015

    • December 1, 2015

      “This is a woman who has been consistently wrong about every single national security and foreign policy threat.”

      -Carly Fiorina says that Hillary Clinton is dangerous for U.S. security. Hannity, November 23, 2015