"Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man."
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."Jean Genet on Confucius
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew."Jean Genet on Abraham Lincoln
"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history."Jean Genet on Mahatma Gandhi
"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little."Jean Genet on Franklin D. Roosevelt
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."Jean Genet on Thomas Jefferson
"I recognize in thieves, traitors and murderers, in the ruthless and the cunning, a deep beauty - a sunken beauty."
"Worse than not realizing the dreams of your youth, would be to have been young and never dreamed at all."
"A great wind swept over the ghetto, carrying away shame, invisibility and four centuries of humiliation. But when the wind dropped people saw it had been only a little breeze, friendly, almost gentle."
"The fame of heroes owes little to the extent of their conquests and all to the success of the tributes paid to them."
"A man must dream a long time in order to act with grandeur, and dreaming is nursed in darkness."