"I would argue that we have a generation of young people, particularly minorities, who are no longer putting up with the kinds of things their parents put up with. They're much more self-confident. It's no longer acceptable to make fun of people because of race or sex. But it has always been present in American society."
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."Donna Shalala on Mahatma Gandhi
"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."Donna Shalala on Robert A. Heinlein
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."Donna Shalala on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."Donna Shalala on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."Donna Shalala on Mahatma Gandhi
"But I have a driver, so I can return calls while I'm in the car."
"But for me, it is when a student has died. I find the death of a young person the most difficult and painful of times. To explain it to other young people, to see a bright future snuffed out, is just awful. I am haunted by those deaths."
"You can't have a university without having free speech, even though at times it makes us terribly uncomfortable. If students are not going to hear controversial ideas on college campuses, they're not going to hear them in America. I believe it's part of their education."
"Sex education has to do with what's in people's head."
"We need to drive down requirements for the schools. In the 19th century, we increased the quality of the schools by higher education saying, 'You can't come in unless you have these skills, unless you've taken these courses.' We did that in Wisconsin when I was there, it helped to transform the secondary school system."