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“The rule of law is there to protect our rights and to help achieve the objective of any community: a respect for rights and a respect for the rights of others.

There can be no compromise as far as the rule of law is concerned. It is not something from which there can be any deviation nor can there be any room for bargaining in relation to it. It operates all the time, not just part of the time. The rule of law is an end in itself and stands alone as one of the important institutions contributing not just to the success of Hong Kong, but to the overall and future well-being of her residents.”

― Geoffrey Ma Tao-li, Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal, at Ceremonial Opening of the Legal Year 2015, dated 12th January 2015

“The only fence against the world is a thorough knowledge of it, into which a young gentleman should be enter’d by degrees, as he can bear it; and the earlier the better, so he be in safe and skillful hands to guide him.”

― John Locke, Some Thoughts Concerning Education (1693)

“Enlightenment is man’s emergence from his self-imposed nonage… Laziness and cowardice are the reasons why such a large part of mankind gladly remain minors all their lives, long after nature has freed them from external guidance… I have no need to think, if only I can pay; others will take care of that disagreeable business for me.”

― Immanuel Kant, What Is Enlightenment? (1784)

“The human faculties of perception, judgment, discriminative feeling, mental activity, and even moral preference, are exercised only in making a choice. He who does anything because it is the custom, makes no choice.”

― John Stuart Mill, On Liberty (1859)

In order to achieve greatness, you have to go through a lot of pain. You definitely have stepbacks, but in order to achieve that success, you have to push through. You gotta have to battle injury.

― Jeremy McGrath, Supercross Champion

I started thinking about that, and I used to think that the Talib would come, and he would just kill me. But then I said, ‘If he comes, what would you do Malala?’ then I would reply to myself, ‘Malala, just take a shoe and hit him.’ But then I said, ‘If you hit a Talib with your shoe, then there would be no difference between you and the Talib. You must not treat others with cruelty and that much harshly, you must fight others but through peace and through dialogue and through education.’ Then I said I will tell him how important education is and that ‘I even want education for your children as well.’ And I will tell him, ‘That’s what I want to tell you, now do what you want.’

― Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize 2013 Laureate

「也許最沉重的負擔同時也是一種生活最為充實的象徵,負擔越沉重,我們的生活也就越貼近大地,越趨近真切和實在。

相反,完全沒有負擔,人變得比大氣還輕,會高高地飛起,離別大地亦即離別真實的生活。他將變得似真非真,運動和自由都毫無意義。

那麼我們將選擇什麼呢?沉重還是輕鬆?」

― 米蘭、昆德拉 (Milan Kundera), 生命中不能承受之輕

「我認為政治學研究的功用, 不單是使我們更深入了解政治世界。它應當還能幫助我們在達成我們的目標, 結果, 希望和意欲時, 表現得更睿智. 政治活動無何避免地是一種道德行動。因此, 我不認為政治學應當成一種純粹的經驗科學, 它的重要性亦應高於經驗科學。」

Robert Dahl, Reflection on a Half Century of Political Science, 1995

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