It is a protest against the way the world has worked.
(Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Ray Stannard Baker, Woodrow Wilson and World Settlement, vol. 1, p. 93.
Wilson's explanation of "the poison of Bolshevism" from his remarks to newspapermen aboard the George Washington on his way to Europe.)
The day is always his, who works in it with serenity and great aims.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Oration, August 31, 1837, delivered before the Phi Beta Kappa Society, Cambridge, Massachusetts. "The American Scholar," repr. In Emerson: Essays and Lectures, ed. Joel Porte (1983).)
I am not responsible for the successful working of the machinery of society.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Civil Disobedience," originally published as "Resistance to Civil Government" (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, p. 376, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)